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Hell Square needs ‘broken bar’ crackdown by police

BY DIEM BOYD  |  Bill Bratton’s return as commissioner of the New York Police Department brings with it his trademark “broken windows” policing policy. Bratton’s strategy advocated for a hard-line approach on low-level crime and quality-of-life violations predicated on the belief that a “disorderly city is a dangerous city.” The crack in Bratton’s “broken window” read more here »

All we are saying: Talking about an energy revolution

BY CHARLES KOMANOFF  | The number-one energy meme of late is “fracking changes everything,” with fracked oil and methane (gas) having turned the United States almost overnight into the world’s leading extractor of hydrocarbons and, perhaps soon, even a net exporter. And that was before Russia annexed the Crimea and muscled in on the rest of read more here »

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After director’s firing, WBAI sale is now rumored

BY PAUL DERIENZO  |  Summer Reese, the executive director of the Berkeley-based Pacifica Foundation, was fired on March 14 in a closed session of the Pacifica National Board. No official reason was given for the firing, which was announced two hours after Reese publicly announced that she had paid the overdue severances of the majority read more here »

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Buying vintage, or The Levi’s Denim Jacket Manifesto

BY BILL WEINBERG  |  Three winters ago, I left one of my gloves on the subway. It was irksome, because it was one half of my favorite pair of gloves. I’d had them for years, and they were the only ones that ever really kept me warm on my bicycle in the winter, with a read more here »

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Clearing the air on transferring park air rights

BY MADELYN WILS  |  The Villager recently published an op-ed from Andrew Berman, the executive director of Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, raising concern over whether a recent amendment to the Hudson River Park Act would allow the park to sell unused development rights from our public piers, to support Hudson River Park. As read more here »

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More park air rights mean more safeguards are needed

BY ANDREW BERMAN  |  Sometimes you don’t want to be right. One of those times was at the Feb. 12 Land Use Committee meeting of Community Board 2. It was there that Madelyn Wils, the Hudson River Park Trust’s president, finally provided an answer to a question I and others had long been asking about read more here »

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V.I.D. (again) approves small  business bill; Will Council?

BY SHARON WOOLUMS |  Finally, a democratic voice has spoken for the Village’s silent majority all too accustomed to spotting dreaded signs in beloved, frequented stores, like: “Lost our lease, thanks to our customers for 30 years of patronage.” We’ve all wondered, will anyone do anything to save our mom-and-pop stores in the Village from extinction? read more here »

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Saving Jerry’s newsstand: The story behind the story

BY MARTIN TESSLER  |  Standing in the checkout line at Trader Joe’s on E. 14th St. this past September, a few weeks after primary day, I looked over at the neighboring line and saw an old friend from the “neighborhood wars” of battling the N.Y.U. 2031 Anschluss of the Village and other land-use issues — Ray read more here »

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Some horse sense from the L.E.S. on carriage horses

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  Mayor Blasio says he is going to get rid of carriage horses in New York City, specifically singling out the horse-drawn carriages in Central Park. “We are going to get rid of the horse carriages. Period,” de Blasio said. “They are not humane, they are not appropriate for the year 2014. read more here »

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Trying to find a survival job that I could survive

BY TOLLY WRIGHT  |  In October, Condé Nast — the publisher of Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker — announced the end of its internship programs, as a result of former interns suing for fair pay. I hope this will start a trend in companies relying less on unpaid labor, which would be good news read more here »

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