Today in History

Wilbur Wright's first flight over water in New York Harbor in 1909. He took off from Governors Island, flew near the Statue of Liberty and made his way up the Hudson as far as Grant's Tomb as millions watched.

45 BC – The first leap year was recognized by proclamation of Julius Caesar. 1288 – Scotland established this day as one when a woman could propose marriage to a man. In the event that he refused the proposal, he was required to pay a fine. 1692 – Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba, an Indian servant were the […]

Letter of Support

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Received from the Battery Park City Chamber: “The Battery Park City Chamber represents many businesses in Battery Park City, large and small. Organizers and members of the Chamber wish to voice our support for the three small businesses – Cafe Express, Blooming Nails and the Newsstand – that have become part of the fabric of our community […]

Cuomo Commits to $15 Minimum Wage, Except in Battery Park City

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Governor Andrew Cuomo spent much of the last week making public appearances and delivering speeches to build support for his avowed goal of enacting a mandatory minimum wage of $15 per hour for every employee, public or private, in the State of New York. But an agency that he directly controls, the Battery Park City […]

Truth, Justice, and the Occasional Refund

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Three hundred years ago, when New Yorkers were still British subjects, there were redcoats patrolling the streets of Lower Manhattan. Today, they’re still here — but much friendlier. The lobsterbacks of the 21st Century are the Downtown Alliance’s Public Safety Officers, who handle everything from medical emergencies to interventions on behalf of aggrieved tourists who […]

ART DOWNTOWN

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ONE ART SPACE Diane Detalle is a self-taught artist born in France and working in New York. Her exhibition Horizons Within at One Art Space in Tribeca features a new body of work inspired by the horizons from the south of France. Diane shares thoughts behind her artistic process: “Working on the floor allows me to be […]

A Shore Thing

A rendering of the proposed Brooklyn Bridge Beach, along the Manhattan shore of the East River, illustrates how public access to the water might be accommodated on the shore, just north of the South Street Seaport.

The February 16 meeting of the Seaport/Civic Center Committee of Community Board 1 (CB1) considered whether Lower Manhattan deserves a beach of its own. Graeme Birchall, president of the Downtown Boathouse, a local non-profit organization that promotes public access to the water, spoke in support of creating one. He also responded to “Brooklyn Bridge Beach: Feasibility […]

Emotionally Disturbed Man Menaces Residents

Fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, and AlliedBarton 'Ambassadors' surround an emotionally disturbed homeless man, who collapsed on the deck beside South Cove, after menacing several residents on Monday.

Three female Battery Park City residents were accosted by an agitated homeless man on Monday afternoon near South Cove. “We were sitting on the wooden deck, overlooking the water, recalls Frances Misciangna, a 15-year resident of Battery Park City, “when we saw a man, who was lurching and incoherent, stagger toward us. He may have […]

‘A Little Bit of a Cloud Hanging Over Us’

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Two members of the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) board think the agency needs to improve its relationship with the community it governs, and the elected officials who represent residents. At the January 27 meeting of the BPCA board, during a review of financial and legal filings that the Authority is required to submit to […]

'A Little Bit of a Cloud Hanging Over Us'

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Two members of the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) board think the agency needs to improve its relationship with the community it governs, and the elected officials who represent residents. At the January 27 meeting of the BPCA board, during a review of financial and legal filings that the Authority is required to submit to […]

Three Businesses Forced Out of Gateway Plaza

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Three small businesses that have served Battery Park City for decades are being forced out, because the landlord wants to rent to a more upscale tenant, according to multiple sources directly familiar with the situation. The three business, which occupy adjoining spaces on the ground floor of the 395 South Avenue building within Gateway Plaza (at the corner of Liberty Street and South End Avenue) are the Cafe Express […]