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[media-credit name=”Downtown Express photos by Terese Loeb Kreuzer ” align=”aligncenter” width=”600″][/media-credit] On a visit to the Irish Hunger Memorial on May 1, children from Battery Park City met Michael Higgins, the president of Ireland and his wife Sabina (right), who were posing for pictures with Gayle Horwitz (left), president of the Battery Park City Authority, […]

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[media-credit name=”Downtown Express photo by John Bayles ” align=”aligncenter” width=”600″][/media-credit] P.S. 234 in Tribeca is one of the numerous Downtown public schools with wait lists. BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  The last thing Karen Behrens thought she’d have to worry about when her family moved to Battery Park City in December 2001, was getting her child […]

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This week’s reopening of the Seaport Museum is cause for celebration. The maritime museum, which for years was struggling to stay afloat with dwindling patronage and sparse exhibits, was seemingly on the verge of closing altogether until a deal was struck between the museum and the city last September. That deal would never have happened […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  The World Trade Center Command Center is moving its headquarters to W.T.C. Four, according to a recent announcement made by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and confirmed by the New York Police Department. The decision, which Bloomberg announced at the annual World Trade Center press conference on Sept. 7, came as a surprise […]

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The Dept. of Education’s third attempt at a school-rezoning plan for Lower Manhattan is both worthy of praise, and criticism. Unveiled this week, the new plan takes into account the worries of parents in the affected zones, but is still a Band-aid approach to addressing the shortfall in school seats our Lower Manhattan neighborhoods have […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Downtown residents’ wish to have their own ceremony at the National Sept. 11 Memorial for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was never granted. Instead they were given what some community members feel is an equally good opportunity for reflection: special access to the memorial on the first Sunday of every month. […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  In an effort to curb greenhouse gas pollution, New York City buildings will be tapping into natural gas rather than dirty fossil fuels for their electricity supply, as advocated by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other city and state officials. The conversion plan is being met with opposition by a group of […]

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Keep Ward on board Since taking the helm of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 2008, Chris Ward has shown strong leadership throughout a rocky economic period, and has made enormous advances on some of the thorniest issues that had been impeding downtown and World Trade Center development. We call on […]

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BY CHARLES KOMANOFF  | Hard times nurture resentments, so it was no shocker to see signs vilifying Mayor Bloomberg at the June 3 demonstration protesting his plan to close 20 fire companies across the city. I’m angry too, particularly with Tea Party-besotted legislators whose relentless tax cutting has decimated the middle class. Three decades into […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | This past weekend, volunteers who had worked for the Seaport Museum New York before its galleries closed in February, at Bowne & Co. Stationers, the museum’s 19th-century print shop on Water Street, and on its historic ships trolled the Seaport seeking signatures for a petition to Mayor Michael Bloomberg urging […]

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