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Seaport deal? Councilmember Margaret Chin told UnderCover Tuesday that a deal appears to be close to approve Howard Hughes Corp.’s plan to redevelop the South Street Seaport’s Pier 17. She did not rule out a full Council vote as soon as Wed., March 20. “We’re trying to make sure everything is put together,” she said […]

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LiLo Laying Low? Tribeca and the city tabloids were all abuzz last month amid reports that Lindsay Lohan was planning to design a Mexican restaurant space on N. Moore St., but a neighborhood tipster tells us the uproar has prompted her to back away from the project. Would that be a first? Verizon P.R. Verizon […]

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V-Day for Raj Jenifer Rajkumar, the City Council candidate who has not yet announced her intention to run against Councilmember Margaret Chin in this year’s Democratic primary, continues her campaign. Last weekend, she hosted a “Be My Valentine” fundraising party in her Gateway Plaza apartment, and she told us she’s got a karaoke night planned […]

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Defending Downtown “We’ve had enough of the real disasters — when did Lower Manhattan become the standard unit of destruction measurement,” Downtowner and “Daily Show” host Jon  Stewart asked on his show last week after showing a news clip about North Korean nuclear weapons.  To illustrate how powerful the weapons were, she showed a map […]

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No Authority Bill Bill Thompson told us he will not take back authority of the Battery Park City Authority if he is elected mayor this year. “Battery Park City functions very well right now, it’s a special community and I don’t think the structure needs to be changed, ” Thompson, who left as chairperson of […]

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W.T.C. Detente For the last 11 years, it’s been mostly fighting between World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein and the Port Authority, but one of “the great periods of détente” between the two — as one side described it — is clearly continuing. “Every couple of years it’s like ‘The Godfather,’” the source added. “This […]

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Sophisticated Sounds We doubt Composer Philip Glass had marching Little Leaguers in mind when he wrote ‘Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra’, but he has apparently given his blessing to it being the featured song in next year’s Downtown Little League’s Opening Day parade (if there is one). Tom Goodkind, bandleader of TriBattery Pops, has […]

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We’re Back With the return of Downtown Express back to our 515 Canal St. office this week, we’re  announcing another comeback with this column — that of yours truly, UnderCover. After a two-year hiatus, we’re back with our gossipy, political and hopefully, humorous take on Downtown.  Over the years some grew to like us, others […]

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