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[media-credit name=”Downtown Express photos by Milo Hess ” align=”aligncenter” width=”600″][/media-credit] A few “more-than-just-jolly” Santas  flooded the Seaport, and the city, on Saturday during the annual SantaCon. BY HELAINA N. HOVITZ  |  Nothing says Christmas in Lower Manhattan like thousands of “Santas” urinating, screaming, vomiting, breaking beer bottles and screaming at little children in the streets. […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  While in London last week, I couldn’t help but check out Occupy London Stock Exchange (O.L.S.X.) — whose encampment is thriving in spite of eviction attempts by the city. On Wednesday, Nov. 30 tens of thousands of British citizens around the country demonstrated in the streets to dispute recent governmental negotiations […]

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BY MICHAEL LUONGO Dear Mayor Bloomberg: Hello from my current location. I’ve seen what happened to some of my colleagues so I am not going to tell you too many details. I will have to tell you who I am because no one seems to remember me, even if I’m the dictator who started it […]

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  By TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  Olga Hernandez looked up at the cloudless sky and the sun shining on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor. “”It’s a crisp day for a new beginning,” she said to her husband, José. “It’s great that the ceremony coincides with the anniversary!” he replied. They were aboard […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  If the managers of the National September 11 Memorial were concerned that few Lower Manhattan residents would bother to show up at the memorial for the four hours on Oct. 2 reserved exclusively for them, they worried in vain. On the first of what are planned to be monthly evenings […]

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  BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | As Hurricane Irene crept up the East Coast on the morning of Friday, Aug. 26, the outlook for sea-level Battery Park City seemed dire. A warning notice came via an intranet system to thousands of tenants in nine Battery Park City buildings: “Milford Management has just met with the […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  Lower Manhattan has some hamburger bragging rights. Sailors traveling between Germany and New York City and 19th century immigrants on the German Hamburg-America Line brought something called “hamburg steak” with them — shredded, salted, low-grade beef that would survive a sea voyage, said Liz Young, who leads food tours of […]

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BY ALAN J. GERSON Leaving Manhattan’s entire West Side below 59th Street without a full-service emergency room with full hospital support continues to play Russian roulette with the lives of residents, workers, businesspersons and visitors. Just recently the state established the Berger Commission to identify hospitals that could be closed with minimal adverse impact. The […]

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For the birds: An hour before sunset, a double-crested cormorant speeds purposefully up the East River, heading home. “Home” could well be the rookery on man-made U Thant Island — just south of Roosevelt Island — where scores of the birds nest. Taking the same path, a New York Water Taxi also makes its way […]

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BY JERRY TALLMER | A million people, if the count be true, packed the streets and sidewalks of Fifth Avenue and Greenwich Village this recent Sunday, cheering the man at the head of the parade, a latter-day gay-rights hero named Andrew Cuomo, governor of the State of New York.   And surely Andrew Cuomo did […]

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