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The weather of late may have been arctic, but Union Square’s climate — at least for retail — is feeling hot, hot, hot! The district ended 2013 with one of the lowest ground-floor retail vacancy rates in the city — 1.2 percent — “bolstering the neighborhood as one of New York’s hottest locations for both read more here »

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Little Italy parish saddened by pastor’s retirement

BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  As he has done many times before, Father Fabian Grifone, 88, celebrated afternoon Mass on Ash Wednesday at the Church of Most Precious Blood on Mulberry St. “I’m supposed to be retired, but not as yet,” he said. He was referring to the constant murmurings of his imminent retirement that have read more here »

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Committee is turned off by design for sex shop site

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  A developer hopes to replace a Village sex shop with a five-story mixed-use building featuring three large residential units — but the plans didn’t get much love from Community Board 2’s Landmarks Committee. The current, 70-year-old, one-story building at 192 Seventh Ave. South — at the southwest corner of the avenue and read more here »

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Panty raids par for course at Soho Victoria’s Secret

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Now here’s a store that can’t help getting caught with its pants down. Soho’s Victoria’s Secret has become a haven for shoplifters, with 10 reported crimes over the past year that have collectively cost the lingerie shop more than $17,000 worth of stolen merchandise. The most recent incident at the 591 read more here »

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Children’s Magical Garden sues to reclaim lot slated for development

BY SARAH FERGUSON | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED MARCH 10, 2014  |  After being fenced out for 10 months, members of the Children’s Magical Garden filed a claim of adverse possession on Mon., March 10, against Lower East Side developer Serge Hoyda and the development entity 157, LLC, seeking to reclaim the portion of the garden that Hoyda read more here »

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HealthPlex E.R. opening June at St. Vincent’s site

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced on Thurs., March 6, that its new comprehensive-care center now under construction in Greenwich Village will be called the Lenox Hill HealthPlex.  Located at Seventh Ave. between W. 12th and 13th Sts., the facility, according to a press release, “represents a new model of community-based read more here »

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Bill blocks U.N.H.S. and Bergtraum school co-locations

  BY SAM SPOKONY  |  The previously planned charter school co-location at Murry Bergtraum High School will no longer go forward, the city’s Department of Education announced last week. Last year, D.O.E. under former Mayor Bloomberg had proposed to place a Success Academy charter school, serving grades K to 4, in part of the Murry Bergtraum building, read more here »

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C.B. 3 delays vote on landmarking  of old dispensary

BY LESLEY SUSSMAN  |  The fate of a historic dispensary located at 75 Essex St. remains uncertain as Community Board 3 decided to postpone a vote last week on whether to support its landmark designation. The former Good Samaritan/Eastern District Dispensary was constructed in 1890 with charitable donations and operated for 60 years with city read more here »

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Burglaries spike in Village; ‘Lock your doors’: Inspector

Bad news: burglaries are booming within the Village area in 2014, with a shocking 135 percent increase compared to last year’s totals at this point. As of March 2, 40 break-ins were reported throughout the Police Department’s Sixth Precinct, compared to just 17 reported through the first two months of 2013, according to police statistics. read more here »

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Preservation push to protect L.G.B.T. historic sites

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Support is growing for an effort by preservationists to secure stronger and more specific landmark protections for three local sites that have played key roles in the city’s L.G.B.T. History. All the sites in question — the Stonewall Inn, at 53 Christopher St.; Julius’ Bar, at 159 W. 10th St.; and read more here »

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