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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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Cars stolen at gunpoint A trio of thieves threatened a Tribeca parking attendant with a silver handgun, forcing him to go upstairs, where they tied him up with duct tape. Police say the thieves then stole three cars: a 2010 gray Audi, valued at $21,000; a 2012 blue Range Rover, valued at $50,000; and a […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS  |  People on Vesey St.  were stopping to click their phone cameras at a rate of 10 or so a minute Monday, the first day office workers came to the new One World Trade Center. More of the area was open, and in many ways it seemed like a new day at […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  A run that honors a firefighter who gave his life to aid those at the Twin Towers on Sept. 11 has swelled to 30,000 people flooding Battery Park City. Some members of the community, while supportive of what the run commemorates, are frustrated with the lack of being able to […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  Pier 42 plans presented at a recent Community Board 3 meeting roused anger from Lower East Side residents who want a pool and not a proposed area for kayaking. After Noriko Maeda of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects gave her presentation of the trees, shrubs and plants that may populate the […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  The Dept. of Education has installed taller dividers for Peck Slip School classrooms currently housed at the Tweed Courthouse but tension over the use of conference rooms on the first floor remains. Peck Slip School, also known as P.S. 343, is “incubating” at the courthouse while a new facility is […]

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While some Lower Manhattan elementary schools are overcrowded, others are faced with lower student enrollment numbers — and budgetary concerns. Fewer students mean that principals lose funding. The principals discussed their enrollment numbers at Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s School Overcrowding Task Force on Oct. 23. Ronnie Najjar, the principal of P.S. 89, said there are […]

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