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225 Rector Place on a roll: The 24-story building at 225 Rector Place has bounced back after a few years that made headlines when its former developer, Yair Levy, converted it to condos from rentals and then dipped into its reserve fund for his own personal use. The Related Companies built the apartment house in […]

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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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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  | Battery Park City Authority executives Tessa Huxley and Robert Serpico don’t usually cry at board meetings, but both had tears in their eyes Jan. 29 when Huxley announced Vince McGowan’s retirement from the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy. McGowan joined the conservancy in January 2000 as assistant executive director. Previously, […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON   | Two middle schools may be coming to the soon-to-be-vacant West Village building at 75 Morton St. Members of the 75 Morton Task Force discussed possible school plans for the building on Jan. 24. The committee is a joint initiative of Community Board 2 and the District 2 Community Education Council. According […]

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BY KAITLYN MEADE  |  Kindergarten registration opened up last week for public schools in New York City, and with more kids than previous years looking for K seats, it may be an even  tighter fit than last year. The kindergarten registration period for Fall 2013 started Jan. 22 and ends March 1. While enrollment is […]

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BY KAITLYN MEADE  |  Danielle Moir checked the news at her Battery Park City home on Wed., Jan 9, before leaving with her 6-year-old son for an appointment Uptown. It was a routine check for traffic delays, so she was not expecting to hear of a collision at nearby Pier 11. “All I heard was […]

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By JOSH ROGERS |  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, in a statement to Downtown Express, said with some  help from the New York Mets, the Battery Park City Authority has agreed to open the neighborhood ballfields for the Downtown Little League to play this season. The league’s season has been in jeopardy since Superstorm Sandy flooded […]

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Asphalt Green Community Center: The Battery Park City Authority has issued a statement about the community center it is constructing at 212 North End Ave. No, it doesn’t know when the community center will open. Yes, Asphalt Green is still the operator of the project. This community center was originally supposed to open in November […]

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Of the seven major crimes measured by the New York City Police Department, rape, robbery and auto theft were all down in Lower Manhattan’s First Precinct in 2012 compared to 2011. On the other hand, felonious assault increased by 16 percent, and burglary increased by about 21 percent from 2011. The First Precinct, a single […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS  |  Battery Park City Authority officials are not calling Sandy a “perfect storm,” but they do say it was a once-in-a-century type event that could sideline the neighborhood ballfields for six months or longer. Mathew Monahan, the authority’s spokesperson, said the fields were designed to withstand all but a 100-year storm, which […]

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