DECEMBER 31, 2015 – JANUARY 13, 2016
Oh, what a year! This has been quite a year for Downtown. Lower Manhattan lost its powerful voice in Albany, and one of the neighborhood’s greatest boosters passed away. Battery Park City lost its marina’s beloved commodore and the founder of its parks conservancy, as relations between residents and its all-powerful, state-appointed board hit new lows, renewing calls for a city takeover. But 2015 also saw Downtown start to blossom as a retail destination and the new center of the city’s media industry, as a residential boom continued to transform the once-staid Financial District into the dynamic, 24-hour community of FiDi. The South Street Seaport may be losing one of its tall ships, but residents finally won their long battle against a planned residential tower. New attractions and amenities opened to locals and tourists, while the city took the first tentative steps to rescue
residents from the nuisance of helicopter tours. After years of Downtown missing out on much-needed funding for storm resiliency following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, the city finally committed substantial cash to an effort to protect all of Lower Manhattan from the next superstorm. The opening of 1 World Trade Center and the reopening of a sidewalk blocked since 9/11 marked Downtown’s emergence from years of rebuilding and the start of a new era of growth and dynamism fueled by a surging population, a more diversified economy, and the world-class transportation infrastructure coming online in the near future. In our 2015 year-end issue, Downtown Express takes a look back at a year that will stand out as a new turning point in the long story of New York’s oldest neighborhood.
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