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Downloads, rent upsurge a perfect storm for Bob’s

BY TERENCE CONFINO  |  As part of the ongoing slew of rent hikes forcing small Village stores out of business, iconic music shop Bleecker Bob’s Golden Oldies will soon join the ranks and close its doors. “Rent is just so much that we can’t stay in business,” said T.J. Foley, an employee for more than read more here »

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D.O.T. is set to release new Delancey St. safety plan

[media-credit name="Photo by Aline Reynolds " align="alignleft" width="600"][/media-credit] A memorial by the Williamsburg Bridge to Dashane Santana, 12, who was killed crossing Delancey St. last month. BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Tina Carr, a resident of the Seward Park Co-op, has always been nervous whenever crossing the precarious intersection at Delancey and Clinton Sts. But now read more here »

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Tom Hall, 66, artist and manager of Woodward Gallery

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Tom Hall, the manager of the Woodward Gallery on the Lower East Side for 16 years, died Jan. 2 of mesothelioma lung cancer at the age of 66. A longtime friend of the gallery director, John Woodward, he was offered the job as manager in 1996 two years after the gallery read more here »

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Gisela von Eicken, jewelry designer

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Gisela von Eicken, a prominent jewelry designer and sculptor who lived and worked in her studio on Waverly Place for many years, died last August at the age of 78. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer, said her friend Cynthia Hopkins. Her jewelry, made of wire and stone, had been read more here »

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Partial collapse of building owned by Soros daughter

[media-credit name="Photo by Lincoln Anderson " align="alignleft" width="225"][/media-credit] A construction worker, firefighters and emergency officials on Charles St. last Friday at the scene of a back building’s partial collapse, some of which is visible in the alley. BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  The normally quiet intersection of Charles and W. Fourth Sts. was rocked last Friday read more here »

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Teachers and parents hoping to stave off high school closing

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Washington Irving High School parents and teachers on Tuesday denounced the Bloomberg administration’s plans to phase out the school over the next four years and replace it with two new smaller schools. Deputy Schools Chancellor Shael Suransky told a hostile audience at the Jan. 31 hearing that the plans to close read more here »

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Instead of cutting, using cutting-edge technology

BY TERENCE CONFINO  |  In the constantly evolving field of medical science, N.Y.U. School of Medicine has stepped up its curriculum by combining science with 3D computer technologies. Dr. Sally Frenkel is just one associate professor that worked in partnership with BioDigital Systems LLC to create the BioDigital Human, a 3D interactive virtual cadaver that read more here »

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Partial fix for Pier 40, but ‘holistic’ plan is the goal

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  With nearly half of Pier 40′s rooftop deck in deteriorated condition, threatening the loss of parking revenue and the pier’s eventual shutdown, the Hudson River Park Trust’s board of directors has voted to authorize a partial renovation job for the aging, concrete-and-steel structure. Meanwhile, a new idea for the pier’s redevelopment read more here »

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Mary Spink, affordable housing advocate, C.B. 3 member

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Mary Spink, who rose from a checkered past to become a member of Community Board 3 and a leading advocate for affordable housing, died in the early hours of Mon., Jan. 16. She was 65. The cause of death was reportedly failure of her kidneys and liver. About 200 people attended read more here »

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N.Y.U. calls out the troops in support of its mega-plan

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  In what opponents blasted as an “orchestrated” show of support for N.Y.U.’s 2031 large-scale development plan, union construction workers — along with university deans and even the women’s basketball team coach — testified on behalf of the ambitious development scheme at Community Board 2’s packed full board meeting last Thursday night. read more here »

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