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Among powerful friends, Chin enters her second term

Among powerful friends, Chin enters her second term

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver showed his support for Councilmember Margaret Chin at her swearing-in for her second Council term after a competitive primary election. Photo by Sam Spokony BY SAM SPOKONY  |  After winning a tough re-election campaign against a much younger opponent with little political experience, Councilmember Margaret Chin showed off her strong political […]

Top cop says special unit, outreach can cut thefts

Top cop says special unit, outreach can cut thefts

Inspector Elisa Cokkinos has commanded the Sixth Precinct since May, when she was promoted from deputy inspector to inspector. Photo by SAM SPOKONY BY SAM SPOKONY  |  The commanding officer of the Police Department’s Sixth Precinct said last week that she believes the Village could see a decrease in thefts this year, even after they […]

Muscle-headed gym keeps flouting regs with illegal signage

Muscle-headed gym  keeps flouting regs  with illegal signage

Neighbors and preservationists are waiting for Equinox to “undo it” and remove this huge, illegal sign on Greenwich Ave. Photo by SAM SPOKONY BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Equinox made them do it — but now two city agencies are making them undo it. The trendy gym on Greenwich Ave. at W. 12th St. is being […]

Judge says city broke the law by approving N.Y.U. superblocks plan

Judge says city broke the law by approving N.Y.U. superblocks plan

The LaGuardia Corner Gardens — seen here in glorious full bloom in a photo from June 2004 — have been flourishing along a strip of city-owned land on LaGuardia Place at Bleecker St. since 1981. On Tuesday, a State Supreme Court judge ruled the garden is not a street — but a park. File photo […]

De Blasio seems on same page with evicted news vendor

De Blasio seems on same page with evicted news vendor

Jerry Delakas has operated the newsstand at Astor Place and Fourth Ave. for 27 years.                             File photo by Jefferson Siegel BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED JAN. 7, 2014  |  The news could be looking much better for embattled Astor Place newsstand […]

Johnson taps ex-Gottfried aide as his chief of staff

Johnson taps ex-Gottfried aide as his chief of staff

Corey Johnson, far left, was sworn in on Dec. 27 as the new District Three city councilmember, as two of his top aides, Louis Cholden-Brown, center, and R.J. Jordan, looked on. Until this past week, it was thought Jordan — who managed Johnson’s campaign — would be his chief of staff. Photo by Sam Spokony […]

Small Business Services commish leaving for prof job; Still no word on replacement from de Blasio

Small Business Services commish leaving for prof job; Still no word on replacement from de Blasio

BY SAM SPOKONY | The longtime commissioner of the city’s Department of Small Business Services will soon leave office to start his new job as a college professor  — but there’s still been no word from Mayor Bill de Blasio on who will replace him. Commissioner Rob Walsh, who was appointed by former Mayor Mike Bloomberg […]

Conservancy to give update to C.B. 2 in wake of exposed e-mails

Conservancy to give update to C.B. 2 in wake of exposed e-mails

Although the Washington Square Park Christmas tree is probably a bit too large to be put through a portable mulcher, New Yorkers can take their smaller versions to select city parks on Sat., Jan. 11, and Sun., Jan. 12, for mulching, which helps ease the pickup load on the city’s Department of Sanitation. Photo by […]

Meatpacking mayhem: Thefts and assaults surged in club zone

Meatpacking mayhem: Thefts and assaults surged in club zone

The Police Department’s interactive map shows a high volume of crime in the Meatpacking District this year, represented by the larger circles in the image’s upper left corner. The largest circles signify 24 to 34 crimes, while the smallest ones show locations of only one to three crimes. By SAM SPOKONY  |  While citywide crime has […]

Lamenting the loss of a community vibe; Savoring the vestiges

Lamenting the loss of a community vibe; Savoring the vestiges

Daniel Lerner in the East Village. Photo by Heather Dubin BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  Wearing orange low-top Converse sneakers with red socks, jeans and a cream-colored shirt, Daniel Lerner leaned back in his chair, and reflected on his neighborhood. An East Village resident since 1985, the sales representative for Michael Skurnik Wines has witnessed many […]

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