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An old Villager entertains a newcomer at her place

BY KATHRYN ADISMAN  |  It’s not just the bike stations all in a row, metallic gleam — sterile as stainless steel — an ad for a bank. Uh-oh! Here comes the grumble of the old West Villager. There seems to be a concerted effort to put the West Village on the grid. As someone who’s read more here »

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Letters, Week of June 20, 2013

Conservancy group was ‘clueless’ To The Editor: Re “Jane and the death and life of an American park” (talking point, by Cathryn Swan, June 13): Having attended the C.B. 2 Parks Committee meeting, I am flabbergasted that the founding members of the conservancy are so clueless. As Cathryn writes, they did not know the budget, read more here »

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Conservancy concerns

This Thursday evening June 20, Community Board 2 may — or may not — vote on whether or not to recommend approval of a new conservancy for Washington Square Park. We have no issues with a private, nonprofit group raising funds for the park. Indeed, there are already groups that do so, such as the read more here »

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Scene, Week of June 13, 2013

  At Sunday’s Solidarity Occupy Gezi protest at Zuccotti Park, a serial painting of “The Woman in Red” referred to the now-iconic news photo of a woman in a red dress being tear-gassed in the face at close range by Istanbul police. Opposition to building a mall on Taksim Gezi Park has spread into wider read more here »

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Jane and the death and life of a great American park

V TALKING POINT BY CATHRYN SWAN | The community around Washington Square Park is currently debating whether a private conservancy is a legitimate way to “improve” the park or just a “scheme” for New York University and other private interests to increase their real estate values and take further control of this essential public space. read more here »

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Letters, Week of June 13, 2013

Lucky no one’s been killed To The Editor: Re “‘Wild Man of Soho’ is causing mayhem, fearful locals warn” (news article, June 6): I know Richard personally and they got his size wrong. He is 6 feet 5 inches and slightly over 300 pounds and extremely strong. I’m surprised he hasn’t killed anyone yet. Luis read more here »

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Fighting future Sandys

If you go all the way back to 1900, three of the 10 worst storms to hit the Battery occurred after 2009. That’s one of the more staggering things revealed in the Bloomberg administration’s comprehensive analysis of the growing threats from climate change. The most memorable — and overwhelmingly the largest of the 10 storms — read more here »

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Will a Democrat for mayor stand up for small stores?

BY SHARON WOOLUMS | After listening intently to each candidate at the Village Independent Democratic club’s mayoral forum, I had a nagging sense there was an elephant in the room. And it wasn’t the Republican symbol. No, I was in a room full of Democrats. The elephant in the room was what was not debated: read more here »

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Letters, Week June 6, 2013

Tammany Hall to be landmarked? To The Editor: After almost three decades of citizen lobbying for the landmark designation of the former Tammany Hall on Union Square, the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously on May 14 to calendar a public hearing to consider granting protection for the building, at 100-102 E. 17th St., a.k.a. 44 read more here »

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Pitting bikes vs. art

Well, bike-share is off and rolling in New York City, and as of this past weekend, the new program is now open to users on a daily and weekly basis, as opposed to annual membership. The Citi Bikes are pretty much everywhere. Every tenth cycle or so whizzing by on the Hudson River Park bikeway, read more here »

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