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Families, pols, security react to Bin Laden death

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 […]

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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BY Terese Loeb Kreuzer In brilliant sunshine on Sun. May 1, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilmember Margaret Chin took turns ringing an old brass bell with a wooden handle to officially open the New Amsterdam Market for the 2011 season. The market’s founder, Robert LaValva, stood next to them, weary but smiling. The […]

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BY Aline Reynolds Emily Liu, who works at a bank in Chinatown, fears she might have to quit her job to be able to look after Stephanie, her four-year-old daughter. Stephanie attends Garment Industry Day Care. “Day care is very important… the kids can learn, and the parents can work,” said Liu. “If you cut […]

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BY Clive Burrow We’re leading full-speed-ahead, don’t-spare-the-horses, drill, build, and convert lives here in CanDo-FiDi-LOMA-SoMA-Lower Manhattan-Downtown. We’ve got residential issues, business issues and global corporate issues; there’s City Hall, Albany, the Port Authority; there’s National Security, local security and site-specific security. The Department of Transportation is very busy down here, the MTA has big plans […]

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BY Aline Reynolds Heather Anderson is finishing up her New York City Community Planning Fellows Internship at Community Board 1 this month. She helped create C.B. 1’s affordable housing guide, among other noteworthy endeavors. What are the top two most research-worthy issues Downtown? The big issue for development is population growth, and whether there has […]

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Crepes shop robbers Two men entered Vive Les Crepes on Spring Street near Mulberry Street around 11:30 p.m. Mon., April 26, when one of them shouted, “I’ll shoot you,” and demanded money, police said. Neither displayed a gun but they made off with $1,600 in a black minivan with tinted windows that had been parked […]

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BY Aline Reynolds A proposal to erect a new health care facility at 265-275 Cherry St. on the Lower East Side is infuriating some nearby residents. The HealthCare Chaplaincy plans to build a 16-story palliative care center on a parking lot adjacent to the mixed-income residence. The center, which would be Leadership in Energy and […]

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BY Aline Reynolds A restaurant and clothing store are opening at the South Street Seaport, part of a steady influx of new tenants to the area. Howard Hughes Corporation, current owner and operator of the district, hopes to enhance the district for both locals and foreigners, according to senior general manager Michael Piazzola. “Our goal […]

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At Saturday’s 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival Family Street Fair, Julie Menin (with microphone), chair of C.B. 1, was joined by numerous elected officials including Manhattan Borough Pres. Scott Stringer and State Assembly Member Deborah Glick to help register voters that are new to the neighborhood. “It was a very successful event,” said Menin. “There […]

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