Comparing Tipping Points

Renters who purchase an apartment in Battery Park City can expect to see the benefits of owning outweigh the costs (relative to continued renting) in just 4.3 years.

An analysis by the online real estate database company StreetEasy finds notable disparities among Lower Manhattan neighborhoods in the lengths of time that rental tenants would need to own the same apartment before breaking even. The report, by Grant Long, StreetEasy’s senior economist, defines this “tipping point” as, “the point in time in which the […]

Today in History

Soldiers in gas masks advance on Bonus March demonstrators in Washington, D.C. 1932. The marchers were unemployed World War I veterans waiting for the monetary bonus promised by the government and not delivered.

1540 – Thomas Cromwell is executed at the order of Henry VIII of England on charges of treason. Henry marries his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, on the same day. 1854 – USS Constellation (1854), the last all-sail warship built by the United States Navy, is commissioned. 1866 – At the age of 18, Vinnie Ream becomes the first and youngest female […]

EYES TO THE SKY July 24 – August 6, 2017

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In parks, greenways and the countryside, feel the gentle air where fireflies lift, dip and blink to the bullfrog’s bellow and grey frog’s trill under a soft blue sky. Above the cityscape, too, half an hour after sunset, brilliant Jupiter is the first heavenly light turned on. While the sky is still blue, the planet […]

July 26

Disney's Alice in Wonderland premiere at Leicester Square Theatre, 1951.

1469 – Wars of the Roses: The Battle of Edgecote Moor, pitting the forces of Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick against those of Edward IV of England, takes place. 1745 – The first recorded women’s cricket match takes place near Guildford, England. 1775 – The office that would later become the United States Post […]

Out of Context

An architect's rendering of the glass-enclosed complex of penthouse apartments that has been proposed for 50 Hudson Street, in the midst of the Tribeca West Historic District.

A real estate developer wants to double the height of a historic Tribeca building, adding a several stories of glass-enclosed apartments to a brick structure dating from the 1920s. The building, at 50 Hudson Street (located on the corner of Thomas Street), is a legacy Tribeca’s industrial past: It was originally constructed as a headquarters, […]

July 25

Operation Crossroads, a series of nuclear weapons tests conducted by the U.S. at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands in 1946.

1593 – Henry IV of France publicly converts from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism. 1603 – James VI of Scotland is crowned king of England (James I of England), bringing the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland into personal union. Political union would occur in 1707. 1609 – The English ship Sea Venture, en route […]

Here’s a Jolly Good Velo…

According to StreetEasy, Battery Park City has 6.4 miles of bike lanes, including the Esplanade and pedestrian park paths.

A new report from the online real estate database company StreetEasy ranks Battery Park City as the third bike-friendliest community anywhere in the five boroughs of New York, trailing only the Lenox Hill section of the Upper East Side, and Park Slope, Brooklyn. The report cites the availability of bike lanes, the number of Citi […]

July 24

Apollo 11 capsule floating in ocean after splashdown.

1487 – Citizens of Leeuwarden, Netherlands strike against a ban on foreign beer. 1567 – Mary, Queen of Scots, is forced to abdicate and replaced by her 1-year-old son James VI. 1823 – Slavery is abolished in Chile. 1823 – In Maracaibo, Venezuela the naval Battle of Lake Maracaibo takes place, where Admiral José Prudencio […]

EYES TO THE SKY July 24 – August 6, 2017

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In parks, greenways and the countryside, feel the gentle air where fireflies lift, dip and blink to the bullfrog’s bellow and grey frog’s trill under a soft blue sky. Above the cityscape, too, half an hour after sunset, brilliant Jupiter is the first heavenly light turned on. While the sky is still blue, the planet […]

Submit (Your Questions) to Authority

Battery Park City resident and Community Board 1 public member Dr. Michael Gordon speaks at the most recent Open Community Meeting hosted by the BPCA, in March. At a similar session, to be held tonight, Dr. Gordon hopes the Battery Park City Authority will address concerns about bike safety and the disruption caused by outdoor events that require street closures

The Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) will host an “Open Community Meeting” tonight (Monday, July 24), from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at Six River Terrace (opposite the Irish Hunger Memorial and next to Le Pain Quotidien restaurant). Residents are urged to attend, hear a presentation from Authority staff on their vision for the community, and […]