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BY SAM SPOKONY |  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED MARCH 6, 2014  |  Gateway Plaza tenants are outraged over their incredibly high electric bills this winter — some of which surpassed $1,000 — and are still calling on their landlord to complete long-overdue repairs that would make their buildings more energy efficient. “We’re in electric shock, as Gateway […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED FEB. 28, 2014  |  Joseph Morrone, a former Southbridge Towers board president, pleaded guilty Feb. 28 to felony grand larceny after stealing $109,000 in Social Security disability benefits, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. He will be forced to pay back all of the stolen money, and will do […]

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FiDi robbers Police arrested two men, aged 21 and 24, early on March 3 after they tried to rob one person in the Financial District and then actually did rob another person minutes later. The suspects first walked into the 7-Eleven store at 111 John St. around 11:30 p.m. on March 2, and asked a […]

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Thurs., March 6 – Wed., March 12 ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING RULES ARE IN EFFECT ALL WEEK The terrorism trial of Abu Ghaith, Obama Bin Laden’s son-in-law, is underway at the Manhattan Federal Court in Foley Square. Expect turbulence on Lafayette and Centre Sts. Anything is possible, meaning streets could close without warning, so be forewarned. […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | The previously planned charter school co-location at Murry Bergtraum High School will no longer go forward, the city’s Department of Education announced Thursday. At the end of last year, the D.O.E. under ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg approved the proposal to place a Success Academy charter school, serving grades K-4, within the halls […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED FEB. 14, 2014  |  The Battery Park City Authority says it’s planning a major renovation of the aging public bathrooms in Robert F. Wagner Park, and currently estimates that the job could cost nearly $1 million. The 18-year-old bathrooms are, for now, still in service for visitors of the park […]

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BY ZACH WILLIAMS  | ORIGNINALLY PUBLISHED FEB. 14, 2014  |  Downtown residents may wait years until N.Y.P.D. can fulfill a two-year old promise to bring the police horses back to Tribeca. Community efforts to restore a mounted unit to their former stables at 19 Varick St. faltered on Feb. 12 when an N.Y.P.D. representative said at […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED FEB. 16, 2014  |  Most of the time, controversial liquor license applications at the community board lead to long discussions over how late an establishment plans to serve drinks. But for a new Denny’s restaurant, which plans to open in May ― with a bar, in addition to its dining […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  | Any Tribecans who were browsing the real estate blogs Thursday probably spotted an alarming item — a rendering of a futuristically absurd, 860-foot residential “Sky Wing Tower” planned for 101 Murray St. (pictured above). The story, as reported by the sites, was that developers Steven Witkoff and Fisher Brothers are jointly […]

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Would-be burglar flees Police are investigating what they believe was an attempted burglary at a Fulton St. residential building on Feb. 19. A 40-year-old man, who said he was staying with relatives at the 119 Fulton St. apartment, told cops he first heard a noise coming from the roof around 2:15 a.m. After checking out […]

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