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Hotel opposition sells C.B. 2 on saving Merchant’s House

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Neighbors and friends of the Merchant’s House Museum, the 1832 landmarked family house just west of Bowery, turned out in force on Monday to oppose a proposal to build a nine-story hotel adjacent to the landmark. Despite earnest statements by the hotel’s developer and the architect that their utmost priority would read more here »

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Defying their critics, ‘mansion’ owners do return to E. 3rd St.

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Councilmember Rosie Mendez was speaking at the rally in front of 50, 54 and 58 E. Third St. last week — where leases for market-rate tenants in 17 apartments recently weren’t renewed, causing anxiety and speculation as to what the landlord’s intent is. As she spoke, Mendez pointed across the street read more here »

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Police Blotter, Week May 17, 2012

Perry St. rape Ivan Ramos, 22, pleaded not guilty at his Wed., May 16, arraignment on charges of raping a woman in a basement stairwell at 129 Perry St. a month ago. He is being held lieu of $500,000 bail pending a July 11 court appearance. Ramos, who has several prior arrests, is charged with read more here »

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V.I.D. rolls out expert panel

[media-credit name="Photos by Lincoln Anderson " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit]The Village Independent Democrats organized a special forum last Thursday on how to improve interactions and road-sharing between cyclists, pedestrians and auto drivers. Clockwise from top left: George Bliss of The Hub modeled a Bobbin upright bike; Caroline Samponaro of Transportation Alternatives discussed Bike-Share as Allie Nudelman — read more here »

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Meeting on proposed changes for the Hudson River Park Act

The Hudson River Park Trust has scheduled a public meeting to update the general public about discussions on changing the Hudson River Park Act in ways that could affect uses in the Hudson River Park, such as allowing residential and hotel development on Pier 40, at West Houston St. The meeting will include a presentation read more here »

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Obama takes it to another level at the Rubin Museum

[media-credit name="Photos by Bob Krasner" align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit]The Obama Victory Fund 2012 rented the Rubin Museum of Art, at 17th St. and Seventh Ave., on Monday, filling it with about 200 supporters who had contributed toward the campaign at various levels. The museum is dedicated to the art of the Himalayas and surrounding regions. Twenty or so of the read more here »

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Film Forum’s repertory chief Goldstein is a classic

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  Nobody I’ve ever met knows as much about as many movies of all genres as does Bruce Goldstein. Genre. You want genre? Karen Cooper’s dearly beloved genre is The Documentary Film. She books them like gangbusters. Bruce Goldstein’s is everything else. Karen Cooper’s line of work is running a movie theater read more here »

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City Council race  for Quinn’s seat is already heating up

  BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  The election for the City Council’s Third District is more than a year away, but one expected candidate is already coming out swinging — at least at one of the other expected candidates. In a recent article in the Politicker, Corey Johnson, chairperson of Community Board 4, blasted Brad Hoylman, read more here »

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Still waiting to see the light after Christopher St. survey

BY LORENZO LIGATO  |  A mid-March inspection of the lighting conditions in the Christopher St. area led to the identification of more than 100  illumination problems. Today, two months later, the famed West Village street remains poorly lit. The lighting inspection was sponsored by state Senator Tom Duane, in collaboration with City Council Speaker Christine read more here »

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  The 315-mile-long Hudson River harbors some interesting creatures as it flows from Lake Tear of the Clouds in the Adirondack Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, but none as dazzling as those who came to honor it on May 12 in the annual Hudson River Pageant. In a swirl of imaginative read more here »

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