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Seaport siege To The Editor: Our beloved South Street Seaport is under siege. Once a vibrant icon of New York City’s historic waterfront, it has become an eyesore.  Comprised of shipping containers, makeshift ice rinks and inflatable bars, (which collapse under the weight of snow) our Seaport has become an embarrassment, and the Howard Hughes […]

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Nov. 22, 2013 Downtown Express is retracting an article that was posted Nov. 20, 2013, “No bathroom for 9/11 Museum,” because the thrust of the article and the headline is not accurate. The 9/11 Museum, scheduled to open next year, will in fact have bathrooms. An article quote by Joe Daniels, president of […]

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Trust but landmark Tribeca  To The Editor: Tribeca Trust is a non-profit organization in Tribeca, founded last September to promote the improvement of Tribeca’s remaining public spaces; education about Tribeca’s history; and the good stewardship of our historic districts.  As of July 31, we have submitted a request to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for expansion […]

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Liberal social police To The Editor: After a long, hard day at work, Al Bundy — like many hardworking New Yorkers — should be able to enjoy a brew along with an adult dancer. He would be disappointed in “Strip clubs or not, committee says no to cabaret license” (news article, Oct. 9 – 22), […]

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Noise is not art To The Editor: Thank you for covering the reaction of Tribeca residents to Pier 26 noisy events (news article, July 31 – Aug. 13, “Is Tribeca pier too alive with the sound of music?”). Though fortunately less frequent, in Battery Park City a similar problem exists with the Brookfield Arts & […]

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Good stand on Stand Your Ground To The Editor: Thank you for your outstanding editorial on the Trayvon Martin killing (editorial July 17 – 30, “The Trayvon verdict”). Your analysis of George Zimmerman’s actions within the larger context of so-called “volunteer” security officers enlisted in too many neighborhoods around the country got to the crux of […]

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Security devastation To The Editor:  While I have great appreciation for the work done by the average police officer, I respectfully disagree with mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio’s stated approach to continue to treat Lower Manhattan like an occupied third world nation (“De Blasio backs Downtown’s anti-terror barriers,” news article, June 12 – 18). The […]

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Not in-Spire-ational To The Editor: I don’t find anything ceremonial about the topping of a spire of a building that was hardly liked by the people (Posted DowntownExpress.com, May 2, “Last spire piece reaches top of 1 W.T.C.— assembly required”). Not only is this so-called One World Trade Center truly not the tallest building in […]

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Parks before bikes To The Editor: This photograph is of newly installed bicycle parking equipment in Duarte Park, a public park. This use of public park space sets a very concerning precedent. I am concerned that a public park is being used to store bicycles. Will cars be next? If we want to encourage bicycle […]

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Be neighborly to Seaport developer To The Editor: I am very excited to hear about all the potential changes for Pier 17 and a little surprised at all of the negative reactions to the idea of mixed-use around the location. Given all the negative feedback, I can’t say I’m surprised that parts of the Howard […]

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