Setting Priorities

State Assembly member Yuh-Line Niou will host a Town Hall meeting on Sunday, to discuss legislative priorities with her Lower Manhattan constituents.

This Sunday (February 3), Assembly member Yuh-Line Niou will host her annual Legislative and Budgetary Town Hall to discuss priorities for the Albany lawmaking session that began earlier this month. That session has already seen the passage of measures relating to election reform, reproductive choice, gender rights, and financial aid for undocumented students, among other […]

To Renovate or Enervate

The existing building at 31 Leonard Street has a blank wall facing West Broadway.

Community Board 1 (CB1) is taking a dim view of a developer’s plan to modernize a trio of historic structures in Tribeca. The buildings are located at the Leonard Street and West Broadway. Because all three buildings (29 and 31 Leonard Street, and 198 West Broadway) fall within the Tribeca West Historic District, they are […]

Don’t-Drink-the-Water Street

The parking lot at 250 Water Street was purchased last June for $180 million by the Howard Hughes Corporation, which may eventually seek to develop the site. In the meantime, the new owners are applying to participate in the State's brownfield cleanup program, after discovering that legacy industrial uses (such as a thermometer factory) have left contaminants in the soil and water.

The square-block parking lot in the South Street Seaport district purchased by Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) last summer as a development site may be contaminated with multiple toxins. At the January 2 meeting of Community Board 1 (CB1), Manuel Romero, co-chair of that panel’s Land Use, Zoning and Economic Development Committee reported that the site […]

The Pace of Change


Lower Manhattan’s Pace University, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday to unveil the recently completed first phase of a multi-year plan to upgrade its campus: the extensive modernization to its signature Downtown structure, One Pace Plaza (built in 1969), and the adjacent historic structure, 41 Park Row (which dates from 1857). The renovation, which began […]

‘You Know Best’

Judge Jonathan Lippman: "I hear you, I agree with you. One of the Commission's criticisms of the City is that the [proposed new] jails are out of scale."

The New York Law School, located in Tribeca, hosted a panel discussion on January 18 that featured Jonathan Lippman, who served as Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals from 2009 through 2015, and later headed up the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform. That panel’s recommendations — […]

Fiat Lux, But Maybe a Little Less?

110-115 Broadway

Lower Manhattan may be on the verge of wrestling yet another title from Midtown, but one that few who live Downtown would wish for: The profusion of lighted building facades, LED displays, and animated digital signs on the local streetscape is beginning to remind some residents of Time Square, and inspire less-than-glowing reviews. The illuminated […]

The Madding Crowd

The office building at Two Washington Street, completed in 1972 and originally know as One Western Union International Plaza, will soon be converted into apartments.

Another office building conversion to residential use will soon bring an additional 345 apartments to the Financial District. The building at Two Washington Street (also known as 17 Battery Place North) will soon undergo a partial reconfiguration into dwellings, its owner, the Moinian Group, has announced. The remainder of the structure, located between Battery Place […]

That’s Entrée-Tainment

Jean Dubuffet's "Four Trees" on the Plaza at 28 Liberty

The herd of food-festival spaces coming to Manhattan is beginning to look like a stampede. In a story first reported by Steve Cuozzo in the New York Post, the owners of 28 Liberty Street have partnered with Legends Hospitality to create a new food hall and music venue at the based of the archetypal Modernist […]

Ferry Good Deeds

NY Waterway ferries assisted in the Miracle on the Hudson rescue, ten years ago this month.

Last week marked the tenth anniversary of the Miracle on the Hudson — the dramatic landing of a disabled passenger jet in the frigid waters between Midtown Manhattan and Weehawken, New Jersey. But sometimes overlooked in the nostalgic reverie about heroic aeronautics by US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger was the role played by an armada […]

Lower Manhattan Sounds a Call to Alms

Wall Street

Lower Manhattan has become a focal point for organizations that seek to make the world a better place, according to a report by CBRE, a commercial real estate services and investment firm. The company’s research indicates that non-profit organizations now occupy five percent of all office space in Lower Manhattan, a high proportion than in […]