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happy anniversary Welcome to the fifth anniversary issue of Downtown magazine! Before any of the celebrations and before any back patting, I want to take this opportunity to thank you, our readers, our advertisers, our community and everyone that makes up our beloved downtown core. Without you, we are nothing. Together, we are everything! As I walk through the new Downtown, I see the changes happening and I see a renewed sense of wonder on our streets. I feel a rejuvenation happening and I know you do as well. In the last five years, we’ve experienced everything together. We’ve gone through the highs and lows only a family could understand. Together, we faced Super Storm Sandy with a resolve that only Downtown New Yorkers could muster. Together, we continue to overcome the shadow of September 11. Together we are more than recovering and rebuilding—together we have arrived at a new New York where Downtown is the focus! As you’ll see in this very issue, the new Downtown isn’t just a theory anymore. There’s a new skyline when we look out our windows and it is more amazing than ever before. I truly believe this is a modern day renaissance for this city and it’s no coincidence that titles like the Gold Coast and Gold Mile are being used to describe our new world. If you’re new to Downtown New York, you may well have picked the most promising time to be here since Lady Liberty first welcomed immigrants to the new world. If you’re new to Downtown magazine, you definitely have selected a great jumping on point with this anniversary issue as we have endeavored to capture the past, present and future in the following pages. Consider this your passport to all the places, people and events you need to partake in to fully experience our core. As this is an anniversary, it is natural to look back as well as revel in the present, but I’m already looking to the future and while the future of this area is amazing, I’m even more thrilled to announce the future of Downtown magazine. We’re making changes, extensions, upgrades, and bringing in new top tier talent that will elevate our brand to a level I’ve always dreamed of. I can’t give away all the 55 Wall Street Between

details—and I may have said too much as it is—but please know that

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Dear Friends: It is my pleasure to send greetings to the readers of DOWNTOWN Magazine and to commemorate its 5th Anniversary Issue. Ever since its early days as a Dutch trading post, the area near the southernmost tip of Manhattan Island has served as a hub of civic, economic, and cultural life that has shaped the history of the five boroughs and beyond. From the global business community of the Financial District, to the arts and fashion scene of SoHo and TriBeCa, to the ethnic enclaves of Little Italy and Chinatown, the energy and diversity of Downtown Manhattan is unmatched anywhere else in the world. As an authority on these vibrant neighborhoods, DOWNTOWN Magazine provides valuable information for those who live, work, or visit this section of our great city, helping to navigate all that Lower Manhattan has to offer. DOWNTOWN has also documented the recent progress and growth that has opened up opportunities for businesses and residents to relocate to this dynamic community, showcasing the public spaces, sights, and activities that are attracting visitors and New Yorkers alike. I applaud DOWNTOWN for showing us that there is always something new to discover in Lower Manhattan. On behalf of the City of New York, I offer my best wishes for continued success. Sincerely,

Bill de Blasio Mayor


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Since Downtown’s inception five years ago, the magazine has evolved and grown, just as the downtown area has. With the resilience and tenacity that is inherent to downtown New York, we have flourished, overcome, and thrived, building ourselves into a brand that is proud to serve our area, our home. Here, we take a look at issues, Downtown’s past and present. From our premiere issue published in 2010, to our five-year anniversary issue published this past winter, these are some of Downtown’s highlight stories and features.

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downtown entered the scene with the launch downtown goes

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marked downtown’s

the cover, this issue

first green issue,

explored the evolution of downtown living and

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a d d i t i o n a l ly , d o w n t o w n c e l e b r at e d t h e t r i b e c a f i l m f e s t i va l ’ s 10 y e a r a n n i v e r s a r y , ta k i n g a l o o k at s o m e o f t h e hottest films, coolest events, and newest community programs.

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discuss film, life

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included

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spring

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bridgette

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corridor of the East River. A new public space was born—a place for a block party or a roller skating or dining al fresco. A Citibike station provides additional transportation to the area. Led by New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, along with other elected officials and CB1, a new public elementary school is under development and will open across from the park

dents and workers. After 9/11, CB1 worked with the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation on its Small Firm Assistance Program to promote economic recovery by assisting small businesses suffering disruption as a result of publicly funded construction projects. Some of those projects continue today, and there are still funds available (www.renewnyc.com/ProjectsAnd-

t h i s i s s u e , f e at u r i n g a l i c i a k e y s on the cover, discussed downtown new york’s comeback post sandy.

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Improvement District, the Downtown Alliance and the civic group, the Old Seaport Alliance (OSA), that was created after Hurricane Sandy. After Sandy, Old Seaport Alliance, in partnership with CB1 and city agencies and with help from elected officials, transitioned a two-block construction staging area in the heart of the historic Seaport to Peck Slip Plaza with a view

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This is the reason the new Fulton Street Transit Center and World Trade Center Transportation Hub are so important and why CB1 advocated for improved mass transit. CB1 is an advisory body with a formal role designated by the City Charter in matters such as land use, determining local budget priorities and monitoring City service delivery. It is the bedrock of democracy, where those who live and work in the community have the opportunity to engage in an advisory role on a variety of issues, including those that impact small businesses. Among the 50 volunteer members of CB1 are residents, small business owners and parents, so small business owners are directly involved in every activity and every decision CB1 makes. For example, planners working with CB1 found after September 11th, that one of the best methods to encourage economic growth is the development of parks. The Imagination Playground in the historic South Street Seaport did just that and created a new open public space, engendering a sense of community while also helping nearby small businesses. CB1 works with everyone, including city, state and federal agencies, authorities and elected officials, as well as the local Business

Programs/small_firms.asp). After Sandy, CB1 created a Small Business Task Force to ensure the needs of small businesses were heard. The grant program created by the Downtown Alliance—the only one of its kind—was supported by CB1. During the rebuilding process, CB1 advocated and continues to advocate for a greening strategy for the district that includes green building infrastructure. This is the type of space that attracts talent and is good for both financial and environmental bottom lines. According to a recent CB1 report, there are at least 52 LEED certified (26) or Energy Star rated (26) commercial, residential, civic or mixed-use spaces within the district, with at least 8 additional major green spaces in progress. This number is significant, considering the size and environmental impact of many of the spaces in the district (they tend to be large and dense). Our neighborhood also enjoys a nearperfect “walkability” score, easy access to world-class public transit and green space, and a medium- to high-rise and high-density built environment. Many initiatives take time, and nothing happens in a vacuum. The work of many people and agencies--including CB1—is involved. For example, 20 acres of new park at Governor’s Island was open 7 days a week for the entire 2014 summer. The East River Esplanade, which includes a bike path, has been opening up in phases from the Maritime Building to Pier 15. Battery Park took a forlorn area and created a wonderful waterfront, including an urban farm where local families grow produce. This spring the carousel will be in operation, and acres of renovated park will open. Small, in some cases family-run, businesses are an important part of what makes our neighborhoods unique. They are critical to the community fabric and its diversity, generating jobs and serving as destinations. Because of this, the next five years are looking even brighter for Lower Manhattan.

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o the rest of the world, Lower Manhattan is where “big business” was born. The very term “Wall Street” is shorthand for this. But to us, it’s our neighborhood and home, and we know that Downtown is not just for big business, but for businesses of every size and for the people who make those businesses succeed. Downtown Magazine is a perfect example of the initiative and success of a small business in Lower Manhattan. Grace Capobianco, founder and publisher of this magazine, is both a local resident and also the owner of a small start-up business, based in the Seaport area. Grace and her magazine show how Lower Manhattan has diversified from the FIRE (finance, insurance and real estate) industries to include the TAMI (technology, advertising, media and information) industries. This creative remixing drives our neighborhood’s dynamic cross-pollination. The desire to live and work in the same neighborhood is shown in the fast-evolving demographics of Lower Manhattan. Analyzing community demographics is important to help assess the needs of the community served by Manhattan Community Board 1 (CB1). Although the population of NYC increased 2% between 2000 and 2010 overall, the residential population of CB1 increased 77% to around 61,000 residents. Our youth population increased 83.6%, from 5,000 to 9,500, versus a 7.3% decline for NYC overall. Lower Manhattan is the fastest growing residential community in the City and one of the fastest growing in the country. The rise of the two-career family and of freelance work has reversed the old geometry of life in the suburbs. When two people work at different and varied locations in a city, living at the edge makes no sense. One or the other’s commute gets stretched past the breaking point. Instead, it makes sense to live in the middle and use mass transit to access workplaces throughout the metro area. This concept is changing cities all over. In today’s world, cities will thrive when they have livable cores that attract a critical mass of talent and enterprise, and a world-class transport infrastructure to get its residents where they need to be.

in September. This will provide the growing youth population a local school seat. Community leaders are all working together to site another needed school. CB1 also addresses quality of life issues, such as mitigating the impact of construction on the community. There are more than 70 major public and private construction projects in the 1.5 square miles overseen by CB1. Early in the extensive rebuilding process, it was recognized that environment needed to be conducive for the success and relative comfort of both resi-

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opportunity to meet with larry s i lv e r s t e i n , t h e m a n b e h i n d t h e new world trade center, to disc u s s h i s g r e at e s t p r o j e c t y e t .

