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Man who murdered wife on Essex St. gets 19 to life

BY SAM SPOKONY | A man who admitted to killing his wife in 2008, inside a car parked on the Lower East Side, has been sentenced to 19 years to life in prison, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced on Thursday. William Davila, 48, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last month. On May 13, 2008, while they read more here »

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Judge says city broke the law by approving N.Y.U. superblocks plan

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Updated Wed., Jan. 8, 11 p.m. |  In a devastating blow to New York University, on Tuesday, State Supreme Court Justice Donna Mills ruled that the city and state broke the law by O.K.’ing the university’s plan to use three parkland strips for construction of its hotly contested South Village expansion scheme. read more here »

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De Blasio seems on same page with evicted news vendor

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Updated Wed., Jan. 8, 11 p.m.  |  The news could be looking much better for embattled Astor Place newsstand vendor Jerry Delakas under a new administration. Arthur Schwartz, Delakas’s attorney, reported that Mayor Bill de Blasio was very sympathetic to Delakas’s plight when the vendor met him at a “public open house” read more here »

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Johnson taps ex-Gottfried aide as his chief of staff

Corey Johnson, far left, was sworn in on Dec. 27 as the new District Three city councilmember, as two of his top aides, Louis Cholden-Brown, center, and R.J. Jordan, looked on. Until this past week, it was thought Jordan — who managed Johnson’s campaign — would be his chief of staff. Photo by Sam Spokony read more here »

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Riders on the storm… Anyone? Citi Bike wasn’t shut off during blizzard

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | The city’s new public bike-share system was still up and running on Friday morning — though it didn’t seem like anyone was riding. In fact, it didn’t seem that anyone was riding any bicycles of any sort on the city’s slush-covered streets following winter storm Hercules the night before. There were read more here »

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Bike-share to keep rolling in blizzard — but who’s riding? Some cycles are shifted off streets

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON With winter storm Hercules bearing down on New York City, the most critical question Thursday evening was whether public schools would be open Friday. Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a late-afternoon press conference, said that — as of right then, with snowfall not yet having begun — the plan was to keep the read more here »

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Small Business Services commish leaving for prof job; Still no word on replacement from de Blasio

BY SAM SPOKONY | The longtime commissioner of the city’s Department of Small Business Services will soon leave office to start his new job as a college professor  — but there’s still been no word from Mayor Bill de Blasio on who will replace him. Commissioner Rob Walsh, who was appointed by former Mayor Mike Bloomberg read more here »

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Attorney: ‘Intense negotiations’ with city going on about Astor Place newsstand

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | In an update on Jerry Delakas’s struggle to regain his Astor Place newsstand, the longtime vendor’s attorney, Arthur Schwartz, told The Villager on Saturday that discussions have recently ratcheted up to a whole new level. In the waning days of Mayor Bloomberg’s administration, in November, Delakas’s kiosk was suddenly padlocked by the city’s read more here »

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Soho Apple Store bomb threat a hoax

ORIGINALLY POSTED, Fri., Dec. 27  |  BY LINCOLN ANDERSON AND SAM SPOKONY | The crowded Apple Store, at the busy intersection of Prince and Greene Sts. in Soho, was evacuated today, Fri., Dec. 27, due to a bomb threat. According to Detective Marc Nell, a New York Police Department spokesperson, police received a 911 call from the read more here »

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Magical mystery buy: New owner purchases former garden lot

BY SARAH FERGUSON |   On Saturday, a crowd of supporters gathered at the Children’s Magical Garden at the corner of Stanton and Norfolk Sts. to celebrate the winter solstice. They sang a traditional wassail to the garden’s 33-year-old apple tree, thanking it for its juicy and bountiful harvest. And gardeners invited people to throw “dream seeds” read more here »

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