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‘Let it be’; Pols urge mayor not to appeal N.Y.U. ruling

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Gathered round the Fiorello LaGuardia statue in LaGuardia Park last Saturday afternoon, local politicians, plus “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon, joined by a crowd of dozens of Villagers, once again urged N.Y.U. to scrap its embattled plan for its two South Village superblocks and “go back to the drawing read more here »

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Hoylman backs tough penalties for killing  of auxiliary officers

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  On the seventh anniversary of the fatal shooting of two young auxiliary police officers on a South Village street, state Senator Brad Hoylman introduced legislation that would make the penalty for killing an auxiliary officer the same as that for killing a regular New York Police Department officer. Nicholas Pekearo, 28, read more here »

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Tribes mounts last-ditch appeal to save iconic East Village arts space

BY SARAH FERGUSON  |  Last week, the Howl! Festival announced that it had selected blind poet and playwright Steve Cannon to be 2014’s poet laureate of the Lower East Side. But the news of this latest feather in Cannon’s cap is bittersweet, because he and his iconic E. Third St. gallery/performance salon, A Gathering of read more here »

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Hoylman’s ‘L’ of an idea: Get developer to add exit

BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  As one real estate developer seeks to build up, state Senator Brad Hoylman suggests they burrow below as well. Word, however, has yet to reach Hoylman in response to a letter to Extell Development Company suggesting the latter contribute to the construction of a second exit at the First Ave. station read more here »

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Big development bonus to float around Hudson Square?

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Last month, the first proposal for affordable housing within the new Hudson Square Special District was publicly unveiled, when major developer Extell brought its plans for 68 Charlton St. to Community Board 2. The developer has applied for an “inclusionary housing” bonus — offered within Hudson Square as part of the read more here »

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Chin wants higher fines for harassing senior tenants

BY SAM SPOKONY  | Asserting it will help to protect seniors from wrongful eviction and abuse, City Councilmember Margaret Chin on March 12 introduced legislation that would increase the penalties against landlords caught harassing their tenants. The bill would double the maximum fine for tenant harassment by increasing the penalties from the current range of $1,000 read more here »

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Park campaign offers perks, from discounts to free events

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Putting a new spin on fundraising, the Friends of Hudson River Park is offering supporters the opportunity to enjoy discounts and access to exclusive, special park events and activities in return for their donations. Launched last week, it’s called the “Friendship Drive,” and the idea is that supporters join it as read more here »

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Garden developers say building is for their own kids

BY SARAH FERGUSON |  Members of the Children’s Magical Garden filed a lawsuit in state Supreme Court on March 10 to reclaim the portion of the garden that is now slated for development. They say their 30-year occupation of the lot at 157 Norfolk St. gives them a legal claim of “adverse possession.” They are read more here »

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Crawl had all central Village’s top coffee spots

BY MELISSA KRAVITZ    |  Windows in The Village got steamy last week as East and West Village residents came together…for coffee! From March 9-16, New Yorkers could use Village Coffee Crawl punch cards to visit each of 10 participating businesses for half-priced cups of hot or iced coffee, or coffee-like beverages. The inaugural Village read more here »

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Police Blotter, Week of March 20, 2014

Truck-crash murder charge The man arrested Feb. 12 for stealing a delivery truck and killing a city bus driver in a drunken crash at W. 14th St. and Seventh Ave. has been indicted for murder and aggravated vehicular homicide, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced on March 12. Events leading up to the tragic incident read more here »

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