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For each of the last 13 years, community activist Tom Goodkind has spent about eight hours calculating the reading score rankings of Lower Manhattan schools, so you’d probably be surprised to learn he’s not a big fan of the tests. “I would personally like to do away with these tests and just have good schools,” […]

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BY ALBERT AMATEAU    |  David Reck, a Hudson Square neighborhood resident and activist and a longtime member of Community Board 2, died this summer. He was 64. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in fall 2013 and died this July 31, according to his wife, Eli Hausknecht. A registered architect, David Reck was a […]

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BY YANNIC RACK   |  A pending permit application could see another church bulldozed for luxury residences, even after loyal parishioners have prayed on the steps of the church since it was padlocked seven years ago. Last month, a permit was filed with the Department of Buildings for an 18-story, 30-unit apartment building on the […]

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BY ZACH WILLIAMS   |  In response to rising sea levels and the other effects of climate change, more than 100 activist groups converged in Lower Manhattan on Sept. 22 to promote environmental justice as part of what they call Flood Wall Street. The N.Y.P.D. pre-emptively blocked streets leading to the New York Stock Exchange, […]

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BY YANNIC RACK  |  A new stop sign is coming to busy William St., an area that has prompted serious safety concerns among residents and visitors alike. Councilmember Margaret Chin announced on Sept. 15, together with State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Senator Daniel Squadron, that the sign would be installed at the corner […]

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Nine years ago, the residents of Southbridge Towers voted to study the merits of leaving the Mitchell-Lama middle class housing program, and next week they will decide whether or not it will happen. Voting at the 1651-apartment complex begins Sun., Sept. 28 and runs until Tues., Sept. 30. The residents of each apartment get one […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  A new 10-unit building at 92 Fulton St. between Williams St. and Gold St. in the Financial District will be 100 percent affordable housing — and will be permanently so. The news was received with clapping and an audible “yay” at Community Board 1’s Planning Committee meeting Sept. 8. The […]

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Motorcycles boosted Last weekend, a 22-year-old Queens man parked his motorcycle at the corner of Spring St. and Washington St. in Hudson Sq. and went to work. When he returned the next day, on Sun., Sept. 21 at 6 a.m., his 2009 white Yamaha motorcycle, valued at $7,500, had vanished. The man still had his […]

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 BATTERY PARK CITY PARKS CONSERVANCY 212-267-9700, bpcparks.org Preschool Art: Come learn art with paper, clay, wood, and paint. Ages 4 and under | Free, drop in | Nelson A. Rockefeller Park | 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. EVERY THURSDAY UNTIL 10/30 Art & Games: Age 5+ | Free, drop in | Nelson […]

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BY MICHAEL LYDON  |  A decade or four ago I was a jazz-mad college kid, and anytime I had an extra dime in my pocket I’d bus down to the Big Apple to hear my heroes live in smoky hole-in-the-wall Village clubs: Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond rocking the nearly empty Jazz Gallery on St. Mark’s […]

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