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Grab your fake purses and shoes, because City Councilmember Margaret Chin is hawking counterfeit legislation. A petition from Chin’s office was sent to local representatives in support of a hearing for a legislation to curtail counterfeit commerce by making it a criminal offense to purchase fake trademark goods. The legislation was introduced in April 2011, […]

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V-Day for Raj Jenifer Rajkumar, the City Council candidate who has not yet announced her intention to run against Councilmember Margaret Chin in this year’s Democratic primary, continues her campaign. Last weekend, she hosted a “Be My Valentine” fundraising party in her Gateway Plaza apartment, and she told us she’s got a karaoke night planned […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | The City Planning Commission voted Feb. 6 to approve The Howard Hughes Corp.’s plan to tear down the existing mall on Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport and replace it with a glass-enclosed structure. However, the commission wants some modifications to the plan which now goes to the City […]

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Firecrackers boomed, lion dancers chased lettuce and politicians refrained from campaigning at this year’s Lunar New Year celebration Sunday in Chinatown Sunday, but on Monday Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver backed former Community Board 1 chairperson Julie Menin for borough president. “Julie Menin has been a true force and an essential partner in rebuilding downtown Manhattan […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | In an attempt to generate millions of dollars in revenue desperately needed to fill a budget gap and fund more than 400,000 stalled building repair orders, the New York City Housing Authority plans to lease land within some of its Manhattan developments to private developers, who would be able to build […]

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Defending Downtown “We’ve had enough of the real disasters — when did Lower Manhattan become the standard unit of destruction measurement,” Downtowner and “Daily Show” host Jon  Stewart asked on his show last week after showing a news clip about North Korean nuclear weapons.  To illustrate how powerful the weapons were, she showed a map […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER   |  The clock is ticking for the tenants of Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport, but so far, there has been no reprieve from the lease termination notices issued by their landlord, The Howard Hughes Corp., who wants them out of there by April 30. Howard Hughes has a long-term […]

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By TERESE LOEB KREUZER | With long, dark nights and harsh winds, January has never been an easy month for the 72 businesses on Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport, but this January has been grimmer than usual. After Superstorm Sandy blew through on Oct. 29, 2012, The Howard Hughes Corp., which has a […]

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No Authority Bill Bill Thompson told us he will not take back authority of the Battery Park City Authority if he is elected mayor this year. “Battery Park City functions very well right now, it’s a special community and I don’t think the structure needs to be changed, ” Thompson, who left as chairperson of […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS  |  Democratic District Leader Jenifer Rajkumar hasn’t announced her plans yet to unseat City Councilmember Margaret Chin later this year, but she has already raised more than $37,000 for her campaign. Rajkumar said last week that she is “exploring” a possible run, and would wait until a formal announcement before discussing the […]

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