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Downtown’s post-9/11 renaissance transformed a symbol of tragedy into symbol of hope

BY JESSICA LAPPIN The renaissance of Downtown after the dark days following September 11th is a remarkable story. It’s a testament to all who live here, work here, invest here and have worked together to not only restore New York City’s First Neighborhood, but build an engine of growth and hope for the entire city. […]

BY CATHERINE MCVAY HUGHES   |  Water surrounds Community Board 1 on three sides, and we experienced one of the highest inundation levels in Manhattan during Superstorm Sandy on Oct.29, 2012, with seven feet of water in some areas. Two people drowned in our district that night three years ago, and property damage was extreme.  […]

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By DANIEL SQUADRON | Over the last 40 years, Battery Park City has gone from a concept to the extraordinary neighborhood we see today. Walking the neighborhood’s streets and parks, visiting its schools, restaurants and offices, talking to its residents, no one could argue that the change is anything less than dramatic, in just about every […]

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BY KEN PASKAR  |  Speaker Sheldon Silver is being pilloried in the press for accusations of corruption, and I felt it’s time to take a hard look at the allegations being leveled against Silver and see them for what they are: character assassination, pure and simple. Lost in the ruckus is all the good that […]

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BY CARL ROSENSTEIN   |  Better late than never. It’s taken Councilmember Margaret Chin five years to address Downtown’s worst environmental issue, Canal St., but so much more than the lives of three elderly Chinese residents has been lost in those years — real opportunities for change have been squandered. In the 1990s, my neighbors […]

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BY VICTOR J. PAPA  |  Is it possible that the historic and irreplaceable South Street Seaport is still a landmark preservation issue? Is it possible, in spite of preservation efforts extending over what seems an endless 40-year period; in spite of copious, yet still unresolved preservation visions and plans, all laudably meant to guarantee its permanence […]

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 By VICTOR J. PAPA  | Is it possible that the historic and irreplaceable South Street Seaport is still a landmark preservation issue? Is it possible, in spite of preservation efforts extending over what seems an endless 40-year period; in spite of copious, yet still unresolved preservation visions and plans, all laudably meant to guarantee its permanence […]

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Reviewing the arguments for and against privitization of Southbridge Towers. NO —   By VICTOR J. PAPA :  Shareholders of Southbridge Towers (S.B.T) are now poised to vote in a referendum that will ultimately determine the fate of their 1651 units of over 40 consistent years of state-regulated Mitchell-Lama affordable housing. It remains one of […]

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BY SAM SCHWARTZ   |  Lower Manhattanites are getting “railroaded” (or should I say “trucked”) and have been for a quarter century ever since an act of Congress dictated that tolls on the Verrazano Bridge should be collected only in the Staten Island-bound direction. This meant that drivers leaving the island would not stop but drivers […]

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By SAM SCHWARTZ | Lower Manhattanites are getting “railroaded” (or should I say “trucked”) and have been for a quarter century ever since an Act of Congress dictated that tolls on the Verrazano Bridge should be collected only in the Staten Island-bound direction. This meant that drivers leaving the island would not stop but drivers […]

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