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These 8 Images Show What a Stronger, Sexier LES Waterfront Might Look Like

What the East River Park would look like with an added berm and moved bike path.

One vision for the future of East River Park. (Renderings courtesy of Rebuild by Design).

The East River waterfront is in for a dramatic transformation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Today, several visions of just what that transformation might look like were presented at a standing room-only meeting led by Rebuild By Design, a project of President Obama’s taskforce to rebuild the city after Sandy.
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Pedestrian Struck in the East Village; Councilman Calls For Traffic Review in Greenpoint

Scene of Sunday's East Village incident. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Scene of Sunday’s East Village incident. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

After a horrific horrific collision between a car and motorcyclist on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint Sunday that left the motorcyclist dead, Councilman Stephen Levin is calling for extensive safety improvements along the avenue. Another motorcylist was killed on Manhattan Avenue in August.
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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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Another Manhattanite, The Bean, Hits Bedford Avenue

(Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

(Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

Because Bedford Avenue isn’t caffeinated enough, The Bean, a chain of East Village coffee shops popular with NYU students, is planning to open a location along Williamsburg’s main thoroughfare this Spring. And the Manhattanization of Bedford continues!

The Bean’s fourth outpost — in a brand new residential building at 101 Bedford, just a block from McCarren Park — is due to open this April.
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There’s a Push to Keep Industry in Brooklyn, But What About Artisanal Tacos?

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Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center’s space on McKibbin. (Photo: GMDC)

Restauranteur Dario Wolos, who operates a taqueria from inside a VW bus in Nolita, spoke excitedly earlier this month as he told Brooklyn’s Community Board 1 about plans to bring the taco bus to Bushwick. But then came their response.

“Is there a community need for a restaurant there?” SLA Committee member Tom Burrows asked, with obvious dissatisfaction. Wolos looked confused. “Is it forcing out small industrial businesses?” Burrows continued.  “That’s an industrial business zone. It’s meant for industry.”
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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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Nolita’s Taco Bus Is Coming to Bushwick

(Photo: Boru O'Brien O'Connell)

(Photo: Boru O’Brien O’Connell)

Dario Wolos, who opened a taqueria inside a VW bus in a Nolita loft in 2010 after trying it out in Southern Mexico first, now wants to bring the operation to Bushwick. But the taqueria is facing stiff opposition from members of Brooklyn’s Community Board 1, who sharply questioned Wolos Thursday night about whether his taco bus would force out industrial business that might otherwise move into the empty space.
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