Annual Food Fest Puts Lavish Meals within Reach of Thrifty Epicures
New York’s annual food celebration, Restaurant Week, starts next Tuesday (January 18) and continues for five weeks, until Saturday (February 13).
For those disinclined to venture above Canal Street, the goods news is that of all the 481 establishments participating throughout the City this year, more than five percent are located in Lower Manhattan.
Below, a list of 29 local eateries where a two-course lunch can or a three-course dinner is yours for $29, $39, or $59, depending on which plan your select. In many of these locations, the everyday prices are significantly higher than Restaurant Week offerings, which makes this value proposition a compelling opportunity to try places that might ordinarily be outside your budget. Because seats go fast, please call ahead to confirm availability and make a reservation.
American Cut Steakhouse
363 Greenwich Street
301 Church Street
104 North End Avenue
155 William Street
239 West Broadway
255 Vesey Street
The Capital Grille Wall Street
15 Gold Street
Front & Wall Street
110 Wall Street
89 South Street (Pier 17)
22 Warren Street
70 South Street
157 Duane Street
La Pizza & La Pasta A Colori
101 Liberty Street (Four World Trade Center)
Mad Dog & Beans
83 Pearl Street
89 South Street (Pier 17)
Marathi Greek Bistro
200 Church Street
261 Water Street
Merchants River House
375 South End Avenue (on the Esplanade)
Morton’s The Steakhouse
136 Washington Street
The Palm Tribeca
206 West Street
Route 66 Smokehouse
46 Stone Street
200 Vesey Street
339 Greenwich Street
109 Washington Street
301 South End Avenue
179 Franklin Street
375 Greenwich Street
Vino e Grano (Eataly)
101 Liberty Street (Four World Trade Center)
Sending Love to Janet Lovell
Last summer, Janet Lovell—“Ms. Janet” to her many young charges—retired after 35 years at the Battery Park City Day Nursery. As she stood outside the nursery school on her last day, kids of all ages and their parents came by to reminisce and wish her well. As planned, Janet soon retired to her native Belize.
In October, her sister Denise visited Janet and her husband in Belize. On their way to a resort to celebrate, they were in a car accident. Denise was killed and Janet sustained a devastating spinal cord injury.
Ms. Janet is back in New York for surgery and to recover. If you would like to send good wishes to this wonderful woman who has meant so much to many of our children, the nursery school will collect notes, cards, letters and artwork and forward them to her. Please mail (or drop off) your messages to Janet Lovell c/o the Battery Park City Day Nursery, 215 South End Ave, New York, NY 10280, and administrative director Judy Sklover will forward them to her. If you have any questions, please email the nursery at firstname.lastname@example.org and address your messages to Judy Sklover.
Governors Island is celebrating the first cold-weather season in which it is open to the public with an outdoor Winter Village, which has transformed the historic Colonels Row into a pop-up destination for holiday amenities, including a 5,000-square foot skating rink, open fire pits, a dozen-plus lawn games, and Jack Frost-friendly refreshments.
The 5,000-square-foot rink is open Fridays (noon to 5:00 pm), Saturdays, and Sundays (10:00 am to 5:00 pm) as well as on New York City public school holidays. Skating is free all day on Fridays, and priced at $11 on Saturdays and Sundays. (Skate rentals cost $8 at all times.) Extended hours are also available for youth, adult and nonprofit sports leagues.
Outdoor games (open seven days per week) include cornhole, can jam and giant Jenga. Winter arts and cultural programming will feature a sparkling display of holiday lights. Also on exhibit will be a vintage fire truck, available for free visitor photo ops. The Winter Village will offer bike and (in the event of snow) sled rentals.
Beside the Pointe
At 41 River Terrace, Affordability Provisions Extended for Low-Income Residents But Not for Middle-Income Renters
The Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) announced Tuesday that it had reached an agreement to preserve 70 affordable rental apartments in the Tribeca Pointe building through the year 2069. The deal will require that the building owner, Rockrose, continue to offer deeply discounted rents to residents of 70 apartments within the 340-unit structure. These households are set aside for residents earning below either 40 or 50 percent of the “area median income” (AMI). This income bracket currently ranges from $33,440 to $41,800 (for a household consisting of one person), and goes as high as $47,720 to $59,650 (for a household of four).
When Tribeca Pointe opened in 1999, these requirements translated into $343 or $429 per month in a studio (for those earning up to 40 or 50 percent of AMI, respectively), $368 or $459 for a one-bedroom apartment, and $441 or $451 for a two-bedroom unit. Today, the same formulas (which cap rent at 30 percent of the two income thresholds) restrict rent on a studio apartment, inhabited by one person, to $836 (for a tenant earning below 40 percent of AMI) or $1045 (for a renter earning below 50 percent of AMI).
