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It’s time for final push to pass small business bill

BY SHARON WOOLUMS  |  The Back Fence on Bleecker St. — a Village landmark for 68 years — faced with a 75 percent rent increase, closed its doors last month for good. The owners, wishing to retire, should have been able to negotiate a fair lease so that they could have sold their business, allowing it to be kept open, and read more here »

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Bring back tokens! MetroCard swiped my fare!

BY BILL WEINBERG  |  If you use a MetroCard, please take heed. Did you ever have a sneaking suspicion that you are actually being charged an extra fare every time you are told by the turnstile’s little display screen “Please swipe again”? Everyone always told me it was just my paranoid imagination. But now I read more here »

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Let’s embrace this key moment for Hudson River Park

BY PAUL A. ULLMAN  |  This week the governor signed the amended Hudson River Park Act. This piece of highly negotiated legislation was born out of the twin needs to address the park’s well-documented financial difficulties and to better manage its future care and growth. New and longtime Downtown residents like myself should embrace this read more here »

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This is a plan that can save our community’s park

BY MADELYN WILS  |  As a longtime resident of Tribeca and someone who has been involved with Hudson River Park since it was just an idea, this park has been a godsend for my children, my neighbors and the entire West Side. Now, as president of Hudson River Park, it is my job to make read more here »

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An open letter to Community Board 3 from LES Dwellers

BY Diem BoyD  |  It is our view that Manhattan’s Community Board 3 and all block associations and community groups should be working together to solve the very real problems of our neighborhoods. For the LES Dwellers, this means improving the quality-of-life problems resulting from some of the worst liquor saturation in the United States. read more here »

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Deborah Glick has been there for kids and schools

We write as parents of the Village, Lower Manhattan and southern Chelsea. In this election year, when issues surrounding education and policies supporting families have become a central part of our political conversation, we wish to applaud the work of our assemblymember, Deborah Glick, in supporting the city’s children. She has been outstanding among elected read more here »

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Soho BID: Residents and businesses working together

BY MARGARET S. CHIN  |  Having read Sean Sweeney’s opinion piece published in The Villager last week about the City Council’s approval of the Soho Business Improvement District, I want to take this opportunity to correct some of the misinformation circulating about this historic achievement for our community. Soho is one of the most vibrant read more here »

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More of Sweeney’s dirty tricks

BY TRIP YANG  |  Sean Sweeney, the Soho Alliance director and Downtown Independent Democrats leader, is again misleading readers when the truth isn’t convenient. Sweeney, a longtime opponent of the Soho Business Improvement District, last week penned a talking point in The Villager accusing Councilmember Margaret Chin and Soho BID organizers of a “lack of read more here »

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Secret vote on the Soho BID was some tricky business

BY SEAN SWEENEY  | With no public announcement or fanfare, after three years of delays and hunkersliding on the issue, this past week City Councilmember Margaret Chin suddenly and unexpectedly persuaded her Council colleagues to approve a controversial business improvement district on Broadway in Soho — less than a month after her re-election in a hard-fought Council race. read more here »

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Big Tobacco knows: What you see is what you’ll get

BY ERIN MCCARRON  |  Youth smoking rates in our city declined from 17.6 percent in 2001 to 8.5 percent in 2007. But our progress has stalled since then. Lesbian and gay youth, who struggle with the stress of coming out, bullying, discrimination and exacerbated peer pressure, are disproportionately affected by tobacco use. According to the read more here »

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