City Health Data Show That Slightly More Than 13 Percent of Downtown Residents Test Positive for Coronavirus
Out of 22,522 Lower Manhattan residents who have been tested, a total of 3,049 came back positive. While the rate of positive results for individual local zip codes varies from as little as 12.7 percent and as high as 15.6 percent, this averages out to a local rate of 13.5 percent, or roughly one in every seven people.
One out of every seven people in Lower Manhattan is either infected with, or has been exposed to, the pandemic coronavirus. That is the conclusion gleaned from data, made available for the first time by City public health officials earlier this week. These metrics break down overall numbers of tests (along with numbers of positive results) by zip code.
The reassuring news is that Downtown’s eight residential zip codes rank among the lowest anywhere in the five boroughs, with the rate of positive test results in each hovering between 12 and 16 percent. (For comparison, in the zip code for the Corona section of Queens, slightly more than half of everybody tested showed positive results for infection or exposure.)
According to the City’s Department of Health data, the local totals for testing, and positive rates for test results (outlined by zip code) break down as follows:
• 10280/Battery Park City South (below Brookfield Place): 242 positive results, among 1,905 people tested, for an overall infection rate of 12.7 percent
• 10282/Battery Park City North (above Brookfield Place): 163 positive results, among 1,270 people tested, for an overall infection rate of 12.8 percent
• 10007/Southern Tribeca (West Street to Broadway, north of Vesey Street and south of Chambers Street): 300 positive results, among 2,300 people tested, for an overall infection rate of 13.0 percent
• 10013/Northern Tribeca (north of Chambers Street and south of Canal Street): 984 positive results, among 7,688 people tested, for an overall infection rate of 12.8 percent
• 10006/Greenwich South (Broadway to West Street, south of Vesey Street and north of the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel): 138 positive results, among 973 people tested, for an overall infection rate of 14.2 percent
• 10004/Southern FiDi (West Street to the East River, south of Beaver Street): 138 positive results, among 1,010 people tested, for an overall infection rate of 13.7 percent
• 10005/Eastern FiDi (Broadway to the East River, south of Maiden Lane, north of Beaver Street): 346 positive results, among 2,219 people tested, for an overall infection rate of 15.6 percent
• 10038/the Civic Center and Seaport (Broadway to the East River, north of Maiden Lane and stretching a few blocks beyond the Brooklyn Bridge): 738 positive results, among 5,187 people tested, for an overall infection rate of 14.2 percent
This means that out of 22,522 Lower Manhattan residents who have been tested, a total of 3,049 came back positive. While the rate of positive results for individual local zip codes varies from as little as 12.7 percent (in 10280) and as high as 15.6 percent (in 10005), this averages out to a local rate of 13.5 percent, or roughly one in every seven people.
To the editor,
Cheers to legislators Kavanagh and Niou for offering common sense ideas providing real relief to our desperate small businesses. Now will City Hall, Albany and landlords only listen?
If not, New York City streets will become ghost towns.
This iconic array of small shops on Fulton Street evokes the changing retail landscape Downtown, where small businesses have been buffeted by rising rents and cut-throat competition from e-commerce giants, along with a succession of cataclysms — from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to the onset of the Great Recession in 2008, the floodwaters of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and (most recently) the pandemic coronavirus.
How to Keep Shopkeepers in Their Shops
Kavanagh and Niou Aim to Protect Small Businesses by Offering Tax Incentives to Landlords
Two State legislators representing Lower Manhattan are proposing to rescue small businesses with a plan that would trade tax credits to landlords for rent breaks to commercial tenants.
Inspired by the acute financial distress that small businesses are experiencing in the wake of the pandemic coronavirus (and the economic cataclysm that it has unleashed), the “COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Lease Act,” sponsored in the State Senate by Brian Kavanagh and the Assembly by Yuh-Line Niou, aims to entice property owners to renegotiate leases and offer long-term, affordable rents to small business owners.
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Downtown Real Estate
Local Apartment Rents and Sales Prices Tumbled in the Second Quarter
A trio of reports quantifies the extent to which property prices in Lower Manhattan crumbled in the three months ending June 30.
A pair of analyses from Platinum Properties, a brokerage firm headquartered in the Financial District, looks in detail at Battery Park City and the Financial District.
The company’s report about Battery Park City documents that the average sales price for a condominium in the community dropped by 24.81 percent, relative to the second quarter of 2019, to $1.16 million. This aggregate figure varies by apartment size, with the worst pain reserved for sellers of two-bedroom units, which dropped by 42.4 percent from the first quarter of this year. The number of units sold fell by more than half, to just nine apartments.
