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VOLUME 29, NUMBER 3

FEBRUARY 11 – FEBRUARY 24, 2016

Photo by Milo Hess

Cra n e c r a s h A 565-foot crawler crane crashed down along two blocks of Worth St. in Tribeca on Friday, killing one man and injuring three other people. The crane’s crew was in the middle of preparing the boom for high winds when accident occurred, prompting the city tighten rules on securing cranes when strong gusts are forecasted. For more on the catastrophe, and the city’s response, see page 2.

Photo by Yannic Rack

The Downtown leaders who revived the Lower Manhattan School Overcrowding Task Force — including, from right, Community Board 1 chairwoman Chatherine McVay Hughes, Councilmember Margaret Chin, Borough President Gale Brewer, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, and State Sen. Daniel Squadron — attempt a jedi mind trick to convince School Construction Authority chief of staff Melanie La Rocca, at left, to add more classroom seats to the school planned for 77 Greenwich St.

BY YANNIC RACK t was perhaps the second-most-anticipated sequel ever. The newly revived Lower Manhattan School Overcrowding

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Task Force held its first meeting last week since the downfall of its disgraced founder, convicted former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. But the focus wasn’t on the past — instead it was on the

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future of a new school planned for the Financial District. Downtown parents, principals, activists, and elected offiSCHOOL WARS Continued on page 6

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