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Alan’s Alley is a Ninth Avenue Original

Alan’s Alley is a Ninth Avenue Original

BY FRANK MEADE  |  Perhaps the most important part of Alan’s Alley is the “human touch.” I’m a fourth-generation Chelsea resident and a second-generation customer of Alan’s — but I’ve never felt like a “customer” having a “video rental experience” or a “photocopying experience” when I’ve walked into the store. No matter who is working, there is […]

Clearing the Air on Transferring Park Air Rights

BY MADELYN WILS  | Andrew Berman, the executive director of Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, raises concern over whether a recent amendment to the Hudson River Park Act would allow the park to sell unused development rights from our public piers, to support Hudson River Park. As we have discussed with the community in the […]

More Park Air Rights Mean More Safeguards Are Needed

More Park Air Rights Mean More Safeguards Are Needed

BY ANDREW BERMAN  |  Sometimes you don’t want to be right. One of those times was at the February 12 Land Use Committee meeting of Community Board 2. It was there that Madelyn Wils, the Hudson River Park Trust’s president, finally provided an answer to a question I and others had long been asking about […]

Improving Conditions, Through Combined Block Power

Improving Conditions, Through Combined Block Power

BY BILL BOROCK  (President, CCBA)  |  The Council of Chelsea Block Associations (CCBA) was established in January of 1961 by residents of West 20th to West 22nd Streets, from Eighth to 10th Avenues. The boundaries of Chelsea have expanded with the passage of time — and with it, our membership has grown to reflect the […]

Long Past Time for Obama Action on Jobs Protections

BY PAUL SCHINDLER  |  Faced with nearly unremitting opposition from congressional Republicans, President Barack Obama has, in the past couple of years and even more so in recent days, spoken about moving his agenda forward through the issuance of executive orders and other administrative actions. In perhaps the most dramatic example of that approach, the […]

Time For Governor to Take Lead on AIDS Housing

Time For Governor to Take Lead on AIDS Housing

BY JAMES W. LISTER  |  After his 12 years in office, I feel I almost don’t remember any mayor other than Michael Bloomberg. And in my memory, he will always be the billionaire mayor whose policies almost left me homeless. I moved into my apartment 34 years ago and was diagnosed with HIV in 1989. […]

A Visit from the Mayor-Elect

A Visit from the Mayor-Elect

‘Twas the twilight of Bloomberg, when in Gracie Mansion, No next tenant was stirring; he had yet to be sworn in. Four stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes the de Blasios soon would be there.   Throughout New York City, children slept in their beds; While visions of Universal Pre-K danced […]

The Unfortunate Road to Religious Exemptions

BY PAUL SCHINDLER  |  When the Senate last week, in a 62-34 bipartisan vote, approved the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), the achievement was noteworthy primarily for one reason –– it was the first time either house of Congress had approved such a measure with protections for transgender Americans included. The House passed the bill in […]

Meatpacking District Would Have Been Minced Meat Without Landmarking

Meatpacking District Would Have Been Minced Meat Without Landmarking

BY ANDREW BERMAN  |  Ten years ago this September, the Gansevoort Market Historic District was designated, granting landmark protections to about two-thirds of the Meatpacking District. The neighborhood has gone through an incredible amount of change during the past decade, but the type of change might have been completely different had it not been for […]

SantaCon Needs a Plan

SantaCon Needs a Plan

The following is an October 15, 2013 letter sent by New York State Senator Brad Hoylman to the organizers of SantaCon — the annual bar crawl in which participants dress as…well, you know. Hoylman’s letter was cc’d to Community Boards 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 as well as NYPD Police Precincts 1, 6, […]

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