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Alliance president who was passionate about Downtown, Liz Berger, 53, dies

BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | [This Aug. 5, 2013 post was updated Aug. 6, 2013] Elizabeth Berger, president and C.E.O. of the Alliance for Downtown New York, died on Aug. 5 of pancreatic cancer. She had turned 53 just two days before her death. She became president of the Downtown Alliance in November 2007. Under […]

BY JOSH ROGERS |Developer Larry Silverstein is no longer stumped at 3 World Trade Center as he has just reached an agreement in principle to lease 515,000 square feet of the building to GroupM advertising and media services firm. He would have had to cease construction at the end of the year — leaving an […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS  |And then there were none. Lower Manhattan principals said Friday that their waiting lists have dropped to zero, meaning 5-year-olds waiting for kindergarten seats will receive offers to nearby schools next week. “I’m very happy — can’t you tell, I’m actually smiling,” said Ariana Massouh, a waitlisted parent who started a change.org […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS | [Updated with a statement from the Dept. of Education and Speaker Silver's full statement] The city acknowledged Wednesday that Lower Manhattan needs at least two more schools, according to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. “I am thrilled that all of the hard work we are doing on my School Overcrowding Task Force […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | “Nobody has done more for Gateway tenants than Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver,” said Glenn Plaskin, president of the Gateway Plaza Tenants Association. “For 20 years, he has been our strongest ally and a fierce supporter who believes in affordable housing.” Plaskin was addressing an audience of Gateway tenants assembled in […]

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By KAITLYN MEADE | With a shortage of public preschool seats in the area, two new, private preschools are opening up in Battery Park City this fall on South End Ave. A new Montessori school will open in September on the ground floor of the Regatta Building at 21 South End Ave., by the Battery […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  The New Amsterdam Market will be back in the South Street Seaport this summer on a limited basis. The market, which showcases local and regional food producers and small businesses that use their products, will hold monthly markets on South St. between Beekman St. and Peck Slip, starting Sun. June […]

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BY KAITLYN MEADE AND JOSH ROGERS  |  Community Board 1’s Youth and Education Committee is calling for P.S. 150 to move to a larger  school building somewhere in Lower Manhattan rather than go up to Chelsea, as the city proposed last month. While a hypothetical relocation to a larger school raised some eyebrows, the handful […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |   The Howard Hughes Corp., which has a 60-year lease on parts of the South Street Seaport, has summer plans to try and spike up Fulton and Front Sts. with some razzle-dazzle. For starters, the Dallas-based corporation is planning to line Titanic Park (site of a memorial lighthouse that once crowned […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS   |  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Councilmember Margaret Chin and State Sen. Daniel Squadron fired off a letter to Howard Hughes Corp. May 1 saying it was “incumbent” on the developer to come up with a way to allow the South Street Seaport Museum to stay. “As a leaseholder with plans to […]

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