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BY GABE HERMAN | Alex Kariyev has owned the Star Shoe & Watch shop for 19 years, but in the past two, business has slowed considerably. The store, at 74 Bleecker St., between Broadway and Lafayette St., moved downstairs five years ago. But Kariyev, 66, said business was still going strong for the first three. “Probably […]

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BY LYNN ELLSWORTH | The crowded public advocate race has made me jealous of the congressional voters over in Queens. They got Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upsetting the applecart of New York City — and now the country’s — machine politics, a win that has been a riveting spectacle. Wouldn’t it be great to get more of that […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | The first public meeting of the Soho/Noho rezoning process on Feb. 6 had moments of chaos and tension as residents wanted more information about officials’ motives, and expressed concerns that their opinions were being heard. The meeting’s format surprised many with its informal town hall style, without presentations or microphones. It was […]

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BY RICO BURNEY | Back in November 2017, The Villager reported on a widely circulated online petition to co-name W. Eighth St. between Fifth and Sixth Aves “Jimi Hendrix Way.” A little more than one year and 20,000 signatures later, the effort looks to have stalled like “crosstown traffic.” Despite the large outpouring of support, which […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Councilmember Carlina Rivera has introduced a bill that would make foie gras illegal in New York City. “In the New York City Council, we aim to pass commonsense legislation every day, Rivera said in a statement. “I can think of nothing more commonsense than ending the egregious practice of selling a luxury […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Police shot and killed a man on the Lower East Side Friday morning who was attacking his partner with a knife, officials said. Chief of Department Terry Monahan said that two officers responded to a domestic dispute just before 7 a.m. at 227 Cherry St., in the Two Bridges area just east […]

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BY SARAH FERGUSON | Local leaders are pressuring Mayor de Blasio to follow through with his pledge to buy back the former P.S. 64 school building in the East Village, after a crack spotted on its east wall forced the temporary evacuation of four neighboring tenements on Wednesday. Although city inspectors later ruled the building did not pose […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Mint Kitchen, a new Middle Eastern restaurant, has opened just below Union Square. It debuted on Jan. 30 and features a fast-casual style in a bright, open atmosphere. The restaurant was co-founded by Israeli chef Erez Komarovsky, who previously started a popular bakery in Israel called Lehem Erez that expanded to more […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Trader Joe’s will stop delivering to homes in Manhattan by March 1, the California-based supermarket chain announced earlier this week. The company has been delivering to Manhattan residents for the last 10 years. Some older and mobility-impaired customers will be particularly impacted by the company’s decision. “It’s difficult for me to even […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Congressmember Carolyn Maloney joined Jewish advocacy groups Monday at the Center for Jewish History to address a national rise in anti-Semitism and announce the reintroduction of her Never Again Education Act. The intent of the bipartisan bill is to help teachers across the United States instruct Holocaust history. “We are at a […]

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