City Slows Plans for Pricey Apartments on Public Housing Land

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Officials are backing off a plan to lease land in some New York City public housing complexes for new, mostly market-rate rental buildings. New York City Public Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea said Friday the authority wants private developers to submit ideas for possible new buildings at eight housing projects in Manhattan. Originally, NYCHA had [&hellip
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Cars and Bugs and Iambic Pentameter

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Shakespeare in the Parking Lot braves the city’s elements to bring free shows to the streets Acting in one of Shakespeare’s plays is difficult enough without having to dodge a 3,600-pound SUV. That’s just one of the challenges facing the cast performing “Richard III” this summer in a working outdoor municipal parking lot at the [&hellip
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Which Neighborhood Lights Up the Most?

Written by Katya Johns on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

Whether you’re looking to avoid secondhand smoke or light up freely, some areas of the city are smokier than others Smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the city, killing more than one New Yorker every hour—more than AIDS, alcohol, murder and suicide combined. In spite of, or perhaps because of this, New [&hellip
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‘Hood Happenings

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Thursday, Aug. 22 Lower East Side Youthmarket: fresh fruits and vegetables grown by regional farmers. Also workshops on small business skills, nutrition education for young adults. Between Grand St. and Columbia St. Every Thursday until the end of November. 3 PM – 7 PM. www.grownyc.org Toddler Time with storytelling and playtime at Mulberry Street Library. [&hellip
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Rob Sheffield Gets Carried Away with Karaoke

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

The Rolling Stone columnist and bestselling author speaks about 99 Luftballoons, Bowery Ballroom, and spa-raoke Writer Rob Sheffield explains that karaoke is the only American pastime that rewards you for subpar performance – but that’s what makes it so fun. In his new book, Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke, which [&hellip
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The 2013 Race: A Marathon That’s Far From Over

Written by Tom Allon on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

Voters will be making crucial decisions three times in the upcoming months While many insiders think there’s just three weeks left until we pick a new mayor, comptroller, public advocate, two borough presidents, a district attorney and a new city council – an unprecedented turnover in our municipal government – it’s actually just the second [&hellip
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Remembering the Life of Liz Berger

Written by Helaina Hovitz on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

The downtown community lost a vibrant advocate and true friend last week On Monday, August 5th, Elizabeth Berger, president of the Downtown Alliance, died at the age of 53. Liz, as she was called, left behind an endless list of outstanding professional and political accomplishments, but to those who knew and loved her, she was [&hellip
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Lower Manhattan Yields Buried Treasure

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Workers have found artifacts from past centuries during routine excavations The city has become an archaeological site, with thousands of artifacts such as an 18th-century bone toothbrush with animal hair bristles and wine and champagne bottles corked centuries ago unearthed to prove it. A copper half-penny and a pair of children’s shoes are some of [&hellip
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