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Many hundreds came to Chinatown’s Transfiguration Church last Sunday for Mass and to celebrate the “Golden Jubilee” for Sister Joanna Chan, who is retiring after 50 years of service in many different ways. Playwright, educator, arts leader and prisoner counselor are all apt words to describe Chan. Born in Hong Kong 74 years ago, Chan […]

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BY SERGEI KLEBNIKOV  |  “Where have the Broome St. Alley Cats gone?” reads a flier posted by local residents of the Amalgamated Dwellings building complex. The flier calls for help as the last elderly cats of what used to be an established feral cat colony pass away. The “Broome St. Alley” cats, reportedly one of […]

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BY JANEL BLADOW  |  Our little neighborhood is the belle of the summer fun in the city this year! Thank you Macy’s for drawing attention downtown! Restaurant news…New places are popping up in old locations. Long established spots are back and better. And a historic gem is working hard to make a comeback.  Rumor has […]

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BY ZACH WILLIAMS   |  Dozens of community members had assembled to commemorate his life’s work, but Luis Batista escaped notice beforehand, seeking customers to help as he had for 29 years in the Essex Street Market. June 27, 2014, was Luis Batista Day in Manhattan. So declared Borough President Gale Brewer, who presented him with […]

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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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