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Synagogue landmarking battle

BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  Plans to renovate an E. 14th St. synagogue may depend upon the view of local residents who want to see the 150-year-old building designated by the city as a protected landmark. Opposing views were aired March 25 before the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which will accept public comment for another 30 days. read more here »

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L.E.S. gardeners claim ‘adverse possession,’ sue to regain lot slated for building

BY SARAH FERGUSON | Members of the Children’s Magical Garden filed a lawsuit in state Supreme Court on Monday 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 asking the read more here »

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Zipper reconsidered: N.Y.U. retools project it says it can still build

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  A working group of mostly N.Y.U. faculty members last week issued its recommendations on what should be included in a new building at the current Coles gym site. They suggested a mix of classrooms, performing-arts space, equal space for student and faculty housing, and student study areas, but no retail space. They read more here »

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Conservancy, C.B. 2  feel unmitigated heat at very tense meeting

BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  Richard Caccappolo, chairperson of Community Board 2’s Parks and Waterfront Committee, might have been putting Sarah Neilson on a witness stand. “State your name and your title,” he said at the beginning of a meeting on March 5 to discuss Washington Square Park and the Washington Square Park Conservancy, which read more here »

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An East Village artist reveals  her fierce path to motherhood

BY SARAH FERGUSON  |  Artist Theresa Byrnes has never been one to shy away from a challenge. After being diagnosed at age 17 with a rare degenerative disease called Friedreich’s ataxia, she traveled to the Australian Outback and Brazilian rainforest, determined to explore the world on her own while her limbs could still carry her.  read more here »

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BY SAM SPOKONY  |  As Mayor Bill de Blasio remains silent on the issue, a coalition of park advocates and politicians gathered near the Union Square Park pavilion on March 9 to call again for him to kill the Bloomberg-era plan to place a seasonal, high-end restaurant in the public pavilion. The advocates recently lost read more here »

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Yet another anti-gay attack in the Village; Police trying to ID suspect

BY SAM SPOKONY | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED MARCH 7, 2014 |  Police are hunting for an unidentified male suspect who allegedly targeted and attacked an openly gay New Jersey man inside the W. Fourth St. subway station early on Sun., March 2. The victim, identified by media reports as J.P. Masterson, 39, was waiting inside the read more here »

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Police Blotter, Week of March 13, 2014

Drunken confession Police arrested Jacob Barashick, 20, after he drunkenly told an officer that he stole and crashed a car on the night of March 7. Around midnight on March 8, Barashick approached an officer inside a parking garage on E. Ninth St. near University Place, and “spontaneously uttered” that he had taken the 2001 read more here »

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BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  George Haikalis wants to go back to the future to improve pedestrian and public transportation in Greenwich Village. For the past 18 years, Haikalis has been president of the Village Crosstown Trolley Coalition, which advocates a streetcar line on the Eighth St. corridor from river to river along Christopher and W. read more here »

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Jean Kwok, 81, tai chi master, wife of Village preservationist

Jean Gee-Hing Kwok, 81, passed away peacefully on Feb. 5, at the Village home she had shared with her late husband, Arnold Bergier. Jean was a devoted and loving wife to Arnold, whom she married in 1970.  He was a prominent sculptor and a founder in 1959 of the Save the Village Committee, which fought read more here »

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