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BY ALINE REYNOLDS | As a result of efforts to clamp down on unlawful bus operators, cheap-fare buses traveling in and out of Chinatown will soon be subject to new rules authorized and enforced by the city. And, while many locals espouse stronger regulation of the buses, some fear that the low-cost bus operators are being […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | Eight Occupy Wall Street protesters were convicted on Mon., June 18 of misdemeanor trespassing on property owned by Trinity Church Wall Street last December, but at least one of them has plans to appeal the ruling. After a weeklong, non-jury trial, a criminal court judge found the demonstrators guilty of entering Duarte […]

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Bloomberg backs federal funding requests for 9/11 Museum Days after Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie requested federal funding for the National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum, Mayor Michael Bloomberg voiced his support of their efforts, according to WNYC. Cuomo and Christie sent their letter to the National Park Service on Sat., June […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  | As billions of dollars continue to pour into Haiti following the earthquake that devastated that nation in 2010, one Downtown school has found a novel way to make a difference on a smaller scale. Students, parents and teachers of P.S. 89 completed their final school-wide “Liberty Walk” last Friday morning, capping a […]

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Musicians and spoken-word artists performed in memory of the late soldier Danny Chen at Pace University High School on Thurs., May 24. Chen’s mother Su Zhen Chen (top left) chokes up while addressing the crowd, her son’s photo looming in the background.  – Downtown Express photos by Aline Reynolds

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  BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  Ringing in the ears is not always a cause for much concern, but it underscores the need to pay attention. May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, and one non-profit organization in Lower Manhattan kicked it off on April 26 by sounding the closing bell at the New York Stock […]

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[media-credit name="Downtown Express photos by TERESE LOEB KREUZER" align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit]The 315-mile-long Hudson River harbors some interesting creatures as it flows from Lake Tear of the Clouds in the Adirondack Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, but none as dazzling as those who came to honor it on May 12 in the annual Hudson River Pageant. In […]

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BY JOHN BAYLES | A slew of local politicians stood outside Independence Plaza North in Tribeca on Thurs., May 3 to decry a recent court ruling they deemed a critical blow to the future of affordable housing in New York City. The press conference was spurred by a decision last month by the Appellate Division […]

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BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  A broad range of progressive activists staged a series of May Day demonstrations in an effort to further their mission of what they consider to be crucial social, political and economic change. Labor unions, immigration rights groups and Occupy Wall Street comprise the core coalition that organized the May 1 events throughout New […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS | To locals’ surprise, the famed Fritz Koenig sphere that survived the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is still in Battery Park, its resting place since the early 2000s. But it won’t be for long. Late Friday, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the sphere’s owner, said that it has found […]

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