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One middle school better than 2, parent group says

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Downtown is getting a building to convert into a school at 75 Morton St. This much is known. But, first, the big questions that need to be answered are: What grade levels and how many schools should the building include? A group of local school parents has hired its own facilitator […]

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  | The City Council in committee has voted to approve the Hudson Square residential rezoning plan, coupled with the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s agreement to vote on designating about half of the unprotected area of the proposed South Village Historic District within the year. The full Council is expected to approve the rezoning […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON   | With two competing proposals recently floated for Pier 40, Community Board 2 will hold a forum on Thurs., Feb. 28 on the ongoing, contentious issue of how best to redevelop the sprawling West Houston St. pier. One of the plans is by a coalition of local youth sports leagues called […]

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At its January full board meeting, Community Board 2 unanimously passed a resolution calling on Mayor Bloomberg and the city to take steps toward dealing with chaotic street congestion caused by the massive number of street vendors along Broadway in Soho. The board wants Bloomberg to finally convene the Street Vendor Review Panel — something […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  The City Council’s Zoning and Franchises Subcommittee last week heard four hours of testimony by advocates and opponents of the Hudson Square residential rezoning proposal. The hearing, attended by about 100 people, was held at 250 Broadway, across the street from the Council Chambers in City Hall. Many who spoke called […]

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The City Planning Commission approved a major rezoning for an 18-block area of Hudson Square at the end of last month. Propelling the rezoning is Trinity Real Estate, which feels legalizing residential use in the currently manufacturing-zoned former “Printing District” will create a better, more balanced neighborhood. Trinity projects the plan — creating a 25 […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON   | Two middle schools may be coming to the soon-to-be-vacant West Village building at 75 Morton St. Members of the 75 Morton Task Force discussed possible school plans for the building on Jan. 24. The committee is a joint initiative of Community Board 2 and the District 2 Community Education Council. According […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON    |  Trying to make inroads with Downtown community leaders, borough president candidate Jessica Lappin held a meet-and-greet with a small but influential group of about 30 people at the Village home of Susanna Aaron and Gary Ginsberg last week. Standing midway up a staircase leading up from the living room, Lappin addressed […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is now saying that it will take one to three years to repair Superstorm Sandy damage to the South Ferry subway station at the southern end of Manhattan. “Right now, it’s still too early to tell how long the repairs will take,” said Kevin Ortiz, a […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON AND SAM SPOKONY  |  In what police said was arson that stemmed from a domestic dispute, a fire tore through a five-story apartment building in Nolita on Thurs., Jan. 10, killing one person and leaving nine injured. Around 200 firefighters responded to the blaze at 41 Spring St., which began shortly after […]

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