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BY ALINE REYNOLDS | As a result of efforts to clamp down on unlawful bus operators, cheap-fare buses traveling in and out of Chinatown will soon be subject to new rules authorized and enforced by the city. And, while many locals espouse stronger regulation of the buses, some fear that the low-cost bus operators are being […]

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One and Four World Trade Center survive small blazes  |   A small, fenced-in area on the eighth floor of Four W.T.C. caught fire the morning of Tues., June 12, but the blaze was swiftly stifled, according to a spokesperson for the Fire Department of New York (F.D.N.Y.). The fire, which began inside a 100-square-foot construction […]

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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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Trouble at Gateway Plaza: Every elected official with a toehold in Lower Manhattan showed up at I.S. 276 on Thurs., May 17 for a meeting sponsored by the Gateway Plaza Tenants Association to discuss leaky windows and walls, astronomical electric bills and runaway rents at the oldest residential complex in Battery Park City. With more […]

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (left), with NYS Sen. Daniel Squadron (right) and Janette Sadik-Khan (center), the NYC Department of Transportation commissioner, at a press conference on Monday. BY JOHN BAYLES  |  It has been referred to as the “wild west” of the tour bus industry. Bus company operators that pull up to random curbs throughout […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS | The city Department of Education’s proposed solutions to this year’s Downtown kindergarten wait lists were shot down by local parents and education activists at Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s Overcrowding Task Force on Monday. The number of students wait-listed at the Downtown elementary schools has only dwindled from 85 students to 81 […]

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[media-credit name=”Downtown Express photo by John Bayles ” align=”aligncenter” width=”600″][/media-credit] A major renovation of the Brooklyn Bridge, and the noise resulting from the late-night construction, is causing nearby residents to lose sleep and is giving them reason to complain. BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Residents in the Financial District, the South Street Seaport and the Lower […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  | Deep down inside, we all speak the language of food. That’s the motto Chinatown advocates are using to promote the neighborhood’s first Restaurant Week. Close to 20 neighborhood restaurants have signed to participate in the program, which will offer a special selection of three-course dinners priced at $18.88 per person from […]

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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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