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The new-look Villager wins first-place award for Design Excellence

Winning for overall design, headlines, editorial page, photography and more, the Villager took home eight awards in the New York Press Association’s 2013 Better Newspaper Contest. One hundred fifty-eight newspapers — mostly community weeklies — from around New York State submitted entries for the contest, which this year was judged by members of the Pennsylvania read more here »

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Play ball! G.V.L.L. opens season, celebrates 30 years

BY LAUREN VESPOLI  |  The Greenwich Village Little League celebrated the spring season’s opening day and the league’s 30th anniversary on Saturday morning. Players from the league’s T-ball through baseball Seniors divisions, as well as parents, coaches and local politicians, gathered at Pier 40 in Hudson River Park for a parade of teams, remarks from read more here »

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Chelsea raises Cain over church air rights  sale for jumbo tower

UPDATED: 3:15pm, April 10, 2014 BY SAM SPOKONY | Residents of West 16th Street, now joined by local elected officials, are continuing their fight against the “monstrous” and “out of scale” development currently underway on their block — and they’re also hoping for some divine intervention that could cut the planned building’s size in half. read more here »

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New lawn, rope-play feature open in Washington Square

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  On Monday, without fanfare, the construction fences around the lawn and play area in Washington Square Park’s southwestern quadrant came down, finally reopening this part of the park to the public. According to the Parks Department, the new park building is also nearly complete and will be opened “very soon,” which read more here »

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Eateries worry something’s cooking for their corner

BY ZACH WILLIAMS  | One East Village landlord remains quiet as community concerns grow that development will envelop the corner of E. Houston and Orchard Sts. that he owns. Sam Mangano, owner of parcels at 187 E. Houston St. and 196-198 Orchard St., has taken several steps toward making more money out of the properties. Insurance read more here »

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Parking-protected bike lanes  are likely coming to Hudson St.

BY SAM SPOKONY  | Two weeks ago, Community Board 2 approved the Department of Transportation’s plan for a new parking-protected bike lane along Lafeyette St. and Fourth Ave. Last Thursday, D.O.T. returned to the board with a proposal that would provide the same upgrade to the current bike lanes along Hudson St. from Houston to W. read more here »

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Rent freeze likely for more seniors with SCRIE change

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Thousands of New York City seniors living in rent-regulated apartments may soon be able to celebrate a rent freeze, after a budget deal reached by the state Legislature. The state’s 2014-15 budget, which was approved on March 31, allows for a huge increase to the income limit for eligibility in the city’s read more here »

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Police Blotter, Week of April 10, 2014

Bank robbery spree Police are seeking an unidentified man who allegedly pulled off six different bank robberies over the past three months, including one on the Lower East Side and one near Union Square. The suspect — described as a 25-year-old black male, around 5 foot 9 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds — began read more here »

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Veterans keep fighting — against curfew for memorial

BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL  |  A group of activist local veterans have put the lie to General Douglas MacArthur’s famous saying, “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” For the fourth time in three years, several indomitable gaffers were arrested late last Friday night at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Water St. in Lower Manhattan. Their read more here »

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John Lesch, 69, founded alt paper, lived in the East Village

John Paterson Lesch, a former resident of the East Village, where he briefly ran an alternative newspaper, died …..Feb. 28 in Pennsylvania. The cause of death was cancer. He was 69. John was born in Misericordia Hospital in the Bronx in 1944 to Samuel, an editor at The Wall Street Journal, and Margaret Lesch. For read more here »

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