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BY SAM SPOKONY  | Any Tribecans who were browsing the real estate blogs Thursday probably spotted an alarming item — a rendering of a futuristically absurd, 860-foot residential “Sky Wing Tower” planned for 101 Murray St. (pictured above). The story, as reported by the sites, was that developers Steven Witkoff and Fisher Brothers are jointly […]

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Would-be burglar flees Police are investigating what they believe was an attempted burglary at a Fulton St. residential building on Feb. 19. A 40-year-old man, who said he was staying with relatives at the 119 Fulton St. apartment, told cops he first heard a noise coming from the roof around 2:15 a.m. After checking out […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  |  A lawyer for Joseph Morrone, the former Southbridge Towers board president accused of fraudulently taking nearly $109,000 in federal disability benefits, declined to discuss a plea deal with city prosecutors at a Feb. 7 court date, according to a source at the hearing. Morrone is one of 102 people charged with […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Calling it “very, very personal” and “a particularly moving day” for him, Mayor de Blasio last Friday appointed his friend Carl Weisbrod chairperson of the City Planning Commission. As Planning chief, the mayor said, Weisbrod “will have a huge positive impact on the future of this city.” That’s because Weisbrod will […]

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  BY JOSH ROGERS  |  If Mayor Bill de Blasio wants effective grassroots help for his push to expand pre-K seats starting this September, there may be no better group to turn to then Lower Manhattan’s school advocates who have fought for and found several school locations in recent years. But if he wants obedient […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Newly released data shows that 2012 saw a nearly 10 percent increase in child births within the bounds of Community Board 1 compared to the previous year, once again bolstering arguments by Downtown advocates that the Department of Education should commit to building two public elementary schools, rather than one, below […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY   |  Citing numerous accidents and injuries to both pedestrians and bicyclists, Community Board 3 and local elected officials are calling on the city’s Department of Transportation to consider installing safety-improvement measures at the intersection of Delancey and Pitt Sts. The awkwardly shaped intersection, which crosses under the foot of the Williamsburg […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED FEB. 6, 2014  |Seven months after the death of former President Liz Berger, the Downtown Alliance announced today that it has named Jessica Lappin, a former Upper East Side City Councilmember, to lead the organization. Lappin will officially take over as president of the Alliance on Feb. 10. “I see […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED FEB. 3, 2014  |  After 18 months of delays and several missed deadlines, Chinatown/Lower East Side residents and officials are still calling on the M.T.A. to fix a broken escalator at the E. Broadway subway station. That escalator inside the F train station — which is located at the corner […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY   |  Community Board 1 leaders remain worried about the impending shutdown of the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center, and wonder whether the city’s Department of Transportation will be able to fully take over the command center’s role as a kind of public advocate to handle construction complaints. The construction center, which […]

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