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UnderCover, April 23 – May 6, 2015: George Lucas critiques ‘Star Wars’

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 […]

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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And the winner is… Congrats to Buxton Midyette, who was recommended unanimously by the 66th Assembly District’s quartet of Democratic district leaders — John Scott, Jean Grillo, Keen Berger and Arthur Schwartz — to fill the vacant seat for state committeeman. Alan Schulkin, the previous state committeeman, recently vacated the post after getting tapped to be deputy […]

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Silver Speculation With Shelly Silver out as Assembly speaker and under indictment, there naturally has been some scuttlebutt as to who might run for his Assembly seat if it opens up, but not nearly as much as we would have guessed. Even if Silver beats the rap, he could very well decide not to run […]

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(UPDATED FEB. 13, 2015 WITH A QUOTE FROM SILVER) Silver fallout After new Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie was named to replace Shelly Silver,  Downtown Assemblymember Deborah Glick last week criticized the “backroom negotiation” that led to his selection, but she also noted that the new speaker reappointed her to be chairperson of the Assembly’s Higher […]

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Seen around Downtown in Tribeca this past week were a couple of girls singing Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York” while jumping up and down with joy outside the transplanted country/pop crooner’s new loft. Apparently, Swift’s new role as New York City “cultural ambassador” may be having the desired effect of luring tourists — or […]

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LOST IN BATTERY PARK CITY We’re not sure if this is petty, snarky, beside the point, or could it be what writers always look for: the telling detail. You decide. Before the now infamous Battery Park City board of directors meeting Dec. 4 when the board left the fate of North Cove Marina and its […]

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Competition, yes Critics of Howard Hughes Corp.’s plans to bring big retail to the historic South Street Seaport often cite the similar plans at Brookfield Place and the World Trade Center as reasons not to go forward, but Dennis Friedrich, C.E.O of Brookfield scoffed at the idea Wednesday. “I have been asked by our investors […]

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Cheers through rough waters Technically speaking Michael Fortenbaugh, president of North Cove Management. got a standing ovation Tuesday night but the words of support were more genuine. You see the only reason so many people were standing this week in the Battery Park City library at Community Board 1’s B.P.C meeting was that there were not […]

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