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For decades, the Gifted and Talented program has given some of the sharpest young minds in the New York City public school system a chance to challenge themselves, hone their skills and cultivate their minds to their fullest potential. But if a group of education reformers whispering in the ears of Mayor Bill de Blasio […]

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Who can claim Jane? To The Editor: Re “On 14th St., we continue the fight of Jane Jacobs” (op-ed, by Arthur Schwartz, Aug. 26): The notion that author and former Village resident Jane Jacobs would have opposed the city’s bus-and bike-centric plan for the 14th St. corridor is absurd. She believed cars were terribly destructive. […]

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The debate over the embattled 14th St. busway — and, to a lesser extent, the new bike lanes on 12th and 13th Sts. — continues to rage on. A quick look at the reader comments on thevillager.com over the past few months and weeks shows how extraordinarily passionate people are, on both sides of the […]

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BY ARTHUR SCHWARTZ | The fight over the 14th St. busway is a fight of our community. A community of people who live here, including residents of Fulton Houses (a New York City Housing Authority development), people who have disabilities and who are elderly, and who are bus users. Our communities, Greenwich Village and Chelsea, are […]

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An absurd attack To The Editor: Re “A power broker’s legacy; Schwartz pulls a Moses” (op-ed, by Quinn Raymond, Aug. 22): I find it hard to fathom how, as a lawyer for the Transport Workers Union for almost 20 years, someone can call me an opponent of mass transit. I am not fighting to keep […]

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BY COREY JOHNSON | As human beings, food is what we need to survive and thrive. But we all know that food is more than just a necessity. It’s a connection to our families, our culture and to the Earth. Unfortunately, in our city — one of the richest in the world — many people don’t […]

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Nine New York Police Department officers have taken their own lives this year, six cops in Philadelphia were shot last week while protecting their city, and the nation seems to continue to slip into a dark divide between police and civilians that needs mending.  But the much-needed way out of this darkness starts with a […]

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Jane would be smiling To The Editor: Re “Court slams brakes on 14th St. busway — again!” (news article, thevillager.com, Aug. 9): No one gave thousands of dollars. Block associations made commitments of $1,000 to pay for the record — meaning, the documents required for the lawsuit.  Meanwhile the executive director of Transportation Alternatives makes […]

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BY SHARON WOOLUMS | A rally to “save small businesses” was held June 26 outside City Hall. If any group deserved a rally to focus upon quickly finding a solution to stop the closings, it’s our city’s desperate mom-and-pop shop owners.  Careening out of control at a fast clip, unless legislation is quickly passed to give rights […]

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Two reports released by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and City Comptroller Scott Stringer this week highlight the woeful conditions that straphangers who rely on subways and commuter rail lines can attest to daily. And while it’s easy to see the neglect and incompetence, it seems much harder to find a way to fix the damage. […]

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