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The NYCHA crisis

At one point during last Thursday’s City Council hearing on the New York City Housing Authority and security cameras, Council Speaker Christine Quinn asked John Rhea, the authority’s commissioner, to commit to providing better accountability on how NYCHA is using the capital funding it gets from the Council. Rhea hedged, saying he needed more “clarity” read more here »

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Districting: Help wanted

Every decade, following the U.S. Census, legislative boundaries are adjusted to reflect changes in the population. Nationally, this involves congressional districts while statewide, it involves the Assembly and Senate districts. For New York City, it will reshape the 51 City Council districts. The New York City Charter establishes a Districting Commission to carry out this important read more here »

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Right call on Bologna

The Wall Street Journal last week reported that New York City has distanced itself from the high-ranking police official accused of gratuitously pepper-spraying a group of young female Occupy Wall Street protesters at a demonstration near Union Square last September. Videos of the incident posted on YouTube that went viral clearly showed the women were read more here »

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John Sutter says goodbye

I sold my newspapers last week. I found someone who believes in community journalism — its challenges and opportunities — who is willing to buy into the business of producing high-quality, original, local news reporting. The new owner is Jennifer Goodstein, and you will be hearing directly from her in coming weeks. It’s been a great read more here »

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Bike-share siting

As we’ve editorialized before, we’re a strong supporter of the city’s new bike-share program. The program’s launch has been delayed by a month or two, reportedly due to problems with the software that will use G.P.S. to track the bike stations’ amount of usage and the bicycles’ routes. Bike-share will be a big plus for read more here »

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On Tuesday, the City Council’s Land Use Committee voted overwhelmingly, by 19 to 1, to support New York University’s 2031 development plan for its two South Village superblocks. The resulting plan wasn’t what opponents were hoping for, but represents significant concessions by N.Y.U., and may be the best outcome achievable under the circumstances. The Bloomberg read more here »

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Lead on 9/11 museum

It will have been 11 years this September since the day terrorists killed nearly 3,000 innocent civilians and first-responders at the World Trade Center, and we still won’t have a museum to commemorate their deaths. The reason for the delay in completing and opening the 9/11 Museum at Ground Zero — what boils down to read more here »

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The present context  |  The New York University public review process to add more than 2 million square feet to its two superblocks in the Village is drawing to its grand finale. The seven-month Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) application has received a resounding “no” vote from Community Board 2, “approval with conditions” from read more here »

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A more perfect union

Ten years ago this week, no state in America afforded lesbian and gay couples marriage equality. The victory in Massachusetts was almost a year and a half away –– and New York’s, nine years. The sitting president in 2002 was hatching a strategy for re-election two years down the road that had as its cornerstone read more here »

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Saving pier and park

A bill that would have opened the Hudson River Park Act to significant changes was introduced in the Assembly this week, but failed to come up for a vote before the state legislative session ended. The bill was far from perfect. Notably, it did not include a provision to allow residential use on Pier 40, read more here »

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