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South Street Seaport’s Pier 17 Owners Discuss Fire and Future Plans

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By Paul Bisceglio After a small fire engulfed the South Street Seaport’s Pier 17 in mid-July, a representative for the pier’s owner, the Howard Hughes Corp., was on hand at a recent community meeting to address safety concerns and future development plans for the site. Michael Piazzola, the senior general manager for Hughes Corp., told [&hellip
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Community Successfully Ousts Citi Bike Station from SoHo Park

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By Alissa Fleck and Paul Bisceglio Public outcry has prompted the Department of Transportation (DOT) and CitiBank to decide against installing one of their forthcoming 600 Citi Bike rental stations in Father Fagan Park, a small public square at the corner of Prince Street and Sixth Avenue in Soho. Citizens banded together with the SoHo [&hellip
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A Guide to the Offbeat Shops of Downtown

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Welcome to retail with a twist By Leonora Desar With a steady influx of chain stores setting up stakes Downtown, mom-and-pops and unusual boutiques have become particularly prized below 14th Street. From occult and toy shops to designer boutiques, we give you an inside look at the most eclectic stores Downtown.   The Evolution Store [&hellip
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Fight Over One Chase Plaza Closure

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Community says open space closed because of OWS fears By Paul Bisceglio The Financial District’s population is exploding. According to a 2000-2010 survey by Community Board 1, 28,000 residents now live in the Financial District alone, excluding Battery Park City, the Seaport/Civic Center and Tribeca. That’s 288 percent more residents than at the turn of [&hellip
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NYU Sexton Plan Overwhelmingly Passes City Council Committees

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University makes modifications to plan, likely to be approved by full Council By Alissa Fleck NYU’s modified expansion plan is one step closer to fruition, much to the disappointment of staunchly opposed community members. The City Council’s Zoning Subcommittee and Land Use Committee voted back-to-back on Tuesday in overwhelming support of NYU’s expansion plan, with [&hellip
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Neighborhood Chatter

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Quinn Asks Con Edison to Get Back on Track City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn released a letter last Wednesday to Con Edison asking the electric company to immediately resume negotiations with Local 1-2’s union workers and end their dispute, which caused a lockout during the week’s extreme heat. In the letter, Quinn criticizes the [&hellip
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