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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  | Models wore classic Diane von Furstenberg wrapped dresses and handed out goodie bags while sharply dressed men and women milled about at Brookfield Place’s retail launch on Thurs., March 26. Outside, the day was dreary but inside the massive complex that was formerly called the World Financial Center, retail sprung to life […]

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Landscape architect Signe Nielsen has shaped several public spaces — many of them in Lower Manhattan. Nielsen, 64, wears many hats: professor, author, Public Design Commission president and co-founder of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects. She talked to Downtown Express at her Financial District office earlier this month about her myriad projects; Tribeca, where she has […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Emergency responders made the snap decision not to take Trang Thuy “Tina” Nguyen to the nearby Lenox Hill HealthPlex last week after she was critically injured by a piece of construction fence that blew off the new Greenwich Lane project on W. 12th St. near Seventh Ave. Instead, they took her […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  A onetime pre-K starved Lower Manhattan will soon be feasting on an influx of new seats this fall. As part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s push for pre-K for all, Lower Manhattan has more than 378 full-day seats for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. Last year, while the city expanded […]

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BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |    The hard hats are putting finishing touches on the steps facing West and Gansefoort Sts. With one month to go, the Whitney Museum looks like an in-progress building site, but not for long. May 1 is the opening date for the Whitney’s relocation from its Upper East Side address to […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  While the recently announced new pre-K seats Downtown are welcome, their arrival is bringing up other school-related issues that Lower Manhattan faces. This September, the Tweed Courthouse will become a pre-K center with 54 seats. Tweed has been used as an “incubation” space for new schools, the latest being Peck […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS | Death and destruction hit Lower Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy three years ago, but the area had been largely left out of storm protection plans until this month when the mayor and governor announced almost $15 million in funds for Downtown. Local leaders pushing for more money celebrated the news, but they […]

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BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  Gender equity remains a concern in public high school sports, but the Downtown community is finding its own ways of evening the playing field while the city catches up. An influx of new city funding has led to a dramatic expansion of sports offerings at the middle school and elementary levels. But […]

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Five active members of Community Board 1 are stepping down and were honored with citations at the board’s Tues., Mar. 24 monthly meeting. Chairperson Catherine McVay Hughes spoke about their contributions. George Calderaro, who is moving, has been a member of C.B. 1 since 2010. He was co-chairperson of the Battery Park City Committee for […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC   |  Let there be light and glass — the new owners of landmarked One Chase Manhattan Plaza want to add glass storefronts, new entrances, a piece of art, more lighting and 200,000 sq. ft. of retail. It will also have a new name: 28 Liberty Plaza. Chinese company Fosun brought […]

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