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City floats new version of ‘Seaport City,’ but Lower Manhattan committee asks for storm help now

By ZACH WILLIAMS | Weaving a future multi-purpose levee system into the Lower Manhattan urban fabric got tangled on June 5 with ongoing efforts to restore the South Street Seaport. City officials presented on June 5 to Community Board 1′s Planning Committee an ambitious project to construct a multi-purpose levee on the East Side of […]

BY JOSH ROGERS | (Originally posted March 31, 2014)  The “shantytown” temporary trailers which educated displaced B.M.C.C. students after 9/11 and assisted in Lower Manhattan’s recovery after Hurricane Sandy, are finally gone from West St. after more than a dozen years Downtown. “It’s finally, finally over,” a happy and relieved Barry Rosen, spokesperson for the […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | The longtime commissioner of the city’s Department of Small Business Services will soon leave office to start his new job as a college professor — but there’s still been no word from Mayor Bill de Blasio on who will replace him. Commissioner Rob Walsh, who was appointed by former Mayor Michael […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | The City Council last week passed legislation to create a more detailed online database that will publicly track where and how Hurricane Sandy recovery funds are spent throughout the city. The Bloomberg administration first launched a “Sandy Tracker” website in November, allowing members of the public to see how federal disaster recovery […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY   |  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED NOV. 26, 2013  |  A new interactive, online map is helping Downtown residents provide input on post-Hurricane Sandy community reconstruction. The New York Rising program, an outgrowth of Governor Cuomo’s Office of Storm Recovery, now features interactive maps for six communities involved in the statewide effort, one of […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | A year after Hurricane Sandy struck, residents of Knickerbocker Village, a Lower East Side affordable housing complex, are still waiting for the rent rebates they were promised by the development’s management. Last November, after tenants of the 12-building, 1,600-unit complex spent weeks without electricity or hot water, a representative of AREA […]

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By JOSH ROGERS with TERESE LOEB KREUZER | [Posted Oct. 17, 2013 and updated Oct. 18] Howard Hughes Corp. announced Thursday it has a general agreement with the city to take a larger role in running the cash-strapped South Street Seaport Museum. “The mayor and I were just talking and we are both excited to share […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  | The trees on the Battery Park City esplanade between North and South Coves took a one-two punch this past year — first from Superstorm Sandy last October. Then weakened by Sandy,  nine trees — seven lindens on the esplanade and two honey locusts on the Gateway Plaza property occupied by Merchants […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | [Posted July 18, 2013] New York City Audubon Society guide Gabriel Willow has stories to tell about the diverse wildlife that lives in New York City alongside the city’s approximately eight million humans. For 10 years, summer and winter, he has been telling these stories aboard New York Water Taxi vessels, […]

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With temperatures expected to climb well over 90 degrees Saturday and Sunday one cool place to go is the Bosque sprinklers in historic Battery Park. The fountain’s electrical system was badly damaged as a result of Hurricane Sandy but the Battery Conservancy spent $100,000 to repair them and they were recently turned back on — […]

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