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ver the past five years, major events have encouraged economic powerhouses to shift and change Downtown Manhattan’s skyline. Each financial challenge has inspired companies to charter new redevelopments, such as retail centers, businesses, and transportation hubs, to help the area reach the financial success that it is today. However, these changes have not been easy; since 2010, the Financial District has repeatedly overcome some of the most major obstacles in downtown history. But the decade began with the most positive news that many had heard in three years: The National Bureau of Economic Research announced that The Great Recession officially ended in 2009. The recession, which began in 2007, had hit the United States hard. Subprime loans got out of hand, the housing bubble burst, and the government spent around $200 billion to bail out major banks, many of which were headquartered in Manhattan’s Financial District. Downtown Alliance reported that employment rates hit a low point in 2009, followed by three quarters of slow improvement. The country entered a period of recovery, and Manhattan’s economic giants began looking toward redevelopment. However, the end of the recession did not mean the end of hardship for the Financial District. Goldman Sachs, one of Downtown’s largest long-time contributors since 9/11, ran into trouble. In April 2011, the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released

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a report detailing the causes of the recession. The 639-page report claimed that some downtown companies, including Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank, took advantage of the mortgage market’s dip by selling collateral debt obligations (CDOs) in a manner that profited the companies but created losses for their clients. While the rest of the country was struggling to recover, Goldman Sachs was faced with a potential lawsuit. The effects of the recession extended beyond issues for major contributors such as Goldman Sachs. According to research by the Downtown Alliance, leasing activity had also dropped by 55% from 2006 to 2008, making improvement in this area one of the main points of focus. Soon, the Financial District began to see signs of tangible change as new redevelopment projects emerged to attract potential tenants. Every day, lines of people still stream around blue scaffolding, the ever-present reminder of the financial district’s redevelopment. One of the major renovation plans at this time included Brookfield Office Properties’ $250 million investment to renovate the World Financial Center. In a 2011 press release, Brookfield announced plans to expand retail offerings, install a marketplace, and create a “dramatic glass pavilion.” Other redevelopment schemes include plans for retail expansion and the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. Downtown Manhattan began to develop into the easily accessible and alluring place that it is today. The plans worked. The addition of new features and buildings helped to attract a number of new tenants, particularly in the media sector. During this time, a number of major media firms announced their decisions to move to lower Manhattan, including Condé Nast and the New York Daily News. “One

of the ways we’ve recovered is by attracting these tenants,” commented Jessica Lappin, director of Downtown Alliance. “And what’s wonderful is that when they’re here, and they get here, they love it.” The previous lag in leasing was fading away as more and more companies began signing up to occupy thousands of square feet each. But the success didn’t have much time to sink in. Only a couple of years after the end of the recession, Downtown Manhattan suddenly faced a different type of catastrophe. The eye of Hurricane Sandy flew into the tristate area in 2012, wreaking havoc in various parts of the city. The force of the storm was enough to divide Manhattan in two. Uptown, the bright lights of the famous Times Square billboards remained, untouched and the effects of the rain were only enough to slick the streets lightly. But Downtown was another city altogether. “It was pitchblack,” said downtown resident Helen Lau. “Gas lines were long, jaywalkers were everywhere, and cars were going every which way.” The New York Times said streetlights were not working on the west side south of 25th street and that 12 NYU dorms were evacuated. Beneath the immediate problems of dying cell phones and dark streets, there were more cutting financial consequences of the storm. Jonathan Maimon, an associate portfolio manager at the time, told Gothamist he estimated that $1 billion was lost for each day that Lower Manhattan went without power. He noted that freelancers were left without work, small businesses could not open, and office buildings remained dormant. To avert further financial disaster and speed recovery, several programs were enacted to help keep the Downtown community alive. Downtown Alliance worked with many companies to develop the Back to Business program, giving grants to 105 ground-level retailers within one year. The NYC non-profit recovery loan program, the shared work program, and

the fee relief for business recovery from the city of New York were also developed to provide loans and aid in the recovery process. Chris Giamo, regional president of TD Bank’s NY Market, looked at the positive aspects of the storm. “I think it shows the resolve of the city, its people, in bringing out the best in people,” he said. Because of the efforts of the city and the Downtown community, the Financial District was able to recover from yet another financial pitfall quickly and efficiently. In their Lower Manhattan market update, Downtown Alliance noted that 80 percent of commercial square office footage was open only three weeks after the hurricane. The city was rebuilding again, and businesses that had been affected began to open and prosper. The previous increase in leasing had not been slowed by the hurricane. If anything, it had improved. Downtown Alliance stated that within one year after the hurricane, 4.7 million square feet of space were leased in the area.The improvement continued into last year, when their third quarter report confirmed that leasing totaled 1.6 million square feet and made it “the best yearto-date leasing activity since 2006.” The promise of major companies moving to Downtown Manhattan last year provided a positive outlook on future years. With the success of last year’s leasing, 2015 will hopefully be another year of economic progress. Major challenges, such as the recession and Hurricane Sandy, could have meant the end for Lower Manhattan’s reputation as one of the world’s most prominent financial regions. Instead, the Downtown community faced those challenges and became inspired to redevelop the district into an area so appealing that more world-famous companies have become intent on making it their home. Over and over, the Downtown Manhattan has managed to demonstrate its resiliency. DOWNTOWNMAGAZINENYC.COM

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to discuss preparations for future events. Following Superstorm Sandy, the 2013 symposium focused on climate change and how to prepare lower Manhattan for future storms. To help ensure a coordinated response for the community in the event of an emergency, the hospital has helped organize mock disaster drills for Lower Manhattan, which have helped to test a host of new technology and resources. This past summer, the hospital collaborated on a mock real-time disaster drill in Lower Manhattan. The drill tested the organizations’ emergency preparedness and protocols in response to an unknown chemical explosion in Lower Manhattan, as well as new technology designed to track patients as they are transferred between facilities.

hile the name and precise location of the hospital have gone through numerous changes since it was founded as the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children in 1857, what is now NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital has a long and storied history with the community south of 14th Street. Moreover, much of that history has occurred in just the last two years, as the hospital was integrated into NewYorkPresbyterian and immediately began to integrate its expertise and expand its resources in the community. NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital–located at 170 Wil“The 180-bed facility serves some 750,000 liam Street at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge–is the only full-service, acute care and growing–people who work and live and emergency medicine hospital south of 14th Street. The 180-bed facility serves in Lower Manhattan, and that number is some 750,000–and growing–people who growing.” work and live in Lower Manhattan, and that number is growing. While the hospital operates a fullFormerly known as New York service, 24-hour Emergency Department, Downtown Hospital – which has been a which is accessed via the 83 Gold Street member of the NewYork-Presbyterian entrance, a key addition in 2013 ensured Healthcare System since 2006. NewYorkthat younger patients have a place of their Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital own. That year, the hospital opened a sepbecame the sixth campus of NewYorkarate facility just for pediatric patients, Presbyterian in 2013. where they are cared for in a separate, With a focus on emergency and prechild-friendly area by pediatric emergency ventive care, wellness and a wide array of physicians, pediatricians and nurses. community initiatives, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital has sought WELLNESS AND PREVENTION to provide first-class health services and NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower exceptional quality to the community, and Manhattan Hospital has worked to increase will continue to expand its services in the health maintenance and disease prevention immediate future and for years to come. for those who work and live Downtown. In 2012, the hospital founded New York City’s EMERGENCY CARE first hospital-based Wellness and PrevenSince the events of 9/11, emergention Center, which emphasizes disease precy services have played an integral role in vention and maintenance of optimal health. Lower Manhattan, and the team at NewYThese wellness efforts have extended into ork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospithe community as well. tal has focused on enhancing emergency preparedness in the community. Those efforts have increased in the last five years. The hospital hosts an annual Emergency Preparedness Symposium which brings together city agencies, hospital networks and community organizations

COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

From families in the Financial District, Battery Park City, Chinatown and other neighborhoods throughout Lower Manhattan, to children in local schools and

people who work on Wall Street, NewYorkPresbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital has sought to provide free screenings and disseminate health information throughout the community. The hospital has been a familiar presence at community events such as the Taste of the Seaport and the Asphalt Green Halloween party, hosted educational lectures with facilities such as Hallmark Battery Park, and provided health screenings to employees at companies such as Moody’s as well as to students and faculty at Pace University. One important initiative that continues to grow is the Chinese Community Partnership for Health (CCPH). Established in 1993, CCPH offers preventive healthcare services and health education programs to the Chinese community, servicing more than 175,000 people. THE NEXT FIVE YEARS

NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital has been a resounding success for Lower Manhattan, but that was just the start of our evolution. In the next five years, the hospital plans to increase community outreach and expand its facilities. The hospital will unveil a renovated lobby and a brand-new inpatient unit in 2015. Moreover, patients will experience enhanced access to primary and surgical care and an expansion of specialty services such as obstetrics and gynecology and surgical services at the Weill Cornell Physicians practices at 156 William Street, 170 William Street and 40 Worth Street. The hospital is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College and its physicians are on the Medical College faculty. “Since NewYork-Presbyterian/ Lower Manhattan Hospital became the sixth campus of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, our goal has been to ensure that the community receives high-quality care and service,” says Michael J. Fosina, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NewYork-Presbyterian/ Lower Manhattan Hospital. “Whether or not someone steps foot in the hospital, we want them to see the positive impact we are making in the community and know that it will only increase in the next five years.”

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owntown Manhattan is back. The heart of New York City has been reborn and is beating faster and stronger than ever before. The fatal terrorist attacks and aftermath of 9/11 cast a dark shadow over the bustling streets of Lower Manhattan. As influential Wall Street corporations began relocating to Midtown Manhattan, the end of an era was heralded. New York City’s skyline would never be the same, and the neighborhood became a place of bad memories, fear and resentment of an act that crippled the nation and the world. In the years following 9/11, Downtown Manhattan became a void in a city of eight million people. Businesses closed their doors, large companies flocked uptown, and the neighborhood’s vacancy rate surpassed 30 percent. However, from this tragedy came a renewed sense of hope, ambition and opportunity. A place with such extensive potential, cultural significance and rich history needed to be embraced, and it was then that development proposals began flowing into the city. The past decade—and particularly the last five years—have seen a rapid increase in development in Downtown Manhattan. Both commercial and residential development are now at an all-time high, and luxury condominium buildings continue to rise. Some of the most iconic architectural masterpieces of Manhattan, such as the Woolworth Building, are being restored and repurposed to accommodate the needs of a changing community. International hotel chains such as Four Seasons, W and Thompson are flocking to the area, investing in new age, mixed-use projects, including 30 Park Place and 5 Beekman, which offer state of the art residential and hotel accommodations. Spanish fashion house Zara has recently opened its tri-level space across from the newly revamped Fulton Transit Center. When it opens this year, Westfield World Trade Center will be the biggest shopping mall in all of Manhattan and is expected to attract more than 100 million visitors annually. Beekman Tower, also known as 8 Spruce Street and marketed as New York by Gehry, is a 76-floor, multipurpose structure designed by acclaimed architect Frank Gehry. Opened in 2011, the building is one of the tallest residential towers in the world and includes street-level retail, a public elementary school and space for New York Downtown Hospital. Commercial development is a constantly evolving element of the Downtown community, responding to the changing dynamic of the area.

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The increasing residential population is demanding amenities, and developers are responding. Dallas-based real estate developer and management company, The Howard Hughes Corporation, has harnessed the potential of Downtown’s Seaport District, with a vision to create a unique mixed-use project to reinvigorate the area and connect the city to the waterfront. It is a huge investment for the company; however, General Manager of the South Street Seaport, Phillip St. Pierre, and Senior Executive Vice President of Development, Christopher Curry, are clearly passionate and committed to the neighborhood. “The South Street Seaport is the home of the harbor for New York City. It is the reason New York became the city it is. We recognize that, we celebrate it and we want to make it more compelling and more relevant to New Yorkers today than it’s ever been in the past. We are building our project for New York City, for New Yorkers,” said St. Pierre. Their current project involves a $400 million investment into the rebuilding of Pier 17, one of the structures under their land lease of the South Street Seaport area. Approved for redevelopment in March 2013, Pier 17 is being rebuilt to hold a pavilion-like structure encompassing state-of-the-art retail, dining and event facilities and is expected to open in 2017. The Howard Hughes Corporation is currently working on a proposal for an additional mixed-use project, which includes restoration of the historic Tin Building and a 494-foot tower on the new market site. The company hopes to utilize the tower as an economic engine to support future projects in the neighborhood, including the Seaport Museum and extension of the Esplanade. St. Pierre says the revolutionary project was encouraged to go forward because of the positive feedback from the community. “People are moving down here in

droves, and they’re telling us, we want places to eat, we want places to shop. Our neighbors are very happy to tell us what they think, and we’re very happy to listen. Not only are we responding to the new members of the community, we are responding to our existing customer, who is our Lower Manhattan resident.” Marketed as “the oldest new neighborhood,” Curry says the company very much has a wider vision for the entire Seaport District, working together with shop owners and the community to build the ultimate destination for New Yorkers. “Part of our thinking was we wanted to embrace the larger Seaport District that goes beyond just the confines of our own property. We are creating an authentic New York space that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the city. We want to give people a reason to cross South Street,” he said. The company is also focused on the Fulton Market Building, which is currently being transformed to accommodate a unique mix of retail, dining and entertainment options, including an iPic cinema, which is set to open in 2016. St. Pierre says The Howard Hughes Corporation remains firmly committed to embracing the potential of Downtown Manhattan and meeting the needs of the evolving community through innovation in urban design. “We firmly believe that Lower Manhattan is the next place, and everything that is happening around you tells you that that’s correct. New Yorkers are rediscovering Lower Manhattan, and it’s really exciting to welcome them back and have them be a part of this,” he said. Brookfield is set to unveil their latest project, Brookfield Place, in March this year. The eight-million-square-foot complex, formally known as The World Financial Center, has undergone a $250 million renovation and is set to bring a new level of retail and dining offerings to the neighborhood.

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“Downtown is in the midst of a renaissance in which new kinds of office tenants are drawn to the many amenities that Lower Manhattan has to offer. In addition, a surge in the residential population has created a vibrant, active community,” St. Pierre says. The retail space will offer a new and exciting shopping experience to the Downtown community, with a range of high-end stores including Hermès, Tory Burch, Michael Kors and Saks Fifth Avenue setting up shop in the complex. Cheiken says the company knew the vibrant Downtown location was perfect from the outset, due to its emerging reputation as one of the most accessible and desirable neighborhoods in the city to live, to work and to play. “Brookfield has always been a strong believer in the growth of Downtown. The future of this neighborhood is extraordinary. It’s why we are here,” he said. While many financial giants have vacated the area, new age media, advertising, technology and information companies are poised to replace them. The opening of One World Trade Center in 2014 brought mass media giant Condé Nast to the area, cementing the Financial District as a remade neighborhood, no longer dominated by financial institutions. President of the Downtown Alliance, Jessica Lappin, says the changing dynamic of the workforce and the area’s rapidly increasing population have created a high demand for amenities. “Because there are more residents here, because the face of the workforce has changed, and it’s not purely financial services and legal services anymore, that has changed the demand and has lead to a great increase in restaurants, coffee shops and cool bars. This adds to the whole

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feel and success of the community,” she said. While construction zones continue to dominate entire city blocks, patient residents are finally seeing change come to light in the neighborhood they call home. Lappin says the $30 billion coming to fruition through development in the Lower Manhattan community will have major benefits for the area, both economic and otherwise. “All of this coming together has undoubtedly not just benefited the community, but really remade the community in exciting ways,” she said. Since 1995, the Downtown Alliance has been Lower Manhattan’s premiere advocacy organization, working with the community to rebuild and reinvent Downtown. Lappin says the organization has had the pleasure of contributing to and observing such a mesmer izing and innovative transformation. “Our vision is for this to be a dynamic, 24/7, mixed-use community, and we think we are well on our way. It’s the city’s oldest neighborhood, it’s an historic treasure, there is access to the waterfront, and it’s an excellent transportation hub. Lower Manhattan has come so far over the last 20 years; it has been exciting to see, and we want to harness that momentum, build on that growth and continue to make it a place that people want to live and to work,” she said. While 9/11, the 2008 global financial crisis and Hurricane Sandy in 2012 posed a huge threat to the vitality of the neighborhood, Downtown New York City has shown its strength and resilience, overcoming so many hurdles to emerge as one of the most unique and exciting neighborhoods in the world. Now we celebrate the rebirth of Lower Manhattan as a renewed, vibrant and happening community.

