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Fir sure: New School center tops out on 5th Ave.

[media-credit id=1 align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit]BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  More than 200 faculty, staff and neighbors of The New School joined Tishman construction workers last week as an evergreen was hoisted to the top of the 16th story of 65 Fifth Ave. in the traditional topping-out ceremony for the school’s University Center. When the center opens in read more here »

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Young ‘reality show raptors’ get ready to wing it

BY LORENZO LIGATO |  In 2011, two red-tailed hawks in Washington Square took the Web by storm. The two raptors — named Bobby and Violet — had built their nest on a windowsill outside of N.Y.U. President John Sexton’s office, on the 12th floor of Bobst Library on Washington Square South. More than 1.7 million viewers read more here »

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Police Blotter, Week of May 24, 2012

‘Drive faster!’ A cab driver told police that two women who had hailed him around 3:30 p.m. Sun., May 20, at Varick and Vandam Sts. began yelling that he wasn’t going fast enough. One woman grabbed the rate card and tore it up and the other grabbed his iPhone when he was about to call read more here »

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C.B. 2, Jersey City inflamed as feds accept gas pipeline

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Tuesday approved Spectra Energy’s proposal for a new, high-pressure, 30-inch, natural gas pipeline under the Hudson River between New Jersey and the West Village. Supported by the Bloomberg administration, which anticipates increased need for relatively clean-burning natural gas, the pipeline has raised serious concerns read more here »

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Cooper prez: Fee plan offers ‘most optimistic way forward’

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Cooper Union President Jamshed Bharucha gave some details last month on plans to stabilize the financially troubled elite East Village school. In an open letter to students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, Bharucha said that an interim report by the school’s Revenue Task Force recommended fees for master’s degree programs and read more here »

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Chinese dissident finds refuge in Wash. Sq. Village

BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL | Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng arrived at N.Y.U.’s Washington Square Village complex Saturday night after a flight from China. Guangcheng, hobbling on crutches, broke his foot a month earlier after a dramatic, secret escape from his home. Guangcheng, his wife, Yuan Weijing, and his two children arrived at Newark Airport Saturday read more here »

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Former horse mart is trotted out as new landmark, finally!

[media-credit name="File photo " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Frank Stella’s former E. 13th St. studio is now home to the Peridance Capezio Dance Center. BY ALBERTR AMATEAU| The Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously designated the 1904 Van Tassell & Kearney Horse Auction Mart on E. 13th St. a New York City landmark on May 15, culminating a six-year read more here »

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N.Y.U. Medical finds space in Verizon Midtown monolith

[media-credit name="Photos by Lincoln Anderson " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] N.Y.U. Langone Medical Center has purchased more than 327,000 square feet at 240 E. 38th St., below right. Above, the new facility’s entrance. BY LINCOLN ANDERSON| Showing how it can nimbly find and retrofit large amounts of existing space for its own use, New York University Langone read more here »

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Science Festival to investigate neutrinos, H20, Hedy Lamarr

BY ALBERT AMATEAU | The Ultimate Science Street Fair is coming to Washington Square Park on Sun., June 3, to climax the 2012 four-day World Science Festival bringing 50 events conducted by leading scientists, writers and artists. The free Washington Square event will feature interactive exhibits, experiments and demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., read more here »

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Dance parade has a chill ending this year — skating

[media-credit name="Photos by Milo Hess" align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] On Saturday, the Sixth Annual Dance Parade sambaed, waltzed and boogied its way down Broadway from 21st St. to Tompkins Square Park, where soundstages were set up for various dance acts after the parade. Huge crowds along the route watched the thousands of hoofers performing various styles from read more here »

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