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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 […]

Mayor calls affordable housing the tonic for ‘Tale of Two Cities’

Mayor calls affordable housing the tonic for ‘Tale of Two Cities’

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Affordable housing was the centerpiece of Mayor de Blasio’s State of the City address at Baruch College on Tuesday. The mayor, who campaigned on a platform of fighting income inequality in what he called the “Tale of Two Cities,” said much work remains in order to close the gap. On Tuesday, […]

Behind the ban: Why Governor Cuomo nixed fracking in N.Y. State

Behind the ban: Why  Governor Cuomo nixed  fracking in N.Y. State

BY SARAH FERGUSON  |  Christmas came early for the fracktivist crowd. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement last week that he would ban high-volume hydrofracking across New York State was a game-changing position that surprised even the most ardent opponents of this controversial process for extracting natural gas. “We were stunned,” said Ramsay Adams, executive director of […]

Mendez still opposing bill for 10-cent bag surcharge

Mendez still opposing bill for 10-cent bag surcharge

BY LOGAN HENDRIX & LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Many councilmembers are in favor of a bill calling for a 10-cent fee on disposal paper and plastic bags. Yet, it remains to be seen if the measure will garner enough support to become law. The use of disposable paper and plastic bags increases when the holiday season […]

H.P.D. backs off Section 8 downsizing

H.P.D. backs off Section 8 downsizing

Last Friday, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development announced that tenants under the federal Section 8 voucher program who live alone will no longer be forced to downsize to a studio apartment if they currently live in a one-bedroom unit. H.P.D. has estimated this decision will protect roughly 3,325 Section 8 tenants from downsizing. […]

V.I.D. snubs guv, goes Green with Hawkins

V.I.D. snubs guv, goes Green with Hawkins

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  They endorsed charismatic upstart Zephyr Teachout against Andrew Cuomo in the September Democratic primary. And now the Village Independent Democrats are continuing to snub the governor. Last Thursday the historic Reform Democratic club voted to support Howie Hawkins in the Nov. 4 general election. While Teachout was a relative political unknown, […]

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 […]

Teachout blew out Gov. Cuomo in Village; Won with 68% of votes

Teachout blew out Gov. Cuomo in Village; Won with 68% of votes

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  You might as well just call it Zephyr Village. In the Sept. 9 Democratic primary for governor, upstart candidate Zephyr Teachout scored her highest margin of victory anywhere in the state in Greenwich Village’s 66th Assembly District, taking 68 percent of the vote. According to New York City Board of Election […]

Croman ‘pattern of harassment’ must end, pols say

Croman ‘pattern of harassment’ must end, pols say

BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  Local politicians joined the fray last week with a joint statement praising recent action by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Office against the practices of landlord Steven Croman, who has been the subject of numerous tenant complaints over the years. A representative of 9300 Realty — which oversees Croman properties in […]