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SERIOUS SHOPPING start stretching for downtown’s massive retail revival by nicola harrison ruiz

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anhattan is known for having some of the best shopping in the world. People fly in from across the globe to shop along Fifth Avenue, and there is no doubt that we residents are spoiled for choice when it comes to options: small boutiques in NoLiTa and the Lower Eastside, big fashion houses along Fifth Avenue, full-service department stores near Central Park and on Lexington, fast fashion in SoHo and 34th Street and outlet shops in Union Square, the Upper West Side and Downtown. But let’s face it. You have to travel all over the place to take advantage of all that our beloved city has to offer…until now. Manhattan’s newest shopping mecca is happening on our doorstep, right here in Lower Manhattan. This spring, many of the cranes and construction facades are coming down as Brookfield Place officially opens it doors to kick off the area’s retail revival. Ed Hogan, Nation Director of Retail Leasing at Brookfield Place, has spent the last 10 years working diligently with his team to secure a variety of luxury shopping options for the space, including international fashion houses Hermés, Salvatore Ferragamo and Ermenegildo Zegna, and top brands such as Theory, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg, Vince, and Paul Smith, all set to open between March and September of this year. In 2016, a 75,000-squarefoot Saks Fifth Avenue department store will anchor the project in a way that Hogan says will revolutionize the luxury shopping experience Downtown. “Previously the retail landscape was geared toward finance guys,” says Hogan. “When we first started looking at the demographics down here 20 years ago, there were no residents. Now you have wealthy neighborhoods of Battery Park City and TriBeCa within walking distance, and Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights and New Jersey waterfront towns that are just one stop away on the subway or PATH.

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For people living Downtown, things are more convenient, and this all makes their neighborhood more vibrant and rich. I think you’re going to see residential real estate increase in value as well.” This shopping mecca will also bode well for all those in the TAMI sector (Technology, Advertising, Media and Information companies) that have moved Downtown. “Traditionally, this area has been all about law firms and financial institutions,” says Jessica Lappin, President of the Downtown Alliance. “While they are still important pillars of our leasing, we now have 800 tech, advertising, media and information companies Downtown.” Those that have recently relocated or committed to relocating to Lower Manhattan include Condé Nast, and Time Inc., among others. Even Saks has moved its headquarters Downtown to a 400,000-square-foot office space in Brookfield Place. So all the media and fashion buyers, who have always called Midtown home, have some serious exploring–not to mention good shopping—to do on their lunch breaks! But luxury is not the only thing on offer in Lower Manhattan. Westfield Mall in the World Trade Center space, where we’ve watched in awe as those massive metal “ribs” have been erected, is gearing up for a broader array of stores in their high-low retail mix. Though Westfield has been decidedly more secretive in their leasing announcements than Brookfield, those brands made public are Acne Studios, Armani, Banana Republic, Cole Haan, Hugo Boss, Kate Spade, The Kooples, Tiffany & Co., Tom Ford and Zadig & Voltaire. Others speculate that Apple, Sephora, Victoria’s Secret, Canali, John Varvatos and Lacoste have signed on, making this more varied and in tune with the retail mix at the Time Warner Center Uptown. “As Westfield returns to the World Trade Center, we have the extraordinary opportunity to embrace the energy and global exchange of ideas that define New York and we

are excited to be a part of it,” says Greg Miles, Westfield’s U.S. Chief Operating Officer. “We are devoted to creating experiences that continuously draw residents and businesses together, and to supporting the community as a whole now and into the future.” To this end, Westfield has partnerships with the 9/11 National Memorial Museum and The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and will engage with Lower Manhattan schools and the arts community. Though both shopping “malls” may have been competing for leases to be signed, the two will be connected by an underground walkway, making this shopping experience unlike any other in the city. While it may seem more “suburban” or un-city-like, you can’t deny that on cold winter days, when you’re looking to purchase a high-end watch for your husband’s birthday in one instant and pick up some new gloves for your kid in the next, it sounds surprisingly convenient–a word not often associated with New York City. Those looking to eschew the traditional shopping malls in search of a bargain will head to Church Street. A 40,000-square-foot Saks Off Fifth will open next door to Century 21 at One Liberty Plaza, also owned by Brookfield. Currently, the space is home to Brooks Brothers, but they are moving out in 2016 when their lease ends, and Off Fifth is moving in. Brooks Brothers, which was the first department store to open in the city and paved the way for numerous retailers to open in Lower Manhattan, has yet to reveal their new location. So will we see Brooks Brothers open in the new Brookfield Place? “We’ve talked to them about moving into Brookfield Place,” says Hogan, “But I don’t think they’ve made the decision yet.” To round out the Downtown shopping experience, several fast fashion stores are cropping up along Broadway right by the Fulton Transit Center. Spanish retailer Zara will open a 30,000-square-foot, three-level men’s, women’s and children’s store at 222 Broadway, giving it

a great deal of visibility to foot traffic on busy Broadway. It is scheduled to open this spring. Urban Outfitters opened a 21,000-square-foot spot in the base of the new Pace University dorms, Gap will be opening at the base of the Marriott Residence Inn at 170 Broadway, and rumor has it that Anthropologie will be joining the crowd at 195 Broadway, according to the Downtown Alliance. “There’s been a serious repositioning of the Broadway corridor,” says Jessica Lappin. “Now, with Nobu moving down from TriBeCa to 195 Broadway, there’s a really impressive line-up of shopping and dining options.” Fortunately, when you’re weary from all your shopping, there are a host of new restaurants and dining halls to choose from to rest your tired feet and refuel. Hudson Eats, a fast casual food court with 14 restaurants including Blue Ribbon Sushi, Umami Burger, Num Pang

Cambodian sandwich shop and Sprinkles Cupcakes, is already open in Brookfield Place, and Le District, a 40,000-square-foot French marketplace is slated to open this spring. “This is the place I’m most excited about,” said Ed Hogan. “It will have a butcher shop, a cheese shop, a fish monger, coffee bar, two sit-down restaurants, and 10,000 square feet of outdoor dining right on the waterfront. It will really transform the neighborhood the way that Eatily transformed the mid-20’s. It’s a huge draw for the neighborhood residents, it’s so modern and cool looking.” Along with several other high-end restaurants scheduled to open this year in the area, perhaps the most anticipated is Joël Robuchon’s reopening of L’Atelier at Brookfield Place, which will also have a bar and lounge so you can really kick up your Tom Ford heels.

let the shopping begin.

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ERNIE ANASTOS

New York TV legend is reshaping how we watch the evening news

around us,” says Anastos. “This is what we’re now doing at 6 p.m.” Some of the enterprising features include social issues, lifestyle, education, technology, family, health and wellness, environment, jobs and money. “We want people to benefit from this program,” notes Anastos. “I’m always encouraging their involvement with some of the appealing features we’re introducing to our TV audience.” Anastos was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, and has worked for several television stations in New York City during his career. In 1976, Anastos became an anchor at WPRI-TV in Providence, Rhode Island. Two years later,  WABCTV  in New York hired Anastos, and he became anchor of the 11:00 p.m.  Eyewitness News broadcast, a position that opened when Larry Kane left the station after one year. He anchored that broadcast with Rose Ann Scamardella until 1983 and later replaced Storm Field as Kaity Tong’s co-anchor at 5:00 p.m. Anastos helmed the 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts until 1989, co-anchoring with Tong and Roz Abrams. In 1997, Anastos was hired by WWORTV to replace Sean Mooney as co-anchor of its 10:00 p.m. newscast. At Fox 5, he was partnered with Dari Alexander on the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts. “Unhappiness is the underlying problem that breeds wars and terrorism. As we become happier, we become better people–and especially more compassionate and understanding. It is exactly what I get being here in NYC. New York has honored me over the many years, [and I am] grateful to the people of this amazing city.”

radio station in my basement, I practiced until I landed my first job at 16 at the local radio station; hence my path was set.” q: describe to me an average day for you. what

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being positive is an important part of my life. People gravitate to positive people. It’s a great place to thrive in. My mission is to be an ambassador of goodwill, to help enlighten and improve people’s lives and be an instrument of positive thinking and information.” q: who would be your most sought-after

“This is a kind of position that is really full-time; it is 24/7. We always have to be alert as to what is happening, and I am always seeking new story ideas that the public wants to know about. I love being around the studio if and when there is any breaking news, which takes priority over all else.

interview?

