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BY JOSH ROGERS When my 4-year-old got her first glimpse of the World Trade Center’s Oculus transit hub, she ran to the balcony’s edge, looked up at the imposing ceiling and had an instant reaction: “This is awesome Daddy!” I imagined architect Santiago Calatrava smiling as he heard her enthusiasm for the design. Then I […]

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BY MICHAEL BARASCH For New Yorkers who lived or worked Downtown after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there is no more important date than Dec. 18. That is because in just three years, on Dec. 18, 2020, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, the lifeline for the 9/11 community, will shut its doors to new applicants […]

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BY COLIN MIXSON The work to rebuild a Liberty Street church destroyed during 9/11 ground to a halt earlier this month, after the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America failed to pay its contractors. Skanska USA, which managed construction of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at 130 Liberty St., told its sub-contractors to immediately stow […]

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BY COLIN MIXSON Come hell or high water, this plan was getting approved. The City Planning Commission approved on Dec. 13 a developer’s scheme to convert public space along Fulton Street into market-rate housing and ground-floor retail, defying locals who condemned the deal as a land grab without “any compensating amenity,” according to the civic […]

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BY REBECCA FIORE Gov. Cuomo duly signed the bill reserving two seats on the Battery Park City Authority board for residents on Dec. 19, but it could be years before it has any effect. After many years of being blocked in the state Senate, the bill finally passed the legislature over the summer — but […]

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He didn’t wear a red suit, but Cathay Bank head Pin Tai played Santa on Dec. 18, doling out $385,000 in grants to nonprofit groups across New York and New Jersey at a lavish luncheon at Chinatown’s Golden Unicorn restaurant. “We started Cathay Bank 55 years ago because we wanted to help those in need,” […]

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Students at the Manhattan Early College School for Advertising got a major Christmas present earlier this month, in the form of a pair of Korg Volca analog synthesizers. MTV star DC Young Fly, co-host of the music channel’s recently revived show “Total Request Live,” popped in to make the surprise presentation on Dec. 12, prompting […]

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UNDERGROUND GOON Some whacko slashed two guys inside the Fulton Street subway station on Dec. 17. The victims told police they were passing the turnstiles of the train station at Broadway and John Street at 5:15 pm, when the nut job socked one of them in the neck, and slashed the other on the left […]

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BY COLIN MIXSON Santa visited Washington Market Park to meet some of his biggest fans, who lined up to have very serious conversations with the man in red before the big day, according to one organizer. “There’s some intense looks when the kids talk to Santa,” said Pam Frederick. “One little girl gripped both of […]

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BY REBECCA FIORE Seaport area residents packed the community room at Southbridge Towers on Dec. 4 to give reps from Howard Hughes Corporation an earful about the developer’s Pier 17 project at a meeting convened by Community Board 1. Beyond worries about noise, congestion and crowd control problems from the events that HHC is now […]

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