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Centenarian artist’s sculptures on view in City Hall Park

BY GABE HERMAN | A new outdoor exhibition at City Hall Park features sculptures by a 104-year-old local artist who has only recently started to get recognition in the art world. Carmen Herrera was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1915, and has lived in New York since the 1950s. She has created abstract paintings for […]

BY GABE HERMAN | With much of retail business continuing to shift to the Internet, two Lower Manhattan businesses were recently awarded grants to improve their online presence and help them compete. The Downtown Alliance Business Improvement District gave the $10,000 Digital Innovation Grants to B & Co, a sandwich shop at 22 Park Place, […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Thousands of photos of Ground Zero, taken in the weeks after the 9/11 attack, were recently discovered by chance at a house clearance sale. Archivists bought a group of CD’s at the sale and stumbled upon a collection of 2,400 photos of Ground Zero, according to a BBC report. The CD’s […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | In an analysis of the city’s most expensive neighborhoods based on median sale prices of homes, done by real estate Web site Property Shark, Lower Manhattan had an even stronger showing than usual in the second quarter of 2019. Tribeca remains the city’s most expensive neighborhood, with a median sale price […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Lower Manhattan tenants scored a decisive win in a late June Appeals Court decision, which ruled they had the right to rent stabilization, rent refunds and lowered rents, and that landlords receiving 421-G tax breaks could not deregulate apartments. The 421-G tax exemption for landlords passed the state Senate in 1995. It […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | As part of a real estate company’s disputed efforts to develop a contaminated parking lot at 250 Water St., New York State has approved its application for a cleanup operation on the site. The lot has been found to have harmful materials, like mercury, lead, PCB’s and petroleum underneath it. The […]

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First Precinct   Shooting arrest Police have made an arrest in the shooting outside S.O.B.’s on Thurs., May 9. In the early-morning incident, two men were shot during a fight outside the music club, at Varick and Houston Sts. The suspect approached the crowd and fired four to five shots. A 26-year-old was wounded in […]

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Spring Community Day As part of an effort to improve the environment in Lower Manhattan, the Alliance for Downtown New York, Andaz Wall Street and 75 Wall Street Condominium Residences are teaming up to host Spring Community Day on Saturday, May 7. From 10 a.m. to noon, volunteers will plant more than 300 annuals at […]

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by John Bayles The news “brought some happiness to me and my family,” said Jim Riches, who lost his 29-year-old son, Jim Riches, Jr., on 9/11. Nevertheless, he said, “I think the threat is greater than it ever was. They’re going to want to strike back.” Bin Laden’s killing indeed prompted City agencies to prepare […]

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BY John Bayles It was great news when, last summer, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation announced it had earmarked $17 million for another round of community and cultural enhancement grants. One of the trumpeters of the good news was Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin, who also sits on the L.M.D.C. board of directors and […]

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