Ferry Good Deeds

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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 […]

Live On Broadway

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Click to watch a little bit of Wednesday’s incident on Broadway     Click here for a bit more

Lower Manhattan Sounds a Call to Alms

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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 […]

Goodbye Monkey Bars, Hello Imagination Marsh

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Community Board 1 (CB1) chair Anthony Notaro has some good news for Lower Manhattan couples who are planning to have children in the next few years. At the December 19 meeting of CB1, he announced that, “HUD has released funds for the Battery play area.” This was a reference to the federal Department of Housing […]

Dickering Over the Dock

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Harbor House, the restaurant and bar at Pier A, has fallen behind by more than $1.7 million on the rent it is required to pay the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA). This arrearage began last April, when the proprietors ceased paying rent. As a result, the Authority has agreed to revise its lease terms with […]

Confection Defection

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The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has decided to remove from the World Trade Center plaza an exhibit of public art that aroused indignation among right wing pundits because it included an image of the flag of Saudi Arabia. The exhibit, entitled “Candy Nations,” was created by French sculptor Laurence Jenkell. It […]

Subterranean Subterfuge

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For 58 nights, they secretly dug below Broadway-arguably the most trafficked street in the world in 1869. A good night’s work advanced their tunnel about eight feet. Every few nights, they poked a metal rod up through the street to be certain they weren’t veering off into City Hall Park or undermining building foundations. If […]

Packet Racket

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In his Thursday State of the City address, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to expand the NYC Ferry network of commuter boat lines, operated by Hornblower Cruises. “Today I announced the next big expansion of NYC Ferry,” the Mayor said. “We’ll link Staten Island to the West Side of Manhattan. We’ll connect Coney Island […]

Slow Response

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Almost two years to the day after a student at Millennium High School, in the Financial District, was run down by a speeding driver, the City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) has agreed to take steps that may increase pedestrian safety in front of the school. “The DOT has decided to install a ‘speed hump,’ which […]

Pedagogy and Inequality

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Local leaders are echoing calls from elected officials for Mayor Bill de Blasio to reconsider his plan to boost diversity at the City’s specialized high schools, a group of eight selective secondary schools, where students are admitted on the basis of a competitive examination. In a series of proposals, City Hall has variously called for […]