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Seaport development group takes shape

South Street Seaport: A group of lower Manhattan officials, agencies, residents and businesses have come together to develop a plan for the South Street Seaport.

The Seaport Working Group, led by Community Board 1, comes in answer to longstanding community efforts to ensure that any potential development in the South Street Seaport complements the historic character of the neighborhood, protects and maintains vital Seaport infrastructures, and reflects the increasing need for services and amenities geared toward Lower Manhattan’s growing residential population.

“Community input is essential to deciding the future of the Seaport, and I look forward to working with all stakeholders in ensuring that comprehensive dialogue takes place before the project moves forward,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.

De Blasio blocks charters

City Hall: In a move that infuriated former city councilwoman and charter school juggernaut Eva Moskowitz, Mayor Bill de Blasio has blocked the co-location of three of her Success Academy charter schools, including one near City Hall.

The three schools are among 42 public and charter schools that were slated to be co-located under the Bloomberg administration. In October of last year, the education department’s Panel on Educational Policy bulk-approved the co-locations in a move that then-Public Advocate candidate Letitia James vowed to fight.

De Blasio’s rationale for the decision, announced last week, is that the three charter schools would take resources away from public school students in the buildings that were set to be co-located.

The charter that was slated for Lower Manhattan had not yet been implemented. Moskowitz has vowed to fight the decision in court.

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