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Residents sound off on rising noise

Residents sound off on rising noise

BY AMY RUSSO  |  For the residents of Downtown Manhattan, the steadily climbing level of noise has been a torturous and ongoing issue that has plagued some communities for years. At a Community Board 2 Quality of Life Committee meeting on Mon., July 13, locals gathered to attest to the ear-pounding conditions with which they have […]

Outspoken critic of Li’s leadership of C.B. 3 is booted from E.V. board

Outspoken critic of Li’s leadership of C.B. 3 is  booted from E.V. board

BY LESLEY SUSSMAN  |  In harshly worded language, recently ousted Community Board 3 board member Ayo Harrington lashed out Tuesday night against Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, charging that Brewer’s refusal to reappoint her as a member of the board was “shameful and disappointing.” Harrington’s comments were made before the full board at its meeting at P.S. 20 […]

C.B. 3 O.K.’s East Village gardens district; 38 green oases would be saved

C.B. 3 O.K.’s East Village gardens district; 38 green  oases would be saved

BY ZACH WILLIAMS   |  Local activists moved one step closer to realizing their ambitions of establishing a community gardens district when Community Board 3 voted 28-1 in support of the plan last week. Activists are calling on the city to make 38 gardens on municipally owned property into parkland permanently protected from development. Community […]

Pols cheer victory on former CHARAS

Pols cheer victory  on former CHARAS

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Celebrating what they called a major win in their effort to reclaim the former old P.S. 64 for community use, politicians, advocates and community members rallied Sunday afternoon outside the historic East Village building. The city’s Department of Buildings issued a stop-work order for the project, at 605 E. Ninth St., […]

‘We were here first,’ Boots drag queens lash back

‘We were here first,’ Boots drag queens lash back

BY JORDAN MUTO  |  On Sunday, drag queens gathered for a rally at Christopher Park to protest what they say were discriminatory remarks from the West Village’s block associations. The rally was organized as a response to last week’s Community Board 2’s State Liquor Authority Licensing Committee meeting, at which popular Christopher St. bar Boots […]

Free disaster-readiness seminar

Free disaster-readiness seminar

BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  Knowing what to do in the event of a hurricane, power outage or apartment flood is half the battle. While New Yorkers handled Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 with resilience, many lessons were learned for the next time a disaster hits. Graffiti Community Ministries Baptist church on E. Seventh St. will […]

Home sharing for seniors offers a host of benefits

Home sharing for seniors offers a host of benefits

Host Enid Holt-Harper, right, and her guest, Ammahnda Adolphson, are part of the Home Sharing Program. Photo courtesy of N.Y.F.S.C. BY SAM SPOKONY  |  As many seniors struggle with fixed incomes and an affordable housing shortage, one service has long offered individuals a way to cut down on costs while also gaining valuable companionship. The […]

Sure Shot…not; Beastie Square nixed

Sure Shot…not; Beastie Square nixed

BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  Community Board 3 on Tuesday voted to quash LeRoy McCarthy’s quest to co-name a Lower East Side intersection for the Beastie Boys — and the hip-hop fan is calling it “sabotage.” The group’s “Paul’s Boutique” album cover sports a photo of the Ludlow and Rivington Sts. intersection. At the board’s Jan. […]

‘I do solemnly swear…’

‘I do solemnly swear…’

Photo by Sam Spokony 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.

‘Clarified’ park rules for artists, buskers still called unclear

‘Clarified’ park rules  for artists, buskers still called unclear

BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  Puppeteer Ronny Wasser-strom and artist David Evirett-Carlson were nervous. They had just emerged from a Community Board 2 Parks and Waterfront Committee meeting on May 1 where Manhattan Borough Parks Commissioner Bill Castro had faced a room full of expressive-matter vendors who were not shy about expressing their questions and […]

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