Lower Manhattan Shaping Up

Lower Manhattan Shaping Up

Joe Woolhead

fumihiko Maki’s tower 4.
joe woolhead

The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council was among the victims of 9/11, losing one of its resident artists and suffering further from the economic downturn that ground philanthropy to a halt. Matt Chaban talks with Sam Miller, the organization’s new executive director, about the cultural assets poised for rebirth along with the rest of downtown.





frank gehry’s beekman tower.
david sundberg/esto

Along with a growing residential neighborhood comes a new need for parks and public open space. Alan G. Brake reports on the boom in pocket parks and playgrounds, as well as the evolving East River Esplanade and a major new streetscape proposal for Water Street.


the 1966 lower manhattan plan.
courtesy princeton architectural press

AN takes a comprehensive snapshot of new residential projects, commercial buildings, parks, schools, and transportation improvements below Canal Street as projected in 2018, logging the developers, architects, and landscape architects at work shaping downtown’s future.







the lmccc’s "4-D" view of lower manhattan.
courtesy lmccc

Building a Better Map

In recent months, the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center has transformed how New Yorkers understand the changes taking place in what is collectively the biggest construction site in the city. Katherine Lindstedt takes a peek behind the scenes of the agency’s latest online mapping model and its powerful, publicly accessible database.