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Car goes out of control on Canal St., injuring five

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Canal St. around the Holland Tunnel entrance sees more than its fair share of traffic accidents. But a collision last Thursday evening at Canal and Hudson Sts. involving a speeding wrong-way car was scarier than usual, and left five people injured. An eastbound gray Lexus S.U.V. on Canal St. zoomed over read more here »

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Software delays are bumps in road for bike-share rollout

BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  By this past July, Alta Bicycle Share was supposed to have started rolling out at least 1,000 bicycles for short-term rental at docking stations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Now the announced start date for the bike-sharing program is March 2013. The delay was attributed to a software problem. “Hopefully, read more here »

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Park rape and looming cuts to police heighten safety fears

BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  In Hudson River Park, near where a 21-year-old actress was raped early on Sat., Sept. 22, city councilmembers, Parks Enforcement Patrol officers, community leaders and Downtown residents gathered on Monday to express their determination that nothing like that will happen again. After a brief press conference, around 50 people marched read more here »

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11 groups file suit against N.Y.U. plan for its superblocks

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  | A broad coalition of groups — including both local community associations and citywide organizations — filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court Tuesday to stop N.Y.U.’s massive 2031 development plan. The suit alleges violations of the public trust doctrine; illegal manipulation of restrictive deeds; destruction of parkland, playgrounds and historic preservation sites; read more here »

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L.E.S. BID push to expand has strong support

BY SAM SPOKONY  | The Lower East Side Business Improvement District is weeks away from sending a proposal to city officials for the long-planned expansion that would triple the BID’s size. There appears to be relatively smooth sailing ahead, as the proposed expansion — first developed more than two years ago — has garnered overwhelming support read more here »

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Nuns and students make pilgrimage for school reunion

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  It wasn’t your run of the mill reunion. Charlie Mirisola, a lifelong Greenwich Village resident, organized the gathering last Saturday of around 100 former students of St. Joseph’s Academy School, which taught kindergarten through eighth grade before closing in 1974. Now the building, at 20 Washington Square North, is rented by read more here »

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Lowline park tries to hitch a ride on SPURA process

BY SAM SPOKONY  | One of the creators of the Lowline concept — whose goal is to develop the world’s first underground park in a former M.T.A. terminal beneath Delancey and Essex Sts. — said last week that he and his partner are becoming increasingly focused on integrating their idea into the city’s plans for the read more here »

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Coat Factory rocks the clothes  racks at 14th St. grand opening

BY SAM SPOKONY |  Union Square welcomed a major new chain store tenant on Friday, as the off-price retailer Burlington Coat Factory opened its flagship location — which clocks in at three stories and 92,000 square feet — two doors over from the Whole Foods Market on Union Square South. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony before read more here »

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BY LESLEY SUSSMAN  |  A massive redevelopment plan for the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, delayed for nearly a half century because of lack of community consensus, is expected to come up for a vote by the City Council early next month. If passed, it would then need approval from the mayor. SPURA is a read more here »

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David Berk, 80, performer with a long, varied career

BY ADAM BERK  |  David Berk, a lifelong West Villager and entertainer, died on Aug. 28 at age 80. Berk was born in the Bronx to Chaim and Frances Berk, and moved to Sheridan Square at the age of 2 1/2. As a youngster, he frequently could be found playing football or stoopball in Washington Square read more here »

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