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Rent prices may be rising in this city, but for now, there are plenty of purveyors of cheap food that manage to hold on to leases, even in trendy lower Manhattan. That's lucky for us -- cheap eats joints are a well-ingrained part of our culinary fabric, and they comprise a full third of our roster o ... More >>
Creating our inaugural list of 99 Essential Restaurants™ in Lower Manhattan came with months of endless obsessing: Our initial brain dump unearthed more than 200 contenders, which only swelled before we began to whittle, tweaking our final docket until the very end.
This week's Village Voice feature story answers the question many New Yorkers face every night: Where are we going to eat? As a guide, we present 99 Essential Restaurants™ in Lower Manhattan, compiled by Voice food editor Laura Shunk, along with contributors Zachary Feldman, Tom Finkel, Caryn ... More >>
Need to get away for a few hours? No matter what the changing season brings, take solace in the fact great brunch places are there when you need them. Here's a round up of a few retreats we've scouted out for some temporary relief.
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When the Bloomberg administration rolled out a 400-page proposal to better climate-change-proof the city, by far the sexiest part of the plan was Seaport City, an analog of Battery Park City for the east side of lower Manhattan. The sexiest, and also the most difficult to accomplish. But now it look ... More >>
On Sunday, the choicest day for implosions, the Trust for Governors Island will level an abandoned 11-story building on the island with 200 pounds of dynamite. Building 877 was constructed in 1968 to house Coast Guard families, but hasn't been in use since 1996. So, kaboom it will go, to make room f ... More >>
The bike lane extended, big time
On Thursday, March 14, the New York City Council will hold a public hearing to discuss future plans for South Street Seaport, the city's oldest communal meeting place. Organizers of the New Amsterdam Market -- an outdoor marketplace held in the area -- are seeking to "preserve and rehabilitate" the ... More >>
The building pictured to the right, 40 Bond Street, is not necessarily a new building. The Ian Schrager-developed and Herzog de Meuron-designed residences were completed in 2007 to relative fanfare and approving reviews. The Observer's Max Abelson wrote, "If you can avert your eyes from the building ... More >>
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The year's coming to an end, but the impact of the storm is not. The New York State Labor Department reports a loss of 30,000 jobs in and around the city this November due to Hurricane Sandy. James Brown, an economist for the Labor Department, told City Room that during the end-of-year holiday seas ... More >>
Walking around Lower Manhattan these past few nights, it is clear that something is in the air. Literally. Take a deep breath in and find your lungs greeted by wave of pine from the tightly wrapped trees that now seem to line every street corner. By next week, it will be impossible to dodge the ho ... More >>
Between noon and 4 p.m. today, the NYC Food Truck Association in conjunction with Jet Blue will give away free meals to the powerless in lower Manhattan and the Rockaways. See all the locations and participating trucks after the jump.
The video embedded above shows an explosion at the Con Ed plant at 14th Street and the FDR. It was first posted on the web by TrillianMedia.Power currently is out in much of lower Manhattan following what authorities say was the brunt of Hurricane Sandy.So far, authorities the storm has claimed five ... More >>
Approaching its anniversary, the movement isn't dead. It's growing up.
Aside from pushing and shoving and a relatively paltry 50 arrests, the May Day protests yesterday were largely peaceful. The credit for that should go to the police officers assigned yesterday to the protests throughout lower Manhattan. The cops held it together even though many of them had to work ... More >>
When we contacted Occupy Wall Street yesterday to ask about allegations that the group is responsible for dumping two giant buckets of feces and urine at two lower Manhattan locations, we thought we'd get some sort of spirited response either denying or embracing the allegations.We were wrong -- ... More >>
Lower Manhattan saw nearly 9.8 million tourists visit last year, a record number for an area revitalized by development and the World Trade Center site. Many of those were drawn here by the newly-opened September 11 Memorial, which has already attracted more than 1 million visitors in the four mon ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsAfter an audit found that the Port Authority was nearly $2 billion overbudget, the New York Post went digging and discovered that the PA has elaborate, high-tech security plans for protecting the redesigned World Trade Center site. Maybe that's where all the money is going! ... More >>
As part of his State of the City speech yesterday, Mayor Mike Bloomberg -- in a discussion about revenue -- said the city plans to sell three Lower Manhattan properties. It was just a few sentences, but it gave Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer a chance today to remind us all that his posit ... More >>
The Victoria Harbour Light Show.When we think back upon the last few months in the Financial District, one thing we do not think is "Lower Manhattan should have a light show!" Nonetheless, that's what the Economic Development Corporation is after, a lighting initiative that would "transform t ... More >>
Wallyg / FlickrLunchtime just got a little more excitingLower Manhattan might be home to a large population of office workers, but lunch options still remain somewhat scarce. But all that's about to change: As DNAInfo reports, a rotating group of five trucks per day will soon be rolling outs ... More >>
What is the true blight of New York City? The awful, industrial scaffolding that crops up to hide the beauty of attractive things and make ugly things uglier, usually when you least expect it, truly ruining any photo op you might be planning on having. Just a fact of life in a city, and something we ... More >>
Zoe SchlangerMusicians at Zuccotti Park. Last week, sub-committees of Lower Manhattan's Community Board 1 drafted a resolution in hopes of easing tensions with their new neighbors, Occupy Wall Street. Last night, the full board passed the resolution by a large majority. Held at a public sch ... More >>
Bravo to the "Occupy Wall Street" protestors who've been camped out in lower Manhattan, screaming about how Financial District greed destroyed the economy. While we're at it, let's also rail against...
