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New hope for Pier 40

From just a dream a couple of decades ago, the Hudson River Park is now 70 percent complete. But the park still faces steep obstacles. Building the rest of the park will take $250 million. The cost of maintaining the growing park, which stretches 5 miles along the Lower West Side waterfront, continues to grow while read more here »

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A museum is reborn

This week’s reopening of the Seaport Museum is cause for celebration. The maritime museum, which for years was struggling to stay afloat with dwindling patronage and sparse exhibits, was seemingly on the verge of closing altogether until a deal was struck between the museum and the city last September. That deal would never have happened read more here »

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Slow down, Mike!

Lower Manhattan is growing in ways that only a decade ago seemed not just improbable, but impossible. Who would have thought that our neighborhood, in the wake of 9/11, would rebound and rebuild so strongly that it would end up serving as a beacon, as a model for rebirth and as an example of a community read more here »

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From the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street, 2011 was The Year of the Protester. Locally, from Greenwich Village to Hudson Square to the Lower East Side, 2012 is shaping up to be The Year of the ULURP. Several massive development plans and rezonings are in the works, with some already underway. For each, a ULURP read more here »

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Liberate old P.S. 64

Two weeks ago, activists rallied outside the former CHARAS / El Bohio Cultural and Community Center on E. Ninth St. to mark the 10th anniversary of the group’s eviction. With wooden sticks, they beat on the fence sealing off the vacant building, making a din to carry to City Hall. “Mr. Mayor, tear down this read more here »

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Good and Bad Change

Turning over the Port The Lower Manhattan community has a special relationship with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. This was made clear when Community Board 1, upon hearing that Governor Andrew Cuomo, shortly after taking office, was thinking of removing Chris Ward from the Port’s helm, unanimously passed a resolution calling read more here »

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Don’t ban the buskers

Washington Square buskers are decrying a crackdown by the Parks Department, which admits it is applying new anti-vending regulations against them. At a Dec. 4 press conference, three busking acts said they had received 21 summonses collectively in the past three months. New regulations on expressive-matter vending went on the books in July 2010 but read more here »

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A Nov. 18 ruling from a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals continued a nearly three-year pattern in which elected officials, law enforcement authorities, and now the federal courts have responded both shamefully and facetiously to clear evidence that the New York Police Department engaged in a witch hunt against read more here »

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B.R.C., a good neighbor

Some neighbors greet new arrivals with best wishes and hands extended in friendship. Others reserve judgment until a newcomer’s accumulated deeds prove their worth. A vocal few, however, steadfastly refuse to acknowledge the established presence of a worthy addition — and, in doing so, erode the integrity of the very community they purport to defend. read more here »

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Why We’re Thankful

In light of the Thanksgiving holiday, we at Community Media would like to offer reasons we are thankful. We’re thankful for the First Amendment, which has led to a vigorous debate in our office, our neighborhood and our country. As a result we’re thankful for a courageous new spirit in America that so adamantly seeks read more here »

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