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ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING REMAINS IN EFFECT ALL WEEK  The traffic dominoes will fall this week, affecting streets in Lower Manhattan. Construction at the Lincoln Tunnel will send droves of drivers to the Holland Tunnel. All New York-bound lanes of the Lincoln Tunnel helix (the spiral approach road to the tunnel) will be closed overnight 10:30 […]

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The Dragons and Cougars battled it out in a basketball showdown between two of Lower Manhattan’s middle schools Dec. 14. The Manhattan Academy of Technology Dragons in Chinatown and Battery Park City’s I.S. 289’s Cougars girls teams played first followed by the boys teams. I.S. 289’s Lady Cougars, coached by Manhattan Youth, started strong in […]

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The Danny Chen trials at Fort Bragg drew to a close last week, after First Lieutenant Daniel Schwartz, the last of eight soldiers to be tried, made a deal with prosecutors that will allow him to avoid a trial on condition of his discharge from the U.S. military. Schwartz was the highest ranking officer to […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  |   At a closed meeting on Friday morning, leaders of the Chinatown Partnership and the Chinatown Business Improvement District discussed plans for a fundraiser to be held in mid-December, with the goal of raising tens of thousands of dollars in grants for small businesses in Chinatown that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  A staff sergeant for the U.S. Army has been sentenced to just 15 additional days of hard labor, and a rank reduction for bullying Chinatown-based soldier Danny Chen prior to his suicide in October 2011. Sergeant Andrew Van Bockel is the seventh of eight soldiers who have been tried and sentenced […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | The Districting Commission has released its final revised boundaries to be submitted to the U.S. Justice Dept. and Council Member Rosie Mendez is feeling happier about the latest lines. In the previous round, the northern part of her District 2 had been pushed crosstown and uptown significantly, zigzagging up through the […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Many Chinatown entrepreneurs believe that the current emergency assistance programs led by the city, state and federal governments are not enough to help the small businesses fully recover from the detrimental effects of Hurricane Sandy. There is also a general consensus among business owners, politicians and community leaders that Chinatown’s economy […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS | An exuberant crowd burst into cheers upon President Obama’s re-election on Tues., Nov. 6 at a Downtown hub where they drank wine and beer and schmoozed for hours until the announcement was made at around 11 p.m. It was a sigh of relief for many who expressed anxiety over the outcome of […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  |  The owners of Chinatown’s new Wyndham Garden Hotel, which will open for business next week, are attempting to end years of controversy by offering compensation to the former tenants of 128 Hester St., whom they allegedly wronged when the building was demolished in 2009. For the first time since demonstrations against the […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY |  In a shaky yet mainly successful start to the National Guard’s increased presence in Downtown Manhattan following the impact of Hurricane Sandy, on Thursday night hundreds of desperate residents welcomed a massive delivery of food and water outside a Lower East Side public housing complex. The Guardsmen were originally scheduled to […]

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