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Washington Square buskers are decrying a crackdown by the Parks Department, which admits it is applying new anti-vending regulations against them. At a Dec. 4 press conference, three busking acts said they had received 21 summonses collectively in the past three months. New regulations on expressive-matter vending went on the books in July 2010 but […]

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A Nov. 18 ruling from a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals continued a nearly three-year pattern in which elected officials, law enforcement authorities, and now the federal courts have responded both shamefully and facetiously to clear evidence that the New York Police Department engaged in a witch hunt against […]

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Some neighbors greet new arrivals with best wishes and hands extended in friendship. Others reserve judgment until a newcomer’s accumulated deeds prove their worth. A vocal few, however, steadfastly refuse to acknowledge the established presence of a worthy addition — and, in doing so, erode the integrity of the very community they purport to defend. […]

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The Dept. of Education’s third attempt at a school-rezoning plan for Lower Manhattan is both worthy of praise, and criticism. Unveiled this week, the new plan takes into account the worries of parents in the affected zones, but is still a Band-aid approach to addressing the shortfall in school seats our Lower Manhattan neighborhoods have […]

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In light of the Thanksgiving holiday, we at Community Media would like to offer reasons we are thankful. We’re thankful for the First Amendment, which has led to a vigorous debate in our office, our neighborhood and our country. As a result we’re thankful for a courageous new spirit in America that so adamantly seeks […]

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Following Tuesday’s events surrounding the Occupy Wall Street demonstration at Zuccotti Park, one thing is certain: the movement and the message is bigger than the square block it first occupied eight weeks ago. It is now clear that the O.W.S. response in the coming days and weeks will be paramount in terms of making sure […]

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In general, we support business improvement districts. But, at this point, we can’t support the effort to create a BID along Soho’s Broadway corridor. In short, the steering committee of major property owners that has pushed for the creation of a Broadway Soho BID hasn’t won sufficient community support. Unlike the Chinatown and Hudson Square […]

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Tuesday’s announcement on the Peck Slip school by the city Department of Education gave us reason to be optimistic concerning the future of Lower Manhattan and the school overcrowding crisis the neighborhood is facing. The decision to amend the D.O.E.’s capital plan in order to allow for more seats at the future school shows that […]

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The Lower Manhattan community has a special relationship with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. This was made clear when Community Board 1, upon hearing that Governor Andrew Cuomo, shortly after taking office, was thinking of removing Chris Ward from the Port’s helm, unanimously passed a resolution calling on the new governor […]

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Downtown Express photo by John Bayles Over 6,000 people invaded Times Square on Saturday as part of a worldwide call to action initiated by Occupy Wall Street. The movement is now in its second month. One of the most common chants during last Saturday’s marches organized by Occupy Wall Street was, “The whole world is […]

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