The mission of the Alliance for Downtown New York is to provide service, advocacy, research and information to advance Lower Manhattan as a global model of a 21st century Central Business District for businesses, residents and visitors. The Downtown Alliance is striving to make Lower Manhattan a wonderful place to live, work and play by creating a vibrant, multi-use neighborhood where businesses can prosper and the residential community can flourish.
Community Board 1 (CB1) is an advisory body with a formal role designated by the City Charter in matters such as land use, determining local budget priorities, and monitoring City service delivery. CB1 has 50 members who live or work in Lower Manhattan. Members serve on various committees with focuses on neighborhoods or specific issues relevant to Lower Manhattan. Committee and full Board meetings are generally held monthly, and meetings are open to the public.
The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation was created in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 by then-Governor Pataki and then-Mayor Giuliani to help plan and coordinate the rebuilding and revitalization of Lower Manhattan, defined as everything south of Houston Street. The LMDC is a joint State-City corporation governed by a 16-member Board of Directors, half appointed by the Governor of New York and half by the Mayor of New York. LMDC is charged with ensuring Lower Manhattan recovers from the attacks and emerges even better than it was before.
New York City’s three WTC Centers of Excellence, all part of the WTC Health Program established by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, provide specialized testing and treatment for physical and mental health conditions.
The WTC Centers of Excellence offer:
- Treatment and medication for WTC-related illnesses with no out-of-pocket costs to patients
- Treatment by health professionals specializing in 9/11-related conditions
- Assistance with applying for 9/11-related benefits, such as Workers’ Compensation
World Trade Center Environmental Health Center at Bellevue Hospital Center, Gouverneur Health Care Services and Elmhurst Hospital Center
Who’s Eligible: Local residents, area workers and people passing by the area of the WTC, who were exposed to WTC dust or fumes and are experiencing symptoms related to this exposure. This includes:
- Adult and child residents of lower Manhattan and some areas of Brooklyn
- Students attending schools and colleges in lower Manhattan in 2001 and 2002
- City employees, and
- Volunteers and people involved in debris removal and clean-up.
Patients are seen regardless of insurance status.
The World Trade Center Environmental Health Center is a Center of Excellence that is dedicated to the assessment and treatment of WTC-related conditions. The Center provides health care with no out of pocket costs to residents, students, workers, or passersby who may still be sick from 9/11.
The Center has locations at Bellevue Hospital on the East Side of Manhattan, Elmhurst Hospital in Queens and Gouverneur Healthcare Services in Lower Manhattan. The Center works in partnership with community organizations and residents affected by 9/11. You can get treatment even if you cannot pay or do not have health insurance.
The Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center (LMCCC), is charged with coordination and general oversight of all Lower Manhattan public and private construction projects worth more than $25 million south of Canal Street. The Command Center’s mission is to facilitate construction activities, mitigate their impacts on the community and communicate with the public about the work and its impact. The agency works with project sponsors to help streamline design and construction schedules, negotiate priorities, coordinate logistics and plan the movement of construction workers, materials and equipment to the area. Individual programs within the Command Center focus on meeting key goals to maintain and improve the quality of life downtown throughout the rebuilding process.
Charlotte’s Place is a place of welcome and respite for the diverse communities that encompass Trinity’s Lower Manhattan neighborhood. It is a free gathering space open to all – come draw on the wall, water the plants, eat your lunch, attend an art workshop, volunteer as a host, listen to music, read a book, use the free wi-fi, watch a movie, or whatever else comes to mind. Charlotte’s Place is open to all and free to use.
All decisions will reflect the public interest and support a public benefit to our stakeholders, the City of New York, tenants of BPCA, residents and workers in Battery Park City, the downtown community, and tourists/visitors to Battery Park City, in the development of properties, creation of spaces, and in the provision of opportunity to the M/WBE community to share in the economic growth of the Battery Park City community. As an integral part of the lower Manhattan fabric, the Authority will seek to cooperate with and support both public and private sector entities whose missions are in concert with that of the Authority, and whose efforts directly benefit furtherance of same.
The Battery Conservancy was created in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not–for–profit educational corporation to rebuild and revitalize The Battery, the 25-acre public park at the southern tip of Manhattan. The Conservancy spearheads this dramatic transformation in partnership with City, State and Federal governments and with individuals, corporations, and foundations in the private sector. The Conservancy is critical to the future of The Battery, Lower Manhattan, the waterfront, and the quality of community life for residents, workers and visitors of Downtown.
The 10,000 square feet of the Gardens of Remembrance that lie along the elevated portion of the promenade. 114 varieties of hybrid perennials and native plants, offering stunning beauty through all four seasons, while contributing to the sustainability of the park’s landscape and greatly increasing the efficiency of the Conservancy’s maintenance operations.
Gardens of Remembrance – vast perennial gardens pay tribute to:
- Those who perished on September 11, 2001
- The survivors of that day
- All who will visit in the years to come seeking renewed optimism and hope
The World Financial Center, encompasses over eight million square feet of premier office space within the four unique copper-crowned granite and glass towers. The World Financial Center and its grand centerpiece, the 10-story glass pavilion Winter Garden, features extensive public spaces, dozens of shops and restaurants, and a stunning outdoor waterfront esplanade. The Winter Garden and its adjacent outdoor plaza are celebrated venues for both private functions as well as Brookfield’s Arts & Events program, which features everything from unique art installations and exhibits to musical and cultural performances, offered to the public year-round and free-of-charge.
9/11 Memorials in Lower Manhattan
Tribute WTC Visitor Center offers visitors to the World Trade Center site a place where they can connect with people from September 11th community. Through walking tours, exhibits and programs, the Tribute WTC Visitor Center offers “person to Person History,” linking visitors who want to understand and appreciate these historic events with those who experience them.
The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.
This 45,000-pound steel-and-bronze sculpture once stood in the fountain of the World Trade Center plaza. Damaged on September 11th, it now stands in Battery Park, where it was rededicated by the mayor in March 2002. “For 30 years, it stood in the World Trade Center as a symbol of peace,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the rededication ceremony. “On September 11, it was damaged, not destroyed,” he said.
In Eisenhower Mall, near Bowling Green and adjacent to Hope Garden in historic Battery Park
This chapel, where George Washington worshiped in 1789, is New York’s oldest public building to remain in continuous use. For 10 months after 9/11, it served as a round-the-clock relief center for emergency rescue workers. It now sponsors an exhibit about that period called “Unwavering Spirit,” which is free and open to the public.
Broadway at Fulton Street
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Founded in 2001 to commemorate September 11, the Daffodil Project began as a living memorial to raise the spirits of New Yorkers and revitalize parks and communities, and has grown into a year-round partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation and volunteers in all five boroughs. More than 4.25 million daffodil bulbs have been planted since the Project began.
The Project unites neighborhood residents, elected officials, civic groups and businesses as stewards of their local open spaces. Through bulb distributions and plantings with students in the fall, a photo contest and annual breakfast honoring community volunteers in the spring, and park clean-ups in the spring and summer, the Project touches the lives of New Yorkers year-round.