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Amid a sea of bleakness, Reed was the inspiration

Amid a sea of bleakness, Reed was the inspiration

BY STEVEN WISHNIA   |  I discovered the Velvet Underground’s banana-stickered first album in the $1.49 bin of a Long Island record store when I was 15. All I knew was that they were some kind of East Village underground band from ’67-’68. A misfit in the Island’s centerless carscape, I found solace in music. But read more here »

Town hall to seek solid answers on park air rights

BY ANDREW BERMAN  |  For years, residents of our neighborhoods have fought to keep development, especially along our waterfront, low-rise and in scale with our community. But that long-standing effort now faces a serious new threat. Legislation passed by the state Assembly and Senate in June — with very little notice and almost no public read more here »

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Don’t buy REBNY hype: Landmarking helps affordability

BY ANDREW BERMAN  |  In July, the Real Estate Board of New York went on a media blitz, touting its latest report blasting landmark preservation in New York City. This is part of REBNY’s ongoing campaign to paint our landmark preservation system, which covers a little more than 3 percent of our city’s building stock, read more here »

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Carrots, sticks, air conditioning and N.Y.U. 2031

V TALKING POINT BY MARTIN TESSLER  |  Recently, The Villager reported on Councilmember Margaret Chin’s announcement about the tenancy of some of the “community facility” space that New York University promised as a condition of getting Council approval of the NYU 2031 Plan. The article happily spoke about Creative Steps Playgroup partnering with University Settlement read more here »

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J’accuse! McCarthyism, Village politics and Pier 40

V TALKING POINT BY ARTHUR Z. SCHWARTZ | I was a child when McCarthyism reached its height. As a child I heard stories about this or that entertainer or celebrity being charged with being a communist, or knowing or consorting with communists. Careers and reputations were destroyed. Once I had a long conversation about it read more here »

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BY ROB HOLLANDER  |  Back in pre-revolutionary New York, land owners took great care for their properties, prioritizing the quality of the living spaces that they allowed to be built on their land. Henry Rutgers required that no second house-in-back be built on his lots because only riffraff would rent a back house, and riffraff read more here »

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Living with Bill — the prisoner of Eighth Avenue

BY TIM GAY  |  It was a cold night in early March 1992 when Bill Cullum found my number and called me. Like a shady lady from an old Dashiell Hammett mystery, Bill was a young man in danger. Bill was being harassed and about to be illegally evicted from an illegal living space in read more here »

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Hudson River Park’s crisis presents an opportunity

BY TOBI BERGMAN  |  The ball fields at Pier 40 are essential and irreplaceable infrastructure for our neighborhoods. The quality of this use cannot be allowed to diminish as a result of commercial development of the pier, but we also cannot ignore the deterioration of the pier and the risks that it poses: to our read more here »

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The time to save the park is now; Let’s work together

BY MADELYN WILS   |  For those who believe that we have plenty of time to finish building Hudson River Park, and specifically repairing Pier 40, let’s take a short trip back in time to review some of the events that have happened in the park since I became the Hudson River Park Trust’s president read more here »

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Soho’s Broadway needs a BID!

[media-credit name="Photo courtesy the Broadway Soho BID " align="alignleft" width="300"][/media-credit] Steering Committee A lamppost with exposed wiring and graffiti on Soho’s Broadway, shows some of the conditions the proposed BID would address, along with garbage cleanup and traffic congestion. BY EMILY HELLSTROM and BRIAN STEINWURTZEL |  The steering committee for the Broadway Soho Business Improvement District, read more here »

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