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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Lend Lease, the international construction company responsible for tearing down the Deutsche Bank building at 130 Liberty St. has admitted to a massive fraud scheme amounting to several million dollars in lost funds for its clients. However, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the state-city agency that contracted Lend Lease to demolish […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER   |  The Howard Hughes Corporation employed the full court press on April 17 when it went before the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. The developers were requesting permission to demolish the existing building on Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport and replace it with a glass-sheathed structure designed by […]

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[media-credit name="Downtown Express photo by Aline Reynolds " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Battery Park City parent Matt Schneider turns to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for support in lobbying the city Dept. of Education to solve Downtown’s school overcrowding crisis. BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  The city Department of Education’s proposed solutions to this year’s Downtown kindergarten wait lists […]

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[media-credit name="Downtown Express photo by Terese Loeb Kreuzer " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] On Thurs., April 26, Denzel John, a New York Harbor School senior, devoured an oyster at the New York Academy of Sciences’ event dubbed “Can Oysters Save New York Harbor?” BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  Once upon a time, New York harbor’s oysters were […]

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[media-credit name="Photo by Lilly O’Donnell" align="alignleft" width="300"][/media-credit] From left, outside The Bean on Second Ave., Matt Rosen, Jim Power and Jesse Jane. Power did the new coffee shop’s mosaic sign and tile decorations. BY LILLY O’DONNELL  |  For 25 years, Jim Power a.k.a. “The Mosaic Man” has been working on a “Mosaic Trail” through the […]

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (left), with NYS Sen. Daniel Squadron (right) and Janette Sadik-Khan (center), the NYC Department of Transportation commissioner, at a press conference on Monday. BY JOHN BAYLES  |  It has been referred to as the “wild west” of the tour bus industry. Bus company operators that pull up to random curbs throughout […]

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BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  As union leaders, immigration activists and Occupy Wall Street organizers finish preparations for May Day demonstrations, ‘occupiers’ remain on the steps of Federal Hall, poised to make their presence felt on the traditional labor holiday. About two dozen ‘occupiers’ remain on the steps of Federal Hall on Wall Street, attempting to […]

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BY JOHN BAYLES | On Tuesday, April 17, the sidewalk along Broadway near City Hall was packed with parents and kids rallying to save after school programs that are once again on the chopping block. In March, Mayor Bloomberg released the preliminary budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year that included $170 million in cuts to […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Though a billing snafu in Chinatown has been resolved, it has reawakened a long-standing debate over the neighborhood’s newly formed Business Improvement District and caused angst among some property owners about being overcharged in the future. The B.I.D.’s interim board of directors voted in favor of retroactively charging property owners the […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS | The city Department of Education’s proposed solutions to this year’s Downtown kindergarten wait lists were shot down by local parents and education activists at Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s Overcrowding Task Force on Monday. The number of students wait-listed at the Downtown elementary schools has only dwindled from 85 students to 81 […]

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