“Paul McCartney. I would love the history of his music, how he has observed the times and life and his talent. I feel that his well is so filled and [he is so] gifted and performs so freely. He’s my sought-after interview for sure.”

“This is the kind of position that is really fun; it's 24/7. We always have to be alert as to what's happening. I'm always seeking new story ideas.”

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plus lively comments from people on the street. The newly created program also offers a very personal style. It’s tailored for Anastos’ warm and distinctive personality, coupled with his Emmy Award-winning experience as a premier anchor in New York for three decades. Ernie has captured the respect and affection of millions of TV viewers among the city’s uniquely diversified population and various age groups. He now brings his distinctive manner and communication skills to the 6 p.m. broadcast. The show presents feature segments on a variety of stories

that are relevant to people’s lives. The concept focuses on offering solutions to problems and helping people learn more about how to change lives, the community, even the world. “This is very exciting, and I appreciate the opportunity to create a fresh approach to the news. I think it’s the right time,” says Anastos, “and people really like it.” Clearly, there is a positive approach to many of the stories on the show. “People are always asking about more coverage on issues and stories that can help us better understand our lives and the changes

q: was it always your passion to be a journalist?

“Always! From the time I was ten years old I would practice under the kitchen table. My parents always being so supportive helped to fuel my passion. I always listened to the radio when the announcer spoke. After building a grass roots

Between staff meetings, guests and ideas, it takes a village to create the show and is worth every waking moment. I’m very involved with the writing and keeping content fresh. Keeping that connection with my viewers is crucial in this business. As soon as I’m up in the morning, I check out what is happening in the world via all media outlets, so that I can provide a service to our public, so that they can be constantly informed of the local and world events. That is what my 6 p.m. show is all about. And what I love to do is go around the cut and record these mini interviews called BTW (ByTheWay) just to get the pulse of the city and to hear what people are thinking and what they really want, plus working on all segments. Since I love sociology so much, that’s why I wrote my two books, Ernie & the Big Newz and Twixt: Teens Yesterday and Today, inspiring young people to make the world a better place by following their dreams, reminding young people that true happiness comes from preserving one’s values. Be true to your values and don’t just strive for success, strive for significance. q: if you had to write a book about your life, what would the title be?

“The Importance of Being Positive because

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“Find your passion and stick to it. You won’t go wrong. I followed mine. Make sure whatever you are doing you proceed in great passion and believe in yourself. [There are] five balls [to juggle] in life. They are Work, Family, Friends, Health and your Reputation. By the way, all balls are made of glass, except the work ball, [which] is made of rubber, for flexibility….[T]he rest are not that flexible. Book 3 on the way!” q: does your family love what you do?

“Having a son and a daughter and four wonderful grandkids, it’s always about family, and bringing them into what I do is a natural entity. My family loves what I do, they are beyond supportive. Family life is fundamental to my happiness. After all, my grandfather was a Greek Orthodox priest who lived with us. It was only natural to be surrounded by family and to be encouraged all the time.” q: what makes you smile?

“Life and everything about it. The only sign of life is growth," which I recently read at the Botanical Gardens, and boy, if that doesn’t tell you something.”

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emerging from tragedy, d o w n t o w n h a s t u r n e d t h e 21s t c e n t u ry i n t o a t i m e l i n e o f t r i u m p h .

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t h e i n f r a s t r u c t u r e h a s b e e n l i f t e d t o n e w l e v e l s w i t h n e w s tat e - o f - t h e - a r t t r a n s p o r tat i o n f a c i l i t i e s at s o u t h f e r r y , f u lt o n s t r e e t a n d t h e w o r l d t r a d e c e n t e r .

Less than a decade-and-a-half since the horrific attacks of 9/11, the rebirth and resurgence of Lower

One World Trade itself has been proudly rebuilt into a monument of triumph over terrorism and is populated with a diverse new array of busi-

Manhattan has been nothing short of inspiring. Today Downtown is the fastest growing community in New York City with a population that has

nesses including media giant, CondĂŠ Nast. The gleaming new Brookfield Place facility, located in the former World Financial Center is offer-

increased by a phenomenal 98 percent over the last decade, and has emerged with a diverse array of people, businesses, transportation hubs,

ing residents and tourists luxury shopping, entertainment and dining options never before seen in the community. Pier 17 at the South Street

first-class hospitality and shopping options, and recreational facilities never dreamed of before that horrifying moment in history. Most of the

Seaport will offer similar options when it is fully renovated in 2017. The past 14 years have seen the most impressive evolution in this area (or

giant financial firms that left after their facilities were decimated in the attacks have returned and been joined by a new influx of technology

potentially any other area’s) history. Here are some of the most stirring and important highlights:

companies, media corporations and more.

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2000 and on … BATTERY PARK Ongoing restoration and improvements have transformed this formerly neglected eyesore into Downtown’s gleaming green jewel since the turn of the new century. New bikepaths, the additions of 11,000 new perennials, 84 trees, an urban farm harvested by local children and the refurbished Battery Garden are already complete. The future promises new waterfront benches, a renovated Castle Clinton complete with a transportation hub, and a performing arts venue and a historical museum. 2005 WHITEHALL TERMINAL Reopened in 2005, this futuristic ferry hub offers solar heating in the winter, air conditioning in the summer and panoramic views for its 100,000 daily travelers all year round. With awe-inspiring 75-foot ceilings in the entry hall, a 19,000-square-foot-waiting room, restaurants and a green market the new terminal provides a beautiful gateway to Lower Manhattan. 2011 EAST RIVER ESPLANADE The new park land, continuous bike path and recreational facilities along the East River is not only beautiful, but offers unprecedented public access to Downtown’s exquisite waterfront. The first stage between Wall Street and Maiden Lane opened in 2011. Two years later, the historic Battery Maritime building got a beautiful makeover and the shoreline leading up to the Manhattan Bridge, including Pier 35, is currently being developed as park and recreation land for opening in 2017!

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2012 HURRICANE SANDY A little more than decade after 9/11, Downtown was pounded once again by the ruthlessness incurred by October’s Superstorm Sandy, which left 8 million people without power, crippled mass transit, drove many companies out of business and an caused estimated $20 billion worth of damage. However, within a year,in yet another astonishing testament to the community’s brave resurgence, 100 percent of commercial space was back in business, rental leasings rose more than 40 percent and 99 percent of people were back in their homes! SPRING 2015 n DOWNTOWNMAGAZINENYC.COM

2013 PIER 17 The Howard Hughes Corporation is pumping new vitality into a Seaport Landmark, while preserving it’s proud history. Breaking ground last Spring, the new Pier will offer a brand new marina, outdoor performance venues, a multiplex cinema and high-end shopping options. 2014 PIER A The long-abandoned 128-year-old, three-story, historic building was beautifully renovated and opened for the first time in it’s history last year. The Pier features an array of dining options from renowned restaurateurs, Harry and Peter Poulakaos, as well as a visitor’s center, a public promenade, plaza and ample seating. BROOKFIELD PLACE Brookfield Place is Downtown’s new luxury destination for foodies, shoppers and patrons of the arts. It offers 1,000 seats for the Le District food court and features such worldclass shopping options as Theory, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg, Vince, and Paul Smith, all of which will be anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue first Downtown location. It will also be the future global headquarters for media monolith, Time Inc. FULTON TRANSIT HUB Conceived in 2002, the long-awaited $1.4 billion Fulton Transportation Center opened, providing the first link to 10 different subway lines. With it’s impressive 120-foottall “Oculus” ceiling the modern, massive masterpiece provides easy access to transportation anywhere in the city to more than 300,000 daily passengers and truly makes Downtown New York’s transportation Mecca! ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER Overcoming battles over design, spiraling costs, security issues and event it’s name, One World Trade Center opened as gleaming symbol of resilience. At 1,776-feet-tall and 104 stories high, and boasting Condé Nast and 2,300 employees as its first tenants, this Downtown symbol triumphantly opened its doors last November. Developed by Larry Silverstein’s Westfield Corp., it will be the nation’s largest center of business and commerce when fully occupied.

