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TERROR TRIAL Jan Lee, one of the Chinatown community leaders who has fought against many of Lower Manhattan’s post 9/11 street closures, tells us the Downtown federal trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law,  doesn’t seem to have worsened the traffic problems, but it does appear to have prompted the installation of an […]

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BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  As he has done many times before, Father Fabian Grifone, 88, celebrated afternoon Mass on Ash Wednesday at the Church of Most Precious Blood on Mulberry St. “I’m supposed to be retired, but not as yet,” he said. He was referring to the constant murmurings of his imminent retirement that have […]

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BY LESLEY SUSSMAN   | The fate of a historic dispensary located at 75 Essex St. remains uncertain as Community Board 3 decided to postpone a vote last month on whether to support its landmark designation. The former Good Samaritan/Eastern District Dispensary was constructed in 1890 with charitable donations and operated for 60 years with city […]

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Wedding rings stolen An unfortunate woman lost both her $28,000 engagement ring and her $3,000 wedding ring to a sneaky thief while she was exercising at a Whitehall St. gym on Feb. 24, police said. The woman, 43, told cops that she started working out in the New York Health and Racquet Club, at 39 […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Now here’s a store that can’t help getting caught with its pants down. Soho’s Victoria’s Secret has become a haven for shoplifters, with 10 reported crimes over the past year that have collectively cost the lingerie shop more than $17,000 worth of stolen merchandise. The most recent incident at the 591 […]

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BY PASHA FARMANARA   |  Soho resident Joey Goodwin lives two lives. By day, he’s the creative director at men’s clothing label Unruly Heir and Good Days Marketing. But, by night, he’s the Soho Kid, representing his neighborhood in boxing matches. Goodwin currently lives and was raised in Soho, so he takes pride in his […]

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BY SARAH FERGUSON  |  After being fenced out for 10 months, members of the Children’s Magical Garden filed a claim of adverse possession on Mon., March 10, against Lower East Side developer Serge Hoyda and the development entity 157, LLC, seeking to reclaim the portion of the garden that Hoyda took over last May. The […]

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BY ZACH WILLIAMS   |  Governors Island may have a small stature compared to the skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan 1,000 yards away, but the value of the East River tract is growing within the local community, National Park Service officials told members of the C.B.1 Financial District Committee on March 5. A presentation to the […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS  UPDATED FEB. 28, 2014 WITH A SEAPORT WORKING GROUP STATEMENT AFTER THE FIRST MEETING  | Now the Seaport work begins. Last November, Howard Hughes Corp. announced plans to redevelop the South Street Seaport with a 600-foot mixed use building, which drew near universal opposition from local leaders. A month ago, the firm agreed […]

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