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N.Y.U. Bike Share on a roll

New York University’s Bike Share, the first free bike-lending program in New York City, and the first program of its kind at a large urban university — last week increased its capacity by 150 percent — just in time for spring riding season. Forty-five Worksman Cycle bikes (made in Queens at the company’s solar-powered factory) arrived read more here »

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Tompkins rat rampage has been brought under control

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  “Mission accomplished!” The surge against the rats of Tompkins Square Park has succeeded. Last July, this newspaper first reported that ravenous rodents were running wild in the famed East Village park. The article set off a wave of media coverage more frenzied than rats fighting over a half-eaten Ray’s chili-cheese hot read more here »

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South Village is a must-save, says Preserve League

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  The Preservation League of New York State announced on Wednesday that the proposed South Village Historic District was added to the league’s “Seven to Save” list of the state’s most threatened historic resources. Jay DiLorenzo, league president, joined Andrew Berman, director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, in a read more here »

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New business group calls for scaling down N.Y.U. plan

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  More than 30 Village businesses and property owners have signed onto a coalition that recognizes New York University’s right to expand but is calling for modifications of the proposed superblocks projects. Villagers for a Sustainable Neighborhood began organizing last month and is led by Judy Paul, C.E.O. of the Washington Square read more here »

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Hoppy ending as Soho rabbit  rustlers return boutique bunny

[media-credit name="Photo by Jefferson Siegel" align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Marina Zurita McKinnon, 7, of Chelsea, was happy to see Miss Cooper back in the Alexander Berardi boutique window on Prince St. on Saturday. BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL  |  It was a hare-brained scheme from the get-go that no one found very bunny, er… funny. A rabbit that spent read more here »

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V.I.D., D.I.D. hear from, and support, incumbents

[media-credit name="Photos by Tony Hoffman " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Among politicians seeking the two clubs’ endorsement were Congressmember Jerrold Nadler, left, and Assemblymember Deborah Glick. BY TONY HOFFMANN  |  Before a packed house of about 100 people, the Village Independent Democrats and the Downtown Independent Democrats held a joint candidates forum and endorsement meeting at Greenwich read more here »

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Police Blotter, Week of March 22, 2012

Chelsea murder arrest Two men suspected of murdering John Laubach, 57, in his W. 22nd St. apartment on March 2 were apprehended in Orlando, Florida, on Thurs., March 15, after New York Police Department detectives, alerted by a Crime Stoppers tip, tracked the suspects by their cell phone signals. Edwin Faulkner, 30, and Juan Carlos read more here »

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Water taxis will be cruising into Christopher St.

Who says it’s hard to get a taxi in the Far West Village? Well, not anymore — at least not a water taxi, that is. New York Water Taxi will be starting service at the Christopher St. Pier on Sat., March 31. Rates for a “hop-on/hop-off,” all-day pass are $26 for adults and $16 for read more here »

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Elizabeth Hubbard, 76, dancer and beloved gardener

BY K WEBSTER  | Elizabeth Hubbard, a dancer, teacher and member of the M’finda Kalunga Garden, died on March 13 at her Lower East Side home. She was 76. Elizabeth Ann Thompson was born in Harlem. She taught dance at Dance Theater of Harlem and was the dance mistress at Ballet Hispanico. She joined the corps read more here »

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Christine Barattini, 98, active  in church and on immigration

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Christine Barattini, a Village resident since she was brought to America as a baby in her mother’s arms, died Fri., March 9, at 98. A resident of Sixth Ave. near Bleecker St. for more than 70 years, she was the center of a circle of family, friends and neighbors, said her read more here »

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