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Grab your fake purses and shoes, because City Councilmember Margaret Chin is hawking counterfeit legislation. A petition from Chin’s office was sent to local representatives in support of a hearing for a legislation to curtail counterfeit commerce by making it a criminal offense to purchase fake trademark goods. The legislation was introduced in April 2011, […]

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At its January full board meeting, Community Board 2 unanimously passed a resolution calling on Mayor Bloomberg and the city to take steps toward dealing with chaotic street congestion caused by the massive number of street vendors along Broadway in Soho. The board wants Bloomberg to finally convene the Street Vendor Review Panel — something […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  The City Council’s Zoning and Franchises Subcommittee last week heard four hours of testimony by advocates and opponents of the Hudson Square residential rezoning proposal. The hearing, attended by about 100 people, was held at 250 Broadway, across the street from the Council Chambers in City Hall. Many who spoke called […]

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Teen killed in shooting Friends and family on the Lower East Side gathered to commemorate a young athlete killed by a gunman near his home in from Baruch Houses. Raphael Ward, 16, was killed at about 9 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 4 outside a candy store on Rivington and Colombia Sts. The New York Times […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | Community Board 2 is calling on the city’s Department of Transportation to study the possibility of resequencing traffic lights along Soho’s Prince St. bicycle lane, saying that synchronized timing on the red-to-green light progression could create a more consistent traffic flow for both cars and bikes and, in turn, increase safety […]

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Of the seven major crimes measured by the New York City Police Department, rape, robbery and auto theft were all down in Lower Manhattan’s First Precinct in 2012 compared to 2011. On the other hand, felonious assault increased by 16 percent, and burglary increased by about 21 percent from 2011. The First Precinct, a single […]

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Sidewalk robbery A woman was pushed down and robbed as she walked home on New Year’s Day. The victim, 25, told police that she was walking along Watts St. at 8:15 a.m. when she was shoved from behind on the southeast corner of Watts and Greenwich Sts. The man covered her mouth and reached into […]

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BY SAM SCHWARTZ  | ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING RULES ARE SUSPENDED ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25TH;  “NO STOPPING ANYTIME” AND “NO STANDING ANYTIME”  RULES REMAIN IN EFFECT. Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy New Year, Lower Manhattanites! Great news! For the first time since Hurricane Sandy, the R train will be up and running between Brooklyn and […]

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We’re Back With the return of Downtown Express back to our 515 Canal St. office this week, we’re  announcing another comeback with this column — that of yours truly, UnderCover. After a two-year hiatus, we’re back with our gossipy, political and hopefully, humorous take on Downtown.  Over the years some grew to like us, others […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Arts organizations from around the city and the nation are swiftly responding to the needs of artists affected by Hurricane Sandy by making available emergency funding sources similar to those tailored to damaged businesses. The main difference between these funds and most business-related funding, though, is that the arts organizations are […]

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