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Scene, Week of May 3, 2012

[media-credit id=1 align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit]Friday morning, Washington Square Park’s petanque court, just north of the small-dog run, was seeing some action. Before the park’s renovation, the spot had long courts with low walls, but now it’s a just a smooth-surfaced area separate from the grass lawn.

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AIDS housing provider wins $1.1 million grant

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tues., May 1, officially presented a $1.1 million grant to Bailey-Holt House, the residence for people with AIDS at 180 Christopher St., for its Project FIRST program. With representatives for Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Congressmembers Jerold Nadler and Charlie Rangel in attendance, Vincent Hom, HUD read more here »

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N.Y.U. proposal getting better — but not good enough

BY JUDY PAUL and NOAM DWORMAN  |  Several weeks ago, thanks to the hard work of Borough President Stringer, New York University announced that it had made improvements to its proposed development in the Village, for the first time since the community began calling for changes.  While the reductions in density, preservation of some of read more here »

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Letters, Week of May 3, 2012

Actually, we’re neutral on 2031 To The Editor: Re “Always follow the money” (letter, by Sean Sweeney, April 19); and “N.Y.U. plan is critical for city’s nonprofit sector” (talking point, by Sat Bhattacharya, Arthur Makar, Dr. Cynthia Maurer, Muzzy Rosenblatt, David Garza and Michael Zisser, April 5): While New York University has been a good read more here »

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Pier 40: New ideas

The results of a new study for potential uses for Pier 40 were recently released, and are jumpstarting a vigorous discussion about the future of this critical, yet badly deteriorated, structure in the Hudson River Park. The study was largely done by HR & Advisors and finished up by Tishman/Aecom. It looked at seven different read more here »

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UNION SQUARE:  Daring to reach for the sky

[media-credit name="Photo courtesy the Union Square Partnership " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit]It’s no stretch to say you can enjoy activities like yoga and cardio at the Summer in the Square event series on Thursdays.

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UNION SQUARE:  Park to professionals: It all comes together here

BY JENNIFER FALK  |  I have walked Union Square Park every week of the last five years and I am amazed at how spectacular it looks, and how dramatically it — and the entire neighborhood — has changed. The park bristles with activity from end to end with record numbers of people enjoying the thriving Greenmarket, read more here »

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La lucha continua: A place to fight for workers’ rights

[media-credit name="Photo by Jefferson Siegel" align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Demonstrators added some spice to the May Day protest in Union Square on Tuesday with a Che papier-mâché head costume, left, and a luchador mask. [media-credit name="Photo by Milo Hess " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit]

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Budget cuts would devastate after-school programs

BY MARGARET S. CHIN   |  This is what our city stands to lose this year: 25,000 after-school seats; nearly 16,000 childcare slots; 159 of 251 shelter beds for runaway and homeless youth and drop-in and street outreach services; 20 fire companies; 40 library branches; 2,750 teaching positions; senior services, including transportation, elder-abuse services, and read more here »

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Sure beats a dance around the Maypole

Downtown theater, during the ‘lusty month,’ dumbfounds and dazzles BY TRAV S.D.  |  No, no, I’m not dancing around the MayPole, I just got my arm tangled in this tether ball…so don’t mind me. While I stay here and try to extricate myself, please, you kids, run along and see some Downtown theatre. Here, I’ll read more here »

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