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BY COLIN MIXSON Brookfield Place is adding a twist to its annual free film series: inviting Downtown film buffs to help choose the final flick. The “Pictures Under the Palms” series kicks off Wednesday in the Winter Garden with Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” followed by Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” on March 1 and […]

BY COLIN MIXSON A host of Downtown pols fired off a letter to the city’s top transit official calling for a comprehensive traffic study of Lower Manhattan’s medieval street grid. As the oldest parts of the city, dating back nearly 400 years, the Downtown area was designed for the horse-and-buggy era, and the narrow, disjointed […]

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HAIRY SITUATION Cops are hunting the four shoplifters who nabbed more than $1,000 worth of cold and allergy medicine, along with about $700 worth of men’s hair-growth formula from a Broadway drug store on Feb. 9. An employee told police she spotted the crooks inside the pharmacy between Thomas and Duane streets at 6:41 p.m., […]

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Twenty-two fourth-graders from Brooklyn’s Packer Collegiate Institute assembled at the Oculus transit hub in beards and stove-pipe hats on Monday to honor the birthday of Abraham Lincoln with the school’s annual “Tiny Lincolns” event. The pint-sized emancipators recited Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, greeted commuters, and answered questions about the 16th President.

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BY DENNIS LYNCH A New Jersey-based financial company cheated 9/11 heroes out of millions of dollars owed to them for compensation and healthcare for injuries related to the 2001 terrorist attacks, according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and federal watchdogs. Schneiderman and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau accuse RD Legal and its owner […]

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BY DENNIS LYNCH Mayor Bill de Blasio has committed more than $25 million through 2020 to guarantee dedicated crossing guards at all school posts citywide, and some of that funding will go towards reforms that may help solve the chronic understaffing that has plagued Lower Manhattan. The reforms, including pay raises across the board and […]

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By Colin Mixson New booth-less toll technology leaves Republican congressmen with no more excuses for maintaining the Verrazano Bridge’s one-way toll structure, which sends cash-strapped truckers from the outer boroughs and beyond flooding into Lower Manhattan, Downtown advocates say. “We’ve been waiting 30 years for this tech to evolve,” said Sean Sweeny, executive director of […]

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By Colin Mixson Hunter College has selected Downtown Express columnist and legendary urban transportation expert Sam “Transit Sam” Schwartz to serve in the university’s the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute  as the school’s first-ever Theodore Kheel Visiting Fellow in Transportation. During the semester-long fellowship — named after the New York City transit arbitrator who famously […]

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BY DENNIS LYNCH The Downtown Alliance will reroute its Downtown Connection free shuttle bus service from Warren Street to Chambers Street starting Feb. 20 to avoid a construction project the city announced in late December. The buses will travel east to Broadway one block north on Chambers Street instead of on Warren Street near the […]

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A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK Cops busted an alleged plank-wielding wacko suspected of attacking four men inside a Whitehall Street bodega on Jan. 30. The grocers told police they were inside the deli between Bridge and Pearl Streets at 10 a.m., when the suspect waltzed in and went to use the bathroom. When one […]

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