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Edie’s victory, our progress

It was in the late winter of 2004 when I met Edie Windsor and the woman she would marry several years later in Toronto, Thea Spyer. A couple of weeks before, Gavin Newsom, then mayor of San Francisco, declared that city had the authority to marry same-sex couples. Relying on a legal argument that nothing read more here »

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Anderson creates some buzz as she reimagines drones

  Things were all abuzz over Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City last Wednesday evening as Laurie Anderson performed her new “The Language of the Future” at the River to River Festival. The performance artist released a small fleet of remote-controlled, camera-equipped drones into the air, which hovered over the audience during her mostly politically read more here »

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Landlords’ rising income doesn’t justify a rent hike

V TALKING POINT Testimony of state Senator Brad Hoylman before the New York City Rent Guidelines Board on proposed rent hikes, June 13, 2013: Thank you, Chair Kimmel and the rest of the board for the opportunity to present testimony regarding the proposed rent guidelines. I represent New York State’s 27th Senate District, which includes read more here »

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Letters, Week of June 27, 2013

Please help injured florist To The Editor: Re “Drag-racing driver careens onto sidewalk, injuring 4” (news article, June 20): I wanted to follow up on your article last week about the horrific car crash in the East Village on July 19 to let The Villager’s readers know that there is an online fundraiser going on read more here »

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Out of thin air

Everyone, or almost everyone, was taken off guard last week, when the State Legislature approved a series of major changes to the 1998 Hudson River Park Act. The most significant of these allows the park to sell its unused air rights for development one block inland. According to the Hudson River Park Trust, the park read more here »

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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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