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Downtown Express, the newspaper of Lower Manhattan, was originally called Battery News and was founded in 1987. We expanded to a weekly after the Sept. 11 attacks and our coverage of the neighborhoods suffering from the aftershocks of 9/11 earned us first place awards for community service and leadership from the National Newspaper Association and the New York Press Association. We continue to cover the efforts to rebuild the World Trade Center site and have won numerous NYPA awards including for best editorials, coverage of local government, business, the environment and for in-depth coverage. Follow us on Twitter. The paper is now published biweekly by NYC Community Media L.L.C., which also publishes: The Villager: http://thevillager.com Chelsea Now: http://chelseanow.com/ Gay City News: http://www.gaycitynews.com Thrive NYC: http://www.nyc-plus.com/

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Study: Blood test could predict 9/11 lung damage | DOWNTOWN EXPRESS
10/11/2018
Study: Blood test could predict 9/11 lung damage | DOWNTOWN EXPRESS

Study: Blood test could predict 9/11 lung damage | DOWNTOWN EXPRESS

Thousands of people were exposed to toxic clouds of dust after the World Trade Center collapsed on 9/11, and while many developed lung damage, some did not. A new study of firefighters at Ground Zero found chemical markers in their blood that predicted which ones later fell ill.Associated Press / Gr...

The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has had a surge in registrations in the past two, but has only about $3 billion — less...
10/05/2018
Running dry: Fund for 9/11 victims may not even last until 2020 deadline | DOWNTOWN EXPRESS

The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has had a surge in registrations in the past two, but has only about $3 billion — less than half of its original funding — left in its coffers.

The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has had surging registrations in the past two, but has only about $3 billion — less than half of its original funding — left in its coffers.Photo by Associated Press / Stan Honda

This Republican is no Democratic Socialist, but he kinda sounds like one...
10/04/2018
Blue elephant: GOP state Senate candidate may be to the left of Dem incumbent | DOWNTOWN EXPRESS

This Republican is no Democratic Socialist, but he kinda sounds like one...

He wants to impose a moratorium on luxury development in the city, radically toughen the state’s affordable-housing tax-break program, fund mass transit with a carbon tax, and even put an additional tax on apartments on high floors in luxury buildings — and to get it done, he’s taking on a lon...

Thousands run Tunnel-to-Towers to honor fallen 9/11 heroes | DOWNTOWN EXPRESS
10/04/2018
Thousands run Tunnel-to-Towers to honor fallen 9/11 heroes | DOWNTOWN EXPRESS

Thousands run Tunnel-to-Towers to honor fallen 9/11 heroes | DOWNTOWN EXPRESS

Firefighters wearing full gear and waving American flags dashed past the Red Hook starting line of the Tunnel to Towers run on Sept. 30, which organizers stage each year to honor firefighter Stephen Siller’s journey on foot through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers on 9/11.Photo by Tr...

The arbitrary deadline means that victims whose cancers aren't diagnosed before 2020 won't be eligible for compensation.
10/02/2018
‘Cancer has no deadline’: Advocates for 9/11 fallout victims blast 2020 deadline for compensation fund | DOWNTOWN EXPRESS

The arbitrary deadline means that victims whose cancers aren't diagnosed before 2020 won't be eligible for compensation.

The clouds of toxic dust that engulfed Downtown after the collapse of the World Trade Center in the 9/11 terrorist attacks lingered for moths and sickened thousands who returned to Lower Manhattan when the federal government falsely declared it safe. Seventeen years later, victims continue to receiv...

The WTC Health Program has been swamped with Downtowners trying to register as the deadline approaches.
09/11/2018
World Trade Center Health Program opens new clinic to handle backlog | DOWNTOWN EXPRESS

The WTC Health Program has been swamped with Downtowners trying to register as the deadline approaches.

The collapse of the World Trade Center in the 9/11 terrorist attacks unleashed a lingering cloud of toxic dust that may have sickened as many as 350,000 Downtowners. The World Trade Center Health Program has now opened a new clinic location on William Street to handle the backlog of survivors seekin...

