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Downtown Digest, Week of July 25, 2012

Four workers fired from W.T.C. site for drinking during lunch Four steamfitters working on the World Trade Center site were fired on Wed., July 18 after undercover detectives from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey caught them drinking on their lunch break, according to a source close to the situation. All of […]

Complaints and lawsuit over fenced-in Chase plaza  Financial District residents are up in arms over the fact that Chase Manhattan Plaza, the two-acre space between Pine, Liberty, Nassau and William Streets, is still fenced off and under constant security watch. Although the plaza, owned by JPMorgan Chase, had once been open to the public for […]

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9/11 Memorial: Bloomberg seeking gov funding, a possible Cuomo family feud, and construction Days after Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie requested federal funding for the National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum, Mayor Michael Bloomberg voiced his support of their efforts. Cuomo and Christie sent their letter to the National Park Service on […]

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  Bloomberg opposes Port Authority’s proposal for 9/11 Memorial Mayor Michael Bloomberg has rejected the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s recent attempt to gain more oversight of the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum. In an announcement made Mon., July 2, the mayor said he wants to keep the memorial out of the “political process,” according to the […]

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Bloomberg backs federal funding requests for 9/11 Museum Days after Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie requested federal funding for the National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum, Mayor Michael Bloomberg voiced his support of their efforts, according to WNYC. Cuomo and Christie sent their letter to the National Park Service on Sat., June […]

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One World Trade Center survives small blaze Wooden decking supporting the 89th floor of One W.T.C. caught fire shortly after dawn on Sat., June 2, according to an Associated Press report. According to the news report, the Fire Department of New York (F.D.N.Y.) received the emergency call at 7:15 that morning and rushed to the construction […]

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[media-credit name="Downtown Express photo by John Bayles " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] The reflecting pools located in the footprints of the North and South Towers are central components of the National Sept. 11 Memorial. BY HELAINA N. HOVITZ | On Monday, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum and the Tribute WTC Visitor Center announced a new […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  If the managers of the National September 11 Memorial were concerned that few Lower Manhattan residents would bother to show up at the memorial for the four hours on Oct. 2 reserved exclusively for them, they worried in vain. On the first of what are planned to be monthly evenings […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  | Chris Ward delivered one of his last public speeches as chief of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey at the Lower Manhattan Marketing Association’s breakfast meeting Wednesday, Oct. 5. Ward, who has served as the agency’s executive director since 2008, will be leaving the Port Authority at the […]

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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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