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Another year, another big plan to “save” the Seaport. Downtowners have coexisted with corporations running the Seaport mall for a few decades. There have been some good initiatives, and some great events, but the operators have never fully embraced the Lower Manhattan community. The companies over the years have tried to make the area more […]

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Need a NID park fund To The Editor: I am resident of Tribeca within the boundaries of the proposed Hudson River Park Neighborhood Improvement District and I am writing to express my support of the H.R.P. NID (news article, March 6, “What’s next Hudson River Park? Tribeca rises against park tax”). The Hudson River Park […]

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By Bill Martino and Bill Bialosky  |  We have been asked what compelled the Downtown leagues to get behind the Pier 40 Champions  initiative given our limited use of the pier.  The answer is really very simple; our leagues have sizeable waitlists and we need room to grow to protect the future of organized activities […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court next week will be concluding oral arguments on two major marriage equality cases On March 26, the federal lawsuit challenging the Defense of Marriage Act filed by Downtown resident Edie Windsor — assessed more than $360,000 in federal estate taxes after her spouse Thea Spyer died in 2009 — will be […]

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Ed & Ike To The Editor: A few words in tribute to Mayor Koch’s  evolved “liberal with sanity” political philosophy. When he appeared on “Hardball” a number of years ago, Chris Matthews reviewed his political life.  Matthews mentioned that Koch received his political baptism in the Adlai Stevenson campaign of 1952, and then in 1963 […]

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PRO & CON PRO:  By H. Claude Shostal  |  As a residential property owner within the boundaries of the proposed Hudson River Park Neighborhood Improvement District, I fully support the formation of the H.R.P. NID. Hudson River Park and the other waterfront parks that have been developed over the past few years have brought us […]

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It’s become de rigeur for our top city officials to all give annual State of the City addresses. As it turns out, these speeches are about more than simply raising one’s profile, and, in fact, offer many good ideas. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, in her State of the City address last month, laid out […]

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OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE To The Editor: I found it very inappropriate for Jerry Tallmer to describe the late Ed Koch as a “certified ‘Hebe’” and for Downtown Express to print this hateful epithet (Notebook, Feb. 6 – 19, “From City Hall to silver screens: The Life of Ed Koch”). Even if this was meant as a […]

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At its January full board meeting, Community Board 2 unanimously passed a resolution calling on Mayor Bloomberg and the city to take steps toward dealing with chaotic street congestion caused by the massive number of street vendors along Broadway in Soho. The board wants Bloomberg to finally convene the Street Vendor Review Panel — something […]

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Ed Koch wrote movie reviews for this paper and one other place I worked, so over the years I’ve heard the literal groans from at least a few arts editors who were not too happy about it. I understood their criticisms.  Koch penned many books on politics and world affairs, but when it came to […]

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