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Robert Janz: artist, poet, poster warrior BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  The nature of New York street art is a constant battle for territory, and Robert Janz has been fighting for his space for years. “Are you ready to see me liberate my artwork?” Janz asked before tearing a glossy ad off the blue, plywood […]

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  Community Board 1 has gained a member who’s an expert on a topic very pertinent to Lower Manhattan: land use. Reggie Thomas, 29, recently joined the board after about eight years in city government, with a background in land use, the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, and negotiating economic development […]

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G. Scott Anderson, born in Hawaii and raised in Brooklyn, has been at Borough of Manhattan Community College for 20 years, the last 15 as vice president of administration and planning. He has seen the college through 9/11, the Northeast blackout of 2003 and Superstorm Sandy, and is one of the leaders of B.M.C.C.’s sustainability […]

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BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  Gender equity remains a concern in public high school sports, but the Downtown community is finding its own ways of evening the playing field while the city catches up. An influx of new city funding has led to a dramatic expansion of sports offerings at the middle school and elementary levels. But […]

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Longtime Battery Park City resident David Spencer, 44, decided that a local chamber of commerce was needed for the neighborhood small businesses. After reaching out to Rosalie Joseph of the Battery Park City Neighbors Network, the group had its first meeting in October. Spencer, a tax and corporate lawyer who works from his home at […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |   The strong smell of shoe polish permeated the air while the rhythmic swipe-swipe of a cloth burnishing shoe could be heard as Carmine Colletti discussed the uncertain fate of his shoe repair store at Brookfield Place. Along with his brother, Charlie, the Collettis have been a part of the Battery […]

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BY ZACH WILLIAMS    |  Lower East Side butcher Dionisio Silva has a big trip to look forward to once he exits the hospital. The Essex St. Market regular has received more than $5,000 in donations since Sept. 17 to fund his first trip in three decades to his native Brazil, as well as offset […]

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BY BOB KRASNER  |  Electric pianos? Don’t talk to Ray Santiago about electric pianos. “I hate electric pianos!” he said, emphatically. The 59-year-old has been playing on natural “88’s” since he was 10 years old and nothing has taken him away from his love for the instrument. He was 7 years old when he emigrated […]

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By KAITLYN MEADE  |  A new ballet school opened last week in Battery Park City, focused on making ballet accessible to young children, as parents enroll their kids in dance lessons at younger and younger ages. Children’s Warehouse, a ballet studio for children ages three months to six years, opened its doors at The Club […]

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BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  I first met Taylor Mead at the Limelight nightclub in 1986. Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey of the band the The Fabulous Pop Tarts had a Sunday night cable TV show they shot at the Limelight. They would interview underground and nearly aboveground celebrities. Taylor was one of the invited “superstars.” […]

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