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ON THE SPOT with Gina Gibney

Gina Gibney has devoted herself to the Downtown dance scene since 1991 when she started her first studio at 890 Broadway in Flatiron. She has since expanded. Now, Gibney Dance has taken over the former Dance New Amsterdam space at 280 Broadway near City Hall, and is renovating it. Gibney sat down with Downtown Express […]

Jessica Lappin, 39, the former Upper East Side City Councilmember and candidate for Manhattan borough president, was hired as president of the Alliance for Downtown New York in February. She now runs the city’s largest business improvement district. It’s a busy time for the Alliance with the recent and pending openings around the World Trade […]

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  BY KAITLYN MEADE  |   Tom Berton, 47, president of Manhattan by Sail, has been sailing the waters around New York City for more than two decades. Starting out with legendary skipper Nick van Nes, Berton pursued his passion for sailing by buying the Shearwater yacht just prior to 9/11. But despite setbacks, he has […]

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Liz Berger, 52, is celebrating her fifth year as president of the Alliance for Downtown New York, the area’s Business Improvement District. In an interview with the Downtown Express, Berger spoke to the Alliance’s accomplishments, its future goals and why she is passionate about Lower Manhattan. Congratulations, Liz! Does it feel longer or shorter than […]

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[media-credit id=5 align=”aligncenter” width=”600″][/media-credit]  Battery Park City resident Jenifer Rajkumar, 30, has just been named a “40 under 40” rising star by the political media outlet City & State. Rajkumar [RAHJ ko mar] became a Democratic district leader in 2011 for B.P.C., the Financial District and the South Street Seaport. A graduate of Stanford Law […]

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Tribeca resident Mitch Frohman, 58, has been appointed a new member of Community Board 1. A public member of C.B. 1 for the last four years, Frohman has joined the board’s Quality of Life and Affordable Housing Committees. Frohman, a professional saxophonist and flutist, is best known for his bubbly sax riff that completes the […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  |  The New York Harbor School, a public high school on Governors Island that trains students in marine science and technology, will start this school year with a new interim principal. Thirty-one-year-old Edward Biedermann, the school’s assistant principal since 2010, will be taking the reins from Nate Dudley, who led the school […]

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In mid-September, 36-year-old Joe DiAngelo, a former personal trainer and sports coach from Jersey City, is opening a unique, new gym in Tribeca with his business partner Alejandro Ferrari. Superstar Gym, located at 452 Washington St. between Watts and Desbrosses Streets, will feature intensive personal training programs alongside high-tech machines. DiAngelo spoke to the Downtown […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a lifelong resident of Lower Manhattan — the district he represents in the state Legislature — has received the National Excellence in State Leadership Award, a prestigious recognition given to only a handful of people previously. Having assumed leadership of the Assembly in 1994, […]

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As of this month, Colin McEvoy has taken the helm at Millennium High School — replacing Robert Rhodes, who served as principal of the school since its founding in 2002. In a phone interview with the Downtown Express, McEvoy spoke to his past work experience at Millennium, recent changes at the school and its continual […]

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