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly appeared on 60 Minutes last night to talk about New York City's counterterrorism unit, created after 9/11, which now numbers 35,000 uniformed police officers and 15,000 civilian employees. The interview with Scott Pelley includes a look at the NYPD's $3 billion joi ... More >>
Grace Giardina"If you're the mayor's speechwriter, what's your job" after the Towers fall? You're going to start thinking about "how do you find something redemptive out of this attack? How do you try and encapsulate those emotions?"
Speaking of crazy cab rides, what do you get when you put a possibly intoxicated, or maybe just very cheerful, singing cabbie with a so-called exotic dancer and her 6-month-long boyfriend-person, who are travelers to the big city? You get this rather awkward situation, recorded and put on YouTube fo ... More >>
The 206 police officers transferred last week to the new World Trade Center Command are coming largely from higher crime precincts outside of tourist-heavy, monied southern Manhattan, documents show. Just three cops are coming from the lower Manhattan's 1st Precinct, which includes the trade ... More >>
Rebecca MarxThis being National Ice Cream Month, it seems appropriate that scarcely a day passes without some dairy-related news to report. And today's a bi-borough triple-header.
The swimming pool copy on the Gansevoort Hotel's website reads: "This urban oasis is the perfect place for daytime sunning, a snack from 'Plunge' Bar and Lounge, or a quiet conversation in our landscaped garden." It's also the perfect place for picking up some coliform bacteria, which indicates f ... More >>
The Nolitan HotelNow with seasonal American dining.The dell'anima family is set to expand with a new restaurant in the Nolitan, the latest luxury hotel to muscle its way into Lower Manhattan.
Need a meal everyone will enjoy?Joe N. Asks: I want to take my parents out for lunch somewhere that's nice in Lower Manhattan. Can you recommend somewhere that isn't too expensive but that they'll enjoy? Dear Joe: Lower Manhattan used to be a culinary wasteland, but in recent years it's bec ... More >>
Pier A, seen a few years ago.Although the Freedom Tower won't be getting a Windows on the World redux, its surrounding neighborhood will be getting a new oyster bar.
Rendering of Memorial, via It's been almost 10 years since the World Trade Center attacks, and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum will finally open this fall. Which is great, except that now there's this looming problem of people (or, let's call them "tourists") wanting to, you kno ... More >>
Julius Schorzman/WikimediaTastes even better when it's freeThere might be no such thing as a free lunch, but there is free coffee. Tomorrow is February 1, which means it's the start of SeamlessWeb's annual promotion, Free Coffee Days, when the company will give away 250,000 cups of joe.
Most of the year you can get away with hating the MTA outright, for the lack of service, service disruptions, ever-increasing fares, or just 'cause you can. But at holiday time they pull out the big guns, and suddenly you can't help but feeling ever so slightly warmer-and-maybe-even-fuzzy abo ... More >>
If you were worried about the plane lazily circling the Statue of Liberty this morning, don't be: the Staten Island Advance reveals, albeit belatedly, that the military flight "taking photos" of the statue. "Reports indicate it may be Air Force One," they add, suggesting that the Obama may have got ... More >>
A study conducted in Minnesota suggests that many young people who claim to be vegetarians actually suffer from eating disorders. Researchers advise parents to talk to their teens about vegetarianism. [LA Times] Ben & Jerry of ice cream fame have launched a food-tracking campaign. Since the FDA ok' ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. August 30, 1962, Vol. VII, No. 45 The Fight for Little Italy By Stephanie Gervis Not since home and motherhood has there been a cause like the fight against the Lower Manhattan (Broome Street) Expressway. It's everybody's fight. Politician ... More >>
During its coverage of this morning's 9/11 ceremonies, WABC mentioned the building and population growth in the surrounding neighborhood. "58,000 residents call Lower Manhattan home," it said, "and building booms as never before." Downtown Alliance President Liz Berger was interviewed, and said "Who ... More >>
For five years, New York's senior senator said nothing about the toxic cloud that hung over his own constituents.
The frightening link between the 9-11 toxic cloud and cancer
Going down, town: Areas of lower Manhattan color-coded by hurricane risk: Orange is highest, followed by yellow and green. (OEM) With it being Hurricane Preparedness Week, and amid word that the looming Atlantic season could be a real humdinger, Power Plays took the advice from the Office of Emerge ... More >>
It's this simple: If New York City reduces business taxes, extends not only the LIRR but also the Metro North to lower Manhattan, cracks down on street vendors, creates cheaper options for parking cars in the financial district, restricts truck deliveries in the area to non-business hours, hardens u ... More >>