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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Google is doubling down on its efforts to foster greater diversity among tomorrow’s tech leaders. Its Chelsea-based program, Google Code Next, now has a larger physical space. The enlarged center, twice the size of its previous incarnation, officially opened on March 5. Besides its increased size, the space has a fresh and […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | A public meeting was held in Greenwich Village on March 27 to get design ideas from the community for an upcoming renovation of Mercer Playground. New York University has pledged $380,000 for upgrades to the playground as part of its Core Plan commitment to the neighborhood, which will invest in local community […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | The Hudson River Park Trust is starting the design process for Gansevoort Peninsula — and a large multi-use sports field is an option being proposed by local youth baseball and soccer leagues. The pitch for a 2-acre playing field was made at a meeting of the Hudson River Park Advisory Council earlier […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Young people across Manhattan skipped class last Friday to protest inaction on a critical issue facing their generation — climate change. “We only have 11-and-a-half years until we start seeing some serious changes that we can’t do anything about,” warned Anna Simmons,16, from Soho. Simmons, like the hundreds of other young people […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | The New York Public Library sent an e-mail notice on March 9 to Jefferson Market branch users that it would be closed for three months starting April 1 for the start of renovations. In the notice, Dawn Chance, associate director for the Lower Manhattan Neighborhood Library Network, said Jefferson Market would reopen […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL DOMENECH | In honor of Women’s History Month, portraits of five women of color who were pioneers in what today is known as “STEM” will be displayed around town on the city’s free Wi-Fi kiosks. Women have made important contributions to STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — but haven’t gotten their […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | The Lower East Side Girls Club will honor Colin Kaepernick and the Know Your Rights Camp at its Spring Fling Gala on Wed., April 10, at the Angel Orensanz Center, at 172 Norfolk St. Kaepernick was a quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers for seven seasons, and led them in the 2012 […]

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BY GABE HERMAN |  Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is calling on Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza to increase the number of social workers in city schools. Brewer said the current number is inadequate, and that investment is needed in school mental-health services. Brewer started her Feb. 20 letter to Carranza by praising him for making […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Earlier this month, Department of Education Chancellor Richard Carranza toured P.S. 64, Tompkins Square Middle School and The Earth School. The trio were the first Community Education Council District 1 schools visited by the chancellor this year, according to Naomi Pena, C.E.C. 1 president. C.E.C. District 1 includes the East Village between […]

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BY RICO BURNEY AND ROSE ADAMS |   ART   Kerri Scharlin, “In Her Studio”: Bold lines and blocks of color shape Kerri Scharlin’s abstract paintings. Scharlin’s work depicts women in their art studios, celebrating women artist’s growing visibility. The show runs from Sat., Feb. 23, to March 24 at New Release Gallery in Chinatown, […]

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