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Hizzoner Ed Koch

It was hard to imagine New York City ever being without Ed Koch. Whether you loved him, hated him or fell somewhere in between, Koch was a larger-than-life figure who always seemed to embody the very essence of the city. His death on Feb. 1 at age 88 came as a shock — even though read more here »

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BY FURY YOUNG  |  I’m a bus organizer for 350.org’s Forward on Climate rally. I’ve been on board with the protest for months now. “Why is it important to protest climate change?” you might ask me. Because I feel it’s my civic duty as an earthling. Whether or not you believe in global warming, it’s read more here »

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Koch came back to Loisaida

Ed Koch paid a visit to the Sixth Street Community Center in June 2005 to take a look at “Viva Loisaida,” Marlis Momber’s exhibit of her photographs of the Lower East Side from the 1960s and ’70s. Momber invited Hizzoner to sign one of the photos that showed him and activists in 1987 at a read more here »

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City Hall to silver screen: The filmic life of Ed Koch

BY JERRY TALLMER  |Fifty years is a long time to have known somebody, and it has been all of 50 years and more since we of the new weekly Village Voice were cultivated by a clean-cut, Uptown, reform Republican named John Vliet Lindsay and a Downtown, legal eagle, reform Democrat named Edward Irving Koch. Each read more here »

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Letters, Week of Feb. 7, 2013

Menin is the most progressive To The Editor: Re “B.P. race: Lappin meets and greets; Post blasts Menin” (news article, Jan. 31): I am supporting Julie Menin because she is the most progressive candidate in the race. Her opponents all voted for Chelsea Market and the N.Y.U. 2031 expansion plan and thus against the interests read more here »

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Soho street vendors

At its January full board meeting, Community Board 2 unanimously passed a resolution calling on Mayor Bloomberg and the city to take steps toward dealing with chaotic street congestion caused by the massive number of street vendors along Broadway in Soho. The board wants Bloomberg to finally convene the Street Vendor Review Panel — something read more here »

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Noho and Soho’s firewall against N.Y.U. is at risk

BY ANDREW BERMAN  |  The mantra from the New York University administration throughout the public approval process for the school’s massive expansion proposal was “We’re making our plans transparent and predictable.” Even if you didn’t like the university’s overwhelming proposal, its argument went, at least you knew exactly what it was planning. Apparently, the N.Y.U. read more here »

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Letters, Week of Jan. 31, 2013

Groove isn’t in landlords’ hearts To The Editor: Re “Creative pioneers under assault on the new L.E.S.” (Clayton, Jan. 24): It’s not just the East Village. I remember when my landlord doubled my rent in the East Village because my building had less than five units. I wrote them a letter asking about artists adding read more here »

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Landmark, then rezone

The City Planning Commission’s recent approval of a major rezoning of Hudson Square means the clock is now ticking until the City Council takes up the application for a vote — in about a month and a half from now. An extremely serious concern is the impact that approval of a residential rezoning for the read more here »

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Scene, Week of Jan. 31, 2013

Wrapped in plastic, a huge wreath was ready to be recycled on Varick St. near Franklin St. last week.

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