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Neighborhood News Check

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Slain Bus Driver’s Family Wants Stiff Penalty NY1: The family of bus driver William Pena, who died earlier this month when his bus was struck by a stolen truck in Greenwich Village, hopes that a maximum penalty will be uncured. Dominic Whilby, the driver of the truck, was believed to be intoxicated at the time. [&hellip
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Don’t Blame the Park

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While the High Line has heralded some changes in the area, it’s not the only factor in Chelsea’s continuing transformation West Chelsea It’s both silly and naive to blame the High Line for the ongoing transformation of western Chelsea. Just as it’s silly and naive to credit the High Line with catalyzing $2 billion in [&hellip
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Letters

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High Marks for the High Line Re: The Downside of the High Line (February 20, 2014) I have run Moran’s, a restaurant across the avenue from the High Line, for many years. I saw first-hand a significant increase in my business when the High Line opened nearly five years ago. Foot traffic — by both [&hellip
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Ask Margaret

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Dear Margaret, On a recent cold night in the city, a friend and I called for a cab using an iPhone app. The app confirmed that a taxi was en route and would be arriving in 6 minutes. After about 2 minutes had passed, an available cab drove by and we quickly decided to flag [&hellip
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Out & About

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Friday, March 7 75 Morton Street Task Force, Community Board 2 CB 2 Conference Room, 3 Washington Square Village 8:45 a.m., Free A meeting to discuss the development at 75 Morton Street. nyc.gov/html/mancb2 Fragile By Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit Museum of American Finance, 48 Wall Street 12:30 p.m., $5 [&hellip
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Business Briefs

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 For downtown rents, some record highs Downtown- More data for the real-estate obsessed: Zumper.com, a listings web site, has tallied up median rents throughout Manhattan, and come up with some surprising findings. For downtown residents — regardless of whether you live in Battery Park, FiDi, Tribeca or the West Village — the news is not [&hellip
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Meade’s Pub Closes After Sandy Setbacks

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The bar near the South Street Seaport couldn’t come back from the hurricane’s devastation, despite robust efforts Since Sandy decimated many small businesses near the Seaport in October 2012, restaurants and bars have worked diligently to climb back, spending thousands of dollars to renovate and revive. Many have been able to re-open and keep their [&hellip
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Trinity Wall Street Gives $100,000 in Awards

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Trinity Wall Street Church has given Wildcard Awards to four innovative organizations that hold promise as agents of positive change. Each one-time, $25,000 award is given to support a social action initiative that needs seed money to get started or grow. The recipients are beyond-the-bell-curve programs that fall outside Trinity’s standard funding objectives, but are [&hellip
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A rare win over developers in the Meatpacking District

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Views from the High Line Park above the Meatpacking District are poised to remain bright and clear after a swell of community pressure may have convinced a real-estate developer to relent. The victory, a rare win for a preservation community long frustrated by the arcane world of New York City land variance, delayed approval of [&hellip
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