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Under Cover, Sept. 11, 2014

What’s brewing in W.T.C. retail? The old World Trade Center retail area was the most profitable per square foot in the country, and many Downtowners have been waiting for its return for over a decade. We’re sorry to deliver bad news on that front. Even though part of the transit hub’s retail area is already […]

An offer we didn’t refuse A big guy from the neighborhood with a gravelly voice that sounded like it was straight from “The Sopranos” gave us a call this week and asked us to do him a favor. Even though everything turned out to be exactly as it seemed, we weren’t too scared because the […]

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Tales on a school Howard Hughes Corporation’s Chris Curry didn’t sound all that interested in adding a school to the firm’s Seaport redevelopment project back in January, when Downtown Express asked him about it, but it looks like that’s changed. Back then, he cited the nearby Peck Slip School, scheduled to open next year, as a […]

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No Time to Recline Here’s one interpretation: Give Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Hudson River Park Trust officials credit for making Manhattan Beep Gale Brewer feel like a kid again. Brewer told us Tuesday the search for a copy of the six-month-old memorandum of understanding between the state and the Trust regarding a development deal intended […]

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You awardin’ me? We can all watch clips of our favorite movie stars any time we want, but watching the actors watch themselves is a rare treat, which is why our eyes were focused on Robert de Niro last week as he watched a long highlight reel of himself at the Borough of Manhattan Community […]

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Tribeca foodies “Whatever happened to that guy,” Tracy Nieporent joked about celebrity chef David Bouley, at a Taste of Tribeca preview cocktail party event last Friday night. Nieporent likes to point out that his brother Drew hired Bouley to be Montrachet’s first chef, but leaves out the part about Bouley forging his own successful path […]

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Waiting here, not there Kindergarten waiting lists in the city are shorter this year even in perennially overcrowded Lower Manhattan, but Battery Park City’s P.S. 276 was not immune as 52 zoned students haven’t been offered a spot, Erica Weldon, the school’s parent coordinator, tells us. It may be easier to find seats close to […]

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Brewer off-Script Manhattan Beep Gale Brewer is pushing to allow community boards to “plug in” to more digital resources, but at a meeting last week with us and other community news folks, it was somewhat refreshing  to see she is still not afraid to go unplugged, as in off-script. Here are two tidbits: She met […]

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TERROR TRIAL Jan Lee, one of the Chinatown community leaders who has fought against many of Lower Manhattan’s post 9/11 street closures, tells us the Downtown federal trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law,  doesn’t seem to have worsened the traffic problems, but it does appear to have prompted the installation of an […]

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Alliance Solidarity As far as we know, new Downtown Alliance president Jessica Lappin did not literally hit the ground running, but she did take a walk around FiDi with Community Board 1 chairperson Catherine McVay Hughes soon after taking office. Lappin, the former Upper East Side councilmember, also showed up to C.B. 1’s Executive Committee […]

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