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City spins idea for wind rotors atop buildings

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Are you ready for 55-foot-tall wind turbines atop buildings on the waterfront? The Department of City Planning is contemplating a citywide “Zone Green” text amendment that would open more opportunities for wind turbines and other energy-saving measures. Vivian Awner, a department spokesperson, made the pitch to the Community Board 2 Land read more here »

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Focusing on ‘kids, dogs, flowers’ and funds for park

[media-credit name="Photo by Ann Clark, courtesy Friends of Hudson River Park " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Blake Beatty, at Pier 40 at W. Houston St., plots a better park through neighborhood participation. BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  For Blake Beatty, Dec. 12 was a good time of the year — and the right time in her life — read more here »

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Maloney: Let women fight at front

Congressmember Carolyn Maloney praised the new rules released by the Pentagon that would allow women in the military to serve closer to the front lines, but would retain the longstanding ban on women serving in front-line assignments — such as in the infantry, armored units and special forces. In a statement on Feb. 9, when read more here »

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From movie house to market to a pricey rooftop pad

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  East Village Farm supermarket, just off Tompkins Square Park, recently closed and the owner’s plan is now to renovate the existing building and add a luxury residential duplex on top. As of last Friday, no plans had been filed for the property, at 98 – 108 Ave. A, which sits midblock read more here »

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City Council to vote on medical pot

BY PAUL DeRIENZO  |  A bill legalizing medical marijuana in New York State may be on the verge of a big boost if the City Council follows the advice of its Mental Health Committee and endorses the measure now before the New York State Senate and Assembly. The scheduled Council vote on Wed., Feb. 29, read more here »

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Sculptor dogged by a past act deserves forgiveness

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  Elsa and I are dog lovers. We got our first dog around 1978. A friend was getting divorced and had to give up the dog. We took the dog in. When we came to New York City, the dog, a part of the family, came with us. After our canine friend read more here »

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Actor revisits community that shaped his character

[media-credit name="Photos by Bob Krasner " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Richard Edson, on a recent visit back to the East Village, outside one of its longtime local landmarks, now closed, Life Cafe. BY BOB KRASNER  |  What do Sonic Youth, Spike Lee and Charlie Sheen have in common? If you answered “Richard Edson,” you’ve been paying attention read more here »

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Angry faculty to caped dogs unite at anti-N.Y.U. plan rally

[media-credit name="Photo by Lincoln Anderson " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Can a new breed of fearless four-footed superheroes save the Village from N.Y.U.’s development plans? A poster for the Underdogs was left in Judson Church’s fence after Saturday’s rally. BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  More than 550 protesters — including 50 with wet noses and tails — turned read more here »

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The Good, the Bad  and the Ugly: A look at St. Brigid’s rehab

[media-credit name="Photos by Byron Smith " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Around dawn, when the construction lights are turned on inside St. Brigid’s, is the best time to see the newly installed stained-glass windows in all their beauty, backlit by the lights inside. BY ROLAND LEGIARDI-LAURA  |  For the past 164 years St. Brigid’s Roman Catholic Church (built read more here »

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C.B. 2 O.K.’s full length for Gennaro Feast; Mall on tap

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  A year ago, Little Italy and Nolita were in the midst of a civil war: Nolita was trying to “secede” from the annual Feast of San Gennaro. A group including new fashion boutique owners along Mulberry St., as well as some residents and some of the area’s newer restaurants were stridently read more here »

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