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Seeing the light & After the rollout…

Seeing the light More than half a year after Hurricane Sandy’s surge deluged Hudson River Park, the park’s Village section is finally poised to get its electricity restored, so its lights can be turned back on. This will allow this park section and its three piers to remain open once again after dusk and until read more here »

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We will fight back

Seven anti-gay attacks in 16 days. One a shocking close-range shooting of Mark Carson in the face, resulting in the 32-year-old man’s death. The West Village, the East Village, Madison Square Garden, Union Square and Soho. The city’s elected leadership laudably stepped up to condemn the hatred, support the victims and mourn Carson. Mayor Bloomberg and read more here »

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Solving school crowding

The wait continues for solutions to Lower Manhattan’s perennial school wait lists. In a sense, the problem is unavoidable, given the city until now has decided not to make accurate population projections Downtown. There’s no sense continuing to beat up the Department of Education when there are real, immediate decisions that the city could make read more here »

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Street fair oversight

Street fair season is back — and with it, the perennial issues surrounding this very public, and much-debated, feature of city life. Community Board 2, which includes Greenwich Village, annually has among the most street fairs in the city — and receives the most street fair applications. These events, when small and locally based — read more here »

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Bike-share backlash

As our Page 1 article in this week’s issue notes, a plan to show a movie by Community Board 2 on bike-share has been scrapped in favor of a large discussion forum on bike-share, and specifically the new bike-dock strips that have sprung up all over Downtown. The movie — actually, reportedly two short films read more here »

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Scouts’ badge of shame

Perhaps after years of digging in their heels amidst mounting P.R. problems, the Boy Scouts of America thought they could garner some favorable press with the announcement last week that gay members would no longer be barred from their ranks. Late next month, the 1,400 members of Scouting’s National Council will vote on a motion read more here »

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Boston and 9/11

As we were going to press on Wednesday night, the investigation was continuing into Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and left 170 injured. The F.B.I. was denying reports that a suspect had been taken into custody. However, it was being widely reported that interest was focusing on a man who was captured read more here »

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Community news

The news industry is in flux, and has been for the last six or seven years. That’s no secret — certainly not anymore. Some things, however, remain constant, foremost among them, the demand for solidly reported local news. That’s why, even though daily newspapers are taking serious hits in circulation, community weeklies are continuing to read more here »

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Trust at the Seaport

Another year, another big plan to “save” the South Street Seaport. Downtowners have coexisted with corporations running the Seaport mall for a few decades. There have been some good initiatives, and some great events, but the operators have never fully embraced the Lower Manhattan community. The companies over the years have tried to make the read more here »

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Quinn on the spot

At a candidates forum sponsored last week by Gay City News, our sister paper, the five Democrats running for mayor spent 90 minutes with hundreds of members of the L.G.B.T. community, and the results were encouraging for those hoping to move critical L.G.B.T. needs to the top of the city’s agenda in the next four read more here »

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