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In a new recurring feature, we have partnered with the Downtown Alliance to present Kelly Rush's "Lights On . . . In Lower Manhattan" blog in print. Rush keeps her finger on the pulse of the business scene at the southern tip of Manhattan-you can follow her at

Now that it's January and we've eaten far too much and feel disgusted with ourselves, I thought I'd mention a health food restaurant and some non-food openings in Lower Manhattan, including a medical facility that specializes in pain management.

Lower Manhattan has a lot of new openings on the horizon, particularly in Battery Park City around the Goldman Sachs building. As usual, if you see any new retailers or spot changes to a longtime friend, please email me at and I'll check them out.


Maxwell Medical

99 Wall St., 10th Fl. (at Front St.),


"You should never wake up with pain." That's Maxwell Medical's mantra, and they take it seriously. I violate this rule every day, so I stopped in for a massage and was rewarded with a pain-free neck and shoulders the next morning. The multidisciplinary medical center specializes in physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, sports medicine and manual therapy (a more specialized form of massage therapy). They're against medicine, as far as pharmaceuticals are concerned, Marketing Director Erum Hussain said. The idea is to find out what is causing a patient's pain and treat it through therapy instead of medicating. The staff also incorporates diet and exercise consulting into their treatment plans.

T.J. Maxx

14 Wall St. (betw. Broadway and Nassau St.), 212-587-8459.

This retailer is open and ready for bargain hunters. Walk through the brass gate on Nassau Street between Wall and Pine streets, take a trip down the escalator and peruse designer handbags, clothing, shoes and home décor at discount prices. In other words, you'll get the max for the minimum price. I stopped in recently and found a wide selection of everything you need to stay warm, including coats, hats, scarves and some cashmere items for people tired of warm but scratchy wool.

Pier 15

(at South Street Seaport)

The stretch of waterfront south of the Seaport has a new place for visitors to sit, stroll and enjoy views of the East River. Pier 15 features an upper and lower deck with benches and grassy lawns that I predict will become very popular in the spring. The lower level contains two glass-paneled buildings; one will house a restaurant and the other will house a maritime museum. The way the deck was designed, with steps leading down to the water, gives you the feeling you could dip your toes in, but you can't-and in this weather, you wouldn't want to anyway.

Basics Plus

85 John St. (betw. Gold and William Sts.), 212-791-6870.

Founded in 1989 at the corner of University Place and 13th Street, the first Basics Plus store sold everything from keys and hardware to an expanding line of household products. The retailer recently opened a new location in the Financial District focusing on housewares. It's known as "the corner store that carries everything," and customers can find well-known kitchen staples such as Cuisinart and simplehuman there or try out eco-friendly cleaning products such as Mrs. Meyer's and Totally Bamboo.

Beans and Greens

245 Murray St. (betw. North End Ave. and West St.), 212-786-4760.

Beans and Greens' grand opening presages a host of new retail offerings in Battery Park City, which is growing so fast it's hard to keep track. You won't find produce treated with pesticides at this organic eatery; their menu features organic Stumptown Coffee and organically farmed greens and dairy products.

The café has several different stations where patrons can choose their toppings, including a yogurt bar, an omelet bar and a salad bar. Or choose a chef-inspired entrée salad such as the sweet greens salad with dried cranberries, candied walnuts, veggies and grilled chicken.

North End Grill

104 North End Ave. (at Vesey St.),

Blue Smoke

255 Vesey St. (betw. North End Ave. and West St.),

I mentioned a host of new openings in Battery Park City and would be remiss if I didn't point out these two highly anticipated restaurants. They've just opened and are serving limited menus at the moment, but I'll have more details in my next column.


Milk Street Café, 40 Wall St.

Duane Reade, 147 Fulton St.

Visit the Alliance for Downtown New York at, where you can check out an interactive map with details on hours, locations and services.


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