Lower Manhattan’s Local News
Your Next Neighbors Might Be Vastly Less Interesting, But Better Able to Pay High Rents
A new report from City Comptroller Scott Stringer documents that Lower Manhattan is undergoing an exodus of artists and other “creative economy” workers, who are being driven away primarily by skyrocketing costs for housing.
Mr. Stringer’s analysis, “The Creative Economy: Art, Culture and Creativity in New York City,” establishes that between 2008 and 2017, the combined footprint of Community Boards 1 and 2 (meaning Manhattan south of 14th Street, west of the Bowery and Pearl Street, and south of the Brooklyn Bridge) has lost 3,505 residents who work in the creative sector — defined any industry the primary output of which is creative or cultural (from museums and art galleries, to film and television production, theater and dance companies, fashion, publishing, advertising, and more).
The remainder of Lower Manhattan, delimited by Community Board 3 (south of 14th Street, east of the Bowery and Pearl Street, and north of the Brooklyn Bridge) has lost 3,879 creative sector workers during the same period. The only area of the City to lose more from this cohort was the Upper West Side, which saw 6,757 move out during that decade.
These demographic shifts occurred against the backdrop of significant net growth in the sector. The report finds that from 2008 to 2017, New York City’s overall resident creative workforce grew 12.8 percent, outpacing growth of 8.2 percent in the total resident workforce in all sectors.
At the November 21 meeting of Community Board 1, Luke Wolff, the Comptroller’s Manhattan Borough Liaison, observed that Lower Manhattan, “is a major driver of New York’s creative economy, both in terms of residents and workers. And this community has lost more than 3,000 of those residents, to the outer boroughs and to other cities. There is a lot more the City needs to do, especially in terms of affordable housing.”
Mr. Stringer’s report echoes the observations of a 2017 analysis by the Center for an Urban Future (CUF), entitled, “A Creative Solution to New York’s Affordable Space Crunch,” which noted that the combined communities of Lower Manhattan (meaning Tribeca, the Financial District, Battery Park City, and the South Street Seaport/Civic Center) and the West Village ranked second of all neighborhoods in the five boroughs for the total number of resident artists, with 3,989 working creative professionals. Only the Upper West Side, with 5,584, had a more robust tally. (These figures are slightly lower than those in Mr. Stringer’s report, because the Comptroller’s analysis defined the creative sector more expansively.)
That report looked at dramatic changes in those tallies between 2000 and 2015. At the start of this period, Downtown and the Upper West Side had nearly equal creative populations, with 5,446 living between Riverside Drive and Central Park, and 5,234 residing Downtown. Fifteen years later, however, the Upper West Side maintained a stable creative population (experiencing an uptick of approximately 2.5 percent), while Downtown began to hemorrhage arts professionals, losing 24 percent of its creative headcount.
Among communities that lost artists, only the combined neighborhoods of Chelsea, Clinton, and Midtown West fared worse than Lower Manhattan, losing 28 percent of its visionaries, dropping from 5,178 at the start of the study period, to 3,711 in 2015.
Where are the aesthetes headed? In a word, “Brooklyn.”
The CUF report tallied the net change in creative populations in every part of New York City. Among communities with the ten biggest net increases of artists in residence, half a dozen were in Brooklyn, which also took the first five places on the list. Bushwick gained more than 1,600 artists, while Williamsburg/Greenpoint got 1,200-plus, Fort Greene took in some 900, and Bedford Stuyvesant welcomed more than 600.
These conclusions are verified by Mr. Stringer’s more recent compendium, which found that the Bushwick section of Brooklyn gained 6,198 creative professionals between 2008 and 2017, while the Bedford Stuyvesant area welcomed another 4,451.
Lower Manhattan’s dwindling artistic population is, in some ways, ironic, because the area has come into its own in recent years as a cultural destination, where museums, and theatrical and dance productions have proliferated, along with street festivals and gallery openings. But these amenities are all geared more to consumers of art (as Downtown’s increasingly affluent demographic is apt to be), rather than those who produce it.
For the second cohort, the availability of affordable housing and ample workspace have traditionally been indispensable. The profusion of both is what drew legions of artists to Tribeca in the 1970s. Five decades later, the absence of these has conspired to make artists, if not an endangered species, then at least a rarer breed than in years past.
