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Under Cover, Week of Dec. 18, 2014

LOST IN BATTERY PARK CITY We’re not sure if this is petty, snarky, beside the point, or could it be what writers always look for: the telling detail. You decide. Before the now infamous Battery Park City board of directors meeting Dec. 4 when the board left the fate of North Cove Marina and its […]

Competition, yes Critics of Howard Hughes Corp.’s plans to bring big retail to the historic South Street Seaport often cite the similar plans at Brookfield Place and the World Trade Center as reasons not to go forward, but Dennis Friedrich, C.E.O of Brookfield scoffed at the idea Wednesday. “I have been asked by our investors […]

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Cheers through rough waters Technically speaking Michael Fortenbaugh, president of North Cove Management. got a standing ovation Tuesday night but the words of support were more genuine. You see the only reason so many people were standing this week in the Battery Park City library at Community Board 1’s B.P.C meeting was that there were not […]

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Divisive & Disruptive It turns out Maggie Siena, Peck Slip School’s principal, who has been the most concerned about dividing the large rooms in the school’s temporary spot in the Dept. of Education’s Tweed headquarters had every reason to be worried. Lower Manhattan school advocate Paul Hovitz, who has been the most bullish about dividing […]

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What’s brewing in W.T.C. retail? The old World Trade Center retail area was the most profitable per square foot in the country, and many Downtowners have been waiting for its return for over a decade. We’re sorry to deliver bad news on that front. Even though part of the transit hub’s retail area is already […]

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An offer we didn’t refuse A big guy from the neighborhood with a gravelly voice that sounded like it was straight from “The Sopranos” gave us a call this week and asked us to do him a favor. Even though everything turned out to be exactly as it seemed, we weren’t too scared because the […]

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Tales on a school Howard Hughes Corporation’s Chris Curry didn’t sound all that interested in adding a school to the firm’s Seaport redevelopment project back in January, when Downtown Express asked him about it, but it looks like that’s changed. Back then, he cited the nearby Peck Slip School, scheduled to open next year, as a […]

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No Time to Recline Here’s one interpretation: Give Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Hudson River Park Trust officials credit for making Manhattan Beep Gale Brewer feel like a kid again. Brewer told us Tuesday the search for a copy of the six-month-old memorandum of understanding between the state and the Trust regarding a development deal intended […]

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You awardin’ me? We can all watch clips of our favorite movie stars any time we want, but watching the actors watch themselves is a rare treat, which is why our eyes were focused on Robert de Niro last week as he watched a long highlight reel of himself at the Borough of Manhattan Community […]

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Tribeca foodies “Whatever happened to that guy,” Tracy Nieporent joked about celebrity chef David Bouley, at a Taste of Tribeca preview cocktail party event last Friday night. Nieporent likes to point out that his brother Drew hired Bouley to be Montrachet’s first chef, but leaves out the part about Bouley forging his own successful path […]

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