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By SAM SPOKONY | ORIGINALLY POSTED APRIL 22, 2014  |  At a high-profile forum at the Lower East Girls Club last week all eyes were initially on the organization’s featured guests, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, who were there speaking and taking questions as part of the Clinton Foundation’s “No Ceilings” initiative to empower girls across […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED APRIL 11 2014  |  It was the end of an era — and yet another sign of the music industry’s great technological shift — as J&R Music and Computer World shut its doors on Thursday, after 43 years in business. The neighborhood megastore — which had grown to fill […]

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Teens’ bag snatched in Washington Market Park Three teens fell victim to a thief while they were playing basketball in a Tribeca park on April 12, police said. The boys, aged 13, 15 and 17, told cops that while they were shooting hoops in Washington Market Park around 4:30 p.m., they left their belongings in […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | Two elite college football players, both expected to enter the N.F.L. draft in May, are wanted for questioning after a brutal attack in a Hudson Square nightclub early on April 11, police said. Police say Victor Hampton and Kelcy Quarles, both 22 and teammates on the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, […]

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Thurs., April 17 – Wed., April 23 ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING RULES ARE SUSPENDED THURSDAY, FRIDAY, MONDAY, AND TUESDAY FOR HOLY THURSDAY, GOOD FRIDAY, AND THE SEVENTH AND EIGHTH DAYS OF PASSOVER Lower Manhattanites, if you haven’t gotten caught in New York-bound Holland Tunnel traffic yet, remember that the New York-bound Pulaski Skyway (connecting Newark and […]

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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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