EYES TO THE SKY
November 25 – December 8, 2019
Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Moon at dusk. Mars, Mercury dawn
It is a jamboree, a planetary spree out there within the hour after sunset and, with different heavenly bodies, within the hour before sunrise. Venus and Jupiter, the brightest celestial objects next to the Sun and Moon, are a dynamic pair to observe at dusk close above the southwest horizon. Mercury, in the east at dawn, shines with unusual splendor after its November 11 transit of the Sun. The little planet shares its best morning apparition of the year with Mars and bright star Spica.
As we approach the very shortest days of the year, the times of both dusk and dawn seem to belong more to daytime than night. For dusk, add an hour to sunset time, which is close to 4:20 p.m. – the earliest of the year – and take away an hour from sunrise, which is within minutes of 7 a.m. These are splendid times to enjoy the outdoors and to include children.
This evening, the 25th, brilliant Venus and bright Jupiter shine side-by-side close above the southwestern horizon. Every day this week, Venus can be seen higher above the skyline as Jupiter loses altitude. Saturn appears diagonally to the left and ten degrees above Venus. Ten degrees can be approximated by extending a fist at arm’s length between the two heavenly bodies. Begin to look 45 minutes after sunset.
New moon occurs tomorrow, the 26th. A delicate, waxing crescent climbs into view below Venus and Jupiter on the 27th, promising a spectacular sight close to the southwest horizon if you can catch it before moonset at 5:27 p.m. On Thursday the 28th, see the crescent near Venus. Moonset on the 28th is at 6:17 p.m. and about an hour later each night going forward.
Continue planetary observations on the opposite horizon first thing in the morning. In the hour before sunrise, the remaining two naked eye planets – bright Mercury and dimmer, red Mars – sketch a showy diagonal with blue-white star Spica in the southeast. Thanks to Ade Ashford and Astronomy Now, an outstanding print and online astronomy publication from the UK, for the animation and accompanying text. Note that observing from the British Isles is, in this instance, accurate for our latitude.
Gotham Girls Winter Futsal League & Formativo Training
Gotham Girls F.C. – the only NYC all-girls soccer club is running our Winter Futsal League for girls ages 7 to 16.
(Our foundational development soccer – Formativo – is available for girls ages 7-10).
Our dedicated coaches ref the fun, active 50-minute 4v4 indoor futsal games, and provide coaching to develop girls foot skills and knowledge.
Dates are December 7/8 – March 21/22.
Games are on Saturdays or Sundays (depending on age)
at PS276 and PS234 gyms.
Cost is $210 for 12 games.
To register for Winter Futsal or Formativo, please go to http://gothamgirls.org.
For more information, contact Scott Baker at email@example.com
The Targeter: How to Hunt Terrorists
In her new book “The Targeter: My Life in the CIA, Hunting Terrorists and Challenging the White House,” Nada Bakos recounts her experience as an analyst and then as a targeting officer, and gives an engrossing account of the intelligence work that helps to keep our country safe.
Where the Streets Are Paved with Gold
Decades of Savings Needed to Purchase on Lavish Lanes
A trio of new analyses points to the self-evident conclusion that Lower Manhattan is a mind-numbingly expensive place to reside.
Tribeca’s Murray Street was calculated to be the third-most expensive anywhere in the five boroughs, with a median sales price of $5.4 million, and a volume of sales in excess of $364 million. To read more…
A Tale of Two Museums
Community-Focused Cultural Center Faces Uncertain Future, as Tourism Magnet Thrives
The 9/11 Tribute Museum, a highly regarded local cultural institution, is grappling with a precarious outlook, according to a story first published in Crain’s New York Business, which says that the space housing the facility, located at Greenwich and Rector Streets, may be sold out from under the organization by its landlord.
Aggregation and Promulgation
Council Member and Borough President Push for Transparency in Development
Community Board 1 has endorsed a proposed new law — sponsored by a City Council member representing the Upper East Side and supported by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer — that would require City government to notify local officials whenever development rights are transferred between building lots. Such transfers are often used by developers to maximize the zoning potential for the site of a planned skyscraper.
