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A Downtown superstore, J&R Music, shuts down for now

BY SAM SPOKONY | It was the end of an era — and yet another sign of the music industry’s great technological shift — as J&R Music and Computer World shut its doors on Thursday, after 43 years in business. The neighborhood megastore — which had grown to fill a five­-story building on Park Row after […]

BY SAM SPOKONY  | While its goal is to win a whopping $100 million in damages based on longstanding allegations of callous neglect and barely habitable apartments, a class action lawsuit against the landlord and management of Gateway Plaza has also revealed deep rifts among both the complex’s tenants and their lawyers. Numerous publications, including Downtown […]

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  BY JOSH ROGERS  |  The citywide expansion of full day pre-K this September announced last week will be modest in Lower Manhattan, where Chinatown is the only neighborhood slated to get more space. “Obviously we are very disappointed… that not one new seat was created in Tribeca, Peck Slip School, in the South Street […]

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BY NICOLAS FERNANDES  |  Passengers on the East River Ferry to Long Island City and DUMBO were annoyed last Saturday, the first day the weekend price for a one-way ticket jumped from $4 to $6 in order for service to resume. “Six bucks seems like a little much,” said John Chinn, who was waiting to […]

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BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL  |  A group of activist local veterans have put the lie to General Douglas MacArthur’s famous saying, “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” For the fourth time in three years, several indomitable gaffers were arrested late last Friday night at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Water St. in Lower Manhattan. Their […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Two weeks ago, Community Board 2 approved the Department of Transportation’s plan for a new parking-protected bike lane along Lafeyette St. and Fourth Ave. Last Thursday, D.O.T. returned to the board with a proposal that would provide the same upgrade to the current bike lanes along Hudson St. from Houston to […]

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By JANEL BLADOW | ORIGINALLY POSTED APRIL 4, 2014  |  M.T.A. officials did a lot of bragging about the Fulton Center Wednesday night at Community Board 1’s Financial District Committee meeting. They also hope that retail and dining inside the new transportation hub will appeal to Lower Manhattan residents and commuters, more than tourists. First, […]

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  Former Yankee great Bernie Williams, top, was the featured guest at the Downtown Little League’s  Opening Day ceremonies Saturday in Battery Park City. He signed autographs and spoke to the players, who heard many cheers from parents along with some from Councilmember Margaret Chin, bottom left.  

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Downtown Express won two awards last weekend at the New York Press Association’s 2013 Better Newspaper Contest. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Competing against newspapers of all circulations, the Express’ obituaries earned a third place award. “Told in a way that lets readers know who the deceased were, almost bringing them back to life,” one judge […]

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Thief targets stroller An unfortunate mother had to deal with yet another headache when her wallet was stolen after she dropped off her young child at a Tribeca nursery school on March 31, police said. The woman, 37, told cops she was taking her kid into the N. Moore St. entrance of the Tribeca Community […]

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