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Free Irish books up for grabs in Chinatown In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish Arts Center, a midtown-based arts and culture center, will be doling out books at eight transit hubs around the city, including the entrance of the J-Z-N-Q subway lines on the southwest corner of Canal and Centre Streets for a […]

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Court ruling leaves displaced tenants hopeful Last Friday, Housing Court Judge Timmie Erin Eisner ruled against the owner of one the three buildings on Grand Street in Chinatown that were destroyed by a fire in 2010. Wong’s Realty Corp., the owner of 289 Grand St., said it would cost over $7 million to repair the […]

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LIU SAYS BLOOMBERG BACKED OFF  |  While NYS Senator Daniel Squadron has called for a restructuring of the Battery Park City Authority, his plan falls short of the proposal floated almost two years ago by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In April of 2010, Bloomberg instructed NYC Comptroller John Liu’s office to explore the possibility of purchasing Battery […]

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Obama solicits tax credit for W.T.C. President Barack Obama’s budget plan proposed last week includes a $200 million tax credit for transportation upgrades at the future World Trade Center, according to a Monday, Feb. 13 report in Reuters. The annual benefits package for Downtown would amount to $2 billion over the next 10 years to […]

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De Blasio targets city, NYPD over 9/11-related cancer data Elected officials and other 9/11 health advocates are railing against the city’s refusal to release data revealing the number of police officers who worked at Ground Zero and who were subsequently stricken by cancer. The numbers, they believe, could shed light on the link between the illness […]

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One W.T.C. gaff could hike construction costs  A design gaff in One World Trade Center could hike the price of the overall cost to build the tower by millions, according to a Jan. 31 Associated Press report. Construction of the temporary PATH Station is impeding the necessary access of trucks to the building’s underground loading […]

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Squadron creates SLA website  On Tuesday, Jan. 31, a new State Liquor Authority (S.L.A.) interactive website was announced. The site, created with funding that Senator Daniel Squadron had secured in 2009, is intended to make liquor license applications more efficient and transparent for both community members and businesses. The new website will give New York […]

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Pace University Names New Chief Financial Officer  Pace University has appointed its treasurer and finance executive, Toby R. Winer, as the institution’s new executive vice president and chief financial officer. Winer will be the first woman in Pace’s history to hold these positions, according to the University’s president, Stephen Friedman. Prior to joining Pace in […]

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Pops scouts around for musicians The TriBattery Pops, Downtown’s first all volunteer community band in a century, is seeking out horn players for its ninth season. The band performs six community events each season and records albums that have international distribution and have been nominated for Grammy awards. The band recently performed at Occupy Wall […]

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Downtown’s future transportation hub is well in the works. The Fulton Street Transit Center, scheduled to open in 2014, is already in operation: Sections of the A and C mezzanine levels have opened, in addition to the southbound platform of the R line’s Cortlandt Street station, according to a December 23 report in the New […]

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