Cruise Ships in New York Harbor
Arrivals & Departures
Tuesday, November 26
Queen Mary 2
Inbound 6:00 am (Brooklyn); outbound 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 1
Anthem of the Seas
Inbound 5:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 3:00 pm
Port Canaveral, FL/Bahamas
Inbound 6:15 am; outbound 3:30 pm
Monday, December 2
Inbound 9:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm
Many ships pass Lower Manhattan on their way to and from the Midtown Passenger Ship Terminal. Others may be seen on their way to or from piers in Brooklyn and Bayonne. Stated times, when appropriate, are for passing the Colgate clock in Jersey City, New Jersey, and are based on sighting histories, published schedules and intuition. They are also subject to tides, fog, winds, freak waves, hurricanes and the whims of upper management.
CLASSIFIEDS & PERSONALS
Swaps & Trades ~ Respectable Employment ~ Lost & Found
LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR AVAILABLE
FOR BABYSITTING OR TUTORING
17 year old young man, lifetime resident of Tribeca and BPC.
Went to PS 234, Lab Middle School and currently attending Millennium HS. This summer was a Councilor at Pierce Country Day Camp. Excellent references.Very experienced with kids under 10.
Available for weeknight and weekend baby-sitting and tutoring middle-schoolers in Math or Science.
Please contact Emmett at 917.733.3572
CERTIFIED HOME HEALTH AIDE SEEKING
Full-Time Live-In Elder Care
I am loving, caring and hardworking with 12 years experience. References available. Marcia 347-737-5037 firstname.lastname@example.org
ELDER CARE NURSE AIDE
with 17 years experience seeks PT/FT work. Refs available Call or text 718 496 6232 Dian
DO YOU NEED A PERSONAL ASSISTANT?
I am experienced, reliable, knowledgeable and able to work flexible hours.
CHINESE AIDE/CAREGIVER FOR ELDERLY
Cantonese/Mandarin-speaking and Excellent Cook for Battery Park City.
SEEKING FREE-LANCE PUBLIC RELATIONS PROFESSIONAL OR SMALL PR FIRM
Work with well-reviewed author of five E-books, developing and implementing outreach strategies. Includes writing, placement, research, new outlets and on-line advertising. Savvy social media skills a must. Downtown location.
Please send resume and fee schedule to: Email: email@example.com
Available starting September for PT/FT.
Wonderful person, who is a great worker. Reference Available
Available for PT/FT elder care. Experienced. References Angella
DITCH THE DIETS & LOSE WEIGHT FOR GOOD
Call Janine to find out how with hypnosis.
EXPERIENCED ELDER CARE
Able to prepare nutritious meals and light housekeeping
Excellent references 12yrs experienced 347-898-5804
Call Hope firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTARY PUBLIC IN BPC
$2 per notarized signature Text Paula at 917-836-8802
IT AND SECURITY SUPPORT
Experienced IT technician. Expertise in 1-on-1 tutoring for all ages.Computer upgrading & troubleshooting. Knowledgeable in all software programs.
James Kierstead email@example.com 347-933-1362. Refs available
OLD WATCHES SOUGHT, PREFER NON-WORKING
Mechanical pocket and wristwatches sought and sometimes repaired
If you would like to place a listing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Nadler Sponsors Legislation to Make Lower Manhattan Heliopolis No More
Support is building among decision-makers to heed a decade long call by Lower Manhattan community leaders to enact a comprehensive ban on non-essential helicopter flights in New York’s airspace.
On October 26, Congressman Jerry Nadler was joined on the steps of City Hall by fellow federal legislators Nydia Velazquez and Carolyn Maloney, as well as Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and State Senator Brian Kavanagh, along with a coalition of activists and community leaders, to announce a new proposed law — the Improving Helicopter Safety Act of 2019. To read more…
Today in History
1343 – A tsunami, caused by an earthquake in the Tyrrhenian Sea, devastates Naples and the Maritime Republic of Amalfi, among other places.
