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Under Cover, March 13, 2014

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 […]

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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BY KAITLYN MEADE  |  “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” will be shooting in the Financial District’s 20 Exchange Place in April, but promises to stay under the radar. Location manager Jason Farrar updated Community Board 1’s Financial District Committee on Wednesday night about filming on April 22, 23, 24 and 29. The 59-floor building at Exchange […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | The Metropolitan Transportation Authority never had to cope with a storm of the magnitude of Superstorm Sandy before, and the M.T.A. never before returned a subway station to active use that it had decommissioned. But there’s always a first time. On March 8, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the M.T.A. […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS | No one would ever confuse liberal Tribeca with a hotbed of the modern Tea Party movement, but nevertheless some neighbors are beginning to use phrases like “no taxation without representation,” more and more. Tribeca rises against park tax The west side of the neighborhood is objecting to a proposed tax that […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |   At a Real Estate Board of New York forum on Feb. 28 mayoral candidate and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn left no doubt about her priorities. “Responding to Hurricane Sandy in a comprehensive way is the largest infrastructure challenge of our time, in my opinion,” she said.  “It’s about […]

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BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Edward I. Koch, three-term mayor of New York City who began his political career in Greenwich Village and defeated Tammany chief Carmine De Sapio 50 years ago, died Feb. 1 at the age of 88. In and out of hospital over the past few months, he died of pneumonia on the […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON   |  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is in hot water after it was revealed that the state Assembly paid a secret settlement of more than $100,000 to two female interns of Brooklyn Democratic Party boss Vito Lopez after they alleged that Lopez sexually harassed them. Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo asked his […]

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Complaints and lawsuit over fenced-in Chase plaza  Financial District residents are up in arms over the fact that Chase Manhattan Plaza, the two-acre space between Pine, Liberty, Nassau and William Streets, is still fenced off and under constant security watch. Although the plaza, owned by JPMorgan Chase, had once been open to the public for […]

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It will have been 11 years in September since the day in which terrorists killed nearly 3,000 innocent civilians at the World Trade Center, and we still won’t have a museum to commemorate their deaths. The reason for the delay in completing and opening the 9/11 Museum at Ground Zero — what boils down to […]

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