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COVER STORY

N O R M A N

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DEAD AND LOVING IT

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I T I S D E A D I R O N I C T H A T N O R M A N R E E D U S H A S B E C O M E O N E O F A M E R I C A ’ S B I G G E S T P O P C U L T U R E I C O N S O N A S H O W C A L L E D T H E W A L K I N G D E A D . Yo u ’ l l n e v e r m e e t a m a n m o r e f u l l o f l i f e . “I cannot believe how fortunate I am,” says the longtime Chinatown resident, who has a background as broad and colorful as his larger-than-life personality. “It’s amazing the kind of connection that this show has with people…and how much good fortune it’s brought me.” The hugely popular AMC series has made Reedus’ complex and quiet Daryl Dixon–a zombie-killing machine with a heart of gold–the breakout character who has captured the collective beating heart of the American public. And apart from the massive zombie body count, Reedus is very much like his brooding and caring character. “Yeah, I think I bring a lot of myself to him,” says the Florida-born, mechanic, artist, model and sex symbol, who has lived everywhere from Paris to Venice Beach before calling Downtown the place where he hangs his many hats. “You bring all your experience into any role,” the 46-year-old actor says of the part that made him famous. And all of that living has served the actor well. He has become as big a star as anybody today. In the course of one short walk down the street, he is stopped to pose for selfies with members of his adoring public no fewer than five times. “I love it,” he says. “I’m thrilled to be in this position. I love it when people approach me. It means they appreciate what I do, and I definitely appreciate that right back!”

But he adds that despite his own unparalleled popularity as one of the show’s standout stars, he’s well aware that he’s not the only reason it’s a hit. “This is, above all, a well-written ensemble drama with a great group of actors,” he says. “Let’s face it, the success belongs to all of us.” He adds that the frenzy from a new kind of “Dead Head” has afforded him opportunities to return the love in his own way, when he can. “I try to use this kind of heat that I have to give back when I can…,” he says. “I put out a fan art book of all the portraits of Daryl that people have sent me. They gave me the ability to do the book, and I gave them the opportunity to say they are published artists. I think that’s a win for all of us!” His monumental celebrity can even be life-saving, as he proved in one particularly inspiring act. “A friend of mine’s nephew drowned in a pool, and he was brought back from the brink of death and put on life support,” he says in a more serious tone. “They put out a Kickstarter campaign to help pay for it and were having some trouble raising funds.” That’s when the power of The Walking Dead, sprang to life. “They asked for help, so I tweeted about it, and within two hours we raised all the money they needed, which was 50 grand. You can’t put a price on that kind of influence, and I am so grateful to be able to use it that way.” But despite his immense connection with the American population, Reedus remains a bit of a loner. “Like my character, I’m a bit awkward around people,” he says while taking another selfie with a stranger.

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“I think all this attention has made me even more reclusive in recent years,” he says. The show is shot on location outside Atlanta, and when they’re not shooting, the rest of the cast tends to crash in the more cosmopolitan parts of town. Not too surprisingly, Reedus went in the opposite direction. “I found a place about an hour away, out in the woods in rural Georgia,” he says. “I’m pretty comfortable with a lot of alone time.” But that’s because when he’s on location, he’s normally thinking about getting home…to Lower Manhattan. Reedus has spent more than a decade prowling the streets of Chinatown and SoHo, and happily reports discovering such inspirations as David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz and Courtney Love were neighbors. “That’s where I get all the excitement… and creative energy I need,” he says. “There are a lot of artists, galleries, places to hear music and more right there. It’s where all the magic happens. There’s a real Blade Runner vibe down here. I love it.” He’s also in love with the unique hometown feel it gives him that he says he hasn’t really found anywhere else. “It’s the biggest little neighborhood in the world,” he says. “Everybody where I live in Chinatown knows me and my son, Mingus, because he once had a little yard sale to get rid of his old toys when he was a little kid. Now he’s 16, and of all the old ladies in the neighborhood still ask about him every single day. There’s a real sense of community you don’t find in other cities.” Like most other Downtown residents, he is also lifted by the community’s incredible growth and diversification since the devastation of the 9/11 attacks a decade-and-a-half ago.

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“I’m amazed and proud because of the amazing turnaround that the people who live and work here have brought about,” he says. “It’s inspiring to see the resilience this area is capable of.” And while The Walking Dead is in the midst of its fifth successful season, Reedus has plenty of other projects in the offing, including two movies in the can and ready for release in late 2015 and another set for early next year. He’s also an accomplished model and the former male face for a Prada campaign. “That came about because Annie Leibovitz shot my photos and pushed me for the campaign, so I was pretty lucky there, too!” he says. And despite his healthy modeling resume, he’s reluctant to call himself a fashion icon. “My stylist is always calling me after seeing me in pictures or on TV to yell at me because I’m wearing the wrong thing… or the right thing the wrong way,” he laughs. In the meantime, you may catch him at his favorite Chinatown restaurant, singing karaoke, banging back a photo courtesy o f amc cold one at one of the neighborhood bars, or at one of the Downtown galleries, supporting and contributing to the local art scene. “You can’t beat the creative vibe down here,” he says. “You can see a van pull up and somebody blast a mural on the wall before it pulls out.”

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JUMP FIT Let’s face it–sometimes getting to the gym is a hassle that you just can’t deal with after a long day at work. We understand, and that’s why we found the easiest and arguably most fun workout you can do from anywhere. All you need is some vertical clearance and the ability to look past your stuffy office persona, and you’ll be fitter in no time. How? Jumping. That’s right. Remember jumping up and down as a kid? We knew what we were doing. According to Tim White, CSCS, “Jumping for fitness is a great way to lose fat and build up muscle and stability in your body.” White also advises you start slow with leaps and vertical jumps, making sure to keep your balance at all times and to jump with the same cadence as you would perform any move in the gym. You’ll also need to make sure that your ankles, knees and hips are always in proper alignment. The best way to do that is to make sure that your hips remain straight and your lower back is arched. A great way to make sure this posture is retained is to ensure that you aren’t slouching with your shoulders. From there, you should also invest in a pair of athletic shoes that have good arch support but not a lot of grip. Ask your retailer for something close to zero drop but not absolutely flat. A few sets of each of these moves and you’ll be feeling lighter on your feet–and the scale–sooner than you think. Enjoy!

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newbeauty keeping your skin amazing forever

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he last five years have seen enormous advances in treating skin cancer as well as other malignancies. The approach to cancer treatment has shifted to addressing the genetics, epigenetics and molecular variations of the cancer, as well as tumor immunology.  As a result, the prognosis for cancers of the skin and many other organs has improved dramatically over this period of time.  Notwithstanding these advances, taking preventive measures and early detection and treatment offer the best hope for cure of cancer of virtually any organ system.  Therefore, it is important to be aware of the signs of cancer and to consult a physician promptly once symptoms of cancer are noted. Basal cell carcinoma, the most common human cancer, is almost always caused by sun exposure, as is squamous cell carcinoma.  Less clear is the role of sun exposure in malignant melanoma, one of the leading causes of death in young people.  Moreover,  the incidence rate increases with advancing age.  Melanoma may occur in areas which have never been exposed to the sun.  However, sun exposure may predispose pre-existing moles to undergo malignant changes.  Less common forms of skin cancer, such as Merkel cell carcinoma and cancers of the glands of the skin, may also be influenced by sun exposure. Especially in the last two years, advances in understanding the mechanism of cancer have resulted in the development and availability of many new drugs.  While these therapeutic advances have dramatically improved the outlook for many skin cancers, each medicine is accompanied by its own set of side effects requiring recognition and skill in management.  Moreover, improvement in prognosis, while extending the time of remission and freedom from pain, has often not increased survival. Both the American Academy of Dermatology and the Skin Cancer Foundation have been at the forefront of informing the public about skin cancer prevention. Prevention entails avoidance of sun exposure, especially during the hours of 10 am to 4 pm when solar radiation is at its most intense and dangerous. Use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 on the face as well as the body and protective headwear and sunglasses are all essential, even in the winter when enjoying high-altitude sports like skiing and running outdoors. Recently, sun protection has been enhanced through the use of Heliocare (polypodium Leucotomos). a powerful natural antioxidant. Ahigh fat diet, as well as sun exposure, has been implicated in the development of actinic keratosis, which is a precursor of squamous cell carcinoma. Taking Vitamin D, 2000 IU per day, should prevent Vitamin D deficiency when taking extra measures to avoid sun exposure.

