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BY KAITLYN MEADE  |  Lady Liberty will reopen by Independence Day, in time to catch the second half of summertime traffic. In a teleconference on March 19, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said that statue was on track to open by July 4 of this year, bringing back much-needed jobs and tourism to […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  Against the backdrop of a relentlessly gray sky, on Feb. 26 Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Salazar stood in Battery Park and delivered some grim news about Liberty and Ellis Islands. Both have been closed since Superstorm Sandy blew through on Oct. 29, 2012. Salazar had just spent around 90 […]

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Founders Fest takes liberties, to plumb their depths BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  More memorable (and intriguing) than 1,787 years’ worth of history lessons, the Founders Festival bills itself as a “Theatrical celebration of the work of the founding fathers…and mothers.” The eighth year of this Metropolitan Playhouse presentation offers eight works (most of them world […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  Ellis and Liberty Islands have remained closed to the public since Superstorm Sandy surged into them on Oct. 29, 2012. Now the National Park Service, which administers both islands, has announced that the Ellis Island collection of more than one million objects has been moved to the N.P.S. Museum Resources […]

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M9 buses return to Lower Manhattan on Jan. 6: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has some good news for Battery Park City residents that may partially offset any groans over fare hikes coming our way in March. Beginning Jan. 6, the M9 bus will be back! The route was truncated during 2010 budget cuts. In January, service […]

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  BY KAITLYN MEADE  |   Tom Berton, 47, president of Manhattan by Sail, has been sailing the waters around New York City for more than two decades. Starting out with legendary skipper Nick van Nes, Berton pursued his passion for sailing by buying the Shearwater yacht just prior to 9/11. But despite setbacks, he has […]

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BY JANEL BLADOW  |  We survived and have been picking up. Things are now perking and with Christmas and New Year’s just weeks away, let the partying begin. Restaurant Roundup… Every week, more of our local restaurants, pubs and haunts reopen. Had dinner Monday, Dec. 3, at Mark Joseph (261Water St.) and split a Porterhouse […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  | Led by tour guide Annaline Dinkelmann, founder of Wall Street Walks, a dozen people set out on a recent afternoon to see exactly what Superstorm Sandy had done to Manhattan’s Financial District and how the cleanup was going. This was the first of Wall Street Walks’ “Sandy” tours, which will continue […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Lower Manhattan tourism has been booming ever since last year’s opening of the National Sept. 11 Memorial. The surging influx of out-of-towners, however, has come with its own set of problems that Downtown residents, elected officials and group leaders are hoping to solve. That was the topic of discussion at a […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  The Districting Commission on Tuesday released preliminary maps for City Council lines, but the results did not go far enough to satisfy advocates who want major changes to Lower Manhattan districts. At last month’s public hearing before the Districting Commission, some advocates called for a “unified Village” district and others for […]

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