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Mayor’s proposal to reduce building emissions raises concerns

Mayor's proposal to reduce building emissions raises concerns
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The mayor’s proposal to make New York buildings more energy-efficient raises concerns.


Following crime and mayhem, facing barriers to reporting

Following crime and mayhem, facing barriers to reporting
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New York may be enjoying record low crime rates, but barriers to crime reporting are not following the same positive trend.


Grassroots theater in turmoil

Grassroots theater in turmoil
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Over the past ten years, 25% of all off-off Broadway spaces have been forced to close their doors or relocate several times due to unaffordable rents and city gentrification.


Porno stores dwindle in Midtown

Porno stores dwindle in Midtown
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Adult video stores are moving away from an area once known for having the highest concentration of x-rated venues in New York, as the city continues putting pressure on this industry.


New Year Brings Changes for Library’s Main Branch

New Year Brings Changes for Library's Main Branch
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This year the trustees of the New York Public Library have been thrust into the spotlight to defend their Central Library Plan, which would turn the library’s main branch into a combined research and circulation library. The 42nd Street building is a historic landmark, but also a widely used research library in the heart of Midtown West.


Affordable Housing Renovation Plans Trouble Residents Facing Relocation

Affordable Housing Renovation Plans Trouble Residents Facing Relocation
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Plans to renovate a SRO complex in Hell’s Kitchen leave dozens of tenants uncertain about their future in the neighborhood.


After Sandy: Utility Trucks Replace Union Square Farmers’ Market

After Sandy: Utility Trucks Replace Union Square Farmers' Market
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  The northwest corner of Union Square, at 17th Street and Broadway, on most Saturdays the domain of the popular Union Square Greenmarket, was overtaken by utility trucks from across the country. In addition to the now-familiar Con Edison trucks, there were trucks from ComEd, Duke Energy, Entergy, Georgia Power, Indiana Michigan Power, and Pepco. […]


Hockey Lockout Puts Local Businesses in the Penalty Box

Hockey Lockout Puts Local Businesses in the Penalty Box
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While the NHL continues its lockout between players and owners this year, local business around Madison Square Garden are already gearing up for the effects of a lost season.


Supporting Small Business? Chelsea Residents Know How Hard It Is

Supporting Small Business? Chelsea Residents Know How Hard It Is
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The presidential candidates talk about support for small businesses, but rising prices make it hard for Chelsea independents.


Veterans Honored with Free Homes

Veterans Honored with Free Homes
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An October 8 editorial in The New York Times claimed that 8,000 homeless veterans in South California are not getting the housing that they were promised by the Department of Veteran Affairs. In New York, various independent organizations have taken up the call to support veterans’ housing needs. Jon Moldovan, a former Army sergeant, won […]


LGBT Synagogue Faces Funding Shortfall for New Home

LGBT Synagogue Faces Funding Shortfall for New Home
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The planned $17 million relocation of New York’s largest LGBT synagogue, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST), from the West Village to Midtown West faces a delay of its scheduled 2013 opening due to a $5.5 million fundraising shortfall.


City to Build Private Housing on NYCHA Land

City to Build Private Housing on NYCHA Land
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Looking to increase revenue, NYCHA seeks bids from contractors to kick off plan to build market rate housing on publicly-owned land.


Developer Clears Hurdles for Demolition of Historic Building

Developer Clears Hurdles for Demolition of Historic Building
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After a two-year delay, a new office building is set to go up in the Meatpacking District, though no timetable for start of construction has been set.


Clinton Theater Seeks ‘Legal’ Status

Clinton Theater Seeks 'Legal' Status
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The Emerging Artists Theatre Company has been trying to lease a space on 45th St. since last February. But first, it must change the building’s decades-old certificate of occupancy.


Midtown West: Walking Can Be Bad for Your Health

Midtown West:  Walking Can Be Bad for Your Health
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Transportation Alternatives has compiled a color-coded list of the most dangerous Community Board districts for pedestrians. Community District Five topped the list with 8,604 accidents during a 15-year period and a “code red” designation.


Chelsea Market’s Growing Pains

Chelsea Market's Growing Pains
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Plans to ad a 150-room hotel and new offices on top of the existing Chelsea Market building have stirred up strong feelings in the community.


Port Authority Greenmarket: An Oasis in the Midtown West Food Desert

Port Authority Greenmarket: An Oasis in the Midtown West Food Desert
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The Port Authority farmer’s market offers fresh produce in an unusual location. But how much does this small market contribute to the fresh food options in the area around Port Authority and Times Square?


Bits of an Old Theatre Slip Through a Salvager’s Grasp

Bits of an Old Theatre Slip Through a Salvager's Grasp
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Evan Blum helped to salvage the Helen Hayes Theatre before its demolition in 1982. Thirty years later, he got a chance to win back some of the theatre’s remains.


Where Theatre Once Stood, a Hotel Looms

Where Theatre Once Stood, a Hotel Looms
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The Marriot Marquis in Times Square is known to many as one of the largest hotels in Manhattan, but to theatre-lovers it is known as the former site of the Helen Hayes Theatre. We revisit what made the theatre special — so special, in fact, that it inspired protests when developers announced it was going to be torn down.


New York Learns How to Stay Relevant From Europe Fashion Centers

New York Learns How to Stay Relevant From Europe Fashion Centers
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New York looks to other global fashion cities like Paris, Milan, and London and to the continuing influence of Asia to help sustain its dominant place in the fashion world.


Mayor of the Garment District: Using FourSquare to Track Designers

Mayor of the Garment District: Using FourSquare to Track Designers
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Researchers at Columbia University spent two weeks in July tracking designers and others in the fashion industry how they moved about the Garment District. Their trick for keeping track of the designers? Having them check in on their smartphones with Four Square, a popular social media application.


Chelsea Galleries Remain Strong Despite Development

Chelsea Galleries Remain Strong Despite Development
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Condo and retail developers have spent the past decade following artists from other parts of New York to west Chelsea. But the rapid development has yet to eat away at the vibrancy of the Chelsea art scene.


Chelsea’s New School Goes “Glocal”

Chelsea's New School Goes "Glocal"
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Three-year-olds learning Mandarin, middle-school students studying immigration and sharing science fair projects through Skype – Avenues, The World School sees these as essential to its mission of raising global citizens. But as the new private K-12 school in Chelsea prepares for its August 2012 launch, community members and Avenues staff have continued to discuss how […]


Hell’s Kitchen Bar Denied Local Approval

Hell's Kitchen Bar Denied Local Approval
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Hell’s Kitchen residents and Boxers’ bar owners wait on the State Liquor Authority to determine the fate of the bar that abuts a school yard.