1487 – Elizabeth of York is crowned Queen of England. The new consort of King Henry VII travelled by barge from Greenwich to the Tower of London, whence she processed the day before the ceremony to the royal palace, and on to Westminster Abbey for her coronation, which was conducted by John Morton, Archbishop of Canterbury.
1491 – The siege of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, ends with the Treaty of Granada.
1667 – A deadly earthquake rocks Shemakha in the Caucasus, killing 80,000 people.
1783 – American Revolutionary War: The last British troops leave New York City three months after the signing of the Treaty of Paris.
1833 – A massive undersea earthquake, estimated magnitude between 8.7-9.2, rocks Sumatra, producing a tsunami all along the Indonesian coast.
1864 – American Civil War: A group of Confederate operatives calling themselves the Confederate Army of Manhattan starts fires in more than 20 locations in an unsuccessful attempt to burn down New York City.
1915 – Albert Einstein presents the field equations of general relativity to the Prussian Academy of Sciences.
1926 – The deadliest November tornado outbreak in U.S. history kills 76 people and injures more than 400.
1950 – The Great Appalachian Storm of November 1950 impacts 22 American states, killing 353 people, injuring over 160, and causing US$66.7 million in damages (1950 dollars).
1963 – John F. Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
1963 – Lee Harvey Oswald is buried in Fort Worth, Texas.
1986 – Iran-Contra affair: U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese announces that profits from covert weapons sales to Iran were illegally diverted to the anti-communist Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
2000 – The 2000 Baku earthquake, with a Richter magnitude of 7.0, leaves 26 people dead in Baku, Azerbaijan, and becomes the strongest earthquake in the region in 158 years.
1666 – Giuseppe Giovanni Battista Guarneri, Italian violin maker (d. 1740)
1835 – Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1919)
1844 – Karl Benz, German engineer and businessman, founded Mercedes-Benz (d. 1929)
1881 – Pope John XXIII (d. 1963)
1896 – Virgil Thomson, American composer and critic (d. 1989)
1914 – Joe DiMaggio, American baseball player and coach (d. 1999)
1924 – Paul Desmond, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1977)
1865 – Heinrich Barth, German explorer and scholar (b. 1821)
1885 – Thomas A. Hendricks, American lawyer and politician, 21st Vice President of the United States (b. 1819)
Who was the 21st President? Chester A. Arthur
1968 – Upton Sinclair, American novelist, critic, and essayist (b. 1878)
1974 – U Thant, Burmese lawyer and diplomat, 3rd Secretary-General of the United Nations (b. 1909)
2016 – Fidel Castro, Communist leader of Cuba, and revolutionary (b. 1926)
The Train to the Plane
A Convenient Connection to the Airport Visible from Lower Manhattan Rooftops May Be Less Than Ten Years Away
The Regional Plan Association (RPA) recently partnered with the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association (DLMA) to build support for a proposed rail connection between Lower Manhattan and Newark Airport. A report the two organizations produced together, “Taking the PATH to Newark Airport,” summarizes the potential and the prospects for such a link, which local leaders have long pushed for.
Preservation, Renovation, Elevation,
and a Donation
Seaport Structure Reborn as Flood-Proof Food Emporia as Owner Celebrates with Support for Local Charity
The South Street Seaport’s historic Tin Building reached a milestone on Wednesday, when the last and highest structural beam was placed (after being ceremonially signed by dozens of well-wishers) within a reconstructed edifice, following an unprecedented, years-long effort to preserve it.
photos courtesy HHC
“A Fraudulent Scheme”
FiDi Renters Seek Recompense for Years of Rent Overcharges
In the wake of a June ruling by New York State’s highest court that tenants in Financial District rental buildings had been illegally deprived of rent stabilization benefits, a pair of apartment dwellers is litigating to recoup the money they lost by paying inflated, market-rate rents for years.
In October, Bruce Hackney and Timothy Smith, tenants at Ten Hanover Square, filed suit against their landlord, alleging that the owner’s, “failure to follow rent regulations was part of a fraudulent scheme to deregulate apartments in the building.” To read more…
Eighteen Years Later, What about the Children?
