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BY KAITLYN MEADE |  When Hurricane Sandy rolled toward the East Coast, the city immediately began to prepare for emergency conditions, including evacuation. Yet fewer people seemed worried about the storm after Irene failed to cause the damage predicted last year. Shortly before noon on Sun., Oct. 28, Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked residents to evacuate the […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS | The Financial District’s Federal Reserve Bank was the target of a potentially deadly terrorist attempt in mid-October. On the morning of Wed., Oct. 17, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, a 21-year-old from Bangladesh, tried to detonate what he believed to be a 1,000-pound bomb in front of the New York Federal Reserve […]

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Trinity Church cancels Halloween festivities   |  Families celebrating Halloween will have to pencil out a Trinity Church visit from their calendars as a planned activity for the last weekend of October. The church’s annual movie night, originally scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 26, has been canceled for safety reasons, according to the […]

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C.B. 1 protests closure of Downtown subway concourse The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced that, rather than wait until the opening of World Trade Center 1 and 4, the Dey Street Concourse will open to the public once the Fulton Center is completed in June 2014. But members of Community Board 1 are calling for […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Overcrowding is poised to create frightening space shortages in one Downtown elementary school. The Battery Park City School (P.S. / I.S. 276) won’t have room for the three kindergarten classes it was originally designed for, much less the five it has been taking in since last fall, according to Terry Ruyter, […]

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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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Families file appeal over 9/11 victims’ remains Seventeen families of 9/11 victims filed an appeal on Fri., Aug. 17 against a court decision that may decide where the victims’ remains will be placed. The group disagrees with the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum’s decision to bury the unidentified remains beneath the memorial’s two reflecting […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  |  An amendment to the city’s zoning laws, passed by the City Council in spring 2011, has resulted in new commercial uses for the privately owned public space (POPS) outside the Andaz Wall Street hotel. While the changes have received a generally positive community response, they have also sparked recent complaints that […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Chase Manhattan Plaza will continue to be off limits to the public until the flowers bloom next year, prompting outrage among Financial District residents and workers. Officials from JPMorgan Chase, who briefed Community Board 1 about the closure at a committee meeting on Thurs., July 19, announced that the 70,000-square-foot plaza […]

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