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Rajkumar is raising funding but hasn’t said she’s running

  BY JOSH ROGERS  |  Democratic District Leader Jenifer Rajkumar has raised more than $37,000 in her as-yet-unannounced bid to unseat City Councilmember Margaret Chin later this year. Rajkumar said she is only “exploring” a possible run, and said she would wait until a fomal announcement before discussing the campaign’s issues. Her fundraising numbers were read more here »

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Carrying a big stick Teddy Roosevelt always said that one should speak softly and carry a big stick — but one man was arrested in the West Village last week after following only the second half of that famous mantra. Chauncey Wallace, 40, was apprehended near the corner of Christopher St. and Seventh Ave. South read more here »

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Canal St. building continues to slowly crumble

Around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, an old, steel, roll-down gate partially detached from the vacant building at the southwest corner of Canal and Greenwich Sts. A fleet of emergency vehicles converged on the scene, including about three fire trucks, several other Fire Department vehicles, a police car and a car from the Mayor’s Office of read more here »

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Rocking in the new year

Vocalists Terry Brennan (above) and Sabrina Seidman (below), members of Mercury Landing, a New York City-based prog-rock/funk band, were still in the New Year’s spirit during their concert at the Bowery Electric on Saturday night. Their group was the headlining act for “Wintercourse,” an annual event that also featured musical acts Belt and Adam and read more here »

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Why we don’t have the right to care about Newtown

BY TED RALL  | We don’t have the right to be sad. We don’t have the right to be angry. We don’t have the right to care about the 20 dead kids, much less the six dead adults or the one deranged shooter. American newspapers don’t have the right to pretend that we are a nation stricken read more here »

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Letters, Week of Jan. 10, 2013

Mom taught the lesson of love To The Editor: Re “Sophie Gerson, 88, former school board president, pol Alan’s mom” (obituary, Jan. 3): Thank you for your beautiful tribute to my mother, our beloved Sophie Gerson. Sophie would want me to add that her last community meeting, just a few short weeks ago, was that of read more here »

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Tough call for C.B. 2

Zoning issues are invariably complex, but the case of God’s Love We Deliver’s plan to sell a portion of its air rights to a neighboring development project presented special challenges for Community Board 2. Ultimately, the community board resolved to support the application, but its stance has left many neighbors angry — and not just read more here »

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Just Do Arts!

PARSONS DANCE  Blink and you’ll miss him. That challenge is nothing compared to the pressure on the man tasked with performing David Parsons’ “Caught.” One wrong step, and he’ll miss his target, in this extraordinarily impressive display of timing that uses strobe lights to follow a dancer’s trajectory from planted feet to leaps and bounds read more here »

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Scoopy’s, Week of Jan. 10, 2013

NOHO DISTRICTING DONNYBROOK: The Districting Commission has announced that due to the outcry over the new lines it drew for City Council districts that it will now hold more public hearings. The announcement came as a bit of a surprise, but it was welcome to Sean Sweeney of the Downtown Independent Democrats club, who was read more here »

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L.E.S. teen’s murder prompts call for more police patrolling

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  In the aftermath of the Jan. 4 shooting death of Raphael Ward, 16 — a resident of the Lower East Side’s Baruch Houses who officials believe was killed for his coat — some other Baruch residents said they want police to increase their patrols around the complex. “I’m not sure if read more here »

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