Hundreds of city buildings are not subject to city fire safety codes because they are owned by the state or federal government.
Tour guides say the policies are too strict, while residents say they are too lenient.
The city would lose the limited control it has over tourist helicopters if it bans them from lower Manhattan, officials said.
The Yung Wing School's "Panda Pawns" were the first elementary-school team to beat high-schoolers in a national contest.
Transportation Alternatives is pressing for safety measures at Delancey and Essex streets after a woman's death last week.
Politicians are calling on the city end tourist flights from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport.
A Lower East Side co-op complex has started an electric car-sharing program for residents.
The electronics store started with a 500-square-foot shop in 1971.
The city may also make 9/11 memorial tour buses buy a permit.
The Assembly voted to pass a measure Monday that would create a permit system for intercity bus operators.
A Council committee endorsed a resolution urging the state to pass legislation to regulate inter-city buses.
The city will close the Independence Plaza center unless the state puts more money into the budget.
Politicians have introduced legislation that could force intercity buses to need permits.
The city is reportedly trying to charge drivers $10 to enter Lower Manhattan on weekdays.
The city recently installed "No Skateboarding" signs in the public plaza and will add guards to prevent skating.
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