Putting the 'In' Back in Indigenous

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The George Gustav Heye Center at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (located at One Bowling Green) will host “Native Fashion Now,” the first large-scale traveling exhibition of contemporary Native American fashion opening today, Friday February 17 The show celebrates indigenous designers from across the United States and Canada, from the 1950s to […]

Putting the 'In' Back in Indigenous

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Red cedar bark, cordage, and faux-leather fringe
Lisa Telford, Haida

The George Gustav Heye Center at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (located at One Bowling Green) will host “Native Fashion Now,” the first large-scale traveling exhibition of contemporary Native American fashion opening today, Friday February 17 The show celebrates indigenous designers from across the United States and Canada, from the 1950s to […]

'Snow Big Deal

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At a time when Lower Manhattan is weighing plans for resiliency in the face of extreme weather events, one local leader stood up to last week’s storm and made a difference in the lives of dozens of local families. As a snow-bearing nimbostratus bore down on the City on the evening of February 8, and […]

Battery Park City Parks' Annual Exhibition

Craig Hudon, director of programming, center, flanked by art specialists Marla Lipkin, Elise Engler, Sara Wolfe and Larry Dobens.

The benefits of living in Lower Manhattan are many. Great museums, history under our every footstep, and free art and music performances year round are among them. One of the artistic perks available are free classes for adults, children and preschoolers, funded by the Battery Park City Authority and offered in the neighborhood’s various parks […]

Things You're Not Allowed to Do in Battery Park City

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If Battery Park City sometimes seems a tad buttoned down, part of the reason may be all the forms of work and trade that are officially forbidden within the 92 acres of landfill between West Street and the Hudson River. The neighborhood, although governed and managed by the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA), is subject […]

Lost & Found in New York

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157 years ago, in 1860, English immigrant William Loft opened a candy store in Lower Manhattan and his two sons followed in his footsteps, taking charge of the company in the 1890s.  One son, George Loft, soon opened two more stores, and then added more as he moved production out of the family kitchen into […]

What Is Lower Manhattan's Third Language?

An interactive map of Lower Manhattan showing the third-most common local language in each Census Tract_ with green signifying Chinese_ light blue representing French, and dark blue denoting "other Indo-European languages."

Broadly speaking, New York City has three languages: English, Spanish, and Other. The first two are almost universally applicable, about as prevalent in the northern Bronx as in the stretches of Brooklyn and Staten Island that face the Atlantic Ocean. But the third is the most interesting, because it varies dramatically by location. In Astoria, […]

The Thames, It Is a Changin'

Officials ceremonially break ground on the West Thames Bridge. Among those digging in are LMDC president David Emil (left, in green jacket), Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer  (center without helmet), BPCA president Shari Hyman (center, with red helmet), State Senator Daniel Squadron (right,  without helmet), and City Council member Margaret Chin (far right).

After nearly three decades of plans, proposals, and false starts, the West Thames pedestrian bridge broke ground on Tuesday (November 15). At the ceremony, David Emil, president of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC), which is largely funding the project, said, “I have been working on this for 28 years.” This was a reference to […]

The ELECTION WHO & WHY

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Voting is a responsibility, not a choice as a citizen of this country. I will vote for the person who has proven to be able to govern the United States of America and I will vote for the party which has governed to make women more equal citizens and has tried to govern for all […]

The Presidential Election Who & Why

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In the Clinton vs Trump contest, you have seen every political dirty trick (demonizing lies, voter suppression) in the book by Republicans who historically are well-known for them and should speak for itself to a thinking person. If in power, Trump may evolve from a”rigged”paranoid/ “got all answers”megalomaniac to a narcissist psychopath like Hitler surrounded […]