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By JOSH ROGERS  | Democratic District Leader Jenifer Rajkumar has raised over $37,000 in her as yet unannounced bid to unseat City Councilmember Margaret Chin later this year. Rajkumar said she is only “exploring” a possible run, and said she would wait until a formal announcement before discussing the campaign’s issues. Her fundraising numbers were […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS | A host of Downtown businesses and residents will be displaced for weeks if not months due to the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy. This and a slew of other storm-related issues were talking points at Community Board 1’s Executive Committee meeting held at Trinity Church on Sun., Nov. 4, where board […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY |  In a shaky yet mainly successful start to the National Guard’s increased presence in Downtown Manhattan following the impact of Hurricane Sandy, on Thursday night hundreds of desperate residents welcomed a massive delivery of food and water outside a Lower East Side public housing complex. The Guardsmen were originally scheduled to […]

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BY HELAINA HOVITZ  |  Barely 24 hours after Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced the historic passage of the Seward Park Mixed-Use Development Project earlier this month, a Chinatown-based group held a press conference to contest the plan for not containing all-affordable housing. The site known as the Seward Park Urban […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |   Advocates turned out to testify about the shape of City Council districts covering Chinatown and the Lower East Side at the New York City Districting Commission’s first Manhattan public hearing last month. An ongoing, 20-year debate continued to flare over whether to merge Chinatown and the Lower East Side to create […]

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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  |   Sergeant Adam Holcomb, the first of eight soldiers to be tried in connection with U.S. Army Private Danny Chen’s suicide, has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and $1,182 forfeiture of pay. The penalties, tied to two counts of maltreatment and one count of assault, were minimal compared to […]

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The retirement of Al Amateau, a print journalist for 55 years, hardly went unnoticed. State and city politicians — including Assembly Member Richard Gottfried (above), Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer (second below) and Downtown’s Council Member Margaret Chin (bottom)— swung by SoHo’s P.J. Charlton Restaurant on Thurs., Aug. 2 to honor him with proclamations and […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  This month, the New York City Council is weighing in on a massive expansion plan by New York University that, if approved, would tack on about two million square feet of development to two superblocks the university owns south of Washington Square Park. By an overwhelming vote of 19 to 1, […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS | Sergeant Adam Holcomb, the first of eight soldiers to be tried in connection with U.S. Army Private Danny Chen’s suicide, has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and $1,182 forfeiture of pay. The penalties, tied to two counts of maltreatment and one count of assault, were minimal compared to what Holcomb […]

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