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Oh, I give up: Let’s just surrender to monarch mania

BY ALPHIE MCCOURT  |  Prince Harry toured the States last May: He came, he saw, he conquered. Men admire him. Women love him. His mother Princess Diana died in a car accident in Paris in 1997. In our friends’ house, in Pennsylvania, we learned that she had been badly injured and, later, that she was dead. I 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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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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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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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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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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A local architect’s assessment of The Greenwich Lane

BY CARL STEIN  |  Recently, there has been much discussion in the community and in the press about The Greenwich Lane, the Rudin development on the old St. Vincent’s Hospital site. Either tacitly or explicitly, much of this discussion centers on attempting to define what constitutes appropriate development, particularly in communities with strong historic or read more here »

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I was a grunt in Georgia the day that J.F.K. died

BY DANIEL B. MELTZER  |  On the Friday that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated I was a P.F.C. in training to become a Morse code and radio-teletype operator at Fort Gordon, outside of Augusta, Georgia. I was looking forward to a weekend pass and two days in Atlanta. We were learning how to tune Army radios, read more here »

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Obnoxious pedestrians are the new moving ‘vile-ation’

BY DOTTIE WILSON  |  Mad Max wannabees on motorcycles and amateurs riding Citi Bikes are dangerous. The M.T.A. Select Bus Service, which doesn’t stop at St. Mark’s Place and bypasses most of the East Village, is annoying / criminal. And, as if that wasn’t enough, simply walking on an empty sidewalk these days has become a nasty accident just read more here »

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