Posts Tagged With: Lower Manhattan

Downtown Reviving: N.Y.C. Launches Global Push

New York City is launching a global campaign to promote Lower Manhattan, an area comprising the financial district, Battery Park City, and the waterfront harbor.

The effort — “Get More NYC: Lower Manhattan,” which begins June 1 — extols the virtues of Lower Manhattan hotels, restaurants, shops, history, museums, and other attractions, including the 9/11 Memorial, which the city says will open on Sept. 12.

In addition to outdoor ads in the five boroughs, a taxicab monitor spot promoting Lower Manhattan, and an initiative to promote Lower Manhattan to meeting planners, the effort includes a media program at JFK International Airport’s Terminal 4 starting this summer. Posters, wall clings and column wraps showing imagery of the City with a particular emphasis on Lower Manhattan will festoon the terminal.

Read the full article from MediaPost.

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World Financial Center Dishes Up Three Lunchtime Food Events

A sandwich from Quality Burger, which reopened Thursday on the World Financial Center plaza.

By Julie Shapiro
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

The World Financial Center had three separate lunchtime culinary events on Thursday.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the EAT World Financial Center Restaurant showcased more than a dozen of the building’s eateries in the Winter Garden, each selling tastes of their signature dishes for $5 or less.

The Grill Room offered a shrimp and vegetable stir-fry for $5, SouthWest NY will dish out pulled-pork sliders, two for $5, and Devon & Blakely sold a blackened chicken sandwich for $4. For dessert, Financier Patisserie offered a black and white mousse cake for $3, while Godiva Chocolatier will sell two chocolate-dipped strawberries for $5.

Thursday also marked the return of Ed’s Lobster Bar and Quality Burger, the food kiosks by the North Cove Marina that drew long lines when they debuted last summer.

This year, Ed’s will bring back its $15 lobster roll, $6 grilled shrimp skewers and $2 grilled corn on the cob, while Quality Burger will offer freshly seared cheeseburgers for $5.25 and loaded-up chilidogs for $3.75.

Within the next couple of weeks, a third kiosk will open: Fatty ‘Cue, an outpost of the popular Williamsburg barbecue joint by the same name.

Read more from DNAinfo.

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Battery Park City Authority Seeks New Auditor

The Battery Park City Authority will soon have a new auditor managing the neighborhood's finances. (Flickr/jnpoulos)

By Julie Shapiro
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

The Battery Park City Authority is hiring a new auditor, three months after a report slammed the authority for wasting $300,000 on parties and fancy lunches.

The authority plans to hire an outside firm to perform its internal audits from now on, to ensure that the audits are independent and thorough, board members said at an Audit Committee meeting Wednesday.

“When you have a person who is part of the organization reporting internally, it is a difficult process,” said Robert Mueller, chairman of the authority’s Audit Committee.

In the past, the authority had an internal auditor, Roy Villafane, who reported to Lisa Miller, vice president of internal audit and compliance.

The inspector general’s scathing report on the authority last December criticized both Villafane and Miller for inappropriately documenting the car and driver perks that former authority Chairman James Gill received.

Miller still works for the authority, but Villafane retired about six months ago and the authority never replaced him.

Read more from DNAinfo.

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Seeing a High Rise in Prices

New York Post
February 3, 2011

Manhattan apartments ‘sale’ away

In another sign that the city’s battered real-estate market is on the way back, prices of apartments and townhouses all around Manhattan are shooting up.

The median price of a co-op or condo in the borough is now $880,000 — 3.5 percent more than it was in 2009, according to an encouraging new report from the realty firm Prudential Douglas Elliman.

Manhattan hasn’t yet turned from a buyers’ into a sellers’ market, but it’s at least stable, according to Jonathan Miller, president of Miller Samuel Real Estate Appraisers, which conducted the research for the report.

Apartments are selling faster and fewer markdowns have to be offered to entice wary buyers, according to the report.

