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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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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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