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BY GABE HERMAN | Lighting, water fountains and tree care were the winners in the most recent round of participatory budgeting for the Village, Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. City Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced the participatory-budgeting winners for District 3 at his fifth annual West Side Summit on May 19. The top vote-getter was a project […]

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The red balloon To The Editor: Re “Wally Elvers, 95, longtime Villager, polymath” (obituary, June 6): What a wonderful testimony to the intelligence, love and fruitful originality of this lovely gentleman, who was my neighbor for many years, the husband of my friend Bibi, and the father of my two daughters’ friends Laurie and Susie. I […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Actor Alec Baldwin will be at Judson Memorial Church in the Village on Thurs., June 20. But he won’t be doing his uproarious portrayal of Donald Trump in comedy skits with the cast of “Saturday Night Live.” Instead, he’ll likely be significantly more serious. Because the topic will be serious. Baldwin […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | The Park Ave. Malls in the 50s blocks will be filled with interesting art — some of it gently shifting in the breeze — for three months starting later this summer, when the Parks Department honors two prolific, legendary American sculptors with installations. The work of Alex Katz and George Rickey […]

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BY LINDA CRONIN-GROSS |    “Death is the only pure, beautiful conclusion of a great passion.” — D. H. Lawrence   So wrote longtime Village resident and activist Ben Green’s favorite author. But Lawrence could have been talking about Ben Green himself, who died Fri., May 17, in New York City at age 73, after […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | The High Line’s newest section, the Spur, opened to the public on Wed., June 5. It runs east from W. 30th St. from the main High Line, and ends with an open plaza above Tenth Ave. The plaza includes the Plinth, an art space that will feature a different work every 18 […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | A woman was recently robbed at knifepoint inside a Financial District church, police said. On Fri., May 31, around 12:30 p.m., the victim, 39, entered Our Lady of Victory Church, at 60 William St., between Pine and Cedar Sts. She was then approached from behind by an unknown man, who displayed a […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | A New York Supreme Court judge extended a temporary restraining order to block developers from beginning work on three high-rise towers in The Lower East Side’s Two Bridges neighborhood. The ruling is a temporary win for advocacy groups, the City Council and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. The New York Post reported […]

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Government credibility and integrity is an enormous issue right now. So it’s puzzling and concerning to see what has been going on with the plans for 14th St. In short, process matters. So does buy-in by the community and respect for the community. It’s not even a question of whether we are in favor of […]

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Waterfront watchdog whisperings: We hear a rumor that Tobi Bergman, who recently resigned in frustration from Community Board 2, may be trying to start up a new independent watchdog group for Hudson River Park. The Friends of Hudson River Park used to fill that role, and even aggressively filed lawsuits against city agencies to force […]

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