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The Paper of Record for East and West Villages, Lower East Side, Soho, Noho, Little Italy and Chinatown

September 18, 2014 • FREE Volume 4 • Number 22

D.O.E. now says adult league can use schoolyard BY YANNIC RACK

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n a disappointing turn for a group of local residents, an adult sports league has not suspended its weekend kickball games at two schools on the Lower East Side. The Villager reported in August that, according to

a Department of Education spokesperson, ZogSports, a co-ed social sports league that operates across the city’s boroughs, had its permit revoked for kickball games at P.S. 142, at 100 Attorney St., and Lower East Side Preparatory and Marta Valle high schools, at 145 SPORTS LEAGUE, continued on p. 21

BY ZACH WILLIAMS

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lected officials last week announced a new coalition to promote affordable housing and put Airbnb under increased scrutiny. They said at a Sept. 12 City Hall steps press conference that Airbnb promotes illegal

hotels and enables unscrupulous building owners to flout a 2010 law banning apartment sublets of less than 30 days. The new organization, Share Better, will also advertise extensively to counter Airbnb’s own recent ad blitz. The San Francisco-based “home-sharing” AIRBNB, continued on p. 10

PHOTO BY FENG CHEN

Dozens of pols join coalition, look to burst Airbnb’s balloon

The Children’s Magical Garden wrapped up its first free summer camp with a big party on Aug. 31. More than 20 youths enjoyed yoga, arts projects, nature appreciation and more. A number of local gardens, plus the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, will host events Saturday in connection with Sunday’s People’s Climate March.

Climate march is hot ticket BY LINCOLN ANDERSON

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he People’s Climate March, expected by organizers to be the largest climate march in history, is set to kick off in New York City on Sun., Sept. 21. There will be related solidarity events around the world. More than 1,000 businesses, unions, faith groups, schools, social justice groups, environmental groups and others are all working together on the event. The march’s focus

will be environmental justice and equality — representing communities that are being hit the hardest by climate change. It’s perfect timing since world leaders are coming to New York City this month for a United Nations summit on the climate crisis. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution. “With our future on the

line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history,” the march’s organizers said. “We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.” Marchers will assemble CLIMATE, continued on p. 10

Zephyr rides wind of discontent......................page 4 Through the lens: 9/11 anniversary..............page 6 How to save small businesses.........................page 13 A look at| May Cave’s “20,000 Days”....page 17 14, 2014

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