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We will fight back

Seven anti-gay attacks in 16 days. One a shocking close-range shooting of Mark Carson in the face, resulting in the 32-year-old man’s death. The West Village, the East Village, Madison Square Garden, Union Square and Soho. The city’s elected leadership laudably stepped up to condemn the hatred, support the victims and mourn Carson. Mayor Bloomberg and 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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8th St. walks away from shoes toward something new

BY ELISSA STEIN  |  The windows of Barnes & Noble are covered with Kraft paper. The longstanding hat shop across the way recently closed. Shuttered storefronts dot the west end of the block. Looking east, from the corner of Sixth Ave., Eighth St. appears to have been overtaken by scaffolding and “For Rent” signs. The read more here »

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Letters, Week of May 15, 2013

Dance of the bike-share protest To The Editor: Re “Bike-share backlash” (editorial, May 2): I didn’t even know there was any public art going on in Petrosino Square before two bike racks got put there. But now that the racks are there, strangely, there still is room for this woman to do her 10 days read more here »

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Solving school crowding

The wait continues for solutions to Lower Manhattan’s perennial school wait lists. In a sense, the problem is unavoidable, given the city until now has decided not to make accurate population projections Downtown. There’s no sense continuing to beat up the Department of Education when there are real, immediate decisions that the city could make 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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Letters, Week of May 9, 2013

Schwartz absent on key issues To The Editor: Re “J’Accuse! McCarthyism, Village Politics and Pier 40” (talking point, by Arthur Schwartz, April 25): Arthur Schwartz is hardly the first person to misuse the term McCarthyism. Just because the Village Independent Democrats endorsed Jonathan Geballe for Democratic district leader rather than Arthur, he has chosen to read more here »

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Street fair oversight

Street fair season is back — and with it, the perennial issues surrounding this very public, and much-debated, feature of city life. Community Board 2, which includes Greenwich Village, annually has among the most street fairs in the city — and receives the most street fair applications. These events, when small and locally based — 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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Full circle for the A&P; A personal shopping saga

BY CAROL GREITZER  |  R.I.P. Food Emporium — Sixth Ave. at 12th St. (a.k.a. the A&P). For those who don’t know, both chains — A&P and Food Emporium — are owned by the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company. The A&P — once the leading food chain in the country — came first; the Food read more here »

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