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BY GABE HERMAN | A report by The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation found that the East Village has lower retail vacancy rates in its landmarked areas. The results, released April 11, came from a survey of East Village retail vacancies that was done over several months last summer and fall. The survey was conducted […]

BY ROSE ADAMS | When Alex Nuñez’s father, Patricio, returned home one evening in 1994, he asked his 12-year-old boy for an unusual favor. “Son,” he said, “cut my hair.” Patricio sat in a chair by the bathroom mirror and Alex stooped over him, gliding a pair of electric clippers over his scalp. When the buzzing […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Left Bank Books, which closed in 2016 after a 25-year run in the West Village, has reopened in the neighborhood. A soft opening was held on Sat., March 30, at its new location, 41 Perry St., between W. Fourth St. and Waverly Place. When Left Bank Books closed three years ago, it […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | A fire broke out in the basement of Fairway supermarket on the afternoon on Mon., April 1, according to the Fire Department. Firefighters rushed to the famed Upper West Side grocery store at 2131 Broadway, between 74th and 75th Sts., after a fire alarm was pulled at 1:27 p.m. The first to […]

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BY SHARON WOOLUMS | On March 18, the City Council’s Small Business Committee held a hearing on nine bills that Mark Gjonaj, the committee’s chairperson, claims would help struggling small businesses. This was the largest number of bills submitted at any one time to “help” small businesses. Meanwhile, lawmakers in all boroughs are hosting forums and […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | A new bill could bring “puppy mills” in New York grinding to a halt. Upper West Side Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal and Queens state Senator Michael Gianaris introduced a piece of legislation on March 11 that would ban the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores in New York State. The […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | City Council Speaker Corey Johnson prides himself on delivering for his district constituents, and the city as a whole. But now Johnson is calling on someone else to step up to the plate and deliver — Trader Joe’s, that is. Last month, news broke that the affordable “fresh format” supermarket would stop […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | The West Side Community Fund announced its inaugural class of grant recipients, with $226,628 going to 28 organizations in Chelsea and Hells Kitchen. Announcements were made at a March 6 reception at Hudson Guild, where the more than two-dozen groups were given checks. Award amounts ranged from $2,500 to $30,000. The fund […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | The Meatpacking District BID announced on March 5 the appointment of Jeffrey LeFrancois as its new executive director. LeFrancois was unanimously approved by the business improvement district’s board of directors. He has been with the organization since 2015, and was previously its director of operations and community affairs. He succeeds Lauren Danziger, […]

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BY ROSE ADAMS | The Financial District has transformed into a foodie haven, and Joe’s Pizza wants a slice of the action. The iconic Greenwich Village pizzeria opened a fifth location last Thursday at 124 Fulton St., between Nassau and Dutch Sts. The restaurant decided to open a FiDi location because of soaring demand in the […]

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