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Letters, Week of Jan. 2, 2014

Gruber a BID off… To The Editor: Re “Meatpacking BID is cooking” (news article, Dec. 26): David Gruber misstates BID rules, as business improvement districts can tax residential properties, but normally at a lower rate than commercial properties. Douglas Durst   Campaign oversight To The Editor: Governor Cuomo must lead the charge toward accomplishing the read more here »

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Scene, Week of Dec. 26, 2013

Passersby in Washington Square Park on Fri., Dec. 13, might have wondered whether Colin Huggins, a.k.a. “The Crazy Piano Guy,” was, in fact, crazy to be out there as the mercury hovered around the freezing point. Although he had on his trusty ear-flaps hat, he was playing without even half-gloves on his hands. At least read more here »

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Scene, Week of Dec. 26, 2013

Like a group of psychedelic Pied Pipers, dozens of musicians, most playing electric guitars, plus percussionists, started out on Ludlow St. on the Lower East Side, above, then marched up Avenue A in the East Village and on to Union Square, with a stop at the Astor Place “Cube” sculpture, as part of “Make Music read more here »

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Marijuana’s noble experiment tries to catch a fire

BY PAUL DERIENZO  |  Starting on Jan. 1, two states, Colorado and Washington, will begin a “noble experiment” in drug policy by legalizing marijuana for nonmedical, or recreational, use. Currently, 20 states and the District of Columbia have made exceptions to marijuana laws, allowing pot to be used for treating a variety of illnesses from multiple read more here »

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Letters, Dec. 26, 2013

Koch on gay charge To The Editor: Re “Koch controversy flares anew at plaque dedication” (Dec. 19): I don’t see why either Ed Koch’s sexual orientation or his willingness to talk about it should be relevant to the issue of dedicating a commemorative plaque at a building where he lived.  Be that as it may, read more here »

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Why Garodnick would make the best Council speaker

BY CHAD MARLOW  |  Last month, New York’s voters issued in a new era of progressive leadership for our city, electing Bill de Blasio as mayor, Scott Stringer as comptroller, and Letitia James as public advocate. But one very important piece of the puzzle remains: City Council speaker. In the next few weeks, the members read more here »

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My table at the window: Llewyn Davis, Tony and me

BY ANN VOTAW  |  My heart ached when Carey Mulligan said, “Meet me at the Reggio,” the Village landmark featured in “Inside Llewyn Davis.” The scene reminded me of myself at 29, when I sat at the table by the window — the same one where Oscar Isaacs accuses Mulligan of being “square.” Like Llewyn Davis, I feared a conventional life of kids in the suburbs. I also worried about being poor and read more here »

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Letters, Week of Dec. 19, 2013

Park info probe To The Editor: Re “Blogger skewers conservancy over hot dog purge in park” (news article, Dec. 5): Thank you, to The Villager, for giving exposure to this very important issue and the documents I uncovered and have been posting at Washington Square Park Blog. (And there is more!) WikiLeaks equivalent at Washington read more here »

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A great victory — but more work remains

The designation of the new South Village Historic District on Tuesday is cause for major celebration. And that’s just what preservationists and neighborhood activists did later that evening at Poisson Rouge, on Bleecker St., right in the heart of the newly created landmarked district — the designation having gone into effect immediately upon the Landmarks read more here »

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Scene, Dec. 12, 2013
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