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Will the Elimination of Bottle Service Actually Make New York Clubs Safer?

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NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn called for an emergency meeting with the NYPD and the New York Nightlife Association following rappers Drake and Chris Brown’s infamous bar brawl at the W.I.P club in SoHo last Thursday. Quinn said she was “deeply concerned” by the incident, and added that existing guidelines and legislation surrounding bottle service [&hellip
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City Council Considers Legalizing Sunday Morning Brunch Outdoors (Yes, it is Illegal)

Written by NYPress on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

Photo by Johnia! By Paul Bisceglio Add this to your list of laws you never knew you participated in breaking: outdoor brunch in the city is illegal on Sunday mornings. The obscure 1971 law that forbids restaurants from serving customers outside on Sundays before noon has long been ignored, but recent complaints of crowded sidewalks by residents in [&hellip
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Jewish Officials Say Councilman Barron Supports Syria’s Dictator Bashar Assad

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At a press conference yesterday where group of Jewish elected officials lambasted congressional candidate and City Councilman Charles Barron for his criticism of Israel and for backing dictators Robert Mugabe and Muammar Qaddafi, Assemblyman Dov Hikind speculated that Barron supports the leadership in Syria too. “I can only imagine what he thinks of (Bashar) Assad [&hellip
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Lotto Millionaire Isaac Sasson Eyes Assembly Seat

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Self-funding lotto millionaire Isaac Sasson, who narrowly lost a City Council bid in 2009 and a state Senate bid in 2010, is now seriously weighing a run for Assemblywoman Grace Meng’s seat, according to political consultant Jay Golub, a key advisor during Sasson’s 2010 campaign. “He is weighing his options,” Golub said in an email. [&hellip
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CB6 Head Files for Garodnick’s Seat

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town, Our Town

FE-Mark Thompson(as) If anyone can say they understand the intricate inner workings of the city of New York, it’s Mark Thompson. He’s spent his entire career in urban planning and development, learning how cities run and grow, and now he’s hoping to parlay that knowledge into a City Council seat. Thompson has officially filed to run for [&hellip
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Local Pols Fight Secure Communities Program

Written by Our Town Downtown on . Posted in Breaking News

This week, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, along with several members of the City Council, held a press conference demanding that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) halt the activation of Secure Communities in New York City. According to a press release from the City Council, Secure Communities requires fingerprints taken by local law enforcement [&hellip
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Riverside School Given Go Ahead

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

helenrosenthal The Upper West Side can look forward to a brand-new elementary school in the neighborhood. While there are still many unanswered questions about how it will operate, the Community Board has given its final official approval for the school that will be built in Extell’s Riverside Center development. The new school, which will be called [&hellip
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Neighborhood Chatter

Written by NYPress on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

MargaretChin Lower East Side and Chinatown Chin Says Cuts to After-School and Daycare Programs Remain In response to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s executive budget, Council Member Margaret Chin noted that while the mayor has committed to fund 2,600 teaching positions, the budget still includes cuts to daycare, after-school programs and other services in the Lower East Side [&hellip
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Bloomberg Snuffs New Living Wage Bill

Written by Andrew Rice on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown, Uncategorized

bloomberg Fulfilling his promise, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has vetoed the first of two bills proposed by the City Council that would raise wages for hundreds of workers. The so-called living wage bill was a watered down version of the same bill proposed last year. The latest draft would force companies that receive $1 million or more [&hellip
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NEIGHBORHOOD CHATTER

Written by NYPress on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

UNION SQUARE NEW ADDITION TO UNION SQUARE PARTNERSHIP  Felicia Tunnah, former assistant vice president of the Downtown Alliance, has joined the Union Square Partnership as its director of economic development and special projects. As the new director, Tunnah will create programs to promote retail and commercial activity in the area and enhance the streetscape around [&hellip
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