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Breaking it down: How to grow composting efforts

Breaking it down: How to grow composting efforts

BY ZACH WILLIAMS  | Four grants to community gardens will expand public composting stations available to East Village residents. Hopes are high among gardeners, activists and local elected officials that the $2,900 in funding — specifically earmarked for composting — will promote environmental sustainability and education.  The Citizens Committee For New York City awarded the grants […]

Final frame is played at famed Bowlmor Lanes as condos keep rolling

Final frame is played at famed Bowlmor Lanes as condos keep rolling

BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  Even on the evening of Mon., July 7, the final day of a 76-year run, much remained the same at Bowlmor Lanes. The elevator attendant ran the antique cab up to the second floor of 100 University Place, as he had for decades. Dance music played loudly. The lights were dim […]

N.Y.U. pitches in for nonprofits

N.Y.U. pitches in for nonprofits

BY SERGEI KLEBNIKOV   |  N.Y.U.’s Office of Civic Engagement recently awarded nearly $100,000 in grants to 87 community-based nonprofit organizations. The grants were given out at a June 3 ceremony to nonprofits with “missions to serve the local community in Lower Manhattan,” according to New York University. The ceremony was presided over by Lynne […]

Market’s proudest product: The American Dream

Market’s proudest product: The American Dream

BY ZACH WILLIAMS   |  Dozens of community members had assembled to commemorate his life’s work, but Luis Batista escaped notice beforehand, seeking customers to help as he had for 29 years in the Essex Street Market. June 27, 2014, was Luis Batista Day in Manhattan. So declared Borough President Gale Brewer, who presented him […]

N.Y.U. plan foes say run is a park, doggone it, as appeals are filed

N.Y.U. plan foes say run is a park, doggone it, as appeals are filed

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  In the ongoing legal slugfest over N.Y.U.’s superblocks plan — which has been left reeling on the ropes after a judge’s ruling — last Friday, a coalition of opponents threw another punch, filing a “cross-appeal” in state Appellate Court. In January, Justice Donna Mills ruled in State Supreme Court that the city had […]

Rolling on the river: Focus on speeders and joggers

Rolling on the river: Focus on speeders and joggers

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON   |  A two-man Park Enforcement Patrol bike safety unit was out at Christopher St. in Hudson River Park last Friday, making sure cyclists rode safely. The PEP’s held “SLOW” signs when cyclists had the green light. Then, when the traffic on bordering West St. came to a stop at a red light and […]

Student gets verbal about youth addiction to their mobile devices

Student gets verbal about youth addiction to their mobile devices

BY ALINA TSUI  |  Could our obsession with mobile devices be detrimental to our youngsters? Teresa Collins, an eighth grader at Chinatown’s Transfiguration School, is convinced that it is — and she’s making a persuasive argument. Collins is the winner of the Regional Speech Bee, which included more than 2,500 students from 25 Catholic schools, […]

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 […]

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 […]