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BY JOSH ROGERS  |  The long-awaited opening of the 9/11 Museum this month will bring added benefits like opening up some of the World Trade Center to the public, but one vexing problem — the crush of commuters jammed into narrow Vesey St. — is likely to continue for at least another five months. The […]

BY JOSH ROGERS | (Originally posted March 31, 2014)  The “shantytown” temporary trailers which educated displaced B.M.C.C. students after 9/11 and assisted in Lower Manhattan’s recovery after Hurricane Sandy, are finally gone from West St. after more than a dozen years Downtown. “It’s finally, finally over,” a happy and relieved Barry Rosen, spokesperson for the […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED FEB. 6, 2014  |Seven months after the death of former President Liz Berger, the Downtown Alliance announced today that it has named Jessica Lappin, a former Upper East Side City Councilmember, to lead the organization. Lappin will officially take over as president of the Alliance on Feb. 10. “I see […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED JAN. 30, 2014  |  The city’s Economic Development Corp. on Thursday contradicted the assertions of Downtown leaders that the proposed Seaport tower is on hold, and is insisting the project is moving forward on schedule. One E.D.C. official pushed back strongly against the claims — reported by Downtown Express and […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  | Community Board 1 leaders remain worried about the impending shutdown of the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center, and wonder whether the city’s Department of Transportation will be able to fully take over the command center’s role as a kind of public advocate to handle construction complaints. The construction center, which oversees and […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS  |  When Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio takes over City Hall in two weeks, the man he will rely on most to help him run the city is a former Downtown Little League parent whose son attended Tribeca’s P.S. 234. Anthony Shorris, who will be de Blasio’s first deputy mayor, will be coming […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | An M.T.A. official said on Wednesday that Downtown small businesses that were displaced in 2005 by construction on the Fulton Center will not have first dibs on any of the transit hub’s retail space before it opens next year. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has said it will announce the master lease […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY   |  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED NOV. 26, 2013  |  A new interactive, online map is helping Downtown residents provide input on post-Hurricane Sandy community reconstruction. The New York Rising program, an outgrowth of Governor Cuomo’s Office of Storm Recovery, now features interactive maps for six communities involved in the statewide effort, one of […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | When Superstorm Sandy smacked into the South Street Seaport on Oct. 29, 2012, most of the old buildings survived. Building systems were damaged, but the neighborhood fundamentally remained intact. However, many community stakeholders fear that the historic South Street Seaport will not survive The Howard Hughes Corporation. The Dallas-based developer […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | “What was your favorite movie? Y’all went and saw a movie, I’m sure. What was your favorite movie?” asked Christopher Curry, executive vice president of The Howard Hughes Corporation as he sat in front of a room packed with Community Board 1 Seaport Committee members and members of the public on […]

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