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’Net guru is watching  the watchers: Warns of Facebook, Google

BY CLARISSA-JAN LIM  |  Recent revelations of the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities have triggered outrage and calls to clamp down on the federal government’s unrestrained Big Brother-like snooping. Although the government maintains it’s all only being done in the name of national security, many are upset at the extent of the government’s surveillance activities. read more here »

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Soteri’s Afro jazz ends music fest on a high note

BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  The Washington Square Music Festival, held on Tuesday evenings in July, enjoyed its 55th season this summer. The first night of four, “Baroque in the Park: The Judgment of Paris,” an opera with harpsichord, vocal soloists and chamber orchestra, was moved because of rain to St. Joseph’s Church on Sixth Ave., a fitting read more here »

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BY CLARISSA-JAN LIM  |  In a letter forwarded to The Villager, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver expressed his support for a new ferry stop at the east of Grand St. to Kyle Kimball, executive director of the city’s Economic Development Corporation. E.D.C. is currently considering expanding the East River ferry service. A ferry stop at Grand read more here »

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Housing Authority board hears it from pols, tenants

BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  Councilmember Rosie Mendez walked into the New York City Housing Authority’s annual public hearing to loud applause from the crowd of hundreds of people packed into Pace University’s Schimmel Hall to protest a plan for new luxury apartments on NYCHA’s land. Many of the public housing residents at the July 24 read more here »

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Police Blotter, August 9, 2013

Slashed ex-wife in face A Manhattan man stands accused of trying to brutally murder his ex-wife in the hallway of her Alphabet City apartment building while their children watched in terror, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced July 31. John Woody, 40, has been indicted for first- and second-degree attempted murder, along with 18 other read more here »

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Canoe convoy making quite a row

BY LAEL HINES  |  At 10 a.m. on Fri. Aug. 9, hundreds of canoers and kayakers, both Native American and non-Native American, arrayed in two parallel rows, will pull into Pier 96 at W. 57th St. They will then march across Manhattan to the United Nations, where they will receive a welcome from the U.N. read more here »

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Chess moves: Most players are now at Union Square

BY LAEL HINES  |  Attracting a wide variety of parkgoers, Washington Square is renowned for its diversity. The park welcomes offbeat street performers, bohemian musicians, young families, seniors, clean-cut yuppies, N.Y.U. students, and dogs and their owners, among others. In the park’s southwest corner, yet another well-known user group can be found: the chess players. read more here »

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Educational Alliance’s new center will have it all

BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  The old and new are coming together at the Educational Alliance, as the former Lower East Side settlement house is moving toward completion of a $59 million renovation of its historic flagship building. The project by the community-based nonprofit organization preserves the facade of its 197 East Broadway building, which — read more here »

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Don’t buy REBNY hype: Landmarking helps affordability

BY ANDREW BERMAN  |  In July, the Real Estate Board of New York went on a media blitz, touting its latest report blasting landmark preservation in New York City. This is part of REBNY’s ongoing campaign to paint our landmark preservation system, which covers a little more than 3 percent of our city’s building stock, read more here »

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Don’t buy REBNY hype: Landmarking helps affordability

BY ANDREW BERMAN | In July, the Real Estate Board of New York went on a media blitz, touting its latest report blasting landmark preservation in New York City. This is part of REBNY’s ongoing campaign to paint our landmark preservation system, which covers a little more than 3 percent of our city’s building stock, as read more here »

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