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BY TEQUILA MINSKY AND LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Last Thursday evening around 6:20 p.m., police responded to a 911 call of a female stabbed inside 38 Downing St. Upon arrival, they found Alice Birnbaum, 59, with multiple stab wounds to the chest. According to reports, she also had first been hit on the head with an ax. […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | Citing numerous traffic fatalities along its 1.5-mile stretch, the city’s Department of Transportation announced Thursday that Canal St. will soon become a slow zone. That move will lower the speed limit along all of Canal St. — which runs from E. Broadway to West St. — to 25 miles per hour. […]

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Subway sleeper snatch A thief claiming to be homeless targeted a sleeping passenger aboard a Downtown subway train on May 2, police said. The victim, 26, told cops he boarded the southbound 1 train at the W. 116th St./Columbia University stop around 2:30 a.m. Friday morning, and then fell asleep minutes later with his backpack […]

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  Workers were sprucing up the area around Tribeca’s Pier 26 Tuesday, planting trees and attracting onlookers. The long-awaited reopening of the pier and Downtown Boathouse is supposed to be some time in May, although Hudson River Park Trust officials did not respond to inquiries about the opening date. Downtown Express photos by Josh Rogers.

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Many thousands came out last Saturday for the Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair, the Tribeca Film Festival’s annual event. It was sunny most of the day although rain cut things short by the late afternoon. Downtown Express photos by MILO HESS.  

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By JOSH ROGERS | Mayor Bill de Blasio last week put Downtown’s Julie Menin in charge of one of his signature priorities — providing paid sick leave to small business workers — when he tapped her to be the city’s next Consumer Affairs commissioner. Menin, 46, the former chairperson of Community Board 1 and candidate […]

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Not a steal for the stat sheet A sneaky shoplifter ripped off a jeweler near the South Street Seaport on April 25, police said. An employee for Seaport Jewelers at 50 Fulton St. told cops the unidentified man walked in around 1:30 p.m. and asked to try on two platinum and diamond rings, both worth […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  |  A year after a similar visit from her predecessor led only to more frustration, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña came to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s office on April 24 to hear Downtown school advocates’ desperate pleas for action on the district’s overcrowding problem. In attending the monthly meeting of Silver’s Schools Overcrowding […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS  |  Will it be a kinder, more flexible N.Y.P.D. protecting the World Trade Center when the new security plan begins to be implemented next month? That message comes not from police officials trying to reassure the Downtown community, but from beleaguered W.T.C. area residents who have been fighting with police for years […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  |  It’s been said many times before — earlier this year, last year, five years ago, ten years ago. And now it’s being said again. Tribeca is full of rats — and since they don’t have to worry about rising condo prices, the critters are showing no signs of leaving their homes […]

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