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BY SAM SPOKONY  | At a closed meeting on Friday morning, leaders of the Chinatown Partnership and the Chinatown Business Improvement District discussed plans for a massive fundraiser to be held in mid-December, with the goal of establishing a grant fund for small businesses in Chinatown that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The two organizations hope read more here »

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L.E.S. BID and reality star get real about post-Sandy grants

Bob Zuckerman, executive director of the Lower East Side Business Improvement District, had plenty to be proud of as he spoke at the BID’s “Give More, Give L.E.S.” fundraising event Tuesday night. The benefit, at The DL, on Delancey St., met its goal of raising at least $10,000 for L.E.S. businesses impacted by Superstorm Sandy, read more here »

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New York University announced on Tuesday that its new Center for Urban Science and Progress will launch next fall at MetroTech in Downtown Brooklyn. Construction is now underway on around 26,000 square feet of space in 1 MetroTech Center that will be occupied by CUSP, but the center’s permanent headquarters will eventually be just down read more here »

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  BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  The scene was the Pink Pony on the Lower East Side. Sandypocalypse was still two days away, and independent film legends Taylor Mead and M.M. Serra were discussing a disaster of another sort: what has happened to their beloved Ludlow St. A number of buildings on the street have recently read more here »

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Legendary L.E.S. lens woman has photo exhibit on Grand St.

BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  At age 96, the renowned photographer Rebecca Lepkoff can still be seen walking the New York streets and taking pictures. A member of the Photo League of the 1930s and ’40s, Lepkoff was born on Hester St. and grew up on the Lower East Side and was inspired by its tenement read more here »

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Two months after its ill-fated attempt to place a stop on Essex St. just outside Seward Park, Greyhound now has a nod of approval from Community Board 3 — albeit with numerous stipulations — for its proposed stop on Pike St., between East Broadway and Division St. C.B. 3 voted overwhelmingly in favor of approving read more here »

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Neighbors air their views on G.L.W.D. air-rights plan

BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER and LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Soho neighbors support God’s Love We Deliver’s mission of feeding infirm New Yorkers. But many of them don’t support the organization’s planned vertical expansion — as well as the sale of some of its air rights to a residential project next door to its headquarters at Sixth read more here »

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Soho’s BID battle rages on at Council committee hearing

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  The heated debate over the proposed Broadway Soho Business Improvement District — which, amidst various changes to its plan, has been floating in limbo for three years — continued on Tuesday at a public hearing before the City Council’s Committee on Finance. Also, a leading member of the opposition to the read more here »

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Con Ed claim forms cause confusion among Downtowners

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Some Downtown residents and business owners say they feel deceived by both Con Edison and Borough President Scott Stringer in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, because of confusion over Con Ed reimbursement claim forms that were handed out at informational meetings after the storm. Virtually everyone who lost power after the read more here »

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Trinity keeps on food truckin’ to help feed elderly residents

Trinity Real Estate this week announced a $16,500 donation to Citymeals-on-Wheels, which will help provide more than 2,570 meals to homebound elderly across New York’s five boroughs. The donation is the result of a successful partnership with the NYC Food Truck Association, which brought a rotating roster of New York’s best food trucks — the read more here »

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