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The “Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair” celebrates its 33rd anniversary this February, at P.S. 3 in the West Village. "The Hippie School" as it’s alternative education pioneers fondly nicknamed it in 1971 (and by which it is still known today) sponsors this event yearly to raise funds for the school's inspired enrichment programs.


The state attorneys general just announced a major settlement on foreclosure fraud, or "robosigning." For over a year, banks have been fighting tooth and nail for a deal that would have given them a "Get Out of Jail Free" card for their actions that caused the economic crisis. They didn't get it, thanks to the efforts of MoveOn members and other progressives, who helped a brave group of state attorneys general stand up to the banks.


Please join NYU for a panel discussion on the importance of government funding for the arts. The panel will include Director of Programs at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Sergio Bessa; Executive Director at American Theatre Wing, Heather Hitchens; and Executive Director of the Cultural Strategies Initiative, Paul Nagle. The conversation will be moderated by Director of the NYU Fales Library, Marvin Taylor.


Join the Preservation Resource Center at the Top of the Standard for Jazzed in January! On January 12th, celebrate the continued rebirth of one of the most culturally rich cities in the country by joining chairs Alexa Georges, Greg Morey, Holly Sharp Snodgrass, and Karen Solomon for an evening to remember.


Kiss Your Grass Goodbye: NYU's Hostile Takeover of our Community!

WED JAN 4 COMMUNITY UNITED TOWN HALL organized by the Community Action Alliance. This is a coalition of 30 + community groups, including the D.I.D.  MOBILIZING & ORGANIZING THE COMMUNITY
6:30 pm 536 LaGuardia Place (north of Bleecker)


On December 19th, Community Board #2 held a public speakout
about the recent blitz of summonses issued to artists, performers and
musicians in Washington Square Park under the new Park rules for
artists.


Celebrate “Children of the World” at the Children At Heart Gala hosted by Children of Chernobyl (CCOC) as it marks the Chernobyl disaster’s 25th anniversary with a star-studded event, including a celebrity roster of attendees and Fantasy Auction items.  Honorees include legendary actor Kirk Douglas who will be presented with the Children At Heart Award by his son, Academy Award winner Michael Douglas.  The Awards will take place November 21, 2011 at Chelsea Piers.


I wanted to share the wonderful news with you that the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) just voted unanimously to landmark Westbeth, following through on a promise made seven years ago to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) and other community groups working to extend landmark protections in the Far West Village. 


There are so many dangers lurking out there.  Did you know your child’s own lunch box or backpack can contain toxic chemicals that have been linked to learning disabilities, obesity, and asthma.  Many school supplies are manufactured using polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the most hazardous plastic for our health and environment.  However, there are recourses out there to help make better choices.  CHEJ is releasing our fourth annual Back-to-School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies, which lists the most common school supplies made out of PVC.


Today, Council member Margaret Chin (District-1, Manhattan), Council member Elizabeth Crowley Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, joined special guest and former FDNY fire fighter Steve Buscemi, as hundreds of Tribeca residents rallied to keep Ladder 8 – the famed Ghostbuster firehouse – open.