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BY SYDNEY PEREIRA  A report commissioned by the Hudson Square Connection has revealed what Downtowners have long known: A two-way toll on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge would drastically reduce traffic congestion in Lower Manhattan. Sam Schwartz Engineering’s report, headed by the transit expert known to Downtown Express readers as “Transit Sam,” revealed that up to 137 […]

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BY JAMES HARNEY These cyclists are taking the ride of a lifetime — to save others’ lives! More than 150 bicyclists from around the world will pedal their two-wheelers on a seven-day, 546-mile journey across New York State this month on a single mission: to deal a death blow to cancer. Athletes in the fifth-annual […]

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BY MARY REINHOLZ About an hour before the second sentencing of former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a slew of press people packed the jury box in Room 443 of the U.S. District Courthouse at 40 Foley Square on July 27, preparing for a white-collar crime story to unfold. Paparazzi with cameras waited outside for […]

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HAIRY SITUATION Two thieves made off with more than $1,200 worth of hair-growth formula from a Wall Street drug store on July 29. Surveillance footage shows one man keeping lookout while his accomplice pried the hinges off a display case inside the store between Broad and William streets at 3:49 pm, before nabbing 21 bottles […]

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BY SYDNEY PEREIRA The New York Stock Exchange may not be considered a hot spot of the city’s creative scene, but a new exhibit called “Art and Money” is bringing some color to the capitalist digs. Gracing the NYSE’s sixth floor hallway heading towards the gold-adorned Big Board Club conference room, three artists’ pieces explore […]

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RUDE AWAKENING A belligerent hellcat punched a woman in the face while shouting, “why you looking at me, white bitch,” on Federal Plaza early in the morning on July 18. The victim told police she was near Broadway at 6:18 am, when the other gal clocked her in the face, before hightailing it on foot. […]

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BY COLIN MIXSON The Howard Hughes Corporation is mulling over outfitting a street-level bar at its Pier 17 entertainment complex with the same state-of-the-art sound system it installed on the rooftop to protect neighbors from pop music emanating from the pier’s top-deck concert venue, after locals in nearby apartment buildings mistook music coming from the […]

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BY ARTHUR PICCOLO Have you ever heard of Hercules Mulligan? You should have. Over 100 years ago, at its annual meeting at Fraunces Tavern, the American Irish Historical Society noted the fact that the great Irish American Hercules Mulligan had yet to receive the recognition he deserved for his role in American history. They expressed […]

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BY SYDNEY PEREIRA As parents and politicians fight over Mayor de Blasio’s plan to scrap the standardized admissions test for this city’s specialized high schools as a way to promote diversity, some recent Stuyvesant High School grads are weighing in. Most agree that lack of diversity is a problem at their school, and that reforming […]

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BY JOSEPH M. CALISI The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has closed a deal with Alma Bank for a 10-year, $5.5-million mortgage to restore monies to the unfinished St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at Liberty Park. Work on the reconstruction of the church, which was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks 17 years […]

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