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BY SYDNEY PEREIRA  A report commissioned by the Hudson Square Connection has revealed what Downtowners have long known: A two-way toll on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge would drastically reduce traffic congestion in Lower Manhattan. Sam Schwartz Engineering’s report, headed by the transit expert known to Downtown Express readers as “Transit Sam,” revealed that up to 137 […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY Mr. Rogers was the host of a half hour of calm for kids from 1968 until 2001. On other kid’s shows you could find flying squirrels, falling pianos, and grouches in garbage cans. But tune in to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and you found a soft-spoken middle-aged guy, forever changing into his cardigan, […]

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BY JAMES HARNEY These cyclists are taking the ride of a lifetime — to save others’ lives! More than 150 bicyclists from around the world will pedal their two-wheelers on a seven-day, 546-mile journey across New York State this month on a single mission: to deal a death blow to cancer. Athletes in the fifth-annual […]

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Dates: Thursday, August 2 – Wednesday, August 8 ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING RULES ARE IN EFFECT ALL WEEK Saturday will be a day to bike or walk rather than drive as Summer Streets closes auto traffic on almost seven miles of Manhattan streets including Lafayette from 6 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m. The event runs for […]

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BY MARY REINHOLZ About an hour before the second sentencing of former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a slew of press people packed the jury box in Room 443 of the U.S. District Courthouse at 40 Foley Square on July 27, preparing for a white-collar crime story to unfold. Paparazzi with cameras waited outside for […]

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HAIRY SITUATION Two thieves made off with more than $1,200 worth of hair-growth formula from a Wall Street drug store on July 29. Surveillance footage shows one man keeping lookout while his accomplice pried the hinges off a display case inside the store between Broad and William streets at 3:49 pm, before nabbing 21 bottles […]

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BY SYDNEY PEREIRA The New York Stock Exchange may not be considered a hot spot of the city’s creative scene, but a new exhibit called “Art and Money” is bringing some color to the capitalist digs. Gracing the NYSE’s sixth floor hallway heading towards the gold-adorned Big Board Club conference room, three artists’ pieces explore […]

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RUDE AWAKENING A belligerent hellcat punched a woman in the face while shouting, “why you looking at me, white bitch,” on Federal Plaza early in the morning on July 18. The victim told police she was near Broadway at 6:18 am, when the other gal clocked her in the face, before hightailing it on foot. […]

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Thurs., July 26 – Wed., Aug. 1 ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING RULES IN EFFECT ALL WEEK South Street Seaport’s new Pier 17 has its biggest week since its opening with 8 p.m. performances by Jon Batiste of Stephen Colbert fame Saturday, and comedian Amy Schumer Wednesday. Expect traffic turbulence by the Brooklyn Bridge, on the FDR, […]

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BY COLIN MIXSON The Howard Hughes Corporation is mulling over outfitting a street-level bar at its Pier 17 entertainment complex with the same state-of-the-art sound system it installed on the rooftop to protect neighbors from pop music emanating from the pier’s top-deck concert venue, after locals in nearby apartment buildings mistook music coming from the […]

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