The Lower Manhattan Lonely Hearts Club

Droves of young single people (shown here at the Dead Rabbit bar in the Financial District) live, work, and spend what they earn in Lower Manhattan, according to a new study.

A new analysis from an online real estate database company, StreetEasy, finds that Downtown exerts a gravitational tug on young professionals who live alone, and who pay a hefty “singles tax” as a result. The study by Nancy Wu, an economic data analyst for StreetEasy, indicates that singles living by themselves tend to reside in […]

Sovereign Immunity

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City Council member Margaret Chin is joining with a coalition of colleagues to fight the rampant abuse of parking placards — municipal credentials that allow a vehicle to occupy a curbside space that would otherwise be illegal. Along with City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and three other members of the City legislature, she is co-sponsoring […]

‘Is Everybody Going to Get Pushed Out?’

Battery Park City and Lower Manhattan

Tonight (Wednesday, February 13), the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) will host its first Open Community Meeting of 2019. The meeting, which begins at 6:00 pm, will be held at Six River Terrace (opposite the Irish Hunger Memorial and next to Le Pain Quotidien restaurant). Admission is free, and no R.S.V.P. is necessary. One topic […]

Our Crowd

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Lower Manhattan’s gravitational tug on new residents, tourists, and corporations continues unabated, according to a new report from the Downtown Alliance: “Lower Manhattan Real Estate Year in Review: 2018.” Among its findings is that the equivalent of one out of every 25 Americans visited Lower Manhattan in in the year that just ended, with the […]

Sprucing Up the Sandbox

The playground in Rockefeller Park will soon undergo a $1.5-million rehabilitation.

The Rockefeller Park playground, in northern Battery Park City, will be undergoing a $1.5-million, 18-month upgrade, beginning this spring. At the January 29 meeting of the board of the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA), Gwen Dawson, the agency’s vice president for real property, described the playground as, “one of the more beloved features of Battery […]

‘Xin Nian Kuai Le’

Brookfield Place will offer traditional Chinese music and dancing, along with numerous other Lunar New Year festivities, this weekend.

By now, most of us have heard that the current Lunar New Yearcelebration is inaugurating the Year of the Pig, the 12th sign in the Chinese Zodiac. What fewer people realize, however, is that there are five Years of the Pigin the 60-year cycle observed throughout East Asia — because each of the 12 annual […]

Being Vigilant about the View

An architect's rendering for the new Blockhouse Restaurant, proposed for publicly owned land beneath the FDR Drive.

The Howard Hughes Corporation plans to build a large new restaurant under the FDR Drive, near the intersection of John and South Streets, in the South Street Seaport neighborhood. At its January 22 meeting, Community Board 1 (CB1) debated two resolutions to authorize this proposal. The first resolution, which considered whether to grant the new […]

‘Make Changes’

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Here are the last words of Patrick Turner, aged 16: “So much pressure is placed on the students to do well that I couldn’t do it anymore. There is never a moment to brake. Finals have pressured me immensely, along with a lot of other people. I want you to know that my parents were […]

Perjurious Promises about Penitentiary Plaza

The plaza in front of the Manhattan Detention Complex was originally promised to the Lower Manhattan community as public space -- a pledge that was ignored and forgotten after the City obtained local agreement to build the facility.

Lower Manhattan residents have one more reason to be skeptical about any assurances from City Hall regarding givebacks to the community in exchange for acquiescing to a large new jail at the site of the current Manhattan Detention Complex (MDC). At the January 22 meeting of Community Board 1 (CB1), district manager Lucian Reynolds recounted […]

Appellation Rail

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Question for Big Apple Trivia Buffs: What does New York have only six of, although it might be due for a seventh? The answer was the focus of a discussion at the January 22 meeting of Community Board 1, where Transportation Committee Reggie Thomasnoted that, “Pace University’s assistant vice present of government and community relations, […]