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Archive for February 2015

The 20th Anniversary of the Creation of the Alliance for Downtown New York

On January  28th, I attended the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Alliance for Downtown New York, one of the first Building Improvements Districts (BIDs) in New York City and on whose board of directors I participate. I cannot believe that this BID is now 20 years old and looking back over these 20 years, it is amazing how many wonderful achievements have been accomplished!  The evening was a great success and I was so thrilled to participate in the gala and see my good friend, Robert Douglas, be honored as he has been the Chairman of  the Downtown Alliance since its founding.  Congratulations to the Downtown Alliance and a special congratulations and thank you to Bob Douglas for his insights, efforts, strong leadership, and immense caring!!

Kent Swig with Robert Douglas Charles Urstadt in the background.

Kent Swig with Robert Douglas and Charles Urstadt in the background.

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February 16, 2015 at 10:02 am

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The transformation of the Lower Manhattan and Financial District

The recent article in the February 2015 issue of Vogue magazine follows on the heels of the recent move of Conde Naste into One World Trade Center, all of which high lights the incredible transformation of the Lower Manhattan and FiDi, the acronym that I coined for the Financial District. I have been actively working in this area since 1998 when I first purchased 48 Wall Street and have eagerly been waiting for over a decade for an article like this to be written!  It is such wonderful news for FiDi, Lower Manhattan and all of New York City!

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February 10, 2015 at 11:04 am

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The Role of the NYPD in the safety of New York City

We certainly live in a dangerous world and fortunately, New York City ranks among the safest large cities in the United States, if not the world.  This is because of the public and political support that has been given to the NYPD combined with the dedication and diligence of the NYPD officers who put their lives on the line each and every day to protect our city and its citizens.  Unfortunately, we find ourselves in the middle of a great deal of tension between Mayor de Blassio and the NYPD, which is causing significant problems for NYC and the safety and protection of our citizens.  It is certainly time to put aside these tensions and for the Mayor to fully and openly recognize the heroic efforts of the NYPD and say so publically.  This does not mean that mistakes have been and will be made by the NYPD, but these mistake need to be put into perspective in terms of the overall performance of the entire NYPD and of all of their good work and efforts on the whole.

So, I share with you the lined article written by former Police Commissioner Howard Safir who, once again, has a wonderful viewpoint on this subject.

http://time.com/3662529/howard-safir-the-war-on-police-hurts-the-war-on-terror-paris/

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February 2, 2015 at 4:40 pm

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