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De Blasio Brags About Brooklyn Techies, Announces $10M ‘Tech Talent Pipeline’

Not a TED Talk (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Not a TED Talk (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Mayor Bill De Blasio kicked off Internet Week near Union Square this morning, but despite the Manhattan location, it was Brooklyn — where companies like Kickstarter have taken root — that he touted as an “extraordinary example of success” in the tech sector.
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De Blasio Wants Air Pollution Code to Regulate Fireplaces and Food Trucks

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Wearing a green tie and flanked by New York City’s green mascot, Birdie, Mayor Bill De Blasio kicked off New York City’s 44th annual Earth Day in Union Square today by announcing plans to update and strengthen the city’s air pollution control code. “We’re going to work with our friends, the city council, to make the law stronger,” he said. “It is the best tool we have to insure that every possible form of pollution in the air is addressed and addressed stringently.”
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Near Joey Ramone Way, De Blasio Touts First 100 Days As ‘Rockaway Beach’ Plays

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Today while the rest of us were celebrating Stephen Colbert’s succession of David Letterman, Mayor Bill de Blasio was celebrating himself. Specifically, his first 100 days in office, which he marked in a speech at Cooper Union’s Great Hall.

Students of the college brought back the red “Free Education To All” banner that made several appearances during the doomed two-year battle to keep Cooper Union tuition-free. It didn’t last long.
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Just How Sweet Is the Domino Deal?

Yesterday we reported that the city had struck a deal with the developer of the Domino Sugar factory site that would bring some 700 units of affordable housing to the Williamsburg waterfront. Here now is our handy-dandy chart showing differences between the previous developer’s plan, the current developer’s Bloomberg-era plan, and the plan that will be put to the City Planning Commission’s vote this week.
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Stop And Frisk Complaints Are Declining — But They Haven’t Disappeared Yet

As New York City looks set to settle with civil liberties groups over the Police Department’s long-standing and contentious policy of stopping, questioning and frisking people on the street, new data shows that complaints of stop and frisk have declined in recent months — but they haven’t gone away just yet.
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Meet the Bushwick Mom Who Got a Shoutout in De Blasio’s State of the City Speech

(‏@GunaRockYa/Twitter)

(‏@GunaRockYa/Twitter)

Rocio Espada had no idea her family’s story would be used to introduce a major new policy of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Monday in his State of the City address. “I thought wow, I’m so honored,” she said, after receiving a phone call telling her about it. “Because it is not only about me, it’s about a lot of parents out there.”

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Are Jimmy McMillan’s New Jams Kind of Amazing, or Are We Too Damn High?

Sure, de Blasio filled three top slots yesterday, but that’s not half as exciting his runner-up’s three new jams.

Jimmy McMillan snagged less than 2,000 votes and came in fifth on election day, but hey, it’s still better than Bloomberg did as a write-in. And he isn’t letting it get him down. The East Villager behind the Rent Is Too Damn High party just unleashed a trio of songs that are really kind of astonishing.
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Cornel West Praises Catholic Anarchist, Thinks Obama Is ‘Not Worth Breakdancing Over’

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Cornel West dropped into the East Village’s Maryhouse on Friday to deliver a holy-rolling birthday tribute to Dorothy Day, the Catholic-anarchist writer who would’ve turned 116.

Decked out in his signature tux, West described Day as a “God wrestler” who was “broke as the Ten Commandments financially” but “spiritually as rich as anyone could imagine.”
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