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Transit Sam: Week of March 23, 2017

Dates: Thurs., March 23 – Wed., March 29 ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING RULES ARE IN EFFECT ALL WEEK Now that Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel tolls have gone up, we’re seeing more traffic divert to the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, affecting Lower Manhattan. If you use the tunnel, you’ll see longer lines for cash payment. That’s because the transaction […]

BY COLIN MIXSON Trigger warning! Don’t worry if you see lots of emergency vehicles and armed police officers running around the World Trade Center are in the next few days.  It’s only a drill. The Port Authority Police will be conducting emergency training exercises around the World Trade Center on Wednesday and over the weekend, […]

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BY DENNIS LYNCH The Department of Transportation wants rejigger bike lanes, pedestrian crossings, and some parking in Lower Manhattan to improve safety for cyclists, representatives told Community Board 1’s Planning Committee. The bulk of the proposed changes concern the intersection of Centre Street, Park Row, and Spruce Street, near where the Brooklyn Bridge lets off […]

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BY DENNIS LYNCH Disgraced former Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver was in court on Thursday to appeal his 2015 conviction on seven counts of corruption, and now the ultimate fate of a man who was once one of Albany’s most influential power brokers is in the hands of a federal judge. The hearing on March 16 […]

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SHARP KIDS Cops are hunting two knife-wielding teens who held up a boy on North End Avenue on March 11. The victim told police he was near Murray Street on his way home from a house party at 10:45 p.m. when the suspects pulled a knife on him and demanded his stuff, which included $1,200 […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY Playboy magazine used to be the illicit thrill that men of all ages hid in their sock drawers. Now it is more like the socks. Even though the magazine recently decided to add naked ladies back into the mix (no nudes, it seems, was bad nudes), it is still hard to get […]

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Dates: Thursday, March 16 – Wednesday, March 22 ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING RULES SUSPENDED THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY FOR SNOW OPERATIONS The NYC Half Marathon returns Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., bringing 20,000 runners to streets from midtown to the tip of Manhattan, and gridlock to match. This route will close the West Side Highway […]

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BY COLIN MIXSON Downtown’s school overcrowding task force has forecast an urgent need for 626 additional schools seats south of Canal Street — based on the same algorithms city bureaucrats use — and yet the city has no plans to accommodate the influx. Despite the obviously impending deficit, the Department of Education has not even […]

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Following a report in Downtown Express that eight out of 10 public schools in Lower Manhattan have tested positive for dangerous levels of lead in their water, state Senator Daniel Squadron has rallied Downtown elected officials to demand full transparency about the problem from the Department of Education. Squadron, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Assemblymembers Yuh-Line Niou and Deborah […]

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BY COLIN MIXSON This girl’s not putting up with any of your bull. A Wall Street firm celebrated International Women’s Day by installing a bronze statue of a defiant young girl facing off with the iconic Charging Bull at Bowling Green on March 8. Venerable financial services firm State Street Corporation sponsored the statue, called […]

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