In the News: Lower Manhattan Light Show

••• “‘The place has so many things to fix, and for a long time I didn’t have the right team to be able to fix them. Things were just not working under that status quo,’ [Battery Park City Authority president Gayle] Horwitz told the Tribeca Trib in an interview on Wednesday. ‘Coming to work has been really unpleasant for a really, really long time because people were not willing to help out. There are all kinds of problems.’”

This most excellent photo is by Alex Santiago-Tull (by way of SantaCon’s Facebook page)

••• “Thousands of people dressed as Kris Kringle took to the streets of Manhattan Saturday for the annual SantaCon—a holiday ritual that takes costumed revelers on a boozy tour of the city’s pubs. The annual pub crawl, which organizers say is ‘non-denominational, non-commercial, non-political and non-sensical,’ kicked off at the North Cove Marina in Battery Park City at 10 a.m. as well as Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn.” Know what’s really zany? Dressing up as Santa on a day when no one else does. —DNAinfo

••• “A new city project aims to brighten up Lower Manhattan with a dazzling array of interactive, three-dimensional lights by the end of 2012. The city Economic Development Corp. is putting up to $1 million into the project, with the goal of enticing more people to spend time and money Downtown after dark, enlivening an area that once shut down after all the workers left in the evening rush. […] The EDC is inviting design teams to submit their ideas for eye-catching installations.” As long as it’s not more shooting stars affixed to lampposts. Podunk City. —DNAinfo

••• 55 Warren is half sold. —Curbed


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