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Finding solutions to save our small businesses

Finding solutions to save our small businesses

Every week, it seems, The Villager runs an article on yet another favorite local business being forced to close due to rising rent. This week, for example, it’s Choga, a Korean restaurant / live music venue on Bleecker St. — just the latest local live music spot to be forced out of the Village area. […]

Sheldon Silver: The good, the bad and the ugly

Sheldon Silver: The good, the bad and the ugly

Many are taking pleasure in Sheldon Silver’s downfall. He stands accused of pocketing nearly $4 million illegally and, if convicted, could spend two decades in federal prison. At the same time, for community members who have benefitted from his good work in the Assembly, there is also pain. The charges against Silver, who until this […]

Like after 9/11 and Sandy, it’s time for unity

It was encouraging to see Mayor de Blasio lead a moment of silence on Tuesday for slain Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. The patrol partners’ horrifying execution on Saturday in Bed-Stuy by a deranged gunman sent a shockwave through the city — and the nation — one which continues to reverberate. As the […]

Villager owners buy newspaper group

Jennifer Goodstein, the owner and publisher of The Villager and NYC Community Media, and her husband, Les Goodstein, have agreed to buy the Community Newspaper Group, which publishes 11 community newspapers in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. “This is an exciting time as we expand to the outer boroughs,” Jennifer Goodstein said of the purchase […]

A vision for a safe Canal St., long overdue

It almost seems as if there’s been a Canal St. traffic study for every car on the street. The roadway has long been a source of government-funded efforts — some with catchy acronyms like CATS, the Canal Area Transportation Study — so it was not surprising Canal is one of the 13 streets the city […]

Ban the horse carriages; Keep the Citi Bikes

Two topics that have been getting a lot of heated discussion lately are horse carriages and Citi Bike. In a way, they’re related, since they’re both modes of transportation — if horse-drawn carriages in New York in this day and age can be called such — but in a lot of ways, they’re very different […]

Taking another bite at the park conservancy

Members of the new Washington Square Park Conservancy were set to appear before Community Board 2’s Parks Committee earlier this month to give an update on what they’ve been up to since the organization launched this past summer. Based on what was learned at the meeting, the committee was not going to pass a resolution […]

A victory for parks, and for the community

Like everyone else, we were simply bowled over by Judge Donna Mills’s extraordinary ruling, handed down Tuesday, on New York University’s 2031 expansion plan for its South Village superblocks. What it all means will be sorted out in the weeks and months to come. But it’s clear that Mills’s decision throws a major monkey wrench […]

Mandela, an inspiration for all humanity

Mandela, an inspiration for all humanity

The world lost a towering figure last Thursday with the passing of Nelson Mandela at age 95. The father of a free South Africa, the great humanitarian and leader endured more than a quarter century in prison, most of it under extremely harsh and cruel conditions. His struggle became the symbol of the fight to […]

Letters, Week of Nov. 28, 2013

A degree but no planet? To The Editor: After traveling across the country by train and visiting numerous schools on the East Coast, I have observed a growing number of students who are concerned with the investments of their institutional endowment. I am one of these concerned students. While colleges and universities across the nation […]

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