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Expensive Watch Thief

Written by Alan Krawitz on . Posted in Crime Watch Our Town, Our Town

There wasn’t much drama to this expensive watch heist which took place on March 12, inside a ritzy jewelry store on Madison Avenue. According to police, the perp walked into the store and asked a 35-year-old female employee, “Can I see that?” referring to a watch that was in a case and behind glass. The [&hellip
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Minetta Street Tenement to be One-Family Mansion

Written by Alan Krawitz on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

mansion_1_ma Activists lament mounting development in S. Village By Alan Krawitz The yellow tenement at 9 Minetta Street, with a dubious history of suspected illegal hotel use, located within the proposed South Village Historic District, is on track for conversion from a 20-unit building to a 5,000 square foot, one-family mansion, according to information from the [&hellip
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Alternatives to the Emergency Room

Written by Alan Krawitz on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown

Walk-in, specialty care options gaining momentum with city residents Access to quality healthcare in the city, as in the nation, has long been a pressing issue thanks in part to overburdened emergency rooms and financially-strapped hospitals. Most recently, Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on access to healthcare downtown as it knocked out both NYU Langone Medical [&hellip
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End of a Dance Era Downtown

Written by Alan Krawitz on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

Lafayette Bar and Grill follows its dearly departed owner into oblivion With the recent passing of restaurateur Dino Bakakos, the former proprietor of the now-defunct Lafayette Bar and Grill in Tribeca, many in the dance and performing arts community worry that the climate for live performance downtown may be forever changed. Bakakos, 63, who passed [&hellip
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Strength in Numbers

Written by Alan Krawitz on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

Sen. Dan Squadron’s grassroots campaign for public advocate paying dividends When it comes to financing his still unofficial campaign for New York City’s public advocate post, Manhattan/Brooklyn Sen. Daniel Squadron is in many ways taking the road less traveled. With a decidedly grassroots approach to fundraising which favors dainty donations from a diverse field mostly [&hellip
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Trinity Church Rector Ministers to the Earthly and the Spiritual

Written by Alan Krawitz on . Posted in Downtown OTTY Awards, Special Sections

Dr. James Cooper leads by example As the rector and chief executive of New York City’s venerable Trinity Wall Street Church, Dr. James H. Cooper has overseen all aspects of the organization, from Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel to St. Margaret’s House, since his appointment in 2004. Cooper, who received his Master of Divinity [&hellip
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Battery Park City School Overcrowding at ‘Breaking Point’

Written by Alan Krawitz on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

No_School_Today Parents hope petition will force city, DOE to act Parents in Lower Manhattan say that overcrowding at Battery Park City School (P.S. 276) is nearing a breaking point, and they have launched an online petition demanding that Mayor Bloomberg and the city’s Department of Education take decisive action and limit the number of incoming kindergarten [&hellip
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Buildings Behaving Badly

Written by Alan Krawitz on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

Downtown Manhattan boasts many coveted addresses, but some buildings have earned reputations of a different kind.  The phrase “buyer beware” is especially relevant for those looking for a place to live in New York City, given the widely unpredictable nature of buildings and landlords, which run the gamut from good to bad, and many times [&hellip
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Horace Mann: A Century of Quality Teaching in the Heart of the City

Written by Alan Krawitz on . Posted in Blackboard Awards

Horace Mann Outstanding Middle School As the head of the venerable Horace Mann School in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, Westchester county native and veteran educator Thomas Kelly admits that it’s all about the teaching. “Each and every moment that we are together is a teachable moment, one in which both students and teachers challenge each [&hellip
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