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Elected officials serving Lower Manhattan:

For a list of elected officials serving Lower Manhattan, including their addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses, click HERE.

Questions and Complaints:

Quality of Life Issues:

For municipal attention, call: 311

Resources are listed at:

Community Board 1:

There is a Quality of Life Committee and Committees for each Lower Manhattan district

(Battery Park City, Financial District, Tribeca, and the Seaport). 

Contact Information:

49-51 Chambers Street, Room 715, New York, NY 10007

Phone: 212-442-5050

Noah Pfefferblit, District Manager

Evan Lacher, Community Liaison

Lucy Acevedo, Community Coordinator

Diana Switaj, Land Use and Planning Consultant

Battery Park City Authority:

Dedicated email for community concerns:

phone: (212) 417-2000

One World Financial Center, 24 Floor, New York, NY 10280

Park Enforcement Patrol in Battery Park City:

For expedited attention, call: 212-417-3100

For police, fire, or medical emergencies, call: 911 

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For updates about the WTC construction, Fulton Street Transportation Hub, and more, 

click HERE.

Lower Manhattan Transit and Traffic Updates: HERE

Department Of Transportation (DOT) Traffic Advisories: HERE 

Weekend Traffic Advisories: HERE


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Eyes to the Sky, October 27 - 31, 2014

Big Dipper leads to Arcturus, Capella, Polaris

As evening twilight deepens, the stars of the Big Dipper come into view low to the northwest horizon.  Clearly an enormous ladle in the sky, it is an impressive quadrilateral with an arching handle. Most of its 7 stars are visible even in locations where fainter stars are washed out by the haze caused by city lights. Skywatchers have handed down tips on locating and identifying 2 of the brightest stars visible from the northern hemisphere and one very well-known but not-so-bright star, by following the lines of the Dipper.

Find a spot where tall buildings don't block the view close above the horizon from northeast to northwest. From about 6:30pm - 7:45pm, brilliant star Arcturus flashes in the west-northwest and Capella sparkles in the northeast. These distant suns are visible in the twilight, before the dimmer stars of the Big Dipper appear as the sky darkens. When the Dipper is present, confirm your sightings by following the arching handle to "arc to Arcturus" and then, on the bowl side, note the bright star at the top of the bowl, furthest right, Dubhe; continue right to sparkling Capella.

The third star, Polaris, is about as luminous as the Dipper stars, that is, dimmer than mighty Arcturus and Capella. It is the North Star. Although it is known to be a guiding light, its looks are not very distinguished. However, you'll never lose your way to the North Star again. Line up Dubhe and the star below it, Merak. Gauge the distance between them. Starting at Dubhe, look up and count out that distance above Dubhe 4 times to arrive at Polaris.

Don't miss the waxing crescent moon to the right of reddish Mars in the southwest tonight and above the planet on Tuesday.

Today, sunset will be at 6:00, twilight 6:28, nightfall 7:32 and moonset 9:02. Arcturus will set at 8:06 and Capella rises at 4:57.

Judy Isacoff