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BY SAM SPOKONY | Citing longstanding complaints of freezing apartments, sky-high electric bills, rising rents and lack of necessary repairs, two Gateway Plaza tenants on Tuesday filed a $100 million class action lawsuit against the complex’s management and the Battery Park City Authority. One of those tenants, Maureen Koetz – a former vice-president of Gateway’s tenant […]

BY SAM SPOKONY | A water pipe in a Tribeca apartment building froze and burst on Thursday afternoon, officials said, as residents faced an icy torrent from above. The sixth-floor pipe at the top of 25 Leonard St. burst shortly after 1:10 p.m., according to a Fire Department spokesperson, showering water throughout the building’s lower […]

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  Local children reveled in the first snow day of 2014, as around six inches fell in Manhattan and schools were closed by new Department of Education Chancellor Carmen Fariña just a day after she took office.  In Tribeca, 8-year-old Pria Gadkary (pictured above) celebrated the day off — alongside her parents and other kids […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | When Superstorm Sandy smacked into the South Street Seaport on Oct. 29, 2012, most of the old buildings survived. Building systems were damaged, but the neighborhood fundamentally remained intact. However, many community stakeholders fear that the historic South Street Seaport will not survive The Howard Hughes Corporation. The Dallas-based developer […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | City officials have proposed changes to the rules governing the Mitchell-Lama housing program. The amendments sought by the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (H.P.D.) include new restrictions to the rights of succession for Mitchell-Lama units, which house low and middle income residents. The proposed rules would no longer allow […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | Originally published Nov, 8, 2013 | Opponents of the New York City Housing Authority’s plan to lease public land to private developers have filed a lawsuit against the agency in an attempt to stop the plan from moving forward. The Urban Justice Center and New York Environmental Law and Justice Project […]

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Officials gathered on Nov. 13 to celebrate the opening of 4 World Trade Center, the first office tower to be completed on the original W.TC. site. The 977-foot, 72-story building at 150 Greenwich St. contains about 2.3 million square feet of office space, about a quarter of which will become the new headquarters of the […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | The owner of a hotly debated Franklin St. site told this newspaper on Thursday that he is selling the lot to the “most competent” developer to have bid on it. The 100 Franklin St. site, at Sixth Ave. — which currently exists in the form of two small, triangular parking lots — […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | More than five weeks after The Howard Hughes Corporation was supposed to begin demolishing the existing shopping mall on Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport, one tenant, Simply Seafood, is still open. The rest of the mall is unoccupied and dark. Hughes has turned off the heat. Nevertheless, the […]

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L.E.S. man gunned down An unknown gunman shot and killed a man early on Nov. 10 at Smith Houses on the Lower East Side. George Taliferro, 30, a Smith Houses resident, was found by authorities around 4:15 a.m. on the ground outside 15 St. James Pl., unconscious and with three bullet wounds in his torso. […]

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