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Citi Bike has me on a roll, and it’s not very pretty

BY BILL WEINBERG  |  As a long-suffering New York City bicyclist, I really want to take heart in Mayor Bloomberg’s controversial measures to accommodate human-powered transport. But since the very start, it has all smelled suspicious. Five years ago, the “congestion pricing” plan to charge motorists to enter Manhattan seemed a prescription for accelerating the read more here »

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Who has the guts to fight for our small businesses?

BY SHARON WOOLUMS  | Because of the positive response to my June 6 talking point in The Villager, “Will a Democrat for mayor stand up for small stores?” and a desire of many to know more, it seemed important to simply ask the candidates: “Will you stop the closing of our small businesses?” Voters deserve answers. To read more here »

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Landlords’ rising income doesn’t justify a rent hike

V TALKING POINT Testimony of state Senator Brad Hoylman before the New York City Rent Guidelines Board on proposed rent hikes, June 13, 2013: Thank you, Chair Kimmel and the rest of the board for the opportunity to present testimony regarding the proposed rent guidelines. I represent New York State’s 27th Senate District, which includes read more here »

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An old Villager entertains a newcomer at her place

BY KATHRYN ADISMAN  |  It’s not just the bike stations all in a row, metallic gleam — sterile as stainless steel — an ad for a bank. Uh-oh! Here comes the grumble of the old West Villager. There seems to be a concerted effort to put the West Village on the grid. As someone who’s read more here »

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Jane and the death and life of a great American park

V TALKING POINT BY CATHRYN SWAN | The community around Washington Square Park is currently debating whether a private conservancy is a legitimate way to “improve” the park or just a “scheme” for New York University and other private interests to increase their real estate values and take further control of this essential public space. read more here »

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Will a Democrat for mayor stand up for small stores?

BY SHARON WOOLUMS | After listening intently to each candidate at the Village Independent Democratic club’s mayoral forum, I had a nagging sense there was an elephant in the room. And it wasn’t the Republican symbol. No, I was in a room full of Democrats. The elephant in the room was what was not debated: read more here »

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Giving the public a real say on NYCHA infill plan

BY BRAD HOYLMAN and BRIAN KAVANAGH  |  Leasing off the basketball courts of low-income New Yorkers to build luxury apartments might sound extreme, but that’s among the proposals by the New York City Housing Authority to raise revenue. Earlier this year, NYCHA announced it was targeting 14 sites, including parking lots, playgrounds and even a read more here »

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Bike-share sites could have been a win-win, but alas

TALKING POINT: BY DAVID GRUBER and COREY JOHNSON  |  Let’s start with the obvious: We support the bike-share program. Our respective community boards wrote resolutions that said just that. There was outreach, but it was not done well and there wasn’t enough of it. Most residents did not know about the details of the program read more here »

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Bike-share: What would Jane Jacobs do?

BY CHARLES KOMANOFF | I didn’t get to speak at the Community Board 2 meeting last Thursday night to discuss bike-share — I stayed outside too long kibitzing on W. 11th St., so my speaker card landed at the bottom of the stack. Here’s what I would have said: I live in Community Board 1, read more here »

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Boston’s ‘Odd Man Out’ 2013

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  On the night that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, marathon bomber on the run, was found bloodied and half-dead in a boat in the back yard of a house in Watertown, Massachusetts, I suddenly realized I had seen this movie before. Indeed I had seen it a number of times over the years since read more here »

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