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Officials gathered on Nov. 13 to celebrate the opening of 4 World Trade Center, the first office tower to be completed on the original W.TC. site. The 977-foot, 72-story building at 150 Greenwich St. contains about 2.3 million square feet of office space, about a quarter of which will become the new headquarters of the […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | [This Aug. 5, 2013 post was updated Aug. 6, 2013] Elizabeth Berger, president and C.E.O. of the Alliance for Downtown New York, died on Aug. 5 of pancreatic cancer. She had turned 53 just two days before her death. She became president of the Downtown Alliance in November 2007. Under […]

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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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By JEFFERSON SIEGEL | Sunday morning, under a dazzling Spring sun, City Councilmember Margaret Chin formally announced her campaign for a second term. Dozens, including local activists and powerhouse political allies like Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, filled the steps of Independence Plaza North in Tribeca to show their support for […]

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By Bill Martino and Bill Bialosky  |  We have been asked what compelled the Downtown leagues to get behind the Pier 40 Champions  initiative given our limited use of the pier.  The answer is really very simple; our leagues have sizeable waitlists and we need room to grow to protect the future of organized activities […]

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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 KAITLYN MEADE  |  Kindergarten registration opened up last week for public schools in New York City, and with more kids than previous years looking for K seats, it may be an even  tighter fit than last year. The kindergarten registration period for Fall 2013 started Jan. 22 and ends March 1. While enrollment is […]

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Silver protests plans for P.S. 276:  In a strongly worded letter to New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver asked that the Department of Education reconsider its plan to add more kindergarten classes at P.S. 276. “By increasing the number of kindergarten classes next year, the D.O.E. would force […]

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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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BY JOSH ROGERS  |  Play ball! The Downtown Little League will be able to play this season on the storm-damaged fields in Battery Park City, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, announced in a statement to Downtown Express Fri., Jan.18. He said after getting help from the New York Mets, the Battery Park City Authority has expedited […]

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