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BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  The unfurling of an enormous American flag down the side of a six-story building in Chinatown tends to bring traffic to a halt. This happens annually on the corner of Hester and Mott. Sts. when John Casalinuovo, who volunteered at Ground Zero for nine months at the Salvation Army tent, leads a […]

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As 2010 got underway the question on everyone’s mind was exactly where the terror trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed would be held. Lower Manhattan residents were adamant that it should not be held in their neighborhood. Julie Menin and Community Board 1 floated the idea of holding the trial on Governors Island, an idea Mayor […]

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The economic downtown was another blow to small businesses in 2009 and the Port Authority’s Executive director, Chris Ward, acknowledged it could alter the timeline for the World Trade Center site. But it was a tussle between the Port and Larry Silverstein that slowed activity at the site, as well as more negligence illustrated by […]

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In 2008 Chris Ward was appointed Executive Director of the Port Authority by Governor Paterson, analyzed the construction and development timelines, and set the Port’s W.T.C. construction schedule on a more realistic and solid path. J.P Morgan halted its plan for a W.T.C. trading floor in a future Tower 5, a victim of the fast […]

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In 2007 the 9/11 health fund debate started to heat up, with first responders pressing the issue and receiving support from Mayor Bloomberg, Community Board 1, and Congressional leaders.  Four years later, what become a huge mobilization of New York’s political leaders and 9/11 health advocates would result in the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and […]

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Five years after 9/11 Lower Manhattan seemed in limbo. Newly elected Gov. Eliot Spitzer, after making a huge mark on Lower Manhattan as the state’s Attorney General and shaking up, or down, Wall Street, made little to no mark in regard to the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site. A few signs of life […]

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In 2005, The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation doled out its first round of grants to cultural and community groups. A design was unveiled for what would become known as the W.T.C. Performing Arts Center and a push began to lure cultural groups Downtown. Charlie Maikish was named Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center director. A heated […]

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For Lower Manhattan, the year 2004 was all about design and demolition. The design of the Freedom Tower, as it was then named by Governor Pataki, was debated. Over 5000 different designs were released for the 9/11 Memorial and the Memorial Foundation was legitimately established. Plans were laid out to ensure that the future W.T.C. […]

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Nearly two years after the attacks on the Twin Towers, national media attention on Lower Manhattan was fading as the Bush administration launched the Iraq war. Business in Lower Manhattan was still down 55 percent, restaurants were closing and a community board stepped up and said loud and clear, “We must be heard — this […]

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When 2002 began many Downtowners were still reeling from the 9/11 attacks and were in desperate need of a year defined by progress. It quickly became clear that the progress would be slow going. But signs of hope came in the form of hotels opening in Battery Park City, the announcement that the federal government […]

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