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Budget Talks Drag On, F Train Town Hall, Assessing the Bowery’s Transformation

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Sheldon Silver says he sees "significant progress" in negotiations to close the state's huge budget deficit. The governor still contends lawmakers have not come nearly far enough – cuts in education spending appear to be the main sticking point.

The City Council is moving to ban those roll-down metal gates used by many New York City stores.

Sen. Dan Squadron is holding a town hall meeting on the F Train December 10th in Brooklyn.

The Observer seems a bit ticked off about Rep. Carolyn Maloney's re-election strategy. 

The University Settlement is receiving $700,000 in federal stimulus money for its early head start program.

For the week of November 23rd, there were 14 crimes reported in the 7th Precinct: 1 robbery,
4 felony assaults,
8 grand larcenies,
1 grand larceny (auto).25 crimes in the 9th Precinct:
5 robberies,
5 felony assaults,
7 burglaries,
7 grand larcenies,
1 grand larceny (auto).

Only 165 bars applied with the State Liquor Authority to stay open late on New Year's Eve, so the SLA is extending the deadline. 

Metropolis Magazine looks at the new architecture of the Bowery. Karrie Jacobs asserts:

What’s happened on the Bowery is surely gentrification, although the
distance from five-buck flops to $500-a-night luxury suites cries out
for a stronger term. I see something else: a lesson in urban ecology.
The places where it’s possible for new architecture to thrive in
Manhattan are generally those districts where the political clout of
civic groups is the weakest.

Education Notes Online has some thoughts on yesterday's New York Times piece on charter schools, which referenced the town hall meeting held on the LES two weeks ago to discuss the need to find more space for the Girls Prep Charter School:

The
heads of 2 charters are quoted but the Principal of PS 20 James Lee who
made an excellent presentation at the meeting as to how his school is
affected is not. Other principals spoke too about the impact of Girls
Prep on their schools. Some talked about the bait and switch Girls Prep
has been pulling.

Bard High School Early College (on Houston Street) – among a growing number of five year high schools enabling students to get an associate degree for free.

LES institution Max Fish celebrates its 20th anniversary in Miami. 

The historic Nom Wah tea parlor is back open.

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