Visionary Plans for Getting Around Downtown Focus on Two Wheels and Two Feet
A pair of new studies outlines a future for Lower Manhattan that is highly cyclical. The first of these, a report from the Downtown Alliance titled, “Bicycle Infrastructure & Commuting in Lower Manhattan,” notes that more than 20 percent of people who are employed Downtown currently walk or bike to work, while nearly one-third of people who live here get to and from their places of business in the same way.
These hardy souls are among some 49,000 New York City commuters (concentrated mainly in Manhattan and Brooklyn) who get to the office and back under the power of their own legs each day — a figure that has jumped 55 percent since 2012, and is growing by roughly nine percent each year.
Following a six-month closure due to the COVID-19, the New Museum announced that it will reopen to the public on September 15, 2020. Admission will be free through September 27 as a welcoming gesture.
Upon reopening, the Museum will resume its normal days and hours of operation, 11am – 6PM every day except Thursday where the Museum is open until 9pm. It is closed on Monday.
Admission will be through timed ticketing and visitorship will be limited to less than 25% of capacity. All visitors will be required to reserve tickets in advance online at newmuseum.org, beginning August 31, 2020.
In the Galleries:ning, the New Museum’s acclaimed exhibitions will remain on view, “Peter Saul: Crime and Punishment,” “Jordan Casteel: Within Reach,” and “Daiga Grantina: What Eats Around Itself.” The Peter Saul and Jordan Casteel exhibitions opened on February 11 and 19 respectively, just weeks before the COVID-19 closure. The exhibitions will remain on view through the end of the year.
Whitney Museum to Reopen
The Whitney will reopen on September 3 for members and a few days later for the general public.
Prof. Ronald C. Egan of Stanford University calls it the book that changed the world. Prof. David Hawkes of Oxford University was so enchanted by the book that he resigned from the chairmanship of Chinese at Oxford in 1971 to dedicate ten years of his life translating it into English. Written by Cao Xueqin in the mid-18th century, The Dream of the Red Mansion or The Story of the Stone is generally acknowledged to be the pinnacle of Chinese novels.
To shed light on the questions and issues raised, the Renwen Society presents this online lecture by a renowned Redolgist, Dr. Miao Huaiming to address the topic. The focus of Dr. Miao’s presentation will be on the connection between the classic and the city of Nanjing, where he is based.
Aspiring urban farmers can grow their knowledge at this 21,000 sq ft working urban farm! Learn all about urban agriculture and green infrastructure through workshops and family-friendly activities. The Teaching Garden features over 20 vegetable beds made from recycled plastic lumber, farm-style rows, an aquaponics system, an outdoor kitchen, a large solar oven, a high tunnel greenhouse, fruit trees, several rainwater harvesting systems, a rain garden, and more. Governors Island
On a rare trip tp midtown, I was walking west on East 41st Street as the morning sun illuminated the New York Public Library. This bronze plaque in the sidewalk, part of Library Way, stopped me in my tracks.
New Doc on the Block
Tribeca Pediatrics Founder Gets CB1’s Blessing to Renovate Historic Seaport Building
Community Board 1 (CB1) is giving its approval to a proposal to alter a building within the South Street Seaport Historic District, while also noting that the developer has gone out of his way to address the concerns of community leaders.
The property is 107 South Street (between Beekman Street and Peck Slip), which dates from 1900, and has been vacant for decades. In 2019, the building was purchased (for $6 million) by Dr. Michel Cohen, who will be familiar to many Lower Manhattan residents as the physician who founded Tribeca Pediatrics, and has helped care for a generation of Downtown kids.
CB1 Opposes New Restaurant Planned for Public Land Proposed in Seaport
A rendering of the plan for a restaurant beneath the FDR Drive, in the Seaport neighborhood.
Community Board 1 (CB1) is stating its opposition (for the fourth time) to a plan that would create a new restaurant beneath the FDR Drive, in the South Street Seaport neighborhood.
The proposal would demolish an existing storage shed (located alongside South Street, between Fulton and John Streets) that contains two public bathrooms, and replace it with restaurant housing a 2290-square-foot dining area with 30 tables and 85 chairs, along with a 700-plus square foot bar area with 26 seats. The new structure would largely eclipse the view corridor that frames panoramic vistas of the East River (and the tall ship Wavertree) from John Street.
Need a safe and breezy break from your apartment? Several cruise operators have reopened in North Cove and are offering opportunities to get out on the water, including Tribeca Sailing, Ventura, and Classic Harbor Line. All cruise operators are adhering to social distancing guidelines; check individual websites for details.