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After 19 months of delays and several missed deadlines, the M.T.A. has finally gotten its escalator up and running at the East Broadway subway station. Although the new escalator reportedly went out of service — due to electrical problems — just hours after at last being restarted on Feb. 20, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says read more here »

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Opponents want Bill to block bistro in Union Square pavilion

BY SAM SPOKONY | Leaving park advocates and local elected officials dismayed, the state’s highest appeals court ruled on Thursday that the city’s plan to place a restaurant in Union Square Park’s north end pavilion can go forward. The ruling will allow the hotly disputed bistro to open as early as mid-April. This follows a decade-long debate over read more here »

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Is it a 2-on-1 game again? City files notice on N.Y.U.

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Is there a heart app? I need a heart app that’s a defibrillator,” John Leguizamo quipped as he mock-staggered off the court, smiling and flush-faced, after 30 minutes of half-court 4-on-3 at N.Y.U.’s Coles gym last Sunday morning. The actor, 49, had been trying to keep up with a group of read more here »

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New push to rezone, cap building heights  in the South Village

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Preservationists are in the early stages of pushing for a partial South Village rezoning that would, for the first time since 1961, place height caps on buildings within the proposed area. The swath of land in question is the neighborhood’s current R7-2 zoning district, which is roughly bounded by W. Fourth St. read more here »

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Kavanagh offers wage bill, says he’s on same page with the mayor

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Days after Governor Cuomo said he strongly opposed the idea, an assemblymember declared he will continue pushing legislation to allow cities across the state to set their own minimum wage. Brian Kavanagh, whose district includes the East Village, believes his bill is a more “rational” approach to the issue, and claims support read more here »

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Post office openings and closings

BY PASHA FARMANARA |  The West Village post office scene has been rather chaotic lately. First, the West Village Station Post Office  closed after a car crashed into it, and only recently reopened. Now, the Patchin Station Post Office has temporarily closed. On Mon., Oct. 21. a car stuck the West Village Station, at 527 read more here »

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Birth of a Voice, Chapter 3: Wooing the Naked Buddha

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  The first two paid employees of The Village Voice, back in the late summer of 1955, were Susan Ryan and Florence Ettenberg. Flo Ettenberg was a bright, cheerful, talky, left-leaning Brooklyn College-bred native New Yorker, while Sue Ryan, a good Republican — not a contradiction in those days — was not. read more here »

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Dog is killed by stray voltage on Lower East Side

BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  In the worst local stray-voltage incident since an East Village woman was killed while walking her dogs on the street a decade ago, a dog died on the Lower East Side last Saturday after being zapped by live electric current. The 11-year-old pit bull-terrier mix was electrocuted Feb. 15 while entering read more here »

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Hoylman town hall on street safety

On Tues., Feb. 25, state Senator Brad Hoylman will host “Counting Down to ‘Vision Zero,’ ” a Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Town Hall on “Vision Zero,” Mayor de Blasio’s plan to eliminate traffic fatalities within a decade. Representatives of the Mayor’s Office, the New York Police Department and Department of Transportation will attend to address how pedestrians, cyclists read more here »

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Honoring Sophie Gerson and those who continue her work

BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  The evening was frigid, but the good feelings were very warm. Friends, family and a diverse array of those who worked with Sophie and Alan Gerson through the years found sanctuary in Henry Buhl’s Soho loft. They were there to pay tribute to Sophie Gerson and her championing of physical education, read more here »

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