What Never Went Up in the First Place, Still Comes Down…
Lower Manhattan Site Purchased for $390 Million Being Shopped for Half-Off
In a story first reported by the Real Deal, the financial distress plaguing property investment firm China Oceanwide Holdings (itself part of the wider contagion surrounding Shenzhen-based real estate firm, Evergrande) has led to a fire-sale price for a trophy Lower Manhattan parcel.
The company purchased 80 South Street (located between John Street and Maiden Lane) from the Howard Hughes Corporation in 2016 for $390 million. This transaction included a companion site, at 163 Front Street, that shares a mid-block border with 80 South Street. The combined parcel, plus air rights from nearby lots purchased and assembled by Howard Hughes, gave China Oceanwide the right to build a tower with a height of more than 1,400 feet, enclosing more than one million square feet of interior space. To read more…
Between 1880 and 1930, Latin America experienced its largest influx of Jewish immigration. These immigrants were fleeing the poverty and persecution that affected them in Europe. During the lead up to WWII, more Jewish immigrants arrived to escape the rise of the Nazi regime. This wave of immigrants often came to the region on tourist visas or by pretending they were Catholic. These immigrants arrived in a region that had Jewish communities living in a variety of contexts Some had been established three hundred years before, while some had only been there for twenty. Nevertheless, each community was vibrant, and many are still thriving today. Join the Museum for a program exploring Jews in Latin America.
This program will include a conversation between Dr. Marion Kaplan, the Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History at New York University; Dr. Yael Siman, Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the Iberoamericana University, Mexico; Dr. Leo Spitzer, the Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor of History Emeritus at Dartmouth College; and Dr. Adriana Brodsky, Professor of History at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The conversation will be moderated by Simon Romero, National Correspondent for The New York Times. Free; suggested $10 donation
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Trinity Church Awards to Multiple Downtown Public-Service Groups
Trinity Church, the Episcopal parish in Lower Manhattan, has donated $2 million to the Borough of Manhattan Community College, located on Chambers Street, to help offer housing to homeless students enrolled at the school. The funds will be used to construct a residential facility near the campus that will provide shelter to as many as 50 students for up to three years. The accommodation is expected to be open by this spring.
A 2019 survey of students at the City University of New York system (of which BMCC is a part) found that of the 22,000 respondents, 55 percent reported experiencing housing insecurity in the previous year, while 14 percent had experienced actual homelessness. To read more…
A New Aerie at the Former Home of Area
A Onetime Haunt of Ponies, Plutocrats, and Club Rats Will Get a Room with a View
Tribeca will soon have a new (albeit invisible) penthouse apartment, if the City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission is guided by the advice of Community Board 1. At its November meeting, the Board recommended that the LPC give its okay to a proposal to add a rooftop structure to 157 Hudson Street, located between Laight and Hubert Streets, opposite the Holland Tunnel rotary.
The T-shaped building has a storied history. Erected in 1867, it was originally designed to serve as a multi-story stable for the hundreds of draft horses kept at the ready by the newly founded American Express Company. This was an era when the firm was primarily engaged in the secure shipment of valuable cargo, almost a century before the invention of credit cards. To read more…
Lenders Who Fronted Millions to Operators of Pier A Allege Fraud
Investors who lent more than $16 million to the operators behind the shuttered restaurant at Pier A, on Battery Park City’s southern border allege that the borrowers, “used a fraudulent scheme to squeeze out of the Project all the fees and distributions for themselves that they could before shutting the doors.”
In a development first reported by property industry newsletter the Real Deal, the lenders (Tribeca-based New York City Waterfront Development Fund II) filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court in November, seeking the return of $16.5 million (the original amount of the 2011 loan, none of which has been repaid), along with $2.63 million in accrued interest, plus attorney’s fees and court costs.
The defendants in this action are a partnership between the Poulakakos restaurant family (who operate numerous Lower Manhattan eateries) and the Dermot Company (a developer of garden apartment complexes around the United States that more recently branched out to New York projects, such as the conversion of Brooklyn’s landmarked Williamsburgh Savings Bank tower into condominium residences). To read more…
Lower Manhattan Greenmarkets
Greenwich Street & Chambers Street
Every Wednesday & Saturday, 8am-3pm
Food Scrap Collection: Saturdays, 8am-1pm
Open Saturdays and Wednesdays year round
Bowling Green Greenmarket
Green Greenmarket at Bowling Green
Broadway & Whitehall St
Open Tuesday and Thursdays, year-round
Market Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Compost Program: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
The Bowling Green Greenmarket brings fresh offerings from local farms to Lower Manhattan’s historic Bowling Green plaza. Twice a week year-round stop by to load up on the season’s freshest fruit, crisp vegetables, beautiful plants, and freshly baked loaves of bread, quiches, and pot pies.