The city is considering retrofitting the Marriage Bureau building on Centre Street into a jail, as part of Mayor de Blas...
08/15/2018
Jailhouse rocks Downtown: Mayor floats controversial plan to build massive new jail on Centre Street | DOWNTOWN EXPRESS

The city is considering retrofitting the Marriage Bureau building on Centre Street into a jail, as part of Mayor de Blasio’s plan to close Riker’s Island, and increase the city’s supply of cynical metaphors.
Photo by Colin Mixson -

The city is considering retrofitting the Marriage Bureau building on Centre Street into a jail, as part of Mayor de Blasio’s plan to close Riker’s Island, and increase the city’s supply of cynical metaphors.Photo by Colin Mixson

The whimsical Chambers Street mural “Alice on the Wall” was painted 17 years ago by Stuyvesant High School students shor...
08/15/2018
Mural of the story: Stuy students touch up a public artwork with a touching history | DOWNTOWN EXPRESS

The whimsical Chambers Street mural “Alice on the Wall” was painted 17 years ago by Stuyvesant High School students shortly after they returned to school after the traumatic 9/11 terrorist attacks. Since then, giving the mural a touch up has been an annual ritual for Stuy students, but this year, they decided to add some new flourishes, such as flowers and flamingoes.
Photo by Tequila Minsky-

Pier 17’s rooftop concert venue is equipped with a high-tech “adaptive” loudspeaker technology, which gives the develope...
07/30/2018
Sound Reasoning: Pier 17’s rooftop speaker system works so well, Howard Hughes mulls putting it in Riverdeck bar | DOWNTOWN EXPRESS

Pier 17’s rooftop concert venue is equipped with a high-tech “adaptive” loudspeaker technology, which gives the developer the ability to make real-time adjustments over where sound is projected, and — more importantly — where it isn’t.

The Howard Hughes Corporation is considering expanding a state-of-the-art sound system installed at its rooftop concert venue to other parts of the entertainment complex, after locals complained about noise coming from its Riverdeck watering hole.Howard Hughes Corporation

BY LENORE SKENAZY: #RHYMESWITHCRAZY
07/24/2018
Beware the soccer-industrial complex | DOWNTOWN EXPRESS

BY LENORE SKENAZY:
#RHYMESWITHCRAZY

Oh, that’s not the whole answer, of course. But after literally decades of coaching youth soccer, Carlo Celli and Nathan Richardson (language professors by day) had a revelation. It came on a morning when they were about to put some talented 9-year-old boys through the usual drills.

#TRANSITSAM
07/20/2018
Transit Sam: Week of July 19, 2018 | DOWNTOWN EXPRESS

#TRANSITSAM

Immigration protests will be bigger this week Downtown. Bikes against Deportation will be cycling around the immigration court at Varick, Houston, Hudson and Clarkson Streets Thursday between 5 and 6 p.m. Those streets and the Holland Tunnel entrances will be affected. The group rides the third Thur...

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THANK YOU DOWNTOWN EXPRESS for covering the 6th Anniversary of OWS! Here's what I posted: THE LEGACY OF OCCUPY WALL STREET IN THE AGE OF TRUMP: Read what Downtown Express writes about the social movement that exposed income inequality as an American crisis -- something that is still happening in NYC, and esp with small businesses being forced to leave their storefronts. Yours truly -- a Candidate for City Council, District 3 -- organized a press conference of OWS activists from the Alternative Banking, Picture the Homeless, Stop Mass Incarceration and RIP Medical Debt on Occupy's 6th Anniversary to discuss the influence of OWS in the work we do today. Thank you to Mark Apollo who organized rally, all the activists who came to event, all the speakers, everyone from the Alternative Banking Group, Stop Mass Incarceration, Picture the Homeless, Occupy Sandy, RIP Medical Debt, Katrina Corbell for her ubiquitous support, my fabulous performance art friends who came to entertain the crowd, Elliot Crown, Roland Marconi and Liah Alonso, Mark from Occupy Money Cooperative, Michael, Linda, Virginia, Eric, Barbara, Sati... and everyone else! Photo by Tequila Minsky. http://www.downtownexpress.com/2017/09/21/occupy-wall-street-in-the-age-of-trump/ PS: Man in Liberty Skull in main photo: Elliot Crown