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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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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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