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by dr. michael bruck

An annual complete skin surface examination by an experienced dermatologist is highly recommended, particularly in fair-skinned, blue-eyed individuals and in families with a history of skin cancer. Any mole that develops after the age of 40, any change in the color or size of a pre-existing mole,  or any bleeding sore that does not heal in a week’s time  should be brought to your doctor’s attention. In my own practice, we usually find about six early malignant melanomas annually through these skin examinations; early detection most often allows for complete cure, preventing illness and death. Conscientious patients who use sunscreen on a daily basis enjoy the added benefit of a more youthful appearance, since sun exposure destroys the skin’s elastic tissue and is a major factor in premature aging of the skin.   What can you do if you haven’t followed these rules all of your life?  Advances in skin care and the rejuvenation of aging skin can give you a second chance.  By selecting skin peeling agents most appropriate to your skin type and combining these with the proper use of topical skin care such as Vitamin C, retinols and moisturizers, modern science will help you turn back the clock.  Results can be further enhanced by the application of intense pulsed light and laser devices and the judicious use of Botox and fillers.  Our newest lasers even allow us to painlessly remove unwanted hair and improve formerly stubborn conditions, such as psoriasis and vitiligo.

CONSIDERING PLASTIC SURGERY – CHOOSE YOUR SURGEON WISELY

Over the past five years the number of cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. has soared–so has the type of physicians perform-ing them. Some physicians rebrand them-selves as cosmetic surgeons while their true specialty might be pediatrics or emergency medicine. Do your homework and follow these five steps to ensure that you make the right choice. UNDERSTAND BOARD CERTIFICATION

If you are considering aesthetic surgery, choose a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only plastic surgery board approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties. There are, however, other surgeons aside from plastic surgeons who have the ability and experience in other recognized specialties. These include otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat), ophthalmologists and dermatologists, who limit their practice to the scope and training of their specialty – i.e. a board certified otolaryngologist should not be performing breast augmentations. HAVE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

Discuss your expectations. Your plastic surgeon should present treatment options transparently discussed, including associated risks, recovery and range of outcome. SURGERY SHOULD BE PERFORMED IN AN ACCREDITED SURGICAL FACILLITY

This can be an office-based facility, a hospital outpatient facility or a hospital. These facilities must meet strict standards for safety, equipment, personnel and surgeon credentials. BE INFORMED

Talk to patients who have had your procedure, preferably performed by the plastic surgeon you are considering. Make sure your surgeon is someone you can trust. He or she should be there for you after the surgery as well as before.  AVOID PLASTIC SURGERY TOURISM

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Chef David Bouley is my hero,"says Grace A. Capobianco, CEO and Publisher of Downtown Magazine. "Recently, we had the honor of enjoying a tasting at his downtown namesake restaurant. Chef Bouley has truly changed with the times, recreating delectable cuisine that fit with today's healthy lifestyle. He's rewritten our favorite five star dishes without comprising the delicacy and taste. Clean eating has never been so delicious!​"

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tote-ally spring!

One of the must-have bags of the summer will be Tom Ford’s “Summer Tote.” Offered in a spectrum of colors that range from soft to vibrant, this luxurious version of the classic tote is traditionally stitched from plush natural calfskin and lined with the finest calf leather. Sold exclusively through tomford.com, starting March 25, for $2,990.00.

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meet NICOLA interviewed by Grace A. Capobianco

what do you do?

I’m a personal stylist and image consultant for men, which means I help guys present their most confident, most authentic self to the world each day through how they dress. When I meet a new client, I first get to know his lifestyle, career, personality type, and I take note of physical attributes…then I create style solutions tailored to his specific needs. can you walk us through a typical styling session?

Nicola Harrison Ruiz knows men’s fashion. Born in England, Nicola recognized the importance of style at an early age, admiring the finely tailored suits and eye-catching ties of the well dressed. Nicola later turned this fascination with men’s fashion into a burgeoning career. Nicola currently serves as the men’s fashion editor at Downtown Magazine and runs her own business, specializing in men’s personal styling and image makeovers. We sat down with Nicola to discuss her passion for menswear and to learn just what kind of clothing makes the man.

Typically sessions are in three parts. First stop, the closet. I go through everything and help guys identify the pieces that still work for their desired look. I examine for fit, style, proportion and condition. There are always a few bags of items to be donated and a few pieces that need to be tailored. The next step is to shop. I shop ahead of time for my clients based on a list we came up with during the wardrobe edit. This minimizes his time spent in store so that all he has to do is show up and review my selections. The final step is where I put together the final outfits using the new and existing clothes, and detail the various possible combinations. I then photograph the outfits and leave him with a digital look book, making it really easy for him to pick out great looks everyday. when did you first realize

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you had an eye for men’s fashion?

I’ve always worked in maga-

zines. One of my first jobs out of university was at MR Magazine, a menswear trade publication. I wrote about everything from suits and ties to denim and underwear. I got to know the industry inside and out. Next, I was the style writer at Forbes. It’s been so interesting to see menswear evolve over the past ten years, and to see men’s attitude toward fashion change. Men care about their appearance more than ever now, and they want to dress in a way that is stylish but not showy, on trend but effortless, as though they haven’t tried too hard to look as good as they do. Personal stylists have been popular with women for a while, but now more and more men are coming to me, looking to upgrade their look because they see how important it is and how just a few changes in their wardrobe can have a big impact on their careers and personal life. Plus it saves them time and money and fashion mistakes. what would you say distinguishes one man’s style from another man’s?

It’s all about personality and dressing to fit your own individual style, as opposed to conforming to what is “in.” I can spot a man a mile off who is proud of his appearance and comfortable in his skin, whether it’s in a sexy, tailored suit with just the right combination of accessories or in jeans on a Sunday brunch.

with what area of men’s fashion do most of your clients request help?

It’s never the same thing. One client had an amazing wardrobe of Canali, Brioni and Hugo Boss suits, and he always looked sharp for work, but he had nothing to wear on the weekends or to go out on a date with his wife. She called me and asked me to get him a [an entirely] new weekend wardrobe. A lot of my clients just don’t know when to let go of something that’s old and outdated. Styles change and suits, especially, have gone through massive transformations. Ok, they are small changes–number of buttons, length of jacket, width of lapel–but these small adjustments mean the difference between looking sharp and modern or looking outdated. Usually, once I work with a guy and show him how awesome he can look in a modern suit, he’s handing me all his old ones to donate. I work with Career Gear, so those older clothes go to under-privileged men who are getting back into the workforce, so it’s a win-win. name three of your favorite menswear designers and why.

Michael Bastian. I knew him when he was the fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman, and he has successfully launched a very handsome and fun collection. It’s luxurious, it fits well, and he’s not afraid of color. John Varvatos. I love that cleaned up rock and roll

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sensibility that runs through his collection, and his clothes fit so damn well. Tom Ford. For formal tuxedos and classic suits, you just can’t beat Tom Ford. Everything he does is classic, classy and sexy. what is the one thing that men never get right when dressing?

Fit, fit, and fit. What a difference a new pair of jeans that fit right can make to a man’s life! Too often I see men wearing pants that are way to wide, baggy around the bum or, worse, dress pants that bunch up at the ankle. I see successful finance guys wearing jackets that they are swimming in and shirts that balloon out at the waist. You don’t have to be ripped or slim like a Calvin Klein model to wear clothes that are more fitted. In fact, the baggier the clothes are, the bigger they make men appear. Just getting the fit right can make a man appear 10 pounds lighter.

Downtown, so I’m thrilled that I’ll be able to save them even more time by shopping at the new Brookfield Place and Westfield Mall. Everything is going to be down here–Saks, John Varvatos, Canali, Zegna, Paul Smith, Vince. There’s even going to be [a Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH], and I always like to find my clients a deal. Seriously, we’ll never have to leave! Having said that, I will always travel uptown for Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman. Those are just classic New York City department stores that you have to visit now and again.

sunday downtown?

Hang out with my five-year-old son. We’ll take his bike out and ride down to the water, ride down to see the yachts and go and have lunch. We go to Tiny’s or Locande Verde, Odeon or Shake Shack. Oh, and now we’ve started going to Hudson Eats in Brookfield Place. The problem is my son likes sushi, so we end up at Blue Ribbon Sushi. He has expensive taste, just like his mama! what do you think about the influx of all the incredible stores coming to this area

how important are socks in men’s fashion?

influenced your son in anyway, even at his young age? what do you hope your son takes away from your career in men’s fashion when he becomes an adult?

I think it has a little. I always like to dress up, and by that I mean put the effort into what I’m wearing, even if it’s just to meet a friend for coffee or take my son to taekwondo. I believe that what you wear affects how you feel, and I think he picks up on that. He has strong opinions of his own, though. He went through a phase where he insisted on wearing button-downs with ties or bowties every, single day, no matter what the activity. He’s over that now and on to something new, but he’s got his skinny jeans and his high tops. I can‘t have my kid looking scruffy in my business. I hope he learns from me that how you present yourself to the world tells a lot about the person. You only have a few seconds and one shot to make a first impression, and boy do people remember them. name three things that men need to have in their wardrobe at all times.

