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Letters to the Editor

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Several readers commented online on our story “How Safe is Christopher Street?” by Joanna Fantozzi, September 12, about residents’ concerns of violence in the West Village neighborhood: “Thanks for your excellent story on our situation down here! I’m only sorry that the sixth precinct has chosen to ignore your reporters’ queries, the same way they [&hellip
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Downtown Social: Gotham Storytellers Rock Out

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dt_social_gogogirls The first Gotham Storytelling Festival concluded Monday night after being postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. Six days of music and storytelling at Under St. Marks, a venue at the Horse Trade Theater, brought together dozens of authors, comics, musicians and just regular folks to share in the art of the story. Our Town Downtown was [&hellip
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City Arts: In Search of Lost Jazz

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SearchLostJazz600 ‘Cotton Club Parade’ brings back musical history  By Valerie Gladstone Cotton Club Parade opens with the robust Jazz at Lincoln Center All Stars, directed by Daryl Waters, swinging into “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love,” “I’ve Got the World on a String” and “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” offering a tantalizing [&hellip
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DOT to Educate Small Businesses About Delivery Bike Safety

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The DOT reached out to CB1 regarding delivery bike safety. Photo by New York Press file photo   By Paul Bisceglio Following the City Council’s approval of new safety regulations for commercial bicyclists earlier this month, a Department of Transportation representative met with Community Board 1’s Quality of Life Committee last Thursday to detail the expected changes. “This is not about hammering down on small businesses that are already feeling pressure from [&hellip
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Neighborhood Chatter

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NeighborhoodChatter Compiled by Norah Bosworth Public Hearing on Proposed Soho BID According to a release from the SoHo Alliance, councilmember Margaret Chin has called a public hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. at City Hall on the proposed Soho Business Improvement District (BID). The hearing will be conducted by the City Council’s Finance Committee [&hellip
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Lady Smarts

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woman By Meredith Russo You’ve dreamt this day would come—only this time you’re wide-awake. Whether you got punched in the face, fell down the stairs or just bit an exceptionally hard pita chip, it’s time to grin and bear it. On second thought, scratch the grin. 1)   Stop! Whatever you do, don’t swallow. 2)   Spit it [&hellip
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East Village Schools Unveil Rooftop Garden

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schoolgarden Teachers vie for ‘roof time’ to diversify teaching By Naomi Cohen On a windy afternoon, 13-year-old Hannah Quirk is on her school’s roof, a tray of biodegradable cups of tender green mustard salad in hand. Her peers pace the garden aisles of the two-block deck—one boasting the flavor of the freshly picked Asian kale salad, [&hellip
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Neighborhood Chatter

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NeighborhoodChatter Compiled by Nora Bosworth and Naomi Cohen City Approves East Village Landmark District Neighborhood preservation groups secured a victory on Tuesday, Oct. 9, when the New York City Landmarks Preservation Society voted to approve the Lower East Side/East Village Historic District. The district includes 330 buildings and covers parts of the 15 blocks between Avenue A [&hellip
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