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The Paper of Record for Greenwich Village, East Village, Lower East Side, Soho, Union Square, Chinatown and Noho, Since 1933

December 24, 2015 • $1.00 Volume 85 • Number 30

Pledging memorial funds, Cuomo says Triangle Fire ‘should never be forgotten’ BY YANNIC RACK


ew York State is funding the construction of a permanent memorial to the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911, clearing a major hurdle in a years-long fight to erect a fitting monument to one of the deadliest industrial trag-

edies in the country’s history. A group of labor advocates and descendants of the victims started the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition a few years ago to find a design for the memorial and raise the money needed to construct and maintain it — roughly $2.4 million over all. FIRE continued on p. 11

Pier55 enviro impact would not be significant, says state; Suit remains BY ALBERT AMATEAU


he high hopes for an innovative Pier55 took a step closer to reality this month when the state Department of Environmental Conservation posted notice that the project would not have a significant effect on the environment. The Dec. 7 legal notice

carried in the New York Post also said the $130 million new pier proposed for the Hudson River Park — with most of its funding coming as a gift from Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg — complies with the State Historic Preservation Act. The cost of the project inPIER55 continued on p. 23


A woman holding a sign reading “ISIS can sneak through our Northern / Southern border” clashed with anti-Trump protesters — including a man dressed up as a Ku Klux Klan member — on Fifth Ave. at Sunday’s demonstration.

Unity rally thumps Trump over anti-Muslim rhetoric BY LINCOLN ANDERSON


acist, fascist, KKK — Donald Trump, go away!” nearly 200 protesters chanted outside the gleaming golden doorway of Trump Tower on Fifth Ave. last Sunday afternoon. They were mainly Muslims, along with Black Lives Matter activists and a few Mexicans — one sporting a massive pink felt sombrero and another a green and red

poncho. They had gathered outside the presidential candidate’s signature New York City building, in what was billed as a “unity rally against racism, anti-Muslim bigotry and fascism.” Really, in one word, it was a rally against Trump, who, Muslims at the protest said, with his blustering rhetoric, has been demonizing them and their religion, and poisoning people’s minds against them. In the wake of the recent

Paris and San Bernardino terrorist attacks, the surprising Republican front-runner recently called for temporarily banning Muslims from immigrating to the U.S., “until we can figure out what is going on.” Signs bobbing in the crowd, many with the International Action Center’s tagline at the bottom, bore slogans like “Wall Street is our enemy. Not Islam,” “Trump is a capitalist PROTEST continued on p. 8

More problems at nearby nuke 4 Lee joins three in race for 6 He’s all about that 26

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