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As Council assesses small business legislation, commercial rent stabilization bill is introduced

BY GABE HERMAN | It’s been over a year since the City Council held a hearing on the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA), and while some advocates have expressed frustration that the bill has still not passed, officials say further work is being done to assess its impact, and new legislation has been introduced […]

BY GABE HERMAN | For the second time this month, a community board has rejected the city’s proposed plan to require special permits for hotel development just below Union Square. Community Board 3 passed a resolution against the plan at its Nov. 26 meeting, after the plan was poorly received and voted against at a […]

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BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Animal rights advocates, with Mayor de Blasio and local politicians, packed the gym at the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center to help celebrate the Mayor’s signing legislation into law on Monday to protect and promote animal welfare — specifically the welfare of dogs, horses, and birds. The legislative package of six bills include […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | The city’s proposed plan to require special permits for hotels below Union Square “misses the mark,” according to locals. The plan, which was was presented at a Community Board 2 meeting on Nov. 13, was met with criticism and skepticism from the committee and members of the public. The plan would […]

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BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Participants in this year’s Veterans Day Parade included Al DiRaffaele, who has been a Charlton Street resident (Hudson Square/West Soho) for 34 years. This Bensonhurst-raised Brooklynite served in Vietnam in 1966 & 1967. He waited on the corner of 24th Street to join Vietnam Vets as they walked the parade route. […]

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BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Hundreds traveled from around the country to rally outside of the Supreme Court in Washington DC, yesterday. Seven hundred people traveled from New York State —13 buses full of people from Buffalo to Long Island— with the New York Immigration Coalition to support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Dreamers as the […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | As the East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) Project begins its process through the City Council, there continues to be some community pushback, including a petition signed by over 1,800 local NYCHA tenants who oppose the current flood protection plan at East River Park. A group called NYCHA Speaks is behind the […]

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Voters will be heading to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Don’t be surprised when you get to your polling machine — here’s all you need to know before you go: When and where to vote: Vote from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. If you want to get it out of the way, early voting […]

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BY MILO HESS AND ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Almost 200 people marched from Union Square to Trump Tower calling for the removal of President Donald Trump. The procession to 725 Fifth Ave. was part of a protest organized by Refuse Fascism, anti-Trump anti Mike Pence group formed in December 2016. “We need a coalition — Christians, Muslims, […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | A new series of anti-Trump protests are set to start in the city this Saturday, Oct. 19.  Dr. Cornel West and Carl Dix, a founding organizer of Refuse Fascism and representative of the Revolutionary Communist Party, will lead the first of five protests set to take place every Saturday until Nov. 16. […]

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