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With Hyatt and more, Fourth Ave. becoming second to none

With Hyatt and more, Fourth Ave. becoming second to none

BY LAUREN VESPOLI  |  Fourth Ave. has long been known as a pipsqueak among Manhattan’s boulevards. However, this eight-block stretch has recently been enjoying a renaissance, and is closer than ever before to holding its own against its more illustrious and lengthy neighboring avenues. “Fourth Ave. has seen an enormous amount of growth in the […]

Restaurant finally opens in Union Square pavilion

Restaurant finally opens in Union Square pavilion

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Well, in the end, Mayor de Blasio didn’t nix the contract for the new seasonal restaurant concession in the renovated Union Square pavilion. Local advocates and politicians, at recent rallies outside the historic park building, had vocally called on him to do just that. As public advocate, de Blasio had written […]

Apple, Yelp, Mashable all dig the new Digital District

Apple, Yelp, Mashable all dig the new Digital District

BY LAUREN VESPOLI  |  Palo Alto, San Francisco…Union Square? At the rate tech companies have been gobbling up 14th St. real estate, Lower Manhattan is on track to become the next Silicon Valley. According to Scott Hobbs, deputy director of the Union Square Partnership business improvement district, the area’s tech real estate boom took off […]

Celebrating the strength of our community, from tech to tulips

Celebrating the strength of our  community, from tech to tulips

BY JENNIFER E. FALK  |  Here at the Union Square Partnership, we work with our community and government partners to support the district’s growth and showcase what makes our part of town one of the most dynamic 24/7 neighborhoods in the world. Through a series of targeted investments, including our clean and safe programs, our […]

‘I do solemnly swear…’

‘I do solemnly swear…’

In a small City Hall ceremony on Dec. 27, Corey Johnson, far left, was sworn in — albeit with a smile — as the new city councilmember for District 3. Two of his top aides, from left, Louis Cholden-Brown and R.J. Jordan, joined him as he took the oath of office.

Spirit of 9/11 keeps flying with heroic Hester flag

Spirit of 9/11 keeps flying with heroic Hester flag

BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  The unfurling of an enormous American flag down the side of a six-story building in Chinatown tends to bring traffic to a halt. This happens annually on the corner of Hester and Mott. Sts. when John Casalinuovo, who volunteered at Ground Zero for nine months at the Salvation Army tent, leads a […]

Fashion and art will collide on the Lower East Side

Fashion and art will collide on the Lower East Side

Some scenes from last year’s LES Opening Night: Art + Fashion. Photos courtesy the Lower East Side BID Fashionistas and artistas will descend on the Lower East Side on Sun., Sept. 8, for the second annual Lower East Side Opening Night: Art + Fashion. The cultural extravaganza will feature more than 40 fall art openings, […]

John Catsimatidis, Republican for Mayor

This year’s Republican primary for mayor is an interesting race, with the two top candidates being John Catsimatidis and Joe Lhota. A third candidate, George McDonald, is also in the running. Lhota, a former deputy mayor under Rudy Giuliani and most recently head of the M.T.A., brings a track record of having worked in New […]

Chin and Rajkumar trade barbs in rowdy debate for District 1

BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  Sparks flew as City Councilmember Margaret Chin and challenger Jenifer Rajkumar, candidates in the race for the City Council’s First District, clashed in a debate last Thursday, sponsored by NYC Community Media, publisher of The Villager and Downtown Express. About 170 spectators — with an even show of support for both […]

Julie Menin for borough president

Julie Menin for borough president

It’s probably a testament to Scott Stringer’s fine work as Manhattan borough president that there are several good candidates to replace him.  All four of the Democrats running would continue and build on Stringer’s exemplary system of screening, appointing and training community board members — which has pretty much ended the cronyism and conflict of […]

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