Silver Supports Grand Street Ferry Stop

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NYC’s Economic Development Corporation is considering a plan to expand the East River ferry service by adding a stop at Grand Street, a plan that now has the support of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.  “This portion of the Lower East Side has traditionally been severely underserved when it comes to public transit,” said Silver in [&hellip
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Battery Park City Authority President Out

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

On Aug. 16, ten months after being appointed by Gov. Cuomo as president and Chief Operating Officer of the Battery Park City Authority, Demetrios Boutris abruptly handed in his resignation.  The authority has appointed Chief Financial Officer Robert Serpico as interim president and C.O.O. A spokesperson for the authority did not give a reason for [&hellip
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Charging for Plastic

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Downtowners debate proposed 10-cent fee for plastic bags New Yorkers throw out 100,000 tons of plastic bags a year — taking up to 1,000 years to fully biodegrade. Now, City Council members Brad Lander (D – Brooklyn) and Margaret Chin (D – Lower Manhattan) have introduced legislation that – if passed – would mandate stores [&hellip
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Do Endorsements Really Influence Voters?

Written by Tom Allon on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown

Why regular folks might care about who newspapers and bigwigs pick When I was the publisher of a chain of weekly newspapers (including this one), each year around this time, numerous political candidates came to our office for their endorsement interviews. In races for city council or the state assembly or senate, where most voters [&hellip
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Danger on East Broadway

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Questions about safety in the Lower East Side neighborhood after massive brawl leads to stabbing A street fight involving 30-40 men on the Lower East Side last Monday resulted in a 17-year-old being stabbed and has prompted the question of whether the neighborhood around the F Stop on East Broadway is safe. Police confirmed an [&hellip
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Sandy Rebuilding Task Force Releases Rebuilding Strategy

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The federal task force on rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy, chaired by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, released a rebuilding strategy to serve as a model for communities facing greater risks from extreme weather and to continue helping the Sandy-affected region rebuild. The Rebuilding Strategy contains 69 policy recommendations, many of which have [&hellip
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Bridge Party Leads to Arrests

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Every weekday, the Manhattan Bridge carries more than 450,000 New Yorkers on foot, bike, train and car between Brooklyn and Manhattan. But on Saturday night a crowd of partygoers turned a section of the pedestrian walkway on the 5,780-foot long span over the East River into an outdoor nightclub. Police say Sunday three New York [&hellip
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