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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.


Low-Income Chelsea Residents Fear Threats to Public Housing

Low-Income Chelsea Residents Fear Threats to Public Housing
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With gentrification speeding up and the housing authority’s plans to build private housing on its land, community housing advocates worry about the future of the neighborhood.


Realtors Look to Rename Hell’s Kitchen-Clinton as “Chelsea North”

Realtors Look to Rename Hell’s Kitchen-Clinton as “Chelsea North”
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In Midtown West, rebranding a neighborhood can do a lot to bring in new renters and buyers. And that’s exactly what some real estate agencies are looking to do.


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.


Bike Lane Changes For Safety

Bike Lane Changes For Safety
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The Broadway bike lane south of Times Square will be moved in 2013 under a new design by the Department of Transportation. Cyclists give their opinion on the matter.


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. […]


Dream Center Ramps Up Donations to NYCHA Residents Post-Sandy

Dream Center Ramps Up Donations to NYCHA Residents Post-Sandy
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A Christian Church group that provides weekly outreach to housing authority residents in Chelsea was out in full force on Wednesday to give food and water.


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.


Occupy Opens New Dialogues After a Year

Occupy Opens New Dialogues After a Year
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October 15 marked the one-year anniversary of Occupy Times Square, an Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protest that led to the arrest of 74 people. While some see the OWS movement as history, other activists said the movement has transformed and evolved in new directions. On the night of October 16, the New York City Parks […]


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.


Local Businesses Ready to Profit from High Line 3

Local Businesses Ready to Profit from High Line 3
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Businesses near the third and final section of the High Line look forward to a spike in business with the new High Line segment and southern Hudson Yards redevelopment.


Newstand-vaganza: There’s Not Always Enough Sidewalk for the Both of Us

Newstand-vaganza: There's Not Always Enough Sidewalk for the Both of Us
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In Midtown, one of the city’s biggest pedestrian areas, sidewalk space is precious, especially when newsstands come into the picture.


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.


Garment District 2021: The Latest Trend in Gentrification

Garment District 2021: The Latest Trend in Gentrification
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For years, the residents and stakeholders in New York’s Garment District have worked against economic and policy trends to preserve the soul of this neighborhood – the fashion industry. How will their collective efforts pay off in 10 years?


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?