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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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Obama vs. guns: This may prove to be his finest hour

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  When Hitler completed the murder of Europe with the April 1941 invasion of Greece and Yugoslavia, a Dartmouth College senior named Charles Guy Bolté wrote an open letter to F.D.R. that began: “Dear Mr. President… Now we have waited long enough… .” It was a cry for F.D.R. to step free of the read more here »

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Letters, week of Jan. 24, 2013

I don’t hear politicians on Sphere To The Editor: Re “Some 9/11 tiles come home, but others set to go on tour?” (news article, Jan. 17): I have been familiar with this memorial since shortly after 9/11 and always appreciated it. I have taken tourists to it, including a visiting group of Danish college students read more here »

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Open space needs

On Tuesday the City Planning Commission approved a major rezoning for an 18-block area of Hudson Square. Propelling the rezoning is Trinity Real Estate, which feels legalizing residential use in the currently manufacturing-zoned former “Printing District” will create a better, more balanced neighborhood. Trinity projects the rezoning — creating a 25 percent residential enclave — would read more here »

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Photo by Clayton Patterson From left, Enrique Cruz, Orlando Rodriguez and Javier Rodriguez hope to get a liquor license for their new restaurant on Rivington St.   V TALKING POINT BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  Manhattan is a small island. Starting in the early 1980s the Lower East Side began to be discovered as valuable property. read more here »

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