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    BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Having served on the City Council’s Committee on Aging during her first term, Councilmember Margaret Chin was more than happy to take over the committee upon starting her second term in January. “And I think the senior advocates were happy too,” she said, smiling, during a recent interview in […]

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BY DAVID STANKE  |  The Port Authority is on the brink of ensuring that the World Trade Center will be restored some 17 years after the its complete destruction. This is not a bold accomplishment, and given the history of indecision and misdirection, it should also be no surprise that the Port is about to […]

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Brewer off-Script Manhattan Beep Gale Brewer is pushing to allow community boards to “plug in” to more digital resources, but at a meeting last week with us and other community news folks, it was somewhat refreshing  to see she is still not afraid to go unplugged, as in off-script. Here are two tidbits: She met […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS  |  I used to make fun of people who bought lottery tickets, but about four years ago I started playing occasionally when the jackpots were big. I soon learned my reason was quite common: my wife was pregnant. In the next few weeks I’ll join a few hundred thousand other parents in […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Would you like to pay $4,200 a month to live in an apartment that might actually be rent-stabilized? Probably not. In fact, you might be pretty upset with the landlord and real estate broker who tried to sell you on that deal. And that could be why the broker who was […]

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BY NICOLAS FERNANDES  |   Two vehicles that regularly blocked the sidewalk behind the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian were moved after an inquiry was made by Downtown Express. A black Ford Excursion with a Texas license plate and a green Ford pickup from Maryland, typically parked on the Bridge St. sidewalk in front […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY   |  Last month, saw the first proposal for affordable housing within the new Hudson Square Special District, when Extell brought its plans for 68 Charlton St. to Community Board 2. The developer has applied for an inclusionary housing bonus — offered within Hudson Square as part of its rezoning last year […]

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BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  Students at Stuyvesant High School are heavily invested in the design, manufacture and marketing of an innovative puzzle collection called Flip ‘N’ Check which is now stocked by Downtown merchants and others along the Eastern Seaboard. The students are not alone though in the enterprise which started three years ago with […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Residents are invited to attend a quality of life forum at the Hudson Guild on Monday, April 21 at 7pm, where community leaders and elected officials will discuss neighborhood issues and take questions from audience members. The forum will be hosted by both the Neighborhood Advisory Committee and the Senior Advisory […]

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The 9/11 Memorial Museum officially opens May 21, but a week before that, there will be a special preview period allowing 9/11 family members, rescue and recovery workers, local residents and business owners (below Canal St.) and other stakeholders to get free access to tour the museum. The special dedication period will take place from […]

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