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A Weekend of Urban Exploration: OHNY opens up city’s best architectural sights

Written by Marissa Maier on . Posted in Real Estate

OHNY opens up city’s best architectural sights Inspired by similar architectural tours in his hometown, Londoner Scott Lauer started openhousenewyork (OHNY) in 2002 with roughly 80 sites sprinkled throughout the city. The weekend-long event, this year taking place Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16, has exploded to include almost 200 spaces in all five [&hellip
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Robert Contant, owner of St. Mark’s Bookshop

Written by Marissa Maier on . Posted in Books, News Our Town Downtown

The St. Mark’s Bookshop, a treasured literary collection near Astor Place, is no stranger to economic dips, bankruptcy scares and ultimate survival. The store, in operation in the East Village since the 1970s and once a haunt of Allen Ginsberg and William Boroughs, today finds itself once again on the precipice of shutting its doors. [&hellip
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Island Swap

Written by Marissa Maier on . Posted in Arts & Film, Breaking News

Alcatraz Prison leaves San Francisco Bay for New York Harbor Alcatraz Island—the site of the former federal prison in the San Francisco Bay that has been etched into the cultural consciousness—may be more metaphorically imposing than physically. Although the island is rocky and a sprawling 22 acres, as prisons go, said Rich Weideman, chief of [&hellip
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A Rare Peek Inside Tribeca’s Eclectic Lofts

Written by Marissa Maier on . Posted in Real Estate

When I walk around the streets of Manhattan, I like to engage in one of my more secret New York City hobbies: stealing furtive glances up at apartments. From a richly toned small abode filled corner-to-corner with tchotchkes, trinkets and artwork to an austere condo decorated with modern furniture and bare light fixtures, I am [&hellip
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Murray Fisher

Written by Marissa Maier on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

Co-Founder of the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School on Governors Island Murray Fisher has created the only school—a public school, at that—in New York City where teenagers can learn about everything maritime, from sea vessel operations to professional diving. He describes a day in the life of an average Harbor School student, how these [&hellip
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After Loss Comes Rebirth

Written by Marissa Maier on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

A doc 10 years in the making shows rebuilding of ground zero and the stories of 9/11 survivors There are documentaries with the power to transcend the silver screen and create lasting, perceptible change in the three-dimensional world. REBIRTH is one such film. A feature-length documentary, REBIRTH is part of a larger organization whose mission [&hellip
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Elizabeth Berger

Written by Marissa Maier on . Posted in Uncategorized

President of the Downtown Alliance The Downtown Alliance, the Business Improvement District (BID) for Lower Manhattan, is a powerhouse of information and statistics. Recently, the Alliance published a report entitled “The State of Lower Manhattan,” which showed the numerous ways in which the area has not only recovered but flourished since 9/11. We sat down [&hellip
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Finding Unity on Anniversary of 9/11

Written by Marissa Maier on . Posted in Breaking News

In most cases, noted Julie Menin, chair of Community Board 1, coordinating an event that involves hundreds of volunteers and thousands of participants in Downtown Manhattan would take roughly a year to plan. Menin and CB1, however, have managed to organize such an event, “Hand in Hand: Remembering 9/11,” in the span of six weeks, [&hellip
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Chaps, Flappers and Fams Swinging on Govs. Island

Written by Marissa Maier on . Posted in Arts Our Town Downtown

“I was heading to Governors Island on the ferry Aug. 20 for the sixth biannual Jazz Age Lawn Party. Everyone was glad that the weather had turned out nicely—even during the event, the event’s organizers made an announcement saying how glad they were that people had the faith to come out despite the warnings of [&hellip
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