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Who’s stopping who? Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has been the most frequent defender of N.Y.P.D.’s stop and frisk policy, but City Council Speaker Christine Quinn told us she holds Mayor Bloomberg responsible for the large number of stops. “As it relates to stop and frisk, Ray Kelly has implemented, I believe, the plan as his […]

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BY KAITLYN MEADE    |  Diamond Goins was seen last week walking out of Soho’s designer Balenciaga boutique with a $1,200 handbag under his arm at 3:30 in the afternoon, police reported — without paying for it. The manager chased after 19-year-old Goins, who ran out the front door only to be tackled by a […]

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BY CYNTHIA MAGNUS  |  Bicyclist safety, traffic congestion, and expanded transportation options for Tribecans were among Community Board 1 Chairperson Catherine McVay Hughes’ concerns during a morning bike tour of Downtown on July 15. Following a city Department of Transportation presentation about new bike lanes to C.B. 1’s Tribeca Committee on July 10th, this reporter […]

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BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  Second-degree assault charges are no longer on the table for Richard Pearson, a mentally ill man accused of waging a reign of terror on the streets of Soho by verbally and physically harassing residents and merchants. After two grand juries failed to indict Pearson on assault, the prosecution opted not to […]

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BY CLARISSA-JAN LIM  |  Elected officials and several tenants of 289 Grand St. two weeks ago celebrated the tenants’ return to the building after it was ravaged by a fire in 2010. Joining the tenants were Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Councilmember Margaret Chin and State Sen. Daniel Squadron, as well as Mathew Wambua, commissioner of […]

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Man ambushed A man was robbed in the middle of the afternoon in Soho by seven teenagers, police reported this week. The attack took place on the corner of West Broadway and Prince St. from 4:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Fri., July 26. The victim, 36, told police that he was approached by a young […]

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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 KAITLYN MEADE | Two private preschools are expanding in Lower Manhattan, bringing more pre-K seats to Downtown parents. This fall, The Learning Experience will open a new level of its first Manhattan preschool in Battery Park City, which is part of its recovery effort from Superstorm Sandy. Meanwhile, the Educational Alliance’s preschool will be […]

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It’s old and rusting. The concrete steps are worn with use. There is a net attached to its underside to protect cars passing beneath it from falling debris. The Morris St. pedestrian bridge’s long and useful life is drawing to a close. In fall 2014, the bridge’s walkway will be getting an update, the city […]

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BY KAITLYN MEADE It’s old and rusting, the concrete steps cracked and worn with use, there is a net attached to the underside to protect the cars passing beneath it from falling debris — the Morris St. pedestrian bridge’s long and useful life is drawing to a close.   This little walkway provides a vital […]

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