Lower Manhattan News

It’s the beginning of a new week and time to catch up on Lower Manhattan news from the past several days.

New York City approved the demolition plan of 130 Liberty St., the New York Post reported last week. The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. said the job will be completed “well before the end of next year.”

The city-sponsored urbanSHED competition has been narrowed to 3 finalists, the Gotham Gazette said. Once a winner is selected, the Downtown Alliance will help construct the design in Lower Manhattan.

Though the city recently floated the idea of building the World Trade Center performing arts center where 130 Liberty St. now stands — rather than the site of the current PATH station — the move now looks less likely, the Downtown Express reported.

Also in the Express, a lottery for kindergarten seats might return to Downtown by the end of this year.

And finally, in a New York Times op-ed, former Battery Park City Authority members Charles Urstadt and Avrum Hyman argued that New York City should take control of Battery Park City.