Lower Manhattan tourism boom spurs some grumbling

AP News
Posted: Sep 28, 2012 2:56 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Lower Manhattan tourism has risen dramatically since 9/11 — and that's generating some growing pains.

Community groups told City Council members at a hearing Friday that they're happy about the area's revival.

But they're also pushing for more attention to some less welcome additions that have come with the throngs of visitors. They include crowded sidewalks and local businesses being pressed into service as public bathrooms.

City officials say they're working to address the concerns.

The local business improvement district says almost 10 million people visited the roughly one-mile-square area south of Canal Street last year. That's up 30 percent in two years.

The group, called the Downtown Alliance, says the area has about three times as many hotel rooms as it did before the attack.