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Guerrilla carfare: ‘Tactical urbanism’ aims for grassroots streetscape reform

BY COLIN MIXSON The horse-and-buggy era may be long past, but bales of hay could still play a big role in solving Downtown’s traffic problems. Using hay bales and other props to temporarily redesign aspects of the streetscape is a key part of a novel approach to transit-reform advocacy called “tactical urbanism.” And earlier this […]

BY DENNIS LYNCH For the first time in its 15-year history, the Tribeca Film Festival will not host its annual family-oriented street fair after the event, according to organizers. Festival organizers did not elaborate much on the decision, but said that the change was “part of our evolution.” “We are shifting our family programming to […]

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BY COLIN MIXSON Billionaire philanthropist and tireless promoter of Lower Manhattan David Rockefeller died at his upstate home in Pocantico Hills on march 20. He was 101 years old. In his time, David carried the Rockefeller name — synonymous with wealth, charity, and power — further and wielded it with greater influence than perhaps any […]

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PILFERING PADDY’S Investigators working the Downtown beat recorded no less than five major thefts related to St. Patrick’s Day frivolity on March 17, as crooks took advantage of the good-natured merry making of Irish-for-a-day bar hoppers to make off with their pots of gold — and iPhones. The day’s first victim reported that she was […]

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The Stone Street eatery is hosting all-you-can-eat (and drink!) beer, bourbon & BBQ bonanza on Saturday. BY COLIN MIXSON The Route 66 Smokehouse over on Downtown’s Stone Street is serving up a $60 all-you-can-eat barbecue, beer, and bourbon event for three rollicking hours on Saturday, giving locals a taste of the restaurant’s home-made delicacies, a […]

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BY COLIN MIXSON Trigger warning! Don’t worry if you see lots of emergency vehicles and armed police officers running around the World Trade Center are in the next few days.  It’s only a drill. The Port Authority Police will be conducting emergency training exercises around the World Trade Center on Wednesday and over the weekend, […]

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BY DENNIS LYNCH The Department of Transportation wants rejigger bike lanes, pedestrian crossings, and some parking in Lower Manhattan to improve safety for cyclists, representatives told Community Board 1’s Planning Committee. The bulk of the proposed changes concern the intersection of Centre Street, Park Row, and Spruce Street, near where the Brooklyn Bridge lets off […]

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BY DENNIS LYNCH Disgraced former Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver was in court on Thursday to appeal his 2015 conviction on seven counts of corruption, and now the ultimate fate of a man who was once one of Albany’s most influential power brokers is in the hands of a federal judge. The hearing on March 16 […]

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SHARP KIDS Cops are hunting two knife-wielding teens who held up a boy on North End Avenue on March 11. The victim told police he was near Murray Street on his way home from a house party at 10:45 p.m. when the suspects pulled a knife on him and demanded his stuff, which included $1,200 […]

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BY COLIN MIXSON Downtown’s school overcrowding task force has forecast an urgent need for 626 additional schools seats south of Canal Street — based on the same algorithms city bureaucrats use — and yet the city has no plans to accommodate the influx. Despite the obviously impending deficit, the Department of Education has not even […]

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