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BY LESLEY SUSSMAN  |  Community Board 3 Chairperson Gigi Li easily coasted to re-election to a third term at last week’s full-board meeting, beating challenger Chad Marlow. Li won about two-thirds of the board, by a vote of 31 to 15.  Marlow has been a frequent and outspoken critic of Li’s leadership of the 50-member […]

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BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  Bitcoins have not made it to Wall St. yet, but the fledgling digital currency has a home a few doors down from the New York Stock Exchange at the Bitcoin Center NYC. Enthusiasts regularly congregate at 40 Broad St. on Monday and Thursday nights for informal currency trading which commences after […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS  |  Jennifer Goodstein, the owner of Downtown Express and NYC Community Media, and her husband Les Goodstein have agreed to buy Community Newspaper Group, which publishes 11 community newspapers in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. “This is an exciting time as we expand to the outer boroughs,” Express publisher Jennifer Goodstein said […]

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BY CLARISSA-JAN LIM   |   Since the Stonewall riots, the Christopher St. Pier has been vital to local L.G.B.T. youth, as a place to find acceptance and a safe refuge — often from their own homes. Once renowned for its bohemian artists and gay culture, the West Village has transformed into a hip, upscale neighborhood peppered […]

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Beaten in daylight A 24-year-old FiDi man was beaten with a metal bat at the corner of Gold and Ann Sts. last Sunday at 6 p.m. Police say he suffered cuts and bruises to his head, shoulder and arms. The suspect got into a silver BMW with New York plates and sped off with an […]

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By Janel Bladow | Downtown explodes this July 4th weekend. Fun, parties, tours and talks fill the streets, waters and sky around Lower Manhattan. The blast begins with a four-day Pier/Party of music and movies in the South Street Seaport. Topping off the holiday weekend festivities is the massive patriotic Macy’s pyrotechnics from the Brooklyn Bridge […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Everyone — from residents to merchants — has always said Richard Pearson would surely kill someone if the menacing, mentally ill man was allowed to keep roaming the streets of Soho and Nolita. On Monday, he almost did. According to police, at 11:10 a.m., Pearson, 49, grabbed a pair of scissors […]

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Slash & slurs A subway rider was cut in the face by a woman who used racial and homophobic slurs against him, police said. The victim, a 33-year-old black man, was on a Downtown A train Friday night, June 20 at about 11 p.m. when he said a 25-year-old white Hispanic woman got on at […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS  |  Pre-K is like many things in life — you’re either in or out  — so you might think there’s just two stories to tell, but really there are many more than that. Talk to Principal Alice Hom at Chinatown’s P.S 124 and she’ll tell you that she still has a full-day […]

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BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  Friendly neighbors are helping one local museum in a time of need. About 150 of them gathered last week at Old Slip Park in support of the New York Police Museum whose permanent location at 100 Old Slip remains closed due to outstanding Hurricane Sandy damage.  Dozens of them danced in […]

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