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N.Y.U. calls out the troops in support of its mega-plan

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  In what opponents blasted as an “orchestrated” show of support for N.Y.U.’s 2031 large-scale development plan, union construction workers — along with university deans and even the women’s basketball team coach — testified on behalf of the ambitious development scheme at Community Board 2’s packed full board meeting last Thursday night. read more here »

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City Planning O.K.’s Rudin condo project  for St. Vincent’s site

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  The City Planning Commission on Monday unanimously approved Rudin Management’s plan for the residential redevelopment of the former St. Vincent’s Hospital campus. The Jan. 23 vote, with Amanda Burden, commission chairperson, and 11 other commissioners attending, took less than 10 minutes. It was the next-to-last step in the city’s uniform land read more here »

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Wanna buy Trump Soho hotel? Well, then, you’re hired!

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  A partner in the 46-story Trump Soho, the condo hotel that opened in April 2010 in the Hudson Square district over the objections of neighborhood preservation advocates, last week put the building on the auction block. Alex Sapir, the partner of the Bayrock Group in building the hotel managed by Donald read more here »

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Police Blotter, week of January 26, 2012

Canal St. accident A heavy-duty truck going eastbound on Canal St. struck and injured a 71-year-old man at 2:14 p.m. Fri., Jan.  20, as he was crossing from north to south midblock on Canal St. near Mulberry St., police said. The victim, who was unconscious when police arrived at the scene, was taken to Bellevue read more here »

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Chen family and advocates angry over reduced charges

BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Community advocates and family members of Private Danny Chen are railing against the Army’s preliminary suggestion that Specialist Ryan Offutt’s manslaughter charge be dismissed. The Article 32 military hearing of Offutt, one of eight American soldiers facing criminal charges in the East Village private’s Oct. 3 death in Afghanistan, concluded on read more here »

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Neighbors fear N.Y.U. project will be long, noisy, ‘crazy’

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Village residents declared last week that nothing New York University could do would induce the neighborhood to accept 19 years of construction for the redevelopment of the university’s two superblocks. Not even N.Y.U.’s offer of storm windows, re-caulking and new or resealed air conditioning units for Washington Square Village and Silver read more here »

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Board 2 chimes in against ban on buskers in Washington Square

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  After being wowed by a brief piano interlude, Community Board 2 last week passed a resolution roundly condemning the Department of Parks’ recent policy of slapping summonses on musicians and other performers in Washington Square Park. The resolution passed without opposition at the Thurs., Jan. 20, full board meeting where Colin read more here »

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C.B. 3 calls for reform of Police Department stop-and-frisk policy

BY LESLEY SUSSMAN  |  Community Board 3 is asking the Police Department to take more steps to reform its controversial “Stop, Question and Frisk” program, and further requested that the U.S. Department of Justice launch an investigation into how the program is used in New York to determine whether racial profiling still remains a problem. read more here »

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Storm surge ‘prophet’ warns of floods

BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  For the last three years, Robert Trentlyon, a public member of Community Board 4 and the former publisher of Downtown Express, has been a man with a mission. He has been preoccupied with the implications of sea level rise for New York City’s 520 miles of coastline and the possibility read more here »

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Stringer asks for traffic control in Soho, but bridge issue lingers

BY TERENCE CONFINO  |  On Monday afternoon a small crowd assembled on a corner of Mercer and Broome Sts. to watch Borough President Scott Stringer share a podium with Sean Sweeney of the Soho Alliance. The news conference was meant to call on the city’s Department of Transportation to address the long-running congestion problems plaguing read more here »

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