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V.I.D. (again) approves small business bill; Will Council?

BY SHARON WOOLUMS |  Finally, a democratic voice has spoken for the Village’s silent majority all too accustomed to spotting dreaded signs in beloved, frequented stores, like: “Lost our lease, thanks to our customers for 30 years of patronage.” We’ve all wondered, will anyone do anything to save our mom-and-pop stores in the Village from extinction? […]

V.I.D. (again) approves small business bill; Will Council?

V.I.D. (again) approves small  business bill; Will Council?

BY SHARON WOOLUMS |  Finally, a democratic voice has spoken for the Village’s silent majority all too accustomed to spotting dreaded signs in beloved, frequented stores, like: “Lost our lease, thanks to our customers for 30 years of patronage.” We’ve all wondered, will anyone do anything to save our mom-and-pop stores in the Village from extinction? […]

Saving Jerry’s newsstand: The story behind the story

Celebrating the news on Jan. 13 that the city had agreed to give Jerry Delakas a license to operate the Astor Palce newsstand, from left: Kelly King, Marty Tessler, Delakas and Arthur Schwartz. Photo by Tequila Minsky BY MARTIN TESSLER  |  Standing in the checkout line at Trader Joe’s on E. 14th St. this past […]

Some horse sense from the L.E.S. on carriage horses

Some horse sense from the L.E.S. on carriage horses

The future L.E.S. documentarian around age 5, with Alex Bull, on the Saracee Reservation. BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  Mayor Blasio says he is going to get rid of carriage horses in New York City, specifically singling out the horse-drawn carriages in Central Park. “We are going to get rid of the horse carriages. Period,” de […]

Trying to find a survival job that I could survive

BY TOLLY WRIGHT  |  In October, Condé Nast — the publisher of Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker — announced the end of its internship programs, as a result of former interns suing for fair pay. I hope this will start a trend in companies relying less on unpaid labor, which would be good news […]

Oh, I give up: Let’s just surrender to monarch mania

BY ALPHIE MCCOURT  |  Prince Harry toured the States last May: He came, he saw, he conquered. Men admire him. Women love him. His mother Princess Diana died in a car accident in Paris in 1998. In our friends’ house, in Pennsylvania, we learned that she had been badly injured and, later, that she was dead. I […]

Why Garodnick would make the best Council speaker

BY CHAD MARLOW  |  Last month, New York’s voters issued in a new era of progressive leadership for our city, electing Bill de Blasio as mayor, Scott Stringer as comptroller, and Letitia James as public advocate. But one very important piece of the puzzle remains: City Council speaker. In the next few weeks, the members […]

Looking back, looking ahead on preservation progress

  BY ANDREW BERMAN  |  The end of one year and the start of another is always a good time for reflecting back and looking forward. So, too, is the end of one mayoral administration and the beginning of another, especially when considering progress on neighborhood historic preservation efforts. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic […]

How to achieve zero traffic deaths in New York City

How to achieve zero traffic deaths in New York City

Right of Way members stenciling at the scene of a child fatality during their recent “8 Under 8” action. The activists biked more than 50 miles, to eight sites where young children — all under 8 years old — have been killed by automobiles in New York City this year, painting a stencil at each fatal crash […]

No to removable storm barriers

BY ROBERT S. TRENTLYON  |  I must differ with The Villager editorial of Oct. 31, “Being prepared for the hurricane next time,” specifically, the statement, “We think Mayor Bloomberg’s idea of removable storm barriers along Lower Manhattan’s edge is a good idea.” These fences would consist of 6-foot-tall stanchions permanently installed along the west side of […]