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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | Battery Park City’s Parks Enforcement Patrol (PEP) had received generally high marks from B.P.C. residents — that is, until January 2011, when former resident Adam Pratt had a run-in with them while walking his dog. As a result, Pratt was handcuffed and taken to Bellevue Hospital for psychiatric observation. On […]

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BY JANEL BLADOW  |  One of those “what am I going to do with my life” moments that sparks an “ah-ha” vision propelled Cricket Azima along her unique career path. Her combined love of kids and good, healthy food led the chef to start her own home-based business, “The Creative Kitchen,” in Tribeca. “I was […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS | Sergeant Adam Holcomb, the first of eight soldiers to be tried in connection with U.S. Army Private Danny Chen’s suicide, has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and $1,182 forfeiture of pay. The penalties, tied to two counts of maltreatment and one count of assault, were minimal compared to what Holcomb […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | Seven construction workers were banned from the World Trade Center site on Fri., July 27 after they were caught drinking by detectives from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The workers had multiple alcoholic beverages during their lunch break at the Raccoon Lounge on Warren Street, where undercover members of […]

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  BY ALINE REYNOLDS  | Though Community District 1   is ranked low on the list of Manhattan districts whose properties are infested with rats, Downtown residents are up in arms about the presence of rodents in their neighborhood. That was the main topic of discussion at June’s      Community Board 1 Quality of Life […]

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  Bloomberg opposes Port Authority’s proposal for 9/11 Memorial Mayor Michael Bloomberg has rejected the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s recent attempt to gain more oversight of the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum. In an announcement made Mon., July 2, the mayor said he wants to keep the memorial out of the “political process,” according to the […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Downtown dance center Dance New Amsterdam (D.N.A.) hardly celebrated its feat of reaching a lease agreement with its landlord before embarking on a new endeavor of hosting regular roundtable discussions about how Downtown arts organizations can avoid being kicked out of their homes. The first forum, held inside D.N.A.’s 130-seat theater […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Dozens of Downtown families with elementary school-aged children are relieved now that most of their youngsters have been granted a spot in their local public school. What many parents might not know, however, is that, though wait lists for next year’s kindergarten class have shrunk or disappeared, the overcrowding epidemic in […]

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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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