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After another bloody mass shooting — this time at the Newtown elementary school in Connecticut — we are once again left numb and feeling helpless at the senseless violence. Twenty-six lives wiped out — 20 young children and six teachers and staff. The shooter — a low-functioning, troubled individual, unfortunately schooled in how to shoot […]

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Sophisticated Sounds We doubt Composer Philip Glass had marching Little Leaguers in mind when he wrote ‘Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra’, but he has apparently given his blessing to it being the featured song in next year’s Downtown Little League’s Opening Day parade (if there is one). Tom Goodkind, bandleader of TriBattery Pops, has […]

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  BY KAITLYN MEADE  |   Tom Berton, 47, president of Manhattan by Sail, has been sailing the waters around New York City for more than two decades. Starting out with legendary skipper Nick van Nes, Berton pursued his passion for sailing by buying the Shearwater yacht just prior to 9/11. But despite setbacks, he has […]

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We’re Back With the return of Downtown Express back to our 515 Canal St. office this week, we’re  announcing another comeback with this column — that of yours truly, UnderCover. After a two-year hiatus, we’re back with our gossipy, political and hopefully, humorous take on Downtown.  Over the years some grew to like us, others […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  More than 200,000 residents and businesses in Lower Manhattan remained without power Wednesday, as New York began picking up the pieces from the record-breaking destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy. It will take until Friday or Saturday for power to be restored in Downtown and the Lower East Side, according to John […]

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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 ALINE REYNOLDS | Though the hiatus on construction of the National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum looks like it is coming to an end, the museum still won’t be open until late next year, at the earliest. On Mon., Sept. 10, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the 9/11 Memorial Foundation […]

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BY HELAINA N. HOVITZ | Lower Manhattan has always been home to successful artists, but the newest generation may just be the cutest. On Mon., Sept. 10, the Battery Park City School (P.S./I.S. 276) unveiled a massive art installation of their own making. “The Four Seasons Mural,” created by all 600 students as a tribute […]

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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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BY MARGARET S. CHIN  |  Last week, politicians from every level of government weighed in on the Occupy Wall Street Movement. From Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the movement, which began in New York on Sept. 17, captured the attention of mainstream America. Help from powerful backers, like the New York State […]

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