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BY TRAV S.D.  (travsd.wordpress.com)  |  “There is no new thing under the sun,” went the wisdom of Solomon. And so it is that among the more novel diversions to be had in the city now are silent films, a form that last enjoyed mainstream popularity nearly 90 years ago. From Feb. 17–20, WNYC’s “New Sounds […]

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BY KEN PASKAR  |  Speaker Sheldon Silver is being pilloried in the press for accusations of corruption, and I felt it’s time to take a hard look at the allegations being leveled against Silver and see them for what they are: character assassination, pure and simple. Lost in the ruckus is all the good that […]

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Many are taking pleasure in Sheldon Silver’s downfall. He stands accused of pocketing nearly $4 million illegally and, if convicted, could spend two decades in federal prison. At the same time, for community members who have benefitted from his good work in the Assembly, there is also pain. The charges against Silver, who until last […]

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Thurs., Feb. 12 – Wed., Feb. 18 ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING IS SUSPENDED Thursday, MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY Happy Valentine’s Day! Despite the unrelenting cold weather, expect an uptick in Saturday night travel as couples hit Lower Manhattan for romantic outings. Monday is a Summons Alert Day. Although Presidents’ Day is a recognized national holiday, only alternate side parking rules are […]

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Longtime Battery Park City resident David Spencer, 44, decided that a local chamber of commerce was needed for the neighborhood small businesses. After reaching out to Rosalie Joseph of the Battery Park City Neighbors Network, the group had its first meeting in October. Spencer, a tax and corporate lawyer who works from his home at […]

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BY JANEL BLADOW  |    A GREAT LOSS FOR THE SEAPORT AND ANOTHER CHIP AWAY AT HISTORY  |  Earlier this month we lost a wonderful neighbor who always had time to stop and talk about his love of all things nautical, wooden and historic. Salvatore Polisi, a master woodcarver and sculptor, was part of the […]

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(UPDATED FEB. 13, 2015 WITH A QUOTE FROM SILVER) Silver fallout After new Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie was named to replace Shelly Silver,  Downtown Assemblymember Deborah Glick last week criticized the “backroom negotiation” that led to his selection, but she also noted that the new speaker reappointed her to be chairperson of the Assembly’s Higher […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS  |  John Whitehead, a key figure who helped lead Downtown’s rebuilding efforts after 9/11, died of cancer Saturday at the age of 92. Whitehead, the Lower Manhattan Development Corp.’s former chairperson, was also deputy secretary of State in the Reagan administration, but spent most of his career in Lower Manhattan rising up […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  The City Council approved an enclosed sidewalk cafe for a Tribeca restaurant last month — despite Community Board 1’s opposition. The board rejected the application at its November meeting and when its Tribeca Committee met last month, Chairperson Peter Braus said, “I don’t even know why we consider these applications. […]

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The fate of the Summons Court, which was at the center of heated community debates and a lawsuit two years ago, has been decided. The court will stay within Community Board 1’s district at the Civic Center — not in Tribeca, the original plan. The Summons Court needed to be relocated after the Bloomberg administration […]

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