NEW YORK —?A crowd of several dozen residents of Chinatown and the Lower East Side gathered outside a state office building in Manhattan Wednesday to complain that $1.2 billion in federal funds allocated to help their neighborhoods recuperate from the Sept. 11, 2001, destruction of the World Trade Center is being improperly used.

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, parts of Manhattan below Canal Street were closed to traffic for weeks as a security measure. This resulted in many Chinatown garment factories going out of business and many area residents missing weeks of work.

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