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Under Cover, Week of March 27, 2014

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 […]

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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Pre-K Spots? We had a nice chat with Community Board 1’s George Calderaro this week, and he mentioned the 4,000-square-foot Battery Park City space in the Poets House building at 6 River Terrace, which could potentially be available for a new use. The spot originally housed Mercy Corps’ Action Center to End World Hunger, but […]

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Six-pack celebration Councilmember Margaret Chin sure knows how to TIE one on. TIE funds may be the only type of political money where the incumbent is at a disadvantage, but Chin nevertheless was able to garner a whopping $32,213 — more than triple the amount of all but one of her Council colleagues (whom she […]

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Know when to fold? It’s beginning to look more and more like the close of the City Council’s legislative session this year will bring with it the end of the Council’s Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Committee. The committee, which formed in 2002 to help revitalize the area following the 9/11 attacks, has been led by Councilmember […]

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Seasonal Tidbits Don’t count Larry Silverstein as one of the big developers who’s worried about incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign rhetoric about development. At Tuesday groundbreaking ceremony not attended by the next Hizzoner, Silverstein said “I’d like to thank Mayor-elect de Blasio, who’s always been a strong supporter of all of our efforts in […]

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Over-sexed up Interview Author and celebrity interviewer Glenn Plaskin has spoken at length with the likes of Meryl Streep and Donald Trump over the years, but our readers may know him better as the president of the Gateway Plaza Tenants Association. The Battery Park City resident helped generate a lot of news the last week […]

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Sweet Quinn City Council Speaker Chris Quinn no doubt had once envisioned Tuesday as the day she would vote to help make herself mayor. But whatever sadness she might have felt inside, we saw no signs of it as we bumped into her at the P.S. 33 bake sale, just after she voted in Chelsea. […]

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Notes by the Seaport The main point of Thursday’s event on Pier 17 was to dig up some dirt, so how could UnderCover stay away? Downtown Express was well represented at the Seaport event and our team picked up much grist for the column. Mayor Mike Bloomberg and his administration has been tight with Howard […]

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