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VOLuME 26, NuMbEr 21 MArCH 27-APrIL 9 2014 VEStrY StrEEt ArtIStS FEAr EVICtION P. 2 Feds moVe on ParKInG scoFFLaws aFter exPress InQUIrY B Y N I CO L AS F E r NA N d E S wo veh icles that reg ularly blocked the sidewalk behind the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian were moved after an inquiry was made by Downtown Express. A black Ford Excursion with a Texas license plate and a green Ford pickup from Maryland, typically parked on the Bridge St. sidewalk in front of the museum’s rear loading zone from Monday to Friday and sometimes on weekends, T Continued on page 6 readInG the Pre-K tea LeaVes Downtown Notebook BY JOSH rOgErS I used to make fun of people who bought lottery tickets, but about four years ago I started playing occasionally when the jackpots were big. I soon learned my reason was quite common: my wife was pregnant. In the next few weeks I’ll join a few hundred thousand other parents in the city to play a different sort of lottery. The ticket is free and there’s no chance at a big payoff, but losing will cost my family too many thousands of dollars. I’m hoping to win a public, full-day pre-K slot close to home for my son. So I’ve been closely following and reporting on what the mayor and governor say about funding pre-K expansion this September with two eyes — one on how it Continued on page 16 Downtown Express photo by Scot Surbeck HAPPY MALFUNCTION... Battery Park City’s playgrounds receive near universal praise, but sometimes accidents are even more fun. The B.P.C. Parks Conservancy ended up creating a temporary discovery area last Saturday when it drained Lily Pond because of a broken pipe. Kevin McCabe, a conservancy spokesperson, said the pond will be refilled March 27, the fish are safe and no ducks were harmed during the process. High rent in Soho building: Is it legal? BY SAM SPOKON Y ould you like to pay $4,200 a month to live in an apartment that might actually be rent-stabilized? Probably not. In fact, you might be pretty upset with the landlord and real estate broker who tried to sell you on that deal. And that could be why the broker who was advertising two Soho apartments at market W When it’s time to retire, will you be ready? rate prices hastily removed those listings on the afternoon of March 24 — just hours after this newspaper started asking about claims that both units are being unlawfully deregulated from rent-stabilization. The apartments in question are units 1C and 3A of 19 Cleveland Place, a 16-unit building next to Petrosino Square — and they’re just two of a dozen units that some of the build- ing’s longtime tenants, along with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, believe have been illegally deregulated by their landlord, Fontana Realty, since the landlord took over the building in 2000. And, as has already been the case with many residential buildings across the city, the dereguContinued on page 27 Invest in an IRA with rates as high as 2.15% APY The Perfect Fit Open your IRA by April 15th at one of our convenient branches or visit 800-522-4100 ® Annual Percentage Yield (APY) is accurate as of 3/7/2014. Rates subject to change. Minimum deposit $250. A penalty will or may be imposed for early withdrawal. Consult your tax advisor for eligibility and potential tax savings. ©2014 Valley National Bank®. Member FDIC. Equal Opportunity Lender. All Rights Reserved. VCS-5505 5505_Community Media Ad_9.875x2.indd 1 5 15 CANAL ST RE ET • N YC 10 013 • C OPYRIG HT © 2013 N YC COMMU N ITY MED IA , LLC 3/7/14 11:21 AM


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