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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | On June 24, Councilmembers Ben Kallos and Costa Constantinides called on the city to declare a climate emergency as a crowd of activists waved signs and cheered on the steps of City Hall under the blistering sun. “Climate change is real and we see the effects of the climate change everywhere,” […]

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BY COREY JOHNSON | We’ve all been there: Stuck in a crowded subway car due to “signal problems,” or sitting on a bus moving so slowly that you might as well have walked. Frustration with our mass transit system is a New York state of mind we’re all unfortunately accustomed to. But I truly believe it […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Several hundred protestors gathered in Lower Manhattan’s Foley Square Saturday afternoon as part of national day of action to call for an impeachment inquiry of President Trump. More than 1oo cities nationwide held similar demonstrations. The rally was organized by a coalition including Empire State Indivisible, Need to Impeach, Indivisible Nation […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | At a June 13 meeting for the Envision Soho Noho process, preliminary recommendations were presented for issues in the area, based on the process of community input that included four public workshops from February to May. Some top issues included protecting artists and the artistic tradition of Soho while officially allowing […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | The Strand Book Store building was landmarked by New York City on June 11, despite ongoing objections from the legendary store’s owner, who also owns the building. The Landmarks Preservation Commission designated 826 Broadway, at E. 12th St., home of the Strand since 1956. Six other buildings were also landmarked in […]

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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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BY TEQUILA MINSKY | The Village Independent Democrats recently held their 62nd awards reception, aptly titled, Blue New York, to celebrate a blue state government, voted in during the last election. Returning to Tio Pepe, the W. Fourth St. Spanish restaurant, the annual event recognized outstanding individuals and organizations noted for advancing the progressive agenda. With […]

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Pro-choice activists rallied at Middle Collegiate Church at E. Seventh St. and Second Ave. in the East Village last Tues., May 21, during a day of national protests against new anti-abortion bans in Southern and Midwestern states. The demonstrators warned that those actions are setting the country on course for a showdown over Roe v. […]

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BY TEQUILA MINSKY | On Sunday afternoon May 19, members of Downtown Manhattan Democratic clubs packed the auditorium at the LREI high school on Charlton St. for a “state of the government” public forum with Congressmember Jerry Nadler. Nadler is particularly high -profile these days as head of the House Judiciary Committee. Richard Corman and David […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Last Tuesday, six women popped open blue, purple and pink umbrellas as they sat on the sidewalk on Third Ave. outside Governor Cuomo’s office as rain started to fall. They knew they were in for a long haul. The group of climate activists gathered at the Midtown location on May 14 to […]

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