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Reps of hotel project by Merchant’s House have criminal past

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Merchant’s House Muse-um advocates are redoubling their opposition to a proposed nine-story hotel next door to the E. Fourth St. landmark after learning that two representatives of the hotel project pleaded guilty and served time in separate federal criminal cases several years ago. The two men, who represented the hotel development read more here »

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Duane retirement rocks Downtown’s political landscape

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Tom Duane’s surprise announcement on Monday that he won’t seek re-election to the state Senate stunned the Downtown political world. It also altered the dynamics of the upcoming election to fill the City Council seat currently held by Speaker Christine Quinn. Speaking on Monday, Duane said it wasn’t an easy decision read more here »

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Police Blotter, Week of June 7, 2012

Dog salon rape An employee of Biscuits and Bath, a dog salon at 41 W. 13th St., was charged with the first-degree rape of a woman colleague in the workplace around 2:30 a.m. Sat., May 26. The suspect, Vincent Lopez, 21, punched the victim, also 21, when she tried to push him away, and then read more here »

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Squadron bill to aid brewers offers ‘beer production credit’

BY AIDAN GARDINER  |  It seemed like locally brewed beers were going to become a bit more expensive coming out of the tap, but state Senator Daniel Squadron, along with several other state and federal lawmakers, may have crafted a solution. Squadron joined with U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, Brooklyn Assemblymember Joseph Lentol and several others, read more here »

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S.J.P. and Wintour to co-host Obamas at Village fundraiser

BY LORENZO LIGATO  |  If he’s re-elected, Barack Obama may have more to thank than his lucky stars — namely, Hollywood stars. Several are the famous names who have pledged to support the president’s re-election campaign — from rocker Jon Bon Jovi to Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg, to “Desperate Housewives” diva Eva Longoria. Now read more here »

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At meeting, pier housing idea is in eye of the storm

[media-credit name="Photo by Tequila Minsky " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Although the meeting was about possible legislative changes to the Hudson River Park Act, opponents of hydrofracking and the planned Spectra gas pipeline also turned out. BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  More than 250 people packed St. Paul’s Chapel near City Hall last Thursday to hear Hudson River read more here »

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City changes its tune yet again on buskers in parks

[media-credit name="Photo by Terese Loeb Kreuzer " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] These musicians recently busking inside Union Square Park weren’t issued any summonses by police or PEP officers. BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  Robert Lederman, who has been selling his art in New York City parks since 1962, is at war with the city’s Parks Department over read more here »

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N.Y.U. drops hotel, ‘loft blocks’  rezoning; Planning O.K.’s 2031

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  The City Planning Commission on Wednesday approved, with one dissenting vote, New York University’s Plan 2031 to add 2.1 million square feet of new development to the university’s two superblocks south of Washington Square Park. The approved plan, which goes to the City Council next month for a final decision, includes read more here »

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AIDS memorial may have vine canopy with an oculus

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  An innovative new design for an AIDS memorial in the proposed triangle park across from the former St. Vincent’s Hospital property drew positive responses from neighbors and AIDS activists last week. Still very much a work in progress, the design by Mateo Paiva of Studio a+i calls for a canopy of read more here »

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‘Hanging Tree’ is still hanging in there, but needs a big trim

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  The English elm in the northwest corner of Washington Square Park, estimated to be 200 years old, received some preventative surgery last week. A crew of arborists arrived at 8:45 a.m. Thurs., May 31, to trim limbs from near the top of the more-than-100-foot-tall tree, popularly known as the “Hanging Tree.” read more here »

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