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When it no longer makes them feel incredible. When it’s starting to show signs of wear–pulling seams, ring around the collar or cuff. When it’s been sitting in your closet, but you haven’t touched it for years.

Boxer briefs. Boxer shorts can bunch up under clothes, and tighty whiteys are just not sexy.

and how will it impact men’s fashion downtown?

clothing?

a man is being styled?

has being a stylist for men’s fashion

what’s your favorite thing to do on a

when should men retire their old

boxers or briefs? is there a difference when

when did you move to downtown nyc?

I’ve always lived Downtown (meaning south of 14th Street), but I moved down to TriBeCa almost two years ago. I hadn’t spent a lot of time in TriBeCa before I moved, but I have completely fallen in love with the area. That’s what’s so great about New York–moving to a new neighborhood is like moving to a whole new city. There’s a real feeling of community down here, and TriBeCa welcomed me and my son with open arms.

them with suits or jeans. A good pair of dark denim, slimfitting jeans–you can dress them up or down. A steel blue suit, because it’s hot.

Brown, monk strap dress shoes–you can wear

Hugely important! Men’s hosiery has made a significant comeback over the past few years, and it’s a great way to show a pop of color or a glimpse of a man’s personality with a fun print, bold color or stripe, with an otherwise conservative outfit. This might sound crazy, but I can always tell a lot about a man by the type of sock he chooses to wear. if you had one thing you could change in men’s fashion, what would it be?

Man bags. No grown man should be showing up to work with a backpack or a gym bag with his company logo. There are so many gorgeous leather and canvas messenger bags and briefcases, that there’s really no excuse. Men also shouldn’t stuff their pockets with a wallet, phone and keys. Not only will it ruin the suit, it also makes him look misshapen and odd. what’s the first thing you notice on a man regarding his style?

The accessories. You never want to look like you’re trying too hard or to try too many tricks at once, but little details like a subtle tie bar, a pocket square, a bold pair of glasses, or a knit tie combined with an unexpected shirt just shows that he’s put in a little extra effort and that he’s willing to take risks.

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n search of an island that fulfills your escapist desires? With white sand beaches embraced by ethereal hues of blue water, the island of Anguilla is one of the most aesthetically pleasing in the world. Subtropical climates and gentle trade winds allow for year-round temperatures of 80 degrees, much like the waters. Known for its atmosphere, Anguilla’s slow and sleepy attributes create a timeless experience: spending all day on the beach, leaving you to use the sun as your personal clock. Located on the Northeastern Caribbean, the Island of Anguilla invites guests to dine on local seafood delicacies, explore the villages, marvel at the beautiful hotels and mark your stay as your body imprints the sand. Most welcoming are the locals: while travelers come for the beaches, they return for the vibes of friendly and inviting citizens.

AVAILABILITY: In regards to availability, generally, the busiest times are during the holiday season, typically Christmas and New Years. It’d be best to book your stay with ample time; most visitors do so a year in advance. There are several hotels scattered across the island, so in choosing which part of the island you’d like to stay in early on, you can ensure that your hotel will suit your every need. While winter months can be busy, availability generally isn’t an issue. The summer months are quietest. It is important for guests to keep in mind that some locations close for maintenance in August and September; travelers should inquire before booking.

AMENITIES: Anguilla’s amenities are endless, though the island is most praised because of its luxurious beaches, which are routinely labeled as among the best in the Caribbean. Guests can marvel in the fact that Anguilla exerts a quiet vibe because there aren’t any crowds. You’ll have privacy anywhere you venture. In addition, the islands food is just as compelling as the scenic waters. With Anguillan specialties, travelers will rejoice from the abundance of seafood dishes, such as lobster, snapper and crayfish. Anguilla also caters international dishes with a local touch. REGION: Anguilla is 16 miles long and 3 miles at its width. Amassed with cor-al and limestone, the island is a relatively flat land, though there are areas with rocks and scrub oak, which are great for outdoor activities such as mountain biking or hiking. Some of the beaches are sim-plistic, amassed by white sand, while cliffs in little coves surround others. A single main road travels through the center of Anguilla, allowing for accessible navigation, while dirt roads run along the sides of the main road leading you to different restaurants, bars and villages, perfect for exploration. Rates: Affordable fares can be found year round, but they’re even less expensive during the summer months. Most people choose to fly into Saint Martin and then take a shuttle or the ferry over to Anguilla, which is a relatively short commute. The rates at Ani Villas start at $5,000 per night for the 4 bedroom North Villa in the summer. Prices increase during the popular weeks of the

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ewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, one of the six campuses of the renowned NewYork-Presbyterian empire, offers state-of-the-art, comprehensive health care to the 750,000 individuals who call Lower Manhattan home. As the only acute care facility in Lower Manhattan, this campus is essential to the health and wellness of its residents.

It takes an astute, committed individual to man the helm of such an immense operation, and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Fosina is just the man for the job.

which would allow the Hospitals to provide top tier care to patients and improve accessibility to services. Additionally, Fosina was instrumental in the implementation of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Aging as well as the Division of Podiatry at NYP/Columbia-Allen. By focusing on collaborating with nursing homes regarding transition-of-care issues, Fosina was able to increase the quality of transitions and reduce patient readmissions.

In his 20 years with this iconic New York institution, Fosina has racked up an impressive list of accomplishments. In 2013, he orchestrated 3 q uestions w ith the coo o f nyp / lo w er manhattan hospital a successful merger by grace a . capobianco and between the former caitlyn bahrenburg New York Downtown photographed by adrianna f a v aro styled by nicola harrison ruiz Hospital and NewYorkPresbyterian Hospital. Additionally, Fosina effectively developed and executed the overall strategic, financial, and operational plans for the campus, resulting in the successful maturation of NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan HospiPrior to serving at NYP/Allen, Fosina oversaw tal, a Weill Cornell Medical College Affiliate. one of the largest hospital mergers in the nation between The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical “Lower Manhattan Hospital is committed to pursCenter and the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical ing clinical excellence and extending the many Center. benefits of the Medical College’s groundbreaking A graduate from the University of research programs to our patients” said Fosina. Delaware and Columbia University School of NYP/Lower Manhattan is not Fosina’s first major Public Health, Fosina is an active Fellow in the accomplishment within the NewYork-PresbyteriAmerican College of Healthcare Executives and an company. Prior to Fosina’s current position, he is board certified in healthcare management. served as Vice President and Executive Director From 2011 to 2012, he served as a Congressioof the NYP/The Allen Hospital. During his 13 nal Fellow and an Atlantic Philanthropy Health years in this position, Fosina had a hand in elevatand Aging Policy Fellow, during which time he ing The Allen Hospital to the premier community worked as an advisor to the Center for Medicare teaching hospital and trusted health care provider and Medicaid Services with a focus on improving for residents of not only Upper Manhattan, but the services to senior citizens. also New York in its entirety. Fosina was an ac We asked Fosina about his life, New tive participant in the integration of NYP/Allen York/Presbyterian Hospital and his impressions and NYP/Columbia University Medical Center, of Downtown.

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what was the hardest thing you’ve done

at ny-pres/lower manhattan hospital?

The hardest thing is always changing a culture and that is what we are doing at NYP/Lower Manhattan Hospital. People expect a certain level of care and service from NYP. It is that culture and that level of care that we are importing to the staff at Lower Manhattan Hospital. It takes focused attention, leadership and teamwork to do it successfully. I am happy to say how receptive everyone is to the changes we are making. 2.

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pres/lower manhattan hospital?

Clearly, the goal is to make the hospital the trusted provider of choice in the community. Our goal was to stabilize healthcare in lower Manhattan and to increase access in the community, which I believe we did. We want the community to know that they can live, work and get high quality healthcare from NewYorkPresbyterian and Weill Cornell physicians in their lower Manhattan neighborhood. 3. what’s the most striking thing you’ve noticed being in downtown new york? The activity level, the number of people walking, running, biking, etc - it is amazing. It is clear the community focuses on health, which I think is great and fits my personality so well. I am a very active person and have been that way my whole life. I played sports all year around and was a competitive swimmer right through college at the University of Delaware. I still take trips that my family, at times, think are too adventurous. I scuba dive, mountain climb, ice climb, go winter camping, dog sledding, etc. Last summer I swam from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park in San Francisco, that was fun.


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