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Under Cover, Week of Aug. 27, 2015

Chinatown fizzle Long-suffering Knick fans of a certain age might recall Michael Ray Richardson’s famed “the ship be sinking,” when they hear the latest with the Chinatown Working Group. The group is losing membership and even Anthony Wong, the group’s co-chairperson, acknowledged, “it’s the same thing every meeting.”  The Chinatown organization formed seven years ago […]

Al Capone  & the Seaport What do Al Capone and Geraldo Rivera have to do with the Tin and New Market buildings? No, this isn’t the start to a bad joke, but rather what led to a moment of levity in a discussion that is anything but. Rich Cote, of the city’s Economic Development Corporation, […]

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Gigi Li & B.P.C. For a moment when we saw Gigi Li, chairperson of Community Board 3, last week we were confused. Were we at the wrong meeting? No, we quickly recovered, we weren’t — it was indeed Community Board 1’s Battery Park City Committee meeting. It’s hard to imagine Li’s appearance was coincidental to […]

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How low will it go? We’re not ready to sit down at the poker table with Howard Hughes Corp.’s Chris Curry (unless of course he doesn’t play much, in which case we’re all in), but we think we might have read some clues as to how big the firm is going to reduce the size […]

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Odd Politics It’s literally an odd year for politics Downtown. There’s usually something interesting in the “evens” — state Assembly and Senate races as well as ones for Congress and either governor or president. Every other “odd” has mayoral and City Council elections, but then there’s years like this one with mostly offices for positions […]

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Star & hard work Comedian Billy Crystal joked about smoking pot and sleeping late (hey, so did at least two presidents) when he was at community college on Long Island several decades ago, but he also got serious at B.M.C.C.’s annual gala last week. Crystal then got serious saying it was at community college that […]

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SENATOR HIP-HOP We’re pretty sure when Jay-Z drops his next single, he won’t have State Sen. Daniel Squadron rapping with him, but we have to think Mr. Beyonce appreciated the senator’s homage to him this week as Squadron argued against a bill that they both oppose. The bill allows ticket re-sellers like StubHub to continue […]

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George Lucas knocks ‘Star Wars’ “Star Wars” creator George Lucas was at B.M.C.C. last week for a Tribeca Film Festival interview with CBS-bound talk show host Stephen Colbert, who claims to be the movie’s first fan since he was able to see a screening before the premiere. Lucas volunteered that he didn’t care that some […]

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Silver fallout Paul Goldstein, director of Assemblymember Shelly Silver’s district office, has just retired but he continues to work part time at the same job. Goldstein, 60, did not refer directly to Silver’s federal indictment on corruption charges Wednesday, but he did tell UnderCover the change is good for him and for Silver, who has […]

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Seaport Watch City Councilmember Margaret Chin sounded like she took a particularly tough line this month against the proposed 500-foot tower at the South Street Seaport, but it wasn’t nearly as forceful as we’re pretty sure many of the other opponents of the project hope. “It’s not going to happen under my watch,” Chin told […]

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