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Take the H.E.L.M. On Mon., Sept. 24, the city Economic Development Corporation launched Take the H.E.L.M.: Hire + Expand in Lower Manhattan, a competition designed to bring various creative firms into the neighborhood. The competition aims to further broaden the scope of Lower Manhattan companies — which, historically, have been primarily finance-based. Amid the surge […]

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BY JANEL BLADOW  |  Sunflowers sprouted up all over New York City this summer — from FishBridge Garden in the South Street Seaport to Chinatown, the Lower East Side and beyond. But the cheery golden globes with dark brown seeded centers were not planted by the city Parks Department or any nature organization. The plantings […]

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Chen trials rescheduled The trials for the remaining two soldiers associated with the October 2011 suicide of Army Private Danny Chen have been rescheduled. Sergeant Jeffrey Hurst will be tried on Nov. 5-9, and Staff Sergeant Andrew Van Bockel’s trial is scheduled for Nov. 13-21 at the Fort Bragg military base. As previously announced, First Lieutenant […]

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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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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (left), with NYS Sen. Daniel Squadron (right) and Janette Sadik-Khan (center), the NYC Department of Transportation commissioner, at a press conference on Monday. BY JOHN BAYLES  |  It has been referred to as the “wild west” of the tour bus industry. Bus company operators that pull up to random curbs throughout […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  There’s no clear-cut way of tracking hazing in the U.S. Military, a fact that has made it hard to identify red flags when soldiers like Army Private Danny Chen of Chinatown are on the verge of suicide. Following the death of Chen and other soldiers in recent years that have committed […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  | Deep down inside, we all speak the language of food. That’s the motto Chinatown advocates are using to promote the neighborhood’s first Restaurant Week. Close to 20 neighborhood restaurants have signed to participate in the program, which will offer a special selection of three-course dinners priced at $18.88 per person from […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS   |  As of March 1, Chinatown has a new “honorary” mayor. Last Thursday community members, elected officials and the media gathered at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association to celebrate the appointment of Paul Ng as the organization’s new president. “C.C.B.A. acted as the City Hall of Chinatown [in the early years], […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS | A court ruling last week would allow tenants of a fire-ravaged Chinatown-area building to move back into their homes. Exactly when tenants would get the green light, however, and whether they’ll be able to maintain their low monthly rents once they reclaim their apartments, remains to be seen. In April 2010, […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS | New developments in the death of U.S. Army Private Danny Chen have local Chinatown advocates hopeful that justice will be served with respect to two of the soldiers implicated in soldier’s apparent suicide. Following preliminary military hearings in Afghanistan that concluded Sunday, Feb. 12, U.S. Army investigators have recommended that First […]

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