Schools Agency Begins Belated Outreach Effort to Former Lower Manhattan Students at Risk of 9/11 Illness
The City’s Department of Education is partnering with the United Federation of Teachers union for an unusual mission: tracking down former New York City public school students who were pupils at Lower Manhattan schools on September 11, 2001 (or in the months that followed) and informing them that their health may be at risk. The project will also seek to put these students in touch with the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund. To read more…
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Rents Within Reach for 50 Years
Lower East Side’s Depression-Era Equivalent to Gateway Plaza Preserves Affordability Through 2069
City Council member Margaret Chin has brokered an agreement that will preserve affordability for rental tenants at Knickerbocker Village, a giant apartment complex in the Two Bridges neighborhood, which was built by a public-private partnership in the 1930s.
The complex bears striking similarities to Battery Park City’s largest residential development, Gateway Plaza. Both boast multiple buildings (12 on the Lower East Side and six in Battery Park City), surrounding a central garden. Each has a similar number of apartments: 1,590 for Knickerbocker Village and 1705 in Gateway Plaza. And the two projects were conceived as bulwarks of affordability.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Shoot
Chin Pushes Legislation to Rein in Production Permits
City Council member Margaret Chin is co-sponsoring a package of bills to clamp down on rampant film and television production in Lower Manhattan.
Although the new laws, if enacted, will have City-wide effect, their impact would be especially significant in the square mile below Chambers Street, where dozens of movies and TV shows commandeer local streets (sometimes for days at a time) each year.
Things That Make You Go ‘Hmm…’
Lawsuit Over Similarity Between One World Trade and Architecture Student’s Design Moves Ahead
One thing is reasonably certain: In 1999, Jeehoon Park, then a student at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture, created a design for a very tall building with a large square base tapering to a smaller square top. In Mr. Park’s vision, the square formed by the roof was rotated 45 degrees relative to the one at the ground level, so that the center-points on each side of the quadrilateral below corresponded to the corners of the one above, and vice versa. And instead of four vertical walls, the structure’s facade consisted of eight elongated triangles.
That structure was never built. Or was it?
What’s In Store?
Amid a Booming Economy, Lower Manhattan Retail Space Languishes
A new report from City Comptroller Scott Stringer finds that in one Lower Manhattan zip code — 10013, which covers parts of western Tribeca SoHo, and the Canal Street corridor in Chinatown — there are 319 empty retail spaces, comprising almost 300,000 square feet of unused property. To read more…
BPCA’s Public Art Collection Represents Multiple Layers of Value
The Battery Park City Authority, has completed an inventory and appraisal of its public art collection. This is part of a broad effort to take stock of the Authority’s ongoing role as a patron and custodian of pieces that represent an integral thread in the fabric of the community, as evidenced by the fact that space and funding for public art were both set aside decades ago, in the neighborhood’s first master plan, before the first building was erected.
BPCA Puts the Brakes on Conversions of Rental Buildings within Community
Residents of rental apartments in Battery Park City who fear being thrown out of their homes as developers plan to convert those buildings to condominiums can rest a little bit easier, according to the Battery Park City Authority.
At the October 2 meeting of the Battery Park City Committee of Community Board 1, Authority president Benjamin Jones said, “I want to talk about some of the potential condo conversions that people are concerned about. We have been very clear with developers over the last year, and then some, about our position — that we want to preserve the rental housing that exists in Battery Park City.” To read more…
Breaking It Down
Composting Catches on in Battery Park City
You’re probably heard of the farm-to-table movement. Thanks to the Battery Park City Authority’s compost initiative, there’s a burgeoning table-to-earth movement in this Lower Manhattan community.
What happens to the scraps after you’ve dropped them in the bin? How do your apple peels and corn husks turn into rich, beneficial compost?
The Broadsheet set out to investigate. To read more…
Death Came Calling at the Corner of Wall and Broad Streets, in Lower Manhattan’s First Major Terrorist Attack
As the noon hour approached on a fall Thursday morning in 1920, a horse-drawn wagon slowly made its way west down Wall Street toward “the Corner,” the high-powered intersection of Wall and Broad. Its driver came to a gentle stop in front of the Assay Office, where stockpiles of gold and silver were stored and tested for purity. But theft was not his motive.
Cass Gilbert and the Evolution of the New York Skyscraper
by John Simko
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