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City tried to evict them, but P.S. 150 battles back and wins national award

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  | Tribeca elementary school P.S. 150 — a school that at one time was in danger of relocating to Chelsea — has just won the National Blue Ribbon Award. The award, administered by the U.S. Dept. of Education since 1982, is for schools that have “overall academic excellence” or “progress in […]

Thurs., Oct. 2 – Wed., Oct. 8 ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING RULES ARE SUSPENDED SATURDAY AND MONDAY POTUS GRIDLOCK ALERT! If you thought your presidential traffic woes had come and gone with the UN General Assembly, think again: President Obama will return to the city on Tuesday for a special fundraising event. He’ll likely arrive to […]

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Prints & bag lifted A tag team of two thieves walked into the Saint Laurent Paris store at 80 Greene St. in Soho last week. While one of the men distracted an employee, the other took a $1,190 handbag from the display case and hid it underneath his shirt, police said. He then wiped down […]

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By JOSH ROGERS |The hot air balloon that floated over the Seaport Sunday and triggered mistaken fears about terrorism, was hired by the area’s biggest developer Howard Hughes Corp., and not the city — contrary to other media reports. “Several residents of the South Street Seaport expressed alarm, having received no prior notice and fearing […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS  |  “This is what happens when you take so long to build something,” John Fratta told Lawrence Mauro last week, drawing knowing laughter in the room. Perhaps it was gallows humor — they were after all talking about the South Street Seaport Historic District, namely the plaza area at Peck Slip between […]

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The city is not considering moving the Citi Bike stand at Peck Slip Plaza, a Dept. of Transportation official told Downtown Express this week. Community Board 1 had passed a resolution in July asking the city to move the stand from the plaza to the  northeast corner of Peck Slip and Front St. The official, […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  The Friends of Bogardus Garden is moving forward with plans to improve the plaza at Hudson St. between Chambers St. and Reade St. and presented its preliminary design at the Wed., Sept. 10 Tribeca Committee meeting. “One of the major impetuses of this project is how do we take a […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  | Tribeca residents were as united as a Greek chorus last week in voicing concerns about the hours of operation for bars and restaurants, karaoke rooms and the congregation of (possibly) inebriated patrons outside of establishments and on their streets. The tension started at the beginning of the crowded Tribeca Committee meeting, […]

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For each of the last 13 years, community activist Tom Goodkind has spent about eight hours calculating the reading score rankings of Lower Manhattan schools, so you’d probably be surprised to learn he’s not a big fan of the tests. “I would personally like to do away with these tests and just have good schools,” […]

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BY ALBERT AMATEAU    |  David Reck, a Hudson Square neighborhood resident and activist and a longtime member of Community Board 2, died this summer. He was 64. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in fall 2013 and died this July 31, according to his wife, Eli Hausknecht. A registered architect, David Reck was a […]

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