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BY SAM SPOKONY  | While its goal is to win a whopping $100 million in damages based on longstanding allegations of callous neglect and barely habitable apartments, a class action lawsuit against the landlord and management of Gateway Plaza has also revealed deep rifts among both the complex’s tenants and their lawyers. Numerous publications, including Downtown […]

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By JANEL BLADOW | ORIGINALLY POSTED APRIL 4, 2014  |  M.T.A. officials did a lot of bragging about the Fulton Center Wednesday night at Community Board 1’s Financial District Committee meeting. They also hope that retail and dining inside the new transportation hub will appeal to Lower Manhattan residents and commuters, more than tourists. First, […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS | (Originally posted March 31, 2014)  The “shantytown” temporary trailers which educated displaced B.M.C.C. students after 9/11 and assisted in Lower Manhattan’s recovery after Hurricane Sandy, are finally gone from West St. after more than a dozen years Downtown. “It’s finally, finally over,” a happy and relieved Barry Rosen, spokesperson for the […]

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By ZACH WILLIAMS |  ORIGINALLY POSTED APRIL 2, 2014  |  Success and setbacks alike inspire a growing group of Lower Manhattan citizens aspiring to alleviate a shortage of space in neighborhood schools with grassroots pressure on policymakers. Buoyed by last year’s success of  keeping P.S. 150 located in Tribeca, a group of Downtown parents formed […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  | Days after filing a $100 million class action lawsuit against the landlord and management of Gateway Plaza on behalf of a fellow tenant of the complex, Democratic District Leader Jenifer Rajkumar is dealing with an ethical crisis of her own. Rajkumar, who spoke openly about the suit a day after it […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS | Three Chinatown public schools will each get an additional full-day, pre-K classroom this September, the city announced Wednesday. The schools are P.S. 1 at 8 Henry St., P.S. 124, 40 Division St., and as expected, P.S. 130 at 143 Baxter St.  Each room will have 18 students, bringing the expansion to […]

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Cell thief says let’s make a deal How’s this for a deal? The guy who stole your cell phone says he’ll happily return it — as long as you pay him. Police are now searching for the man they say tried to do just that after swiping an iPhone 5 that was mistakenly left inside […]

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  Thurs., April 3 – Wed., April 9 ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING RULES ARE IN EFFECT ALL WEEK A full weekend closure ahead on the Brooklyn Bridge! All Manhattan-bound lanes will close midnight Friday night to 6 a.m. Monday. Expect extra traffic in the Battery Tunnel and on the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges, and West St., […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  | For some people, Slow Zones can’t come fast enough. A street safety advocacy group went guerilla this past weekend, posting signs advocating for 20-miles-per-hour speed limits in neighborhoods within Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens whose requests for additional traffic safety measures have been denied by the city. Several of the “20 is […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | Here’s one way to be welcomed home after a weekend away with your husband — your daughter let an alleged felon and gang member come over, and he and his pals stole your jewelry That was apparently the case at a posh, 30th-floor apartment in the iconic 8 Spruce St. tower on […]

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