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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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Looking back, looking ahead on preservation progress

  BY ANDREW BERMAN  |  The end of one year and the start of another is always a good time for reflecting back and looking forward. So, too, is the end of one mayoral administration and the beginning of another, especially when considering progress on neighborhood historic preservation efforts. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic read more here »

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Letters, Week of Dec. 12, 2013

What will C.B. 2 do about it? To The Editor: Re “Blogger skewers conservancy over hot dog purge in the park” (news article, Dec. 5): The privatization (a.k.a. giveaway) of public resources — parks, schools, libraries, hospitals — is a dangerous and undemocratic trend. No doubt the conservancy made an attractive proposal to Community Board read more here »

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Mandela, an inspiration for all humanity

The world lost a towering figure last Thursday with the passing of Nelson Mandela at age 95. The father of a free South Africa, the great humanitarian and leader endured more than a quarter century in prison, most of it under extremely harsh and cruel conditions. His struggle became the symbol of the fight to read more here »

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Scene, Week of Dec. 5, 2013

After searching in vain for unicorns for years, the photographer finally found one last Friday on West Broadway in Soho. “Elusive, but finally saw one,” he said.

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How to achieve zero traffic deaths in New York City

BY KEEGAN STEPHAN  |  Bill de Blasio promises to eliminate traffic deaths by 2024. He calls this plan “Vision Zero” after the successful campaign launched by Sweden in 1997 that has been modified and implemented in cities around the world. A cornerstone of Vision Zero — and the entire urban planning and Safer Streets movement read more here »

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Letters, Week of Dec. 5, 2013

The large and the small of it To The Editor: Re “East Villagers map out a plan to keep chain stores in check” (news article, Nov. 28): Whether “small is beautiful” or not is a judgment based on one’s value of heterogeneity, creativity, community and intimacy versus… all those things I think less of. Try read more here »

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No to removable storm barriers

BY ROBERT S. TRENTLYON  |  I must differ with The Villager editorial of Oct. 31, “Being prepared for the hurricane next time,” specifically, the statement, “We think Mayor Bloomberg’s idea of removable storm barriers along Lower Manhattan’s edge is a good idea.” These fences would consist of 6-foot-tall stanchions permanently installed along the west side of read more here »

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Helping kids is the go-o-o-oal!

BY CHRIS MCGINNIS  |  I’m a board member of Downtown United Soccer Club. We want to thank The Villager for recently highlighting some of our programs at Pier 40 and J.J. Walker Field (“DUSC program kicks youth soccer movement up a notch,” sports article, Nov. 28). Our volunteer-directed 501(c)(3) nonprofit has been fortunate to be read more here »

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