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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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Vegan bakery has to vacate; Merry Christmas!

BY FRAN LUCK  | Many do not know yet that the Lower East Side/East Village is about to lose another one of its authentic, signature spaces to gentrification — the uniquely wonderful Whole Earth Bakery at 130 St. Mark’s Place, between First Ave. and Avenue A. Peter Silvestri, the warm-hearted owner and creator of this unique read more here »

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Ban SantaCon! Inebriated St. Nicks out of control

BY SARAH FERGUSON  |  I want to call this column “Kill Santa!” but I won’t in respect for the slain innocents of Newtown, Connecticut. But seriously folks: We need to ban SantaCon. This erstwhile Festivus of WTF holiday cheer has morphed into an urban menace that darn near traumatized my 4-year-old son and his two read more here »

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Spectra and the lesson of the spaghetti solution

BY REVEREND DONNA SCHAPER  |  I know I overuse metaphors; I link the unlinkable. But how