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The summer months are typically the slowest for the office market in Manhattan. But even in a slower leasing environment, Downtown saw a decrease in vacancy rates for all building classes for the third consecutive quarter, according to Jones Lang Lasalle, a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. Class A vacancy rates […]

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Nineteen-year-old U.S. Army Private Danny Chen, who was sent to combat in Aghanistan two months ago, was reportedly killed early last week. Officials are still investigating the cause of his death, though media reports allege Chen might have been the victim of racial discrimination by fellow soldiers. Chen, who was raised in Chinatown, attended Chinatown […]

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Following the helicopter accident in the East River on Tuesday, Oct. 4, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Congressman Jerrold Nadler are calling for a complete ban on all tourist helicopters entering Manhattan’s air corridor, including above the city’s rivers and harbors. The politicians are also demanding an overhaul of the city’s helicopter policy, whose current […]

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The 9/11 Health and Compensation Act’s Victim Compensation Fund registry is now open. Claimants may begin to fill out basic registration information, such as their names and addresses, but they won’t be able to submit medical and other eligibility information until the end of the month, according to V.C.F. Special Master Sheila Birnbaum. Birnbaum denied […]

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Arts center Dance New Amsterdam is presenting world premieres “Between You and Me” and “Black Ground” as part of its D.N.A. Presents Series. Splice features photographs of artists before and after taking the stage, thereby highlighting the impermanent nature of performance. The show, “brings together unique artists that share a common thread, however subtle, into […]

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Pret-a-Manger has signed a 15-year, 3,854-square-foot lease at 350 Hudson Street. The sandwich shop is known for its all-natural ingredients. “As Hudson Square continues to attract a diverse range of tenants, it is increasingly important to build a vibrant retail community to serve and retain those companies,” said Jason D. Pizer, President of Trinity Real […]

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The debate over constructing a 12-foot by 14-foot Sukkah at Duane Park in Tribeca came to an end this week when Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin stepped in and identified an alternative site. Rabbi Zalman Paris of the Chabad of Tribeca/SoHo appeared before the C.B. 1 Tribeca Committee earlier this month with his proposal […]

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As Park51 eagerly awaits gaining official nonprofit status from the Internal Revenue Service, Chairman El Gamal Sharif and the organization’s other board of directors are already selecting members for its advisory board. “We’re already in business [as a nonprofit], and we have the power to conduct business as a charity in New York State [granted] […]

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A full house can be expected next Tuesday, Oct. 4, at P.S. 234 when the city’s Department of Education will seek public input on a major new rezoning plan for Lower Manhattan public schools. The proposal was released last week by the D.O.E. and is most notable for its inclusion of a new zone for […]

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The National Sept. 11 Memorial hosted a wreath-laying ceremony on Tues., Sept. 20 to honor the fallen 9/11 first responders. The ceremony marks the first of seven “first responder days” for members of 9/11 first responder agencies and their families as a tribute to the 441 responders whose names are inscribed on the memorial’s bronze […]

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