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Lappin named Downtown Alliance’s new president

BY SAM SPOKONY | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED FEB. 6, 2014  |Seven months after the death of former President Liz Berger, the Downtown Alliance announced today that it has named Jessica Lappin, a former Upper East Side City Councilmember, to lead the organization. Lappin will officially take over as president of the Alliance on Feb. 10. “I see […]

BY KAITLYN MEADE | With the pervasive image of the Financial District’s suit-and-tie traders, you might see a different industry flexing its cybernetic muscles. The tech sector in Lower Manhattan has sprung up in the wake of a decline in the finance industry’s Downtown presence, bringing an influx of technologically savvy twenty- and thirty-somethings. The […]

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PUBLISHED ONLINE Aug 6, 2013   |  PUBLISHED IN PRINT Aug 14, 2013  |BY MADELYN WILS  | On Monday August 5, two days after her 53rd birthday, my friend Lizzie died.  Such a simple statement, yet in my life and others, an irreplaceable loss.  Liz Berger was a relentless champion of Lower Manhattan, a loving mother, […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | [This Aug. 5, 2013 post was updated Aug. 6, 2013] Elizabeth Berger, president and C.E.O. of the Alliance for Downtown New York, died on Aug. 5 of pancreatic cancer. She had turned 53 just two days before her death. She became president of the Downtown Alliance in November 2007. Under […]

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Electrical installation at the Police Memorial postponed: Superstorm Sandy dumped around nine feet of water into the vault that holds the electrical equipment for the New York City Police Memorial fountain, for the Kowsky Plaza dog run and for the playground known as “Pumpkin Park.” The equipment hasn’t worked since. Recently, the Battery Park City […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS |Developer Larry Silverstein is no longer stumped at 3 World Trade Center as he has just reached an agreement in principle to lease 515,000 square feet of the building to GroupM advertising and media services firm. He would have had to cease construction at the end of the year — leaving an […]

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By KAITLYN MEADE | A reconstruction project beginning later this month will close Downtown sections of Broadway for four years to replace utilities beneath the road. The city will close three of four lanes of the thoroughfare in two block sections between Rector and Ann Sts. The $42 million capital reconstruction project is scheduled to […]

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By KAITLYN MEADE | On a sweltering Friday afternoon, a handful of people were scattered throughout the small graveled plaza near the southern end of Washington St., most of them consulting maps or iPhones for their next destination, while a few chatted over iced beverages from a recently-opened Starbucks. The pedestrian plaza opened between Carlisle […]

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By KAITLYN MEADE |On a sweltering Friday afternoon, a handful of people were scattered throughout the small graveled plaza near the southern end of Washington St., most of them consulting maps or iPhones for their next destination, while a few chatted over iced beverages from a recently-opened Starbucks. The pedestrian plaza opened between Carlisle and […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | “Whatever happened with the bus service that was costing us a fortune?” asked Fernando Mateo, a member of the Battery Park City Authority board of directors at the board’s April meeting. “I didn’t know that was an issue,” replied Dennis Mehiel, the board’s chairperson. “The issue was that we are […]

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