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TALKING POINT:  With rising sea levels, housing on piers is reckless

BY BEN GREEN AND LESLIE LOWE  |  Fifteen years ago, New Yorkers were told that the New York City Parks Department was incapable of building and maintaining a large waterfront park, and that a public authority (like the M.T.A. and the Port Authority) was needed as the governing entity for the Hudson River Park. In read more here »

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TALKING POINT: The Hudson River Park: Let’s tone down the rhetoric

BY ARTHUR Z. SCHWARTZ  |  For the 21 years I have been on Community Board 2, Hudson River Park has been a point of contention. This year the park is in contention again, with some folks characterizing the discussion as being in a similar vein to N.Y.U. 2031 or the Rudin plan to make profit read more here »

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A confession in Etan case, but did he really do it?

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Police took a New Jersey man, Pedro Hernandez, 51, into custody last week after he confessed to murdering Etan Patz in Soho 33 years ago. Following Hernandez’s confession, police on Friday morning descended on the northwest corner of West Broadway and Prince St., where Hernandez, in his confession, had told them read more here »

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‘Deep folk artist’ takes it all in to add to his street journal

[media-credit name="Photos by Bob Krasner" align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] [media-credit name="Photos by Bob Krasner " align="aligncenter" width="200"][/media-credit] Patrick-Earl Barnes paints daily entries about his encounters and experiences, some of which he adds onto an ongoing artwork already 400 feet long. BY BOB KRASNER  |  Since self-taught painter Patrick-Earl Barnes is essentially an “outsider” artist, it makes sense read more here »

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Young hawks execute a rare nocturnal double-fledge

[media-credit name="Photos by Dave Lawrence " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Cleared for takeoff! Scout photographed on Memorial Day a few minutes before he took the leap into Washington Square airspace. BY LORENZO LIGATO |  Fledge day has come for the two red-tailed stars of New York University’s Bobst Library. Boo and Scout, the two baby hawks named after read more here »

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No masking it: Loisaida Fest was well worth crowing about

[media-credit name="Photos by Clayton Patterson " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Since 1987, the Loisaida Festival has been celebrated on the Sunday before Memorial Day. This year’s installment saw many vendors, including the woman painting a mask, above left. Of course there was great music, from conga players and singers to more casual itinerant music makers, like the read more here »

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For whom the bridge tolls: Why not East River spans?

BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  “Bridge traffic and tolls are one of the most vexing problems” for Downtown community boards, said Brad Hoylman, chairperson of Community Board 2, in introducing a panel of experts who were about to deliver their most cogent thoughts on the subject to an audience at N.Y.U.’s Casa Italiana. The May read more here »

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C.B. 3 O.K.’s SPURA plan as city O.K.’s lasting affordability

BY LESLEY SUSSMAN  |  More than 40 years after the city bulldozed hundreds of Lower East Side homes and businesses as part of a contentious urban renewal effort, Community Board 3’s full board this week, in a historic vote, unanimously approved a city plan for the development of five blighted parcels of land at the read more here »

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The motion carries: Quinn marries

BY PAUL SCHINDLER  |  In the highest profile same-sex wedding since marriage equality became a reality in New York State last July, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn married her partner of a decade, attorney Kim Catullo, in an early evening ceremony on May 19 at the Highline Stages in Chelsea. In fact, the wedding of read more here »

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Fir sure: New School center tops out on 5th Ave.

[media-credit id=1 align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit]BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  More than 200 faculty, staff and neighbors of The New School joined Tishman construction workers last week as an evergreen was hoisted to the top of the 16th story of 65 Fifth Ave. in the traditional topping-out ceremony for the school’s University Center. When the center opens in read more here »

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