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BY ALINE REYNOLDS   |It’s been an eventful seven years, to say the least, for Downtown civic leader Julie Menin, whose third and final term as Community Board 1 chairperson is ending in June. Last week, Menin sat down with the Downtown Express to reflect on the high and low points of her tenure. Menin’s departure from […]

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BY JOHN BAYLES | A slew of local politicians stood outside Independence Plaza North in Tribeca on Thurs., May 3 to decry a recent court ruling they deemed a critical blow to the future of affordable housing in New York City. The press conference was spurred by a decision last month by the Appellate Division […]

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BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  A broad range of progressive activists staged a series of May Day demonstrations in an effort to further their mission of what they consider to be crucial social, political and economic change. Labor unions, immigration rights groups and Occupy Wall Street comprise the core coalition that organized the May 1 events throughout New […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Lend Lease, the international construction company responsible for tearing down the Deutsche Bank building at 130 Liberty St. has admitted to a massive fraud scheme amounting to several million dollars in lost funds for its clients. However, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the state-city agency that contracted Lend Lease to demolish […]

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BY JOHN BAYLES  |  This time they were ready. As Occupy Wall Street activists took to the streets on Saturday to march against police brutality, they were prepared. “Some marches are feel-good marches,” said Marni Halasa, “but with this march in particular, there was a lot of frustration directed toward the NYPD.” Much of Saturday’s […]

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Bill Bratton, former Commissioner of the New York Police Department under Mayor Rudy Giuliani and currently Chairman of Kroll, a risk mitigation and security firm, spoke at a Lower Manhattan Marketing Association function at Pace University on March 22. Bratton sat down with the Downtown Express to discuss the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy and its proposed […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  There’s no clear-cut way of tracking hazing in the U.S. Military, a fact that has made it hard to identify red flags when soldiers like Army Private Danny Chen of Chinatown are on the verge of suicide. Following the death of Chen and other soldiers in recent years that have committed […]

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BY ZACH WILLIAMS | Zuccotti Park remains as much an inspiration as a flashpoint for the Occupy Wall Street movement, and that fact seems unlikely to change as the promised “American Spring” draws near. Occupiers congregated at Zuccotti late last Thursday night following a march against major corporation’s influence on national politics. Dozens entered the […]

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BY JOHN BAYLES  |  The special legislative task force in charge of drawing new district lines for New York State now has an added incentive to speed up the process: a ruling by a federal court issued on Monday. L.A.T.F.O.R. (Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment) has had 11 months to come up […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS |  Former Verizon worker Richard Dambakly toiled atop the pile at Ground Zero 12-to-16 hours a day for six months straight following the 9/11 attacks. The following year, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and underwent five months of intensive chemotherapy that sent his cancer into remission. Dambakly, now 50 and the […]

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