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By early June, Dr. John Howard, the administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program portion of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, will rule on whether to add cancer to the list of illnesses covered under the bill. Nearly a year prior, Dr. Howard concluded that cancer should not be covered, citing […]

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The preliminary audit of the Port Authority in many regards only highlighted the obvious: that the agency is facing a huge debt exacerbated by the redevelopment of the World Trade Center. The audit identified the W.T.C. project as the root of its financial woes, principally due to added costs associated with completing the 9/11 Memorial […]

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Project is too big but has strong support at city level The N.Y.U. plan to build four buildings on its two superblocks in the Village — which include the existing Washington Square Village and University Village — is grossly over-scaled for the neighborhood. That is clear. But make no mistake, there is public support at the city […]

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Bureaucracies don’t die easily. Following the news of the impending layoffs at the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center, we are compelled to praise this as a move in the right direction. While this agency has been an invaluable asset to the Lower Manhattan community following the attacks of 9/11, it is nearing the end of […]

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From just a dream a couple of decades ago, the Hudson River Park is now 70 percent complete. But the park still faces steep obstacles. Building the rest of the park will cost $250 million. The cost of maintaining the growing park, which stretches five miles along the Lower West Side waterfront, continues to grow […]

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This week’s reopening of the Seaport Museum is cause for celebration. The maritime museum, which for years was struggling to stay afloat with dwindling patronage and sparse exhibits, was seemingly on the verge of closing altogether until a deal was struck between the museum and the city last September. That deal would never have happened […]

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Lower Manhattan is growing in ways that only a decade ago seemed not just improbable, but impossible.  Who would have thought that our neighborhood, in the wake of 9/11, would rebound and rebuild so strongly that it would end up serving as a beacon, as a model for rebirth and as an example of a […]

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From the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street, 2011 was the Year of the Protester. Now, from Greenwich Village to Hudson Square to the Lower East Side, 2012 is shaping up to be the Year of the ULURP. Several massive plans are in the works, with some already underway. For each, a ULURP (the city’s uniform […]

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One week after we pronounced our hopes that the progress the Lower Manhattan community has seen at the World Trade Center site continue into 2012, we are left scratching our heads over the pronouncements that the National Sept. 11 Museum will not open in time for the 11th anniversary of the attacks. Apparently this revelation is […]

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The last year was filled with significant news stories in New York like Occupy Wall Street, the election of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the passage of the gay marriage law, and the Zadroga 9/11 Healthcare Act. In Lower Manhattan, though, one major news story provided a road map for the next year, while serving as a […]

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