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The Race for Tom Duane’s Seat

Written by Alan Krawitz on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, Politics, West Side Spirit

Tom Duane It’s been nearly two months since State Sen. Tom Duane announced that he will not seek re-election this fall, and the race for his seat in the 27th District is taking shape. Brad Hoylman, the solidly backed chair of Community Board 2, who before Duane’s announcement was seeking Christine Quinn’s City Council seat, will run [&hellip
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Helping Cabbies Pick Up Their Finances

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

Helping the city’s new immigrants make their American dreams come true is a special mission that two New York City credit unions, LOMTO and Melrose, take very seriously. The LOMTO Federal Credit Union, with more than $200 million in assets and locations on the Upper West Side and in Queens, began life with a very [&hellip
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Smaller Is Better, Community Banks & Credit Unions Say

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

Fueled by the financial crisis and prolonged economic downturn, increasing numbers of New Yorkers have been turning to financial institutions other than large commercial banks in an effort to obtain better rates on loans, higher account yields and relief from the seemingly endless string of fees that traditional banks rely upon to boost profits for [&hellip
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Velazquez Scores Decisive Primary Win Over Three Challengers

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

Nydia_Velázquez Lopez-backed candidate, Councilman Erik Martin Dilan, falls short by Alan Krawitz The 2012 Democratic primary in the newly created 7th District. which includes parts of Brooklyn, Queens and the Lower East Side, was billed by many to be one of the toughest challenges of Rep. Nydia Velázquez’s 10 terms in office. But, that storyline fell [&hellip
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Downtown Buildings on the Brink: The Infamous Abandoned Properties Below 14th Street

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

JoeWolf_CityHallStation_o It’s difficult to imagine that amid the coveted, prime real estate of downtown Manhattan, where rates often top $200 per square foot for commercial space, some buildings remain idle, abandoned, deteriorating or otherwise neglected. Although it’s unknown exactly how many abandoned, vacant or unused properties there are in the city, recent efforts to count such [&hellip
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Challengers Hope to Unseat a 20-Year Incumbent in Newly Drawn 7th Congressional District

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

Nydia Velazquez. Photo by Jonathan Springer. Rep. Nydia Velazquez could face toughest battle since her election in ’92 In a letter sent to new constituents in the newly drawn 7th Congressional district, Rep. Nydia Velazquez wrote that she is sometimes referred to as “La Luchadora,” Spanish for “The Fighter.” That label may prove more than fitting as Velazquez seeks re-election to [&hellip
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Blackboard Awards: Ross Grosshart, Engineer Goes Back to High School Mid-Career

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

By Alan Krawitz In the case of Chelsea resident and 10th grade electronics teacher Ross Grosshart, the phrase “better late than never” couldn’t be more true. After more than 22 years as an engineer, developing software for high-profile companies including Hewlett-Packard, American Express and GTE, Grosshart decided to leave his lucrative career and follow his [&hellip
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Former Frank Stella Studio Saved in East Village

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

Preservationists, residents, politicians save 128 E. 13th St. following six-year push It took six years to accomplish, but hard work and perseverance paid off for city preservationists as the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted unanimously last week to landmark 128 E. 13th St., a building once used to auction off horses. The campaign to [&hellip
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Talking Up Downtown with Thai Jones and Bill Ayers

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

Microsoft Word - Thai Jones Catalog Page 2.docx Few city residents realize it, but today’s Occupy protests are rooted in events that took place nearly a century earlier. New York City journalist and author Thai Jones is keenly aware of this fact as he specializes in researching and writing about radical political movements from the 20th century. His latest book, More Powerful Than [&hellip
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