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Now that Lower Manhattan is starting to return to its former self after Hurricane Sandy, I’m happy to report on nine new openings in the district. They range from maternity wear to fried chicken and they are welcome additions.   SouthWest NY – 301 South End Avenue (212) 945-0528 | www.southwestny.com SouthWest NY is back and better… Read more »

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I’m holding on to summer like a screaming toddler holds on to the bag of candy that mom just bought at the sweet shop. I’m going to put my fingers in my ears and tell fall to take a hike while I sip a cucumber lemonade chiller from one of the new bars in Lower… Read more »

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We have just one opening for you in this edition, but this store has already become one of the most popular businesses on Fulton Street. Any neighborhood with a growing population of residents, not to mention workers and visitors, needs a well-stocked grocery store that caters to a variety of needs. Key Food’s huge new… Read more »

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Grandma’s House, 27 Peck Slip, (212) 472-6362 This cozy spot, which looks more like your grandma’s kitchen than a restaurant, is a throwback to simpler times when a big meal and a hug made everything better. Or maybe old-fashioned milkshakes and mac and cheese just delude us into thinking life is great. Either way, diners… Read more »

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Summer is the season of escape. In this edition, we have a new car rental service for your upcoming vacation, a sandwich shop to equip you with food for the road, a shoe store so you’re fashionably shod when you arrive, and a nail salon and spa to pamper your tired feet when you return…. Read more »

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I hope everyone had a wonderful July 4th holiday. I spent the day at the beach because it was much too hot to stay in my apartment and watch my cats, who actually pant and generally look even hotter than I feel. It is guilty escapism with a holiday twist. For this edition of Lights… Read more »

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Summer has officially begun! The season brings a renovated playground for children who are no longer stuck in hot classrooms, a healthy Asian kitchen so we don’t balloon out during swimsuit season, and a lovely French café with plenty of iced coffee. Yushi Asian Kitchen, 100 Maiden Lane, (212) 742-2150 Yushi Executive Chef Danny Lachs… Read more »

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If your child is a little too old to be giving his father a mug with “I love you Daddy” scrawled on it in crayon, I have some better options for the upcoming holiday courtesy of Josh Bach, an attractive gift shop that also has a good personality. We have a new location for one… Read more »

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I love Lower Manhattan this time of year. I have at least 50 (no exaggeration) different spots along the water where I can sit and watch boats, or the sun, or children playing. I never get tired of seeking out new vantage points on the Hudson and East rivers because, like my ancestors of long… Read more »

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Where the children go, the schools follow. In a sure sign that Lower Manhattan is adding more families than ever (our residential population has doubled in the last 10 years), a new child care center and pre-school has opened off Washington Street across from Battery Park City. Just up the Hudson in North Battery Park… Read more »