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BY SYDNEY PEREIRA  In the face of a torrent of criticism after the surprise announcement of the proposed location for the new Manhattan jail last month, the city has agreed to hold a town hall Downtown next week to address complaints about the lack of community input. Downtowners were blindsided by the city’s Aug. 15 […]

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BY JOSEPH M. CALISI The long-awaited reopening of the Cortlandt Street Station, which was destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, is set for early this month — but it will open with a new name. It has been rechristened “World Trade Center Station.” The station originally opened more than 100 years ago as an extension […]

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BY SYDNEY PEREIRA  Alternate side parking rules are a hassle for car owners across the city, but in a telegenic area such as Downtown Manhattan, there’s an extra headache. Production companies shooting films and TV shows in the increasingly residential neighborhoods of Lower Manhattan routinely occupy entire blocks where locals would ordinarily be able to […]

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SNOOZE ‘N’ LOSE A thief ripped off a sleeping straphanger at the Whitehall Street Subway Station on Aug. 31. The victim told police she dozed off on a bench on the R train platform in the station at 4 am, and awoke nearly four hours later to find her bag and cellphone stolen.   BIKE […]

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ROLE MODEL A guy with a baby stroller punched another man inside an elevator at the Fulton Street Subway Station on Aug. 24. The victim told police he entered the elevator at 6:55 pm, when the other guy came in with stroller and shouted, “you cut me off with my kids,” before slugging him in […]

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BY COLIN MIXSON They’re here to protect — and serve themselves to illegal parking. Police are using no-standing and truck-loading zones, along with other illegal spots in northern Battery Park City as their own personal parking lot, abusing city-issued placards to flout the law and create unnecessary hazards, residents claim. “They cover fire hydrants, they […]

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The 37th-annual Battery Dance Festival unfolded in Battery Park City’s Wagner Park from Aug. 11 though Aug. 18, featuring performances by more than two dozen dance companies from around the world. It kicked off on Aug. 11 with a screening of the documentary “Moving Stories” following the Battery Dance Company to India, Romania, South Korea, […]

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BY SYDNEY PEREIRA A public meeting with hardly any public notice. Five proposals with no details on environmental impact or economic feasibility. And a planning process that  an insider has doubts can determine the best storm surge protection plan for the city. Nearly six years after Hurricane Sandy swamped Lower Manhattan in seven feet of […]

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COFFEE BREAK Cops arrested a man for allegedly beating a deli guy, after he confronted the suspect over a cup of stolen coffee on Sixth Avenue on Aug. 18. The victim told police he spotted the suspect waltz out of his bodega between Charlton and Spring streets without paying for his $3 coffee at 1:45 […]

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BY ANA L. OLIVEIRA It’s time to put an end to the ongoing misery of the Rikers Island jails. Doing so will require wholesale justice reform and investments in community programs to divert people out of the system in the first place. It will also require establishing a smaller system of modern facilities in the […]

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