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Brooklyn, NY-City— Council Member Jumaane D. Williams and 12 other members of the New York City Council announced the formation of the Progressive Caucus of the New York City Council, which Councilman Brad Lander will co-chair. The Progressive Caucus will push for a more just, more equal city that offers genuine opportunity to all New Yorkers. 


 

CB #2’s Traffic and Transportation Committee is hosting a public input meeting Tonight from 6:30 to 8 PM to discuss the impact of Holland Tunnel traffic on pedestrians, residents and businesses in Hudson Square. Their agenda will be to discuss the much needed short-term improvement such as signal system modifications, additional time for pedestrians to cross streets, pedestrian refuge areas, short-term traffic calming treatments, and lane striping, pavement markings and turn lanes to increase the safety of all users.

 


NYU’s plans for expansion have been the source of tremendous friction between the mega-school and its surrounding communities, residents citing a general disregard for their wishes and a seeming entitlement.  Set your calendars now.  NYU will present its 2031 Expansion Plan on Wednesday, April 14th, 5:30 to 8pm.  How do you feel about the red dots on the map??


Political artist Suzannah B. Troy video blogs about Monserrate, Bloomberg, and oh yeah Paterson.


In the early morning hours of Thursday March 11th a woman was brutally attacked by a single perpetrator in a bathroom stall of the Midtown bar Social, located at 795 Eighth Avenue.  Thanks to everyone's great efforts and the immediate action from the NYPD, the suspect is in custody.


Sadly, for those like the writer who has family in Israel, survivors of the Holocaust, recent activities by the Bibi Netanyahu government reduce the likelihood of what Israelis need and want: peace and security.  On a wide range of issues the Israeli government, in the hands of religious extremists and dreamers of a Greater Israel, appear to have taken steps that guarantee continued hostility with the Palestinians as well as with the Arab states surrounding the tiny democracy. 


Community Board #2 Manhattan and New York University present PARKING: OUTSIDE THE BOX, a panel discussion on new approaches to street parking. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 9th, from 6 PM to 8 PM at NYU's Casa Italiana (24 West 12th Street). Panelists include parking experts from DOT, Columbia University, the Institute for Transportation Development Policy and Transportation Alternatives with a Q & A session will follow the discussion.


Since money makes the world go round, Mr. Bloomberg has been re-elected. His $90 million certainly made the difference, but not enough to give him any kind of “mandate” (though listening to him, he has one of those as well). The incredible slimness of Bloomberg’s (AKA “Bloom- bucks”) victory has been noted by those journalists who still write a few lines not favorable to our well heeled mayor.


The pace of construction has slowed Downtown. The new projects that are moving forward are primarily hotels. In part, this is due to the fact that little community review is needed when building as-of-right structures in a manufacturing zone. The Trump SoHo project is nearly completed and both the Tunnel Garage and Moondance Diner sites are in final stages of construction. The condo project at 350 West Broadway is also nearly completed...

 
 

Senator Squadron and Assembly Member Millman’s bill that will close a loophole in the 200-foot law, intended to keep nightlife establishments a reasonable distance from schools and places of worship, passed the New York State Senate today. The bill clarifies the 200-foot law, requiring the 200-foot separation to be measured from the property line of the nightlife establishment. The clarification creates a clear, enforceable law that nightlife operators can adhere to and communities can rely on. It will similarly amend the 500-foot law to clarify that the measurement take place from the property line of the nightlife establishments in question.


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