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Lack of cash putting a scare into Halloween parade

BY ELISSA STEIN | Last week the city was buzzing with the news that the Village Halloween Parade, a Downtown tradition for 39 years, is not definite for 2013. If the parade producers don’t raise $50,000 by Oct. 21, the annual event won’t take place this year. Sixty thousand participants won’t be showing off their read more here »

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Audacity (and thanks) in the Village in a new era

BY ARTHUR Z. SCHWARTZ  |  We live in a magnificent part of a magical city. It’s not just the smaller scale, or the trees, or the narrow streets. It’s the people. My neighbors are what makes our neighborhood magical. Twenty-three years ago, at age 37, I got involved in the affairs of this neighborhood after read more here »

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Quinn best choice for women, health and kids

BY STEPHANIE SCHRIOCK | New York City is home to more than 8 million people. That means millions of people contributing to an economy of more than a trillion dollars. It means 8 million people in need of healthcare, and more than 1 million students in 1,700 public schools. For someone who grew up in read more here »

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It’s time to end Pot Prohibition in New York City

BY JOHN C. LIU  |  It’s time to recognize that New York City’s misguided war on marijuana has failed. Instead of spending millions on low-level drug prosecutions that disproportionately affect minorities, why not instead legalize, regulate and tax the city’s $1.65 billion marijuana market? A comprehensive report released by my office this month, “Regulating and read more here »

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Wounded Weiner just a symptom of society’s isolation

BY K. WEBSTER | Men are set up to be isolated. Thus they are often plagued by a seemingly endless quest to staunch insecurity and loneliness through some version of sexual contact. Too often, the search winds up landing them in the arena of the sexual exploitation of women. Lots of guys are derailed by read more here »

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The birth of new Morton St. school is long overdue

BY KEEN BERGER  |  Starting a school is like having a baby — great joy but a lot more trouble than anyone, including me, ever anticipates. Children mean years of sleepless nights, new worries, moments of pride. Schools are like that, but the birth takes even longer. Martin and I wanted children. So the first read more here »

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Chin is a champion of the working and middle class

BY AIXA TORRES, NANCY ORTIZ, JESSICA THOMAS AND HENRY CHAN | Since her election to the City Council in 2009, Margaret Chin has been one of New York City’s most courageous progressive leaders. A member of the Council’s Progressive Caucus, Councilmember Chin deserves our praise and thanks for her numerous accomplishments on behalf of those most read more here »

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The billionaires back Margaret Chin for City Council

BY SEAN SWEENEY   |  Voter beware!  In a move that surprised few, a consortium of real-estate developers, landlords, investment firms and bankers have endorsed Margaret Chin for City Council, pledging a share of its $10 million war chest to elect the embattled councilmember. The Real Estate Board of New York, a.k.a. REBNY, a pro-real estate, pro-development, lobbying read more here »

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Pier air rights may open a Pandora’s box of development

BY ANDREW BERMAN  |  In late June we learned that the state Assembly and Senate had passed legislation that, among other things, allows the sale of air rights from piers within the Hudson River Park for development one block inland, with the money from the sales to be used to fund the park. This startling news read more here »

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New elite enclave is at odds with spirit of Village

BY ELISSA STEIN  |  Reminiscent of gutted stretches of the Upper East Side making way for gleaming, luxury buildings, the soon-to-be The Greenwich Lane site is already promoting an air of exclusivity, seemingly at odds with the sense of community so inherent to the West Village. According to its Web site, the buildings “…all come read more here »

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