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BY JOSH ROGERS  |  Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina told Downtown Express last week that there likely will be some full-day, pre-K classes in the Tweed Courthouse building in 2015, but she gave a definite no to expanding classroom space this year for Peck Slip School parents who were hoping to get more space to relieve […]

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Writer Jerry Tallmer,  93,who chronicled  Downtown theater for many decades, founded the Obie Awards, and who helped build the Village Voice, died Nov. 9, 2014. He was also a longtime columnist and arts writer at Downtown Express.  A few snippets from his writings. “The man behind life’s joy” June 2, 2006 Interview with an artist just […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON    |  An oversize presence in the world of New York journalism for six decades, Jerry Tallmer, died on Sun., Nov. 9, at the Dewitt Hospice on the Upper East Side. He would have turned 94 in December. Tallmer was a founding editor of the Village Voice in 1955, serving as its […]

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BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  A group of Lower East Side regulars are banking that their private effort can make the critical difference in scrubbing Seward Park of urban grime. They established a nonprofit conservancy last month devoted to restoring the park, which opened in 1903 as the country’s first municipally built children’s playground. Their ambitions […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | ORIGNALLY PUBLISHED NOV. 10, 2014  |  Thirteen years after Sept. 11, the long-awaited $1.4 billion Fulton Center officially opened on Mon., Nov. 10 — the paper has been torn off, the doors flung open, and natural light pours in from the center’s massive glass dome. The transit hub connects nine […]

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20 NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY BATTERY PARK CITY BRANCH 175 North End Ave, 212-790-3499, nypl.org/locations/battery-park-city     Baby Laptime for Pre-Walkers: Enjoy simple stories, lively songs and rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood. Limited to 25 babies and their caregivers; first-come first-served. Ages 0-18 months | Free |11:30 a.m. EVERY THURSDAY […]

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Failed bank robbery in Tribeca It is like a scene from a movie: a man walks into a bank, hands the teller a note demanding money and he walks out with the loot. In the real scenario that happened at the Valley National Bank in Tribeca last week, there was a twist — the would-be […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS  (Updated at 11 p.m.  Nov. 19, 2014 with more details)| Howard Hughes Corporation shaved about 150 feet off its proposed South Street Seaport tower, well short of what opponents were hoping for from the long-awaited revisions to the firm’s South Street Seaport development plan. “I question whether the proposal from Howard Hughes for […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS | Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina told Downtown Express Wednesday that there likely will be some full-day, pre-K classes in the Tweed Courthouse building in 2015, but she gave a definite no to expanding classroom space this year for Peck Slip School parents who were hoping to get more space in their temporary and […]

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By JOSH ROGERS   UPDATED 5;09 p.m. WITH COMMENTS FROM THE MAYOR |Opponents of the proposed 600-foot Seaport tower are looking to move the skyscraper  further away from the neighborhood’s historic district. The idea is to transfer unused development rights in the South Street Seaport Historic District just to the south on the East River, or to […]

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