Charter Schooling

State Assembly member Deborah Glick: "I don't think the way that the Charter Revision Commission proposals were pushed through should be validated in any way.

A panel discussion tonight (Monday, October 29) will seek to provide information for Lower Manhattan voters about the three ballot proposals they will be asked to decide upon in next week’s election. Although these measures have profound implications for local politics and government, very few voters are familiar with the proposals, which were announced over […]

October 26


1689 – General Piccolomini of Austria burns down Skopje to prevent the spread of cholera. He died of cholera himself soon after. 1774 – The first Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia. 1775 – King George III of Great Britain goes before Parliament to declare the American colonies in rebellion, and authorizes a military response to […]



You will frightened to hear how many things there are to do with children in and around Lower Manhattan in the days leading up to Halloween. Start this evening with Halloween Teen Night at the Whitney Museum (99 Gansevoort Street, near West Street), where music, dancing, costume making, tarot card readings, and snacks are all […]

Local Elected Officials: Save Our School


City Council member Margaret Chin and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewerare pushing back against a plan to close P.S. 150, a highly regarded local school also known as the Tribeca Learning Center. In a letter sent Tuesday, the elected officials urge Stellar Management, the owner of the residential portion of Independence Plaza (the giant housing […]

Freedom of the Press… Before Freedom of the Press

The public burning of Zenger's Weekly Journal

In 1735, forty-one years before thirteen British colonies stepped onto the world stage in 1776 to declare independence and throw off their royal shackles, twelve common New Yorkers (and one prominent Philadelphian) made a bold statement about the crucial role a free press must play in a truly free society-and it happened right here on […]

Inn Operators Are Out

The real estate firm that has owned the former Ritz-Carlton (now known as the Wagner Hotel) since 2012 - and tried, unsuccessfully, to convert the space into condominiums - has sold its interest in the building.

The troubled hotel at Battery Park City’s southern tip has changed owners. The former Ritz-Carlton, which was rechristened the Wagner Hotel in March, has been sold by developers Westbrook Partners (which bought the property in 2012) at a 25 percent discount from its recent asking price. Shortly after acquiring the hotel from its original developer, […]

Grand Concourse Meets Tribeca

The landmarked structure at 80 White Street will soon house an annex to the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts has announced plans to opening a satellite facility in Lower Manhattan, as part of its Artists in the Marketplace (AIM) program. The new annex will be located at 80 White Street, a landmarked building in eastern Tribeca. The AIM program offers guidance to emerging New York City-based artists related […]

Go for Broke

The business plan for Amazon Go contemplates no cash, no cashiers, and no lines - only shoppers armed with smartphones who are observed by a sophisticated array of sensors.

While Amazon considers whether to site its much-vaunted second headquarters in Lower Manhattan (one of 20 prospective locations that the company has shortlisted, from a previous total of more than 100 contenders), it appears already to have decided to open an outpost of its experimental retail brand here. According to a story first reported by […]

The Fate of a Neighborhood

An architect's rendering of the four new residential towers proposed for the Two Bridges neighborhood, which would contain more than 2,700 apartments. (The tower at left is already largely complete) while the four to right are currently seeking permission to build.

City Council member Margaret Chin and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer are leading a last-ditch effort to slow down the aggressive push by developers to erect a string “super-tall” luxury apartment towers in an area of the Lower East Side that has historically been a low-to-midrise haven for immigrants, as well as New Yorkers of […]

Each to Their Own Taste


On Saturday, October 20, the ninth annual Taste of the Seaport food festival will offer fare from dozens of Lower Manhattan’s best restaurants and purveyors, among them Eataly, Wolfgang Puck’s Cut, Insomnia Cookies, Lobster GoGo, Mad Dog & Beans, Barbalu, SUteiShi, and Toro Loco.   Complimentary family-friendly activities will feature creative cardboard ship-building, children’s tennis […]