February 19, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Museums and historic sites, and a trendy new Tribeca restaurant inspired by an old-school Catskills resort. They're all part of Jewish New York, with a heritage that stretches back 400 years and a vital contemporary community that's reinterpreting old traditions for the 21st century. New York City has the largest concentration of Jews in the world outside of Israel, according to the Jewish Databank, which put the city's Jewish population at 1.4 million in 2002. The stories of European Jews who arrived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries are relatively well-known and easy to find in places such as the Lower East Side.
March 30, 2011 |
NEW YORK - After the Sept. 11 attacks, there were grim questions about the future of the shaken, dust-covered neighborhoods around the World Trade Center. Would residents flee uptown or to the suburbs? Who would want to live so close to a place associated with such horror? As it turns out, plenty of folks. Census figures released last week show that the number of people living near ground zero has swelled by 23,000 since 2000, making it one of the fastest-growing places in the city.
October 20, 2010 |
It's been almost a decade since Philadelphia started a long-overdue conversation about transforming the vacant acres along the Delaware River into a vital urban neighborhood. Yet, other than a single, suburban-style casino and some lonely high-rise condos, little change is visible on that bleak, postindustrial landscape. The city now appears ready to stop talking and start doing. After four decades of false starts and scattershot projects, consultants are putting the finishing touches on a detailed and focused master plan that will provide Philadelphia with step-by-step instructions for reinventing its waterfront.
October 24, 2006 |
On a recent evening, New Yorkers let go. They saluted the setting sun, savored dinner with wine, whizzed by on their bikes, cast fishing lines, and strolled grassy boardwalks - all on the banks of the Hudson River. Just a few years ago, much of this land lay abandoned, a reliquary of the city's long-gone industrial era, its once-bustling ports and railroad lines supplanted by cheap parking spaces and squatters' shanties. But thanks to roughly three decades of civic planning and ardent battle, New York has reclaimed huge portions of both its riverfronts with a new 32-mile path around Manhattan, 20 of them on the water.
March 25, 2004
Here are a few of the things Gary Hack has done in his career: He was the urban planner behind the winning design for rebuilding ground zero in Manhattan. He also helped plan Battery Park City in lower Manhattan. The Boston mayor recently invited him to serve on an elite panel that will help decide how to remake that city in the wake of its "Big Dig" project. In his day job, he is dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Last year, he spurred the public process on the future of Penn's Landing that produced a set of citizen-crafted principles for developing Philadelphia's central waterfront.
March 21, 2003 |
Robert Mitchell Hanna, 67, a Philadelphia landscape architect who believed that elegant, user-friendly public spaces could make cities more vital, died March 8 after complications from surgery. A memorial service is scheduled for 4 p.m. tomorrow at Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22d and Spruce Streets. In recent years, Mr. Hanna operated the small RM Hanna design firm in his Center City home, but he was best known for his two-decade collaboration with local landscape architect Laurie C. Olin.
August 31, 2002 |
Many of the improvised sidewalk shrines are gone, but the American flags remain - on subway cars and fire engines, on building walls and in store windows. Approaching the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks, New Yorkers appear to be determinedly going about life's routines, though reminders of the World Trade Center's destruction surround them. Mayor Michael Bloomberg still attends memorial services for firefighters whose remains have just been identified; two were held on one recent day. Signs on public transit direct stressed city residents to free counseling services.
March 27, 2002 |
A PLAN IS NEEDED for the World Trade Center site - but not a big plan. There are times for building Central Park, and there are times for remedial gardening. Lower Manhattan should not be remade according to some new grand vision. A framework needs to be put in place and some principles agreed on, and city life will take its course. "There's no rush" is a phrase often heard in discussions of the site. Actually, there is a rush, because there is a reason why most cities struck by disaster - natural or man-made - generally end up rebuilding more or less what was there before.
September 24, 2001 |
Wall Street workers huddled in Manhattan hotel rooms, fled to offices in New Jersey, and filled glitzy space only recently vacated by failed dot-coms to get the world's financial markets running last week. It worked, but the economic fallout from the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 translated into one of the stock markets' worst drops ever, and investors and analysts are preparing for another rough week on Wall Street. Beyond the immediate uncertainty, New York is scrambling to hold on to its title as the world's financial center and to the lucrative jobs and economic development that go with it. The city already is examining ways to rebuild Lower Manhattan, including establishing a redevelopment commission for the financial district that will be part of a rebuilding effort costing upwards of $20 billion.
September 12, 2001 |
Life changed fast and forever yesterday morning, when an unseen terrorist hand guided two planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, collapsing the symbols of New York City's commercial and cultural greatness. Now there is smoke where there once was steel, shocked silence where a self-assured populace once ran America's most dynamic city. Casualties were expected to be in the thousands, as the attack rocked what amounts to two vertical cities. By nightfall, an unsettling quiet permeated Lower Manhattan from Soho, to Chinatown, to Greenwich Village.