Tales of Derring-Do During Spy Week

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Nestled in the heart of the Financial District lies Fraunces Tavern Museum, where familiar words and traces of forgotten history are illuminated. On the ground floor at 54 Pearl Street, a jazzy tune drifts out of the roped-off bar to the left, and clinking plates and chattering tourists and Wall Street workers are reminders that this tavern has […]

How to Help People Who Struggle with a Mortgage, Instead of Rent

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Community Board 1 (CB1) is advocating to protect a constituency that is often overlooked in discussions about affordable housing: residents who own their apartments, rather than renting them. A resolution passed at CB1’s July meeting calls upon the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio to create protections for homeowners in Lower Manhattan, as part of […]

Quantifying the Community

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City Comptroller Scott Stringer has issued his annual Neighborhood Economic Profiles report, which provides a financial and demographic snapshot of each community throughout the five boroughs of New York City, and yields some interesting insights about Lower Manhattan. For the purposes of this report, Downtown is defined as Manhattan, south of 14th Street, west of […]

Who’s Eco-Friendliest?

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Three State legislators who represent Downtown in Albany have been given high marks by the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV), the only statewide environmental organization in New York that campaigns for clean water, clean air, renewable energy and open space through political action. In its annual State Environmental Scorecard, the NYLCV evaluated every […]

Does It Feel Like ‘Logan’s Run’ Around Here?

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Lower Manhattan is emerging as a mecca for millennials (defined here as people born between 1977 and 1996), according to a new report prepared by RENTCafe, a nationwide apartment search website. The study, produced by Nadia Balint, a senior writer and researcher at RENTCafe, finds that urban cores across the nation are magnets for this […]

The Choice

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“I have told my family that I’ve decided to survive this,” says Theseus Roche, the grieving father who lost his 15-year-old daughter, Imogen, when she died on September 2, in an accidental fall from a fifth-floor fire escape at the Tribeca apartment where she was attending a party. She will be honored and remembered tomorrow […]

Nothing Is Set in Stone

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According to a discussion at a summer meeting of the Battery Park City Authority(BPCA) board, there may yet be an opportunity to revise the most controversial aspect of the plan to build resiliency measures in Wagner Park, but the potential scope of such modification appears to be limited. At the July 24 BPCA board meeting, […]

Responding to the Responders

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A new State law, sponsored by Assembly member Yuh-Line Niou, which extends health benefit for first responders to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo last Friday. Ms. Niou said, “the attacks left a profound scar on Lower Manhattan and all of New York. We remain forever […]

Every Breath You Take

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The mild temperature last weekend enticed you into turning off the air conditioner and keeping the windows open for the first time in recent memory. And that let in the sound on Sunday afternoon that you should have been expecting, but weren’t prepared for. First came the sirens, dozens of them, followed by bleating insistent […]

Bridge of Sighs

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At the September 5 meeting of the Battery Park City Committee of Community Board 1 (CB1), engineer Matt Krenek announced that the long-awaited West Thames pedestrian bridge will not open until the second half of 2019. Mr. Krenek, who works for Skanska USA (the outside firm managing the project), explained that, “we’ve obviously been working […]