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BY JANEL BLADOW   |  It’s the holiday season and bells should be ringing, people should be singing…instead around our neighborhood, everyone’s in the catfight that the Howard Hughes Corporation development has become! It’s over… Just go ahead and consider the South Street Seaport the new Meatpacking District, as one attendee at last week’s WWD […]

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The Jewish Community Project Downtown celebrated the first night of Hanukkah Tuesday night with a candle lighting ceremony in Washington Market Park.

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  Change is afoot for Lower Manhattan’s only hospital — and the community is taking notice. After struggling New York Downtown Hospital merged with NewYork-Presbyterian 18 months ago, some people feared cutbacks, but instead, new services and more staff have been added as well as an almost $20 million ongoing renovation […]

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BY PAUL DeRIENZO    |  Last weekend, WNYC broadcaster Oscar Brand celebrated his 69th continuous year on the air with a special edition of his radio program, “Oscar Brand’s Folksong Festival.” The program featured tapes from past broadcasts, showcasing his vast archive of musical guests. Over the years, from WNYC’s Lower Manhattan Studios, Brand provided […]

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BY VICTORIAL GRANTHAM  |  Like almost everyone over 30, I feel like I’m experiencing whiplash as a result of how quickly the time suddenly seems to pass. Collecting events for this listing is an opportunity to slow down for a minute and reflect on the many opportunities we have in Lower Manhattan to make fun, […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Like the game she must master in order to beat a condescending rival, metaphor-hating math whiz Maxine “Max” Kuftinec’s winning strategy for overcoming a series of recent upheavals hinges on learning how to move one step at a time, while keeping her eye on the big picture. It’s a life lesson […]

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BY CARL ROSENSTEIN   |  Better late than never. It’s taken Councilmember Margaret Chin five years to address Downtown’s worst environmental issue, Canal St., but so much more than the lives of three elderly Chinese residents has been lost in those years — real opportunities for change have been squandered. In the 1990s, my neighbors […]

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SEAPORT PLAN To The Editor: Re: “New Tower plan disappoints opponents” (News Article, Nov. 20-Dec. 4): Imagine you are one of the many millions of visitors to New York City and among the unique places you came to visit is the last actual historical Seaport site at South Street where the first settlements and piers grew […]

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  BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK CAROLING  |  There are, of course, other trees in town this time of year — but our favorite is the 45-footer artfully framed by the Washington Square Park Arch. Tastefully (never overly) decorated, you’ll find no pricey skating rink standing between you and the photo op that’s […]

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A MURRAY LITTLE CHRISTMAS  |  It’s not quite the same as being eternally young, but classy impresario Murray Hill has been living up to his “hardest working middle-aged man in show business” moniker for two decades now, even going back before the iconic drag king’s 1996 mayoral bid. What a different town this would be […]

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