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in Lower Manhattan
Volume 1, No. 9  Jan. 3, 2014
* The blizzard in pictures
* Treatment program for ex-drug addicts plans to move to 2 Washington St.
* Downtown Real Estate: Kyle Kimball retained as EDC president
* Downtown Dining: Telepan in Tribeca; Nelson Blue in the South Street Seaport
* Letters to the Editor
* Calendar

Masthead photo: A woman walking her dog in Battery Park City. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)



The snow in lower Manhattan started around 7 p.m. on Jan. 2 and stopped around 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 3. Even after the snow stopped falling, winds of up to 25 miles an hour blew the snow into deep drifts in many places. Mist and blowing snow rose above the turbulent Hudson River. The expected high today is 22 degrees F, with a windchill of -13 degrees F.  Tonight, the temperature is supposed to be 2 degrees F.  Snow plows were out early as were people shoveling snow and salting. Sidewalks on major streets are largely clear, but there are deep, rutted piles of snow at the curbs and street crossings.  - Terese Loeb Kreuzer 

The Battery Park City esplanade. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Battery Park City playground. (Photo: Jay Fine)
South Cove in Battery Park City. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Shoveling snow in Battery Park City. (Photo: Carolyn Louise Newhouse)
A patrol car stuck on the Battery Park City esplanade. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)



Exponents, a non-profit organization whose mission is to aid people who are trying to recover from drug addiction, is planning to move to 2 Washington St. on Jan. 17.


For the last 15 years, the organization has leased space at 151 W. 26th St., where it has been seeing 20 to 60 clients a day. "We are moving to 2 Washington St. because of skyrocketing rent costs in our current space," said Samantha Lopez-Fernandez, chief administrative officer.


She said that Exponents has had "no major incidents with our clients or staff and are excited to begin our new chapter in downtown Manhattan."


On Jan. 7, an Exponents representative will make a presentation about the program to Community Board 1's Financial District Committee.


"We've just been informed that this facility intends to move to 2 Washington St.," said Ro Sheffe, chairman of the committee. "We have very little information to go on at this point. We look forward to learning more on Tuesday."


Many of those assisted by Exponents are also ex-prisoners and have chronic health problems. Exponents helps them to recover from addiction, to transition to civilian life and to find employment.


The organization was incorporated in 1990 and has offered New York State Article 822 licensed outpatient, medically supervised, substance abuse treatment since 1998.


It employs 45 full-time staff members and 30 volunteers. Clients come from all five boroughs. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.


The C.B. 1 Financial District Committee meeting will be held at 49-51 Chambers St., Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend.


Downtown Real Estate

New York City's Economic Development Corporation is the landlord for much of the South Street Seaport. The Howard Hughes Corp. is EDC's tenant.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)


New York City's Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is the landlord for much of the property in the South Street Seaport, so Mayor de Blasio's decision to retain Kyle Kimball as president of the EDC will affect lower Manhattan. Kimball became president in July when Seth Pinsky departed. - Terese Loeb Kreuzer


"De Blasio defends choice to retain city's development commish," The Real Deal, 1/2/14. The article notes, "Though the real estate community has expressed concern that de Blasio will be bad for business, his track record as a councilman suggests that he is more pro-development than he may appear at first blush." For more, click here.

Downtown Dining
Juanita, with hot, freshly baked muffins at Gristedes, 315 South End Ave., on the morning of Jan. 3. She traveled from downtown Brooklyn to get to work in Battery Park City. The store opened as usual at 6 a.m. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Whole Foods at 270 Greenwich St. in Tribeca was packed yesterday afternoon as people stocked up on food ahead of the blizzard. Gristedes at 315 South End Ave. in Battery Park City was also busy around 9 p.m., with the store manager behind one of the cash registers, helping to check people out. He said the store would be open the next day (that would be today). "We didn't close during Sandy," he said.


Just as he said it would, the store did open on Jan. 3 at 6 a.m., as usual.


Meanwhile, according to, Bill Telepan chose Jan. 2 to open his new restaurant at 329 Greenwich St. And Nelson Blue, beloved for its New Zealand fare and lively bar scene, reopened on New Year's Eve at 233-235 Front St. in the South Street Seaport after being knocked out for more than a year by Superstorm Sandy. - Terese Loeb Kreuzer


"Bill Telepan Heads Downtown with Telepan Local,", 1/2/14. Eater calls Bill Telepan "the farm-to-table king and all-around-nice guy," which should auger well for his new restaurant in Tribeca. "This is a more casual affair than his Michelin-starred Upper West Side restaurant," says Eater. "The menu is full of shareable small plates." For the story, click here.


"Nelson Blue Reopens 14 Months After Hurricane Sandy,", 1/2/14. Nelson Blue in the South Street Seaport "has been restored to exactly the way it looked before it was inundated by eight feet of water 14 months ago," says "On top of all the fundamental fixes, that restoration also involved sending all of the hand-carved pieces of the wood interior back to where they were made in Italy for repairs." For more information, click here



Nelson Blue in the South Street Seaport just reopened after having been wrecked by Superstorm Sandy on Oct. 29, 2012. The interior has been restored to its pre-Sandy appearance. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Letters to the Editor
New Year's Eve fireworks. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

To the Editor:
(Re: "New Year's Eve in Pictures," 1/1/14): What a fabulous photo of the Statue of Liberty surrounded by fireworks!  In fact, your whole series of New Year's Eve photos conveys a warm and lively welcome to 2014.  They are lovely to behold.  Thank you and best wishes for the coming year.

Jean Oakley

From the Editor:
Thank you!

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CALENDAR: Week of Dec. 30

Lee Briccetti, executive director of Poets House in Battery Park City, which frequently sponsors readings, lectures and symposia relating to poets and poetry. Through March 14, Poets House (at 10 River Terrace) is hosting an exhibit of Lucille Clifton's poems, drafts, and manuscripts along with photographs of the poet. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

Jan. 3: Charpentier's "La Descente d'Orphée" performed by the Gotham Chamber Opera. St. Paul's Chapel, Broadway at Fulton Street. 7 p.m. Tickets, $15 to $125. For tickets, click here.
(Also on  Jan. 5 at 5 p.m.) For a review of this production from The New York Times, click here.
Jan. 4: Bach at One. Music of Johann Sebastian Bach performed by the Trinity Wall Street choir and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra. St. Paul's Chapel, Broadway at Fulton Street. 1 p.m. Free.

Jan. 4: "Violini a Due: An Italian Journey" performed by Quicksilver. A concert devoted to the "rich and strange world of 17th-century Italy" when composers began to explore the sonata, a new genre of instrumental composition." Tickets, $25 at

Jan. 5: Gala concert of music by Benjamin Britten wraps up a series of Trinity Wall Street concerts that began in September during which all of Britten's chamber music, vocal and chamber works, choral works and all of his works for children were played. NOVUS NY, the Trinity Wall Street Choir and the Trinity Youth Chorus will perform. Trinity Church at Broadway and Wall Street, 2 p.m. Free.
Ongoing: The National Museum of the American Indian is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with free admission. It offers free films, docent-led tours of its exhibitions and tours of its premises, the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, designed by Cass Gilbert. The building, which was completed in 1907, is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One Bowling Green. Phone: (212) 514-3700. For the museum's calendar, click here.
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