The average time an apartment spent on the market decreased from 179 days in 2009 to 119 in 2010.

Meanwhile, the average discount on a pad for sale dropped to 7.1 percent, from 10.2 percent the prior year.

People are buying and selling more apartments as well.

The number of apartment sales jumped 35.4 percent — from 7,430 in 2009 to 10,060 units in 2010.

“We’re seeing a reasonably normal pace of activity, far better than the dark days of 2009, but below the peak,” said Miller.

The median price for an apartment in prerecession 2008 was $955,000.

The city’s most expensive residences — townhouses — are also attracting well-heeled buyers more quickly.

And more than half of the ones sold in 2010 are occupied by single families, according to Douglas Elliman’s Townhouse Market report, which tracks that gold-plated market.

A Fifth Avenue townhouse across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art was bought by Mexican mogul Carlos Slim for $44 million.

The median price of a townhouse skyrocketed 13.2 percent in 2010 — jumping from $3.4 million to $3.85 million.

And that was 114.5 percent more than a townhouse cost at the beginning of the decade.

Like apartments, more townhouses are selling, and they’re on the market for less time.

Some 197 townhouses were sold in 2010, compared to 149 in 2009.

And they were purchased after 117 days on the market. In 2009, the figure was 142 days.

As far as apartments go, the average price per square foot was $1,203 last year, an 8.3 percent increase from $1,111 in 2009.

The areas where condos and co-ops showed the biggest increases in price per square foot in 2010 were Midtown East, Chelsea and SoHo/TriBeCa.

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Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Battery Park City

Rabbit Symbol

The Chinese New Year begins on February 3rd and according to the Chinese system, 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit. Celebrate the New Year in Battery Park City at two Chinese restaurants, Liberty View & Au Mandarin. Liberty View restaurant is at 21 South End Avenue facing South Cove, and Au Mandarin is at 2 World Financial Center. You can also head out to Chinatown to celebrate, which isn’t too far from BPC.

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Shake Shack is Shaking Things Up


Remember a few weeks ago it was finally made official that Battery Park City was getting our own Shake Shack? We even talked about the BPC Shake Shack on our blog. Well, it looks like BPC isn’t the only one getting the famous burger joint soon. In 2011 Shake Shack will hit the Dupont Circle district in Washington DC. The DC location will be only the second Shake Shack location outside of New York City as Miami Beach location opened its doors in June. You can read the full story here.

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Best Blacktops – Battery Park City

Downtown Express photo by John Bayles

West Thames Park was picked by Downtown Express as one of the best blacktops in the city siting, “this recently opened Battery Park City facility offers courts that are both beautiful and strangely designed.” The two half court basketball facilities with the uncommon multicolor paint choices seem only to attract youngsters in the area. The two courts have different height nets encouraging the shorter-net court to fill up with elementary age children by early afternoon and overflowing to the surrounding jungle gym. We are excited that our blacktop was picked as one of the best in the city. You can read about the other wining blacktops here.

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Battery Dance Company Downtown Dance Festival

This is the last week to catch Battery Dance Company’s free performances. At 2 p.m. daily on the corner of Water and Whitehall Streets the company performs featuring local and international company members. Call (212) 219-3910 or visit for more information.

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Construction of Liberty Luxe & Liberty Green

Check out this awesome time lapse video of the construction of Liberty Luxe and Liberty Green in Battery Park City. Ever wonder what changes from day to day in the area? Well, here is your answer!

The grass is so green at the end of the video.

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Skyscraper Activity Saturday

Join The Skyscraper Museum this Saturday (39 Battery Place) for a fun and educational morning. The hour long activity, geared towards youngsters, will start at 10:30am and encourage an appreciation and understanding of our city’s biggest buildings by creating skyscraper replicas out of stacking blocks and kid-sized images. You can even have your picture taken with the skyscraper you constructed! Please RSVP by calling 212-945-6324 or emailing Click here for more information and additional summer events by The Skyscraper Museum.

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