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Chamber chief: N.Y.U plan will help Village keep its character

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Build, baby, build! The Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce and local construction unions wholeheartedly support the N.Y.U. 2031 Plan, and they held a news conference on City Hall’s steps Tuesday to say it loudly and clearly. On Monday, Community Board 2 officially submitted to Borough President Scott Stringer its advisory resolution read more here »

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Biker, cool carnie, actor… The evolution of Billy

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  For many, the Lower East Side represented much more than a geographic location with ever-changing borders. The L.E.S. was a magical kingdom where almost anything seemed possible and we felt we had the freedom to be whoever we wanted to be, to say whatever we needed to say, and the right read more here »

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‘Super’ playground coming for toddlers on LaGuardia Pl.

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Construction has started on the N.Y.U. superblocks! No, not on the university’s contentious 2031 plan — but on Adrienne’s Garden, a new toddlers playground sporting a flashy dragon on LaGuardia Place between Bleecker and W. Third Sts. About two weeks ago, a chain-link fence went up around the site, which is read more here »

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New C.C.B.A. president vows unflagging support for Taiwan

BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Chinatown has a new mayor. On Thurs., March 1, community members and elected officials gathered at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association to celebrate the appointment of Paul Ng as the organization’s new president. “C.C.B.A. acted as the City Hall of Chinatown, and that is why the president of C.C.B.A. was always read more here »

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Spiffier chess plaza opens, but games are still $10

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  “Game of chess?” The familiar call was ringing out once again on Monday in Washington Square Park’s southwest corner, which was reopened last week after a lengthy renovation. Earl Biggs, 67, was sitting at one of the sleek new chess tables that ring the plaza, which now sports a circular grass read more here »

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Police Blotter, week of March 15, 2012

Raped in Broadway A.T.M. lobby Police arrested a rape suspect around 8 p.m. Mon., March 5, on E. Ninth St. just east of Broadway. An hour earlier, two witnesses phoned 911 saying a suspect with his pants down around his ankles was raping an unconscious woman on the floor of an A.T.M. vestibule at 785 read more here »

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  With the last remnants of The Cooper Union’s old Engineering Building finally demolished, construction is moving ahead on its far glitzier replacement. Edward J. Minskoff Equities Inc. is developing a 400,000-square-foot office building at 51 Astor Place on a design by Fumihiko Maki. Influenced by the site’s triangular shape, the new read more here »

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Pain of hospital loss still felt  at last hearing on Rudin plan

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  In the last chance for public comment on the project slated to replace the former St. Vincent’s Hospital, about 200 people turned out for a City Council subcommittee hearing on the plan on Tuesday morning. But they couldn’t all get into the hearing room at once. About 100 people could be read more here »

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Tenants win suit but fear they still might not go home

[media-credit name="Photo by Peter Gee " align="alignleft" width="168"][/media-credit] The building at 289 Grand St. has sat vacant for two years following a major fire. BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  A court ruling last week would allow tenants of a fire-ravaged Lower East Side / Chinatown-area building to move back into their homes. Exactly when tenants would read more here »

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A news vendor is the story as she fights for her stand

BY LESLEY SUSSMAN  |  The community is rallying behind a longtime Chinatown newsstand operator who the city wants to displace over a technicality. Community Board 3 members, state and city officials and local residents joined together last week to ask the city’s Department of Transportation to cease its efforts to boot the newsstand from its read more here »

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