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Source: Hudson Park NID doesn’t need Durst, and is still alive

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Reports of the Hudson River Park NID’s death have been greatly exaggerated — at least according to one well-placed source. According to the source, who requested anonymity, the Friends of Hudson River Park on Monday will announce that the effort to create a neighborhood improvement district for the park is still alive and read more here »

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Jubilation at Stonewall Inn

By JEFFERSON SIEGEL AND LAEL HINES  |  It’s not often that a Supreme Court ruling can set hearts aflutter and joyous crowds into the streets. However, the court’s ruling on Wednesday, striking down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional, sent ecstatic shockwaves across the country, especially on Christopher St. in the read more here »

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Park bill made little noise, could have huge impact

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  As the State Legislature’s session drew to a close last week, a sweeping bill to modify the Hudson River Park Act, which would, most notably, allow the park to transfer its unused air rights, was quietly passed by both the Assembly and the state Senate. “Radio silence” was how one stunned read more here »

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Board 3 approves Danny Chen Way street co-naming

BY CLARISSA-JAN LIM  |  Community Board 3 voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a resolution for co-naming a block of Elizabeth St. as Danny Chen Way. Private Danny Chen committed suicide in 2011 in Afghanistan after being subjected to incessant racial taunting and abuse by fellow soldiers. Chen grew up in Chinatown the only child read more here »

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Shaoul takes it off: Illegal 6th St. penthouse going

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  It took almost five years, but Ben Shaoul is finally removing the penthouse that he added onto 514-516 E. Sixth St. The Villager was tipped off by concerned reader Terry Towery, who said a crane had come in last Friday and was delivering equipment, making the resident think Shaoul was actually read more here »

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City makes part of L.E.S. children’s garden permanent

BY SARAH FERGUSON  |  The Children’s Magical Garden won a major victory Wednesday when the city agreed to transfer two of the three lots that make up this green haven to the Parks Department for preservation under the city’s GreenThumb program. “After a thorough assessment of all available options, we will be initiating the process of transferring read more here »

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Scoopy’s, Week of June 27, 2013

NEW FRIENDS FUNDRAISING CHIEF: We hear from A.J. Pietrantone, the former executive director of the Friends of Hudson River Park, that his replacement at Friends is Gregory Boroff. Boroff’s most recent position has been as vice president and director of development for amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, where it sounds like he was definitely read more here »

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Pagans seek to dispel fears, and find a Village home

BY LAEL HINES  |  For most people, last Friday was just the first day of summer. But for Star Raven Hawk and Chantal Commons, the day held a much deeper significance. Practitioners of the Wicca faith, they had agreed to an interview at a Lower East Side Burger King. Star and Chantal were intricately bedecked read more here »

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Speeding cyclist slams woman on Broadway

BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL | Around 7:30 p.m. Thurs., June 20, a large group of cyclists was speeding down Broadway when one of them struck a female pedestrian at the corner of Eighth St. Firefighters responded and treated the woman (above), bandaging a large, bloody cut on her forehead. A police car soon arrived, and the cyclists, read more here »

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Police Blotter, Week of June 27, 2013

CVS credit-card crook An employee at the CVS store on Bleecker St. reportedly stole a customer’s credit card in May, and spent the past month using it illegally before being arrested on June 22, police said. Christopher Thornhill, who works behind the register at the 158 Bleecker St. location, was apprehended while he was on his read more here »

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