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BY H. CLAUDE SHOSTAL | Re “Is NID really needed, and who asked for it anyway?” (talking point, by Eileen Stukane, Feb. 21): As a residential property owner within the boundaries of the proposed Hudson River Park Neighborhood Improvement District, I fully support the formation of the NID. Hudson River Park and the other waterfront read more here »

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A new vision for Pier 40 and for a truly public park

                                    BY TOBI BERGMAN On clear and crisp Saturday morning in April, 27 years ago, I walked with my family along Clarkson St. past J.J. Walker Field, a dust bowl that had long been the exclusive home of read more here »

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Is NID really needed, and who asked for it anyway?

BY EILEEN STUKANE  |  The Hudson River Park is in a financial fix with about $40 million in repairs needed to keep Pier 40 stable, plus the costly rebuilding of park structures damaged from Hurricane Sandy. And as noted in this newspaper, the Hudson River Park Trust was already operating at about a $7 million read more here »

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Quinn holds the cards on rezoning and landmarking

The Hudson Square rezoning currently before the City Council presents a rare case where a win-win is possible. Done right, the outcome could please everyone — developers and community groups, residents and businesses. Unfortunately, the rezoning plan also presents the possibility of a lose-lose for the community. One person will decide which of these outcomes we get read more here »

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BY FURY YOUNG  |  I’m a bus organizer for 350.org’s Forward on Climate rally. I’ve been on board with the protest for months now. “Why is it important to protest climate change?” you might ask me. Because I feel it’s my civic duty as an earthling. Whether or not you believe in global warming, it’s read more here »

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Noho and Soho’s firewall against N.Y.U. is at risk

BY ANDREW BERMAN  |  The mantra from the New York University administration throughout the public approval process for the school’s massive expansion proposal was “We’re making our plans transparent and predictable.” Even if you didn’t like the university’s overwhelming proposal, its argument went, at least you knew exactly what it was planning. Apparently, the N.Y.U. read more here »

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Obama vs. guns: This may prove to be his finest hour

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  When Hitler completed the murder of Europe with the April 1941 invasion of Greece and Yugoslavia, a Dartmouth College senior named Charles Guy Bolté wrote an open letter to F.D.R. that began: “Dear Mr. President… Now we have waited long enough… .” It was a cry for F.D.R. to step free of the read more here »

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Photo by Clayton Patterson From left, Enrique Cruz, Orlando Rodriguez and Javier Rodriguez hope to get a liquor license for their new restaurant on Rivington St.   V TALKING POINT BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  Manhattan is a small island. Starting in the early 1980s the Lower East Side began to be discovered as valuable property. read more here »

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Why we don’t have the right to care about Newtown

BY TED RALL  | We don’t have the right to be sad. We don’t have the right to be angry. We don’t have the right to care about the 20 dead kids, much less the six dead adults or the one deranged shooter. American newspapers don’t have the right to pretend that we are a nation stricken read more here »

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After a momentous year, what’s next for Pier 40?

BY MADELYN WILS  |  The change of the calendar always serves as an appropriate time to reflect and learn from the past, and by doing so, best prepare for the future. There is little doubt that 2012 was a momentous year for the Hudson River Park, and what made 2012 truly different was the enormity read more here »

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