DowntownNYC! was formed on
November 8, 2001 at the Cherry Lane Theater as a broad-based volunteer
coalition of theater companies, performing artists, galleries, museums,
restaurants, businesses, and pre-existing organizations & associations.
It was established to generate goodwill, to boost business, and
to rally the spirits of all who work and live downtown.
Although the organization is no longer active, this website is
maintained in order to preserve a web presence for its valuable
research in 2002 and 2004 on the economic impact of the 9/11 attacks
on artists of all disciplines in NYC and vicinity. (See right column:
THIS WEBSITE CONTAINS ARCHIVED ARTICLES
Special thanks to our Gov't Outreach Committee, JMTC Theatre, Theater
for the New City, Citizen's Committee for NYC and all the dedicated
volunteers on this project.
Best New Building: 7 World
Gazing down at the infinitely tragic footprints of the
pulverized Twin Towers, major American Architects and members of the
Municipal Art Society of New York had at least one Ground Zero success
to celebrate recently: 7 World Trade Center! By Glenn Loney
The Very First Guide To Community
Tourism in NYC
Tourists and New Yorkers alike want to know the "real New York."
These tours take visitors into areas not on the typical tourist map
and connect them to local music, immigrant history, parks, waterways,
architecture, cuisine, artists, murals, and one-of-a-kind stores.
By Sheryl Lee and Nicole Edwards, with
technical assistance by Delphine Veaudor.
We Live to Remember
If the light in the darkness of 9/11 was the extraordinary ability
that revealed itself in ordinary people, Tim Tuttle is a musical
version of that. He is not a professional musician, though you would
never know it to see him onstage. But he is just a guy with a musical
vision who really wants to tell this story.
from Ground Zero-- Mark Dann, member of Dharma Bums, who have
played for the Dalai Lama. R: Tim Tuttle. Photo by Chris Eckert.
Niche Business "Frames
Up" an Impressive Recovery
Many private businesses in Lower Manhattan are still on shaky ground,
and a lack of aid combined with the limitations of their local customer
base have caused them to flounder. The brave ones left are holding
in. L & O Frame on Duane Street is one of many private niche
businesses that, once greatly successful, is a case in point. By
Kevin J. Wong.
Levinson, proprietor of L & O Frame. Photo: Kevin Wong.
DowntownNYC! profiles the Careerists--the tastemakers, business leaders
and civic activists who instruct us by their example.
| Patrice Samara, whose office is in Tribeca Film Center, is
New York's maven of corporate anniversaries.
By Sammy Condusta
OUR 2004 ARTISTS' WRITE-IN:
The ongoing effect
of 9/11 upon artists of all disciplines in NYC
Testimonies point to continued weakness in the cultural sector,
which has caused many established artists to resort to non-artistic
work and others to leave the city to avoid economic hardship.
By Jonathan Slaff and Delphine Veaudor, in consultation with
"Survey Finds Post-9/11 Times Harder for City's Artists" (New York
"New York City is Giving Artists the Brush-Off: Unaffordable; Other Cities
Happy to Oblige" (Crain's
New York Business)
"City Seeming A Bit Artless" (NY Daily
happened to New York's artists after 9/11?
Silent victims of the tragedy
The attacks of September 11 significantly impacted the arts and entertainment
sector, causing far-reaching effects on the livelihoods of individual
artists, both those self-employed and those employed by others.
by: Jonathan Slaff and Carolyn Sévos, with consulting
editor Robert Cashill; additional analysis by Amy Schwartzman Brightbill,
NY Foundation for the Arts, Consortium for Worker Education and
"Survey Finds Artists Since 9/11 Have
Less Work and More Debt" (New York Times)
bad was 9/11 to New York's Downtown theaters?
Assessing the damage
by: Leonard Jacobs, Backstage
Importance of the Arts to New York Citys Economy
In NYC, the Arts are a larger industry than
Advertising and a major engine of the economy. NYC's funding to
the non-profit cultural sector ripples through the economy and generates
a tax return that far outweighs the subsidies.
by: Rosemary Scanlon, Statement of Rosemary Scanlon, Associate
Professor, Real Estate Institute, New York University SCPS, to New
York City Council Committee.
Promoting Downtown Arts
in Clearview Festival Productions' street fairs
In the summer and fall of 2004, our "cultural concierge"
program drummed up audiences for arts institutions in a series of
neighborhood-based promotions, using space in Downtown street fairs
donated by Clearview Festival Productions.