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Watch List Highlights, Friday, February 11, 2011

Garment District - Fashion Avenue - 7 Avenue Garment District In the midst of Fashion Week, the Garment District is in the spotlight. The New York Daily News talks to MAS Board Member Yeohlee Teng, who points out that budding designers rely on local artisans for production. “When you are in school, you can’t, from a collection of 10 pieces, leap into creating 1,000 pieces overseas.” Lower Manhattan Though typically known as the Financial District, Lower Manhattan is undergoing a transformation as more financial institutions move to the more modern buildings in midtown. Spaces once inhabited by some of the largest financial institutions in the world are being replaced by media firms, nonprofits, and technology companies. [W]hile financial services remains our signature industry, Lower Manhattan has diversified,” said Elizabeth Berger, president of the Alliance for Downtown New York and MAS board member. “The bottom line is we’re a very attractive place for a lot of different kinds of commercial tenants.” Waterfront The New York City Economic Development Corporation released a new waterfront plan for Inwood at a community board meeting earlier this month. The Sherman Creek Waterfront Esplanade plan would repair and connect access to the shoreline, add parks and wetland areas, create waterfront access, and more. Residents worry about funds for the project, as well as the city resolving property issues with Con Edison. Hudson Yards & Coney Island The L Magazine takes a look at five mega-developments in New York City that are similar to the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn. The list includes Coney Island and Hudson Yards.
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