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‘Miriam Friedlander Way’ is Dedicated on East 6th Street for the Former Councilwoman and Activist

Posted October 20, 2014 at 10:03 am

For eighteen years, Miriam Friedlander represented Council District 2 and was a fierce advocate for the community. She served as Councilmember from 1974 to 1991, tenaciously fighting for the rights of women, tenants and the LGBT community. In fact, it was under her tenure that City Council adopted the unisex “Councilmember” moniker. And now her […]

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City Planting New Trees on Orchard Street Ahead of Revitalization

Posted October 17, 2014 at 6:03 am

Orchard Street denizens south of Grand may have noticed the broken concrete along the sidewalks. Specific sections were targeted, then jackhammered into submission. So far, the rubble remains. What the eff is going on, you ask? These temporary pitfalls represent sites chosen for new trees, but the contractors didn’t follow protocol to clean up the […]

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Councilmembers Call for Charges Against Driver Who Killed Pedestrian on Kenmare Street

Posted October 9, 2014 at 9:24 am

The rental van driver who plowed through the north crosswalk at Elizabeth and Kenmare last month, killing an 82-year-old woman, is now under fire from the city. An arrest was not made after the incident on September 25, yet an investigation remains ongoing. Nevertheless, Councilmembers Margaret Chin, Rosie Mendez, and Ydanis Rodriguez are now calling […]

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Alamo Cube is Cordoned Off as Roadwork Reaches Astor Place

Posted October 7, 2014 at 6:10 am

Much to the chagrin of skaters (and East Village residents), the iconic Astor Place cube is now cordoned off. Barricades were shipped to the site over the weekend to establish the perimeter. Of course, this latest is part of the overall plan to redesign Astor Place and its Cooper Square neighbor to the south. The $16 […]

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Reader Report: Chinatown Bus Route Includes Illicit Cigarette Drop-off

Posted October 1, 2014 at 6:10 am

It’s no real secret that contraband (and violence) arrives aboard incoming Chinatown buses. Local media has widely reported the influx of weapons and criminals into the Lower East Side. Remember that it was only a year ago that authorities conducted the largest gun raid in NYC history, seizing 254 weapons that came here via these […]

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Fire Engine Tire Exploded on Delancey Yesterday Injuring 3 and Shattering Store Windows

Posted September 30, 2014 at 6:02 am

Three pedestrians sustained minor injuries yesterday afternoon on Delancey Street when a fire engine blew a tire. The force from the explosion also shattered the window of Sneak Jeans near the corner of Clinton. The FDNY Ladder Company 18 truck had pulled onto the curb ahead of a building inspection when the tire exploded. All three […]

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Elderly Female Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Van on Kenmare Street Yesterday

Posted September 26, 2014 at 6:05 am

The citywide “Vision Zero” safety initiative might be a de Blasio priority, but it still has a long way to go in protecting the locals. Especially in and around dangerous Delancey Street, where traffic issues are myriad. (A “slow zone” here or there just isn’t gonna cut it) Yesterday afternoon, a fatal casualty resulted just one […]

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Grand Street Water Main Work Crosses the Bowery, Inches Toward Essex Street

Posted September 23, 2014 at 6:00 am

The Department of Design and Construction is ready for Phase II of its Grand Street capital works project (#MED609), which aims to install new trunk water mains between Broadway and Essex. For the last two years, most of the ear-splitting infrastructural work was relegated to Little Italy. But the front has just shifted eastward across […]

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The DOT Not Seeing the Light with Traffic Signals at Bowery and Delancey

Posted September 19, 2014 at 6:00 am

The city spent loads of taxpayer dollars the last few years trying to remedy the traffic situation at the intersection of Bowery and Delancey/Kenmare. Road crews keep digging up pavement, repainting the lanes, and beautifying the medians. To no avail. The bigger issue continually shrugged aside is fixing the sequence timing of the signals here. […]

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The DOT is Happy with the Changes It Made to Help Alleviate the Congestion at Grand and Clinton

Posted September 16, 2014 at 9:19 am

The westbound intersection of Clinton and Grand Streets is fixed, the Department of Transportation proclaims. Agency engineer Rich Carmona took a pseudo victory lap last week at the Community Board 3 transportation subcommittee meeting by extolling the progress made in the last couple years. You’ll recall that the traffic patterns around the Williamsburg Bridge shifted […]

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