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For a sustainable neighborhood, modify N.Y.U. plan

BY JUDY PAUL and RANI MAROM  |  Try this experiment: Take all of the office space in the Empire State Building — 2.4 million square feet — and cram it into two square blocks on either side of Bleecker St. What happens to our neighborhood? Unfortunately, the 2.4 million square feet of construction is not read more here »

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Reflections of an old freak in the new East Village

BY BILL WEINBERG  |  The week the Berlin Wall came down in November 1989, I moved into my current digs in the enclave today known as Noho. Then, to the extent that it had a name at all, it was the Bowery. That thoroughfare itself was still the domain of the down and out, and read more here »

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BU JERRY TALLMER  |  It is many years now since I first saw “Suddenly Last Summer,” the short, searing 1958 Off Broadway play by Tennessee Williams, and even more years since I first came upon “Sanctuary,” the unputdownable 1931 novel by William Faulkner. In “Suddenly Last Summer” a woman of means, Mrs. Venable, is trying read more here »

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BY K WEBSTER  |  Every life matters or none do. My mother battled with Alzheimer’s disease for over almost six years while living with my family. She has now lived in a nursing home for more than a year. She has severe dementia and her body is twisted into contortions called “contractions.” It’s a yoga read more here »

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Chance for precious park space

BY RICHARD BARONE  |  At first glance, it may seem like an inconsequential little triangle of land across the street from a boarded-up, vacant hospital, with some nondescript, industrial-looking buildings on its northern side and a dried-up, unkempt garden within. Surrounding high and low exterior walls provide a bizarrely out-of-place, brown-brick barrier. As one approaches read more here »

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Save The Cooper Union without losing its identity

BY BARRY DROGIN  |  Three months ago, this newspaper reported on a summit meeting in The Great Hall of The Cooper Union, in which Cooper students, faculty and alumni gathered to voice unified support of keeping the colleges of art, architecture and engineering as tuition-free institutions. Pledges were made, processes were started and eloquent testimonies offered. It read more here »

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This is our Jane Jacobs moment: Stop the N.Y.U. plan!

BY DEBORAH GLICK  |  A new year brings with it the opportunity to reflect on what has been both positive and negative about the prior year, and to make decisions about how to approach the coming months. Many of these new year’s resolutions fade almost as soon as they are made. But this year, in read more here »

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Raising state’s minimum wage is a matter of dignity

BY SHELDON SILVER  |  In Lower Manhattan, where the cost of living is very high, it is essential that we provide our residents with all the tools they need to succeed and thrive. I am proud of the great strides we have made in rebuilding and improving our Downtown community. Now, we must fix the read more here »

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Déjà Newt: Silver-slick one speaks with forked tongue

By JERRY TALLMER  |  One evening when I was in senior year in high school and trying to decide where to head next, my father brought home for dinner a young man who had recently completed four years at Dartmouth College up in Hanover, New Hampshire — far enough from and yet near enough to read more here »

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N.Y.U. promised an elementary school — back in 1960!

BY CAROL GREITZER  |  Villagers should feel absolutely no reticence in asserting their opposition to New York University’s monstrous, grandiose 2031 plan. In view of the past shady actions of the old Board of Estimate, the community has a strong moral claim to demanding that current city officials take steps to right these wrongs — or at read more here »

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