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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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Treating 9/11 Cancers

We rejoiced alongside 9/11 heroes and advocates when, on June 8, the federal government proposed to subsidize the treatment and compensation of first responders and others who developed cancer from exposure to Ground Zero toxins. Dr. John Howard’s forthcoming decision to add 50 forms of cancer to the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation read more here »

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Duane’s profound impact

Tom Duane, the openly gay Chelsea Democrat first elected to the New York State Senate in 1998, has announced he won’t seek re-election this November. At a press conference on Monday, Duane — indicating he was tired of the Albany grind — said he wanted to spend more time in New York City. Duane, 57, read more here »

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Say ‘No’ to Jamestown

Community Board 4 will soon weigh in on the matter of allowing Jamestown Properties to vertically expand Chelsea Market — by adding as much as 330,000 square feet of office and hotel space to the building’s Ninth and Tenth Aves. sides. We urge C.B. 4 to oppose this plan in the strongest manner possible. A straightforward “Yes” read more here »

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Show the images!

We were glad to see Madelyn Wils at Community Board 2’s Waterfront Committee meeting Monday night, presenting the results of the recent consultants’ study on Pier 40. Wils, the Hudson River Park Trust’s president, laid out the basic facts of the study, as we have already reported them in this newspaper — namely, that of read more here »

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Bike brainstorming

Providing a valuable service to the community, the Village Independent Democrats club held another bicycle forum last Thursday evening May 10. The club’s inaugural bicycle forum, held last April, was both thought-provoking and informative, and last week’s was no less so. The discussions at these panel forums help clarify the issues and challenges we all read more here »

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Hold a hearing first

As we’ve said for sometime now, we support the efforts of the Hudson River Park Trust and its community task force to try to look “outside the box” and examine all ideas for Pier 40 and the entire 5-mile-long Lower West Side waterfront park. The park is facing an escalating financial deficit that threatens the read more here »

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Pier 40: New ideas

The results of a new study for potential uses for Pier 40 were recently released, and are jumpstarting a vigorous discussion about the future of this critical, yet badly deteriorated, structure in the Hudson River Park. The study was largely done by HR & Advisors and finished up by Tishman/Aecom. It looked at seven different read more here »

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The kids of summer

Last Saturday saw more than 2,000 kids, coaches and parents march from City Hall to the ball fields in Battery Park City in the early morning hours. The occasion was a celebration of the 2012 Downtown Little League season. The event marked more than the beginning of D.L.L. baseball games; it signaled the spirit of read more here »

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Solving Pier 40

Last week, we reported on Major League Soccer’s ambitious plan to build a 25,000-seat soccer stadium and community youth sports facility at Pier 40, at W. Houston St. The stadium would be home to a new pro soccer team, which would play 20 to 30 games there per season. Matches would mostly be on Saturday read more here »

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