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Ira Blutreich, Week of April 3, 2014
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Double-Decker Bike

The intriguing-looking bike had been spotted chained to a lamppost outside Arturo’s restaurant on Houston St. at Thompson St. Finally, later on, the cyclist was spotted in action, on Bleecker St., above. How he stops, though, is another mystery altogether.

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E-mail banter is great assist to the beautiful game

BY MICHELE HERMAN  |  Two years ago in these pages I published a story about my long-standing fandom/eavesdropping/spying on the entertaining e-mails of a group of guys who have been playing pickup soccer in East River Park for so long that when the group started there was no e-mail. My appreciation has little to do read more here »

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Letters, Week of April 3, 2014

Leading the way To The Editor: Re “Nolita apartments illegally deregulated, building tenants say” (news article, March 27): The Villager is the only New York City paper doing this kind of reporting. The Fourth Estate should not be passively posting what has already happened, but leading the way. Thanks for pointing the right direction. Tom read more here »

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Ban the horse carriages; Keep the Citi Bikes

Two topics that have been getting a lot of heated discussion lately are horse carriages and Citi Bike. In a way, they’re related, since they’re both modes of transportation — if horse-drawn carriages in New York in this day and age can be called such — but in a lot of ways, they’re very different read more here »

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Scoopy’s, Week of April 3, 2014

Saucy retort: “Rest in pizza,” an article about Little Italy facing extinction, was the New York Post’s page one story Sunday. Eight eateries have closed in the past year in the famous enclave, including seven along Mulberry St., the article reported, including the likes of S.P.Q.R., Positano Ristorante, La Bella Ferrara Cafe, Il Fornaio Ristorante read more here »

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Thinking ‘Beyond the Grid’ about disaster preparedness

BY SAM SPOKONY | We’ve all lived, seen or heard the stories. After Hurricane Sandy struck, many people across Downtown Manhattan and other storm-damaged areas struggled without electricity or Internet service, as government agencies had difficulty reacting quickly to those in need. In many cases, it was volunteer community groups that took the lead in read more here »

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Supremes brush off street-artist suit; Activist tries mayor

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Robert Lederman, founder and president of A.R.T.I.S.T. (Artists’ Response to Illegal State Tactics), is running out of options in his fight to overturn the Parks Department’s 2010 rules limiting where, in a few Manhattan park locations, street artists may vend their work. The city says the rules, adopted nearly four years read more here »

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Advocates pushing for middle school  to open up earlier

BY BETSY KIM  |  The city Department of Education has slated the new school at 75 Morton St. to open in September 2017. However, citing overcrowding and the absence of a middle school in the Village, the 75 Morton Task Force is pushing for a September 2016 opening. Meanwhile, the task force is looking toward read more here »

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Wittenberg seating this summer; Astor Place plazas in two years

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  From a new seating area to expansive plazas, a lot is in store for the Village Alliance business improvement district’s coverage area, which stretches from Eighth St. and Sixth Ave. over to St. Mark’s Place and Second Ave. At the BID district’s western end, at the intersection of Sixth and Greenwich read more here »

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