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By JANEL BLADOW | ORIGINALLY POSTED APRIL 4, 2014  |  M.T.A. officials did a lot of bragging about the Fulton Center Wednesday night at Community Board 1’s Financial District Committee meeting. They also hope that retail and dining inside the new transportation hub will appeal to Lower Manhattan residents and commuters, more than tourists. First, […]

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  Former Yankee great Bernie Williams, top, was the featured guest at the Downtown Little League’s  Opening Day ceremonies Saturday in Battery Park City. He signed autographs and spoke to the players, who heard many cheers from parents along with some from Councilmember Margaret Chin, bottom left.  

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Downtown Express won two awards last weekend at the New York Press Association’s 2013 Better Newspaper Contest. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Competing against newspapers of all circulations, the Express’ obituaries earned a third place award. “Told in a way that lets readers know who the deceased were, almost bringing them back to life,” one judge […]

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Thief targets stroller An unfortunate mother had to deal with yet another headache when her wallet was stolen after she dropped off her young child at a Tribeca nursery school on March 31, police said. The woman, 37, told cops she was taking her kid into the N. Moore St. entrance of the Tribeca Community […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Thousands of New York City seniors living in rent-regulated apartments may soon be able to celebrate a rent freeze, after a budget deal reached by the state Legislature. The state’s 2014-15 budget, which was approved on March 31, allows for a huge increase to the income limit for eligibility in the […]

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A former deputy mayor will now be joining the ranks of Community Board 1, along with three other new members recently appointed by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. Ninfa Segarra, who served as deputy mayor under former-Mayor Rudy Giulani in the ‘90s, also served as the final president of the New York City Board of […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS | (Originally posted March 31, 2014)  The “shantytown” temporary trailers which educated displaced B.M.C.C. students after 9/11 and assisted in Lower Manhattan’s recovery after Hurricane Sandy, are finally gone from West St. after more than a dozen years Downtown. “It’s finally, finally over,” a happy and relieved Barry Rosen, spokesperson for the […]

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By ZACH WILLIAMS |  ORIGINALLY POSTED APRIL 2, 2014  |  Success and setbacks alike inspire a growing group of Lower Manhattan citizens aspiring to alleviate a shortage of space in neighborhood schools with grassroots pressure on policymakers. Buoyed by last year’s success of  keeping P.S. 150 located in Tribeca, a group of Downtown parents formed […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  | Days after filing a $100 million class action lawsuit against the landlord and management of Gateway Plaza on behalf of a fellow tenant of the complex, Democratic District Leader Jenifer Rajkumar is dealing with an ethical crisis of her own. Rajkumar, who spoke openly about the suit a day after it […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS | Three Chinatown public schools will each get an additional full-day, pre-K classroom this September, the city announced Wednesday. The schools are P.S. 1 at 8 Henry St., P.S. 124, 40 Division St., and as expected, P.S. 130 at 143 Baxter St.  Each room will have 18 students, bringing the expansion to […]

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