‘Egrets, We’ve Had a Few…’

Egret spotted in Gateway Plaza           photo: Alison Simko

Downtown dweller Patrick Sheldon was the first of several readers to report on Lower Manhattan’s newest celebrity resident: an as-yet-unnamed Great Egret. Spotted for the first time at a paddle-board race at North Cove Marina on September 25, this majestic creature was seen stalking a mouse. (Egrets, like all herons, subsist on fish, frogs, and […]

Where the Population Is Rising Faster Than the Sea Level


Developers have filed permits with City agencies to create another 813 apartments in the Financial District, in the twelve-month period ending July 1, 2018, according to a new analysis by Localize.city, an online database that uses artificial intelligence to provide buyers and renters with critical insights for every New York City address. This marks FiDi […]

Wildlife in Lower Manhattan


Downtown resident Patrick Sheldon reports a sighting: Meet the Great Egret. That long neck is pulled in when he flies and those wings appeared to be more than four feet across in the air. The egret can have four- to five-foot wingspans. He appeared the day of the paddleboard races (September 25th) and there were […]

Tales of Derring-Do During Spy Week


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


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

City Comptroller Scott Stringer: "The economic growth in our neighborhoods is good news, but only if it means real opportunities for the working families, seniors, and immigrants who built these communities in the first place."

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?


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?


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

At her June, 2017 middle-school graduation, Imogen Roche joyously throws her cap into the air.

“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

The existing Wagner Park pavilion, which may be demolished and replaced under a BPCA plan to create resiliency measures for the southern tip of Battery Park City.

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, […]