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In all truth, I have to admit that I too experienced aging as a dreadful punishment. A former dancer, I had been super-fit with an appealing body for most of my adult life. Initially I resented and cursed the varicose and spider veins that were showing up on my legs.  What did I finally come to learn from this body image hatred? I realized that without even being aware of what was happening, I had become a victim of the omnipresent negative brainwashing we are fed by the media daily.


East Village alliances, businesses, neighbors, friends and concerned citizens have already begun to donate to an emergency fundraiser to help cover the medical costs of 62-year-old flower shop operator Akkas Ali who suffered severe injuries after being plowed down by a drunk driver.

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While it is true that habitat loss as a result of human encroachment is a primary threat to birds and wildlife of all kinds, outdoor cats are no doubt exacerbating the loss of biodiversity as their numbers swell and they carry on their instinctual business of hunting.


In May, the Department of Transportation chose Petrosino square as a docking station for its city-wide CitiBike program—effectively displacing any future art shows. Though many strongly object to its current placement, the program is generally considered popular and favored by residents. They support the alternative transportation but believe it should be moved to the roadbed where most of the bike rentals are located. On Wednesday, June 19th at 8:30am the SoHo Alliance will hold a rally to save the park.


My “obsession” with health food began in the early 60s. I had just given birth to my son Joshua and felt weak for the first time in my life. At least for the first time that I can remember, as the exhaustion continued for days on end, rather than rare, isolated incidents.


While many politically incorrect words point a strong negative stigma at the perpetrator who spoke it, calling someone a “retard” is a common practice that is seldom given much thought. We asked Anna Bzura, a special education teacher who works with mentally disabled youth, and Jaime and Erik Vice, father and son, their opinion on the controversial word and how it affects those in their lives.

While Bill Thompson seems like an underdog in the mayoral race at this point, there are some important similarities to his last run four years ago. The fact that he did not have access to something like $120 million in personal funds to edge out a billionaire definitely played out against him, and had the Democratic Party supported him wholeheartedly we’d now be discussing his re-election.


In April 2013 the non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) brought together two dozen nationally respected craft beer brewers to launch the Brewers for Clean Water Campaign, which aims to leverage the economic growth of the craft brewing sector into a powerful voice for bolstering clean water protection in the United States.


Who could have ever believed that Hattie, a dance teacher originally from Williamsburg, Brooklyn would emerge, in her 70's as a desired and desirable world-renowned role model? Certainly not me, a woman who has despised and disrespected aging for decades.


Jenifer Rajkumar is a lawyer, a District Leader, a Democrat who espouses early, direct, personal involvement in the community’s political decisions for her district, District 1 in SoHo. While Jenifer, who is also a member of the Downtown Independent Democrats, realizes that unseating an incumbent is an uphill battle, she is a determined and politically attractive candidate who is in this race for the right reasons. Not for power, not for self-aggrandizement, and not for provincial attempts to make small changes. Her desire is to fundamentally alter the way politics is managed. That is, by involving the community at the very outset in dealing with any changes that affect it. For changes that affect SoHo.