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BY KAITLYN MEADE  |  The Statue of Liberty’s security screening will remain in Battery Park for the foreseeable future, according to officials, as the screening tent is pitched in Battery Park to accommodate Lady Liberty’s July 4 re-opening date. Manhattan Borough Parks Commissioner William Castro came before Community Board 1’s Financial District Committee on July […]

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BY HEATHER DUBIN | Residents and merchants from around Spring St. in Soho and Nolita turned out in force at last week’s Fifth Precinct Community Council meeting to voice concern about Richard Pearson, a mentally ill man who, they say, has verbally and physically assaulted pedestrians and retailers alike. Pearson is currently in jail after […]

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UPDATED MAY 30, 2013 D.I.D. endorsements Downtown Independent Democrats endorsed John Liu for mayor Wednesday night over Bill de Blasio in a runoff. In the hotly contested City Council races, the club not surprisingly went with its district leader, Jenifer Rajkumar over Councilmember Margaret Chin, but surprisingly went for Corey Johnson over Yetta Kurland, even […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS |(Updated with a quote from Seaport Museum president Susan Henshaw Jones) Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Councilmember Margaret Chin and State Sen. Daniel Squadron fired off a letter to Howard Hughes Corp. Wednesday saying it was “incumbent” on the developer to come up with a way to allow the South Street Seaport Museum […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  | Around a thousand people streamed onto the Battery Park City ball fields on Sun., April 7 for the opening of the 2013 Downtown Little League season. Everyone was beaming. The ball fields, trashed by Superstorm Sandy, had to be completely rebuilt and it was touch and go as to whether […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  | It’s looking increasingly like Pier 40 won’t become the Lower West Side’s new residential hot spot — at least not anytime soon — as the number of key local politicians opposing, or at least currently uncomfortable with, the idea continues to snowball. Last week, Assemblymember Richard Gottfried, who the only local […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | More than 400 people turned out for a public forum on Pier 40 last Thursday night, to hear presentations on two competing plans for the crumbling structure — including one that would add a pair of 22-story residential towers at the foot of the pier. The standing-room-only crowd packed the ground-floor […]

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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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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  Facing a room packed with Village residents, David Gmach, director of public relations for Con Edison, had the task of explaining to them why the power went off in most of Lower Manhattan during Superstorm Sandy and why it stayed off for days thereafter. During Hurricane Irene, there were around […]

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W.T.C. Detente For the last 11 years, it’s been mostly fighting between World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein and the Port Authority, but one of “the great periods of détente” between the two — as one side described it — is clearly continuing. “Every couple of years it’s like ‘The Godfather,’” the source added. “This […]

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