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BY JANEL BLADOW  |  Call this the summer of music and good fun. There are plenty of cool things to do in the ‘hood during the warm weather. Fabulous friends, great cocktails… The party gods smiled on long-time Water Street resident Harold Reed once again. On Wed., June 13, he held his festive gathering to […]

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C.B. 1 elections will bring new community leadership With Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin on  her way out, current vice chair Catherine McVay Hughes is already preparing to take the reins, as she will run unopposed for the chair position at the C.B. 1 elections on Tues., June 26. Hughes told the Downtown Express […]

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[media-credit name="Downtown Express photos by Terese Loeb Kreuzer " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] On a visit to the Irish Hunger Memorial on May 1, children from Battery Park City met Michael Higgins, the president of Ireland and his wife Sabina (right), who were posing for pictures with Gayle Horwitz (left), president of the Battery Park City Authority, […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS |  Former Verizon worker Richard Dambakly toiled atop the pile at Ground Zero 12-to-16 hours a day for six months straight following the 9/11 attacks. The following year, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and underwent five months of intensive chemotherapy that sent his cancer into remission. Dambakly, now 50 and the […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS | It’s difficult to assess measures of exposure to the toxins resulting from 9/11 when much of the necessary supporting scientific evidence was never recorded. That’s what members of the Scientific Technical Advisory Committee (S.T.A.C.) panel discovered after reviewing data concerning the link between the cancer and 9/11. Months passed following the […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Federally subsidized cancer treatment is still the number one topic of discussion within the 9/11 health community. Thanks to the push of advocates and politicians, it has also become a major talking point of the recently formed World Trade Center Health Program Scientific and Technical Advisoary Committee, which scheduled a teleconference […]

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[media-credit name="Downtown Express photo by Cynthia Magnus " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Superheroes and supervillains converged outside of the New York Stock Exchange on Halloween morning for a piece of street theatre organized by performance artist and Occupy Wall Street activist Gan Golan (in orange). BY CYNTHIA MAGNUS  |  The unexpected snowstorm on Saturday, Oct. 29 may […]

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Community Board 1 has nominated Catherine McVay Hughes, the board’s vice chairperson, as one of two representatives of certified-eligible World Trade Center survivors on the W.T.C. Health Program Science and Technical Advisory Committee. The committee, which makes decisions related to the health portion of the Zadroga Act, will advise Victim Compensation Fund Special Master Sheila […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Downtown community members seem very pleased thus far with the leadership of 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Special Master Sheila Birnbaum. What they are not pleased with, however, is the catchment area she determined based on satellite photos of the initial dust cloud taken after the attack. The claims territory from the […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  | Get ready for a new and improved department store in Lower Manhattan. Century 21’s Downtown branch is expanding three floors up, widening its clothing aisles and shifting its merchandise check-in system from the street into the store, according to company officials who presented the renovation plans to Community Board 1’s Financial […]

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