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The 9/11 Museum is expected to open this spring underneath the World Trade Center’s memorial plaza. Many of the large artifacts including metal remnants from the original Twin Towers have already been installed, and officials with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum are excited by the opening. “Seeing the space become the museum we […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  |  A new proposal by the Extell Development Corporation could bring the first wave of affordable housing to Hudson Square, following the neighborhood’s major rezoning last year. Extell wants to construct a 22-story residential building at 68 Charlton St., between Hudson and Varick Sts., on a currently empty lot where, several years […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  | The city’s plan for  a new park at Pier 42 focuses heavily on wide open lawn space, waterfront marshes and near-complete removal of the large shed that currently stands on the Lower East Side pier. Community Board 3’s Parks Committee on Dec. 5  approved the master plan — which is estimated […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY   |  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED NOV. 26, 2013  |  A new interactive, online map is helping Downtown residents provide input on post-Hurricane Sandy community reconstruction. The New York Rising program, an outgrowth of Governor Cuomo’s Office of Storm Recovery, now features interactive maps for six communities involved in the statewide effort, one of […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | Knickerbocker Village, a Lower East Side affordable housing complex, will receive nearly $1.5 million to repair damage caused last year by Hurricane Sandy, officials announced Wednesday. That money is part of the federal disaster relief funding that was approved three months after Sandy struck last October, and is now being allocated […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | A year after Hurricane Sandy struck, residents of Knickerbocker Village, a Lower East Side affordable housing complex, are still waiting for the rent rebates they were promised by the development’s management. Last November, after tenants of the 12-building, 1,600-unit complex spent weeks without electricity or hot water, a representative of AREA […]

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Lower Manhattan is hosting an event Wednesday night in which Community members affected by Hurricane Sandy can learn more about a state-sponsored program aimed at helping New York to rebuild and become more resilient.. The public information meeting, will be Oct. 30 from 6 -8 p.m., in Parish Hall (74 Trinity Place), and will be run by […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  | No sooner had the doors to Ellis Island’s main building opened Monday then a flood of visitors surged in. For the first time in a year, the high-ceilinged Baggage Room where immigrants to the United States once left their possessions before they went upstairs to the Registry Room to be processed, […]

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Downtown Express video by Don Mathisen, interview by Josh Rogers.

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Video and narration by Don Mathisen, interviews by Josh Rogers

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