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BY JOSH ROGERS  |  Last year when Downtown school advocates renewed their battle to get more classroom space in the Schools Chancellor’s conference room, Sheldon Silver, their most powerful ally, had a simple solution for the school leader: Use my conference room across the street. Although the idea was rejected by Chancellor Carmen Farina, Assembly […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC    |  A research and educational center to study the Hudson River estuary at Pier 26 was a seed planted in the ‘90s that is now beginning to blossom — funding and partners are now in place. The Hudson River Park Trust has announced the consortium that will operate and run the […]

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The city’s Dept. of Education is continuing to take applications for kindergarten with the deadline being Feb. 13. Families who apply on the last day have the same chance as getting their first choice as those who have already applied. A 5- year-old child who is zoned for a school and who has a sibling […]

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BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  The Streit’s matzo company will vacate its longtime Lower East Side factory and relocate later this year. For nine decades the family-owned company has manufactured matzo from four adjacent former tenement buildings at 148-154 Rivington St., growing over that time from a local to international brand. But just as company founder […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS    |  A local leader who has lent a sympathetic ear to South Street Seaport preservationists fighting the proposed development project there, has just been tapped to join the city Landmarks Preservation Commission — the same commission which is about to begin reviewing the proposal. Mayor Bill de Blasio last week nominated Wellington […]

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Last Wed., Jan. 21, around 200 parents, teachers and school activists attended a forum in Greenwich Village at P.S. 3 to protest what they slammed as the “test-obsessed” public school system. Ravitch urged audience members to join the “Opt-Out” movement and refuse to allow their children to take the tests. If enough parents join the […]

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Police arrest restaurant thief On Sun., Jan. 25, police say they arrested the thief that has been hitting restaurants in Tribeca and the Financial District — working in the dead of night to steal from registers. The police’s anti-crime team saw the man break into a Pret a Manger near City Hall. The 63-year-old got […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER MRS. MAYFIELD’S FIFTH-GRADE CLASS OF ‘93 20-YEAR REUNION Created in collaboration with the original 2013 cast — five of whom got back together for this current production — this self-professed “party play” has its own tale to tell about the reunion of a once-tight ensemble. “When you’re in fifth grade, childhood becomes […]

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BY PUMA PERL  (pumaperl.blogspot.com)  |  I met Kat Georges and Peter Carlaftes for the first time at the HOWL Festival in Tompkins Square Park, close to ten years ago. They were manning their Three Rooms Press table, an operation that they co-founded in 1993 whose name references a theme (the parameters that one needs to get […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  Can a parent choose a favorite child? Linda Shelton, executive director for The Joyce Theater, has a similar dilemma when talking about the upcoming spring/summer season of dance. “I’m really looking forward to all of it,” Shelton remarked during a recent interview. “When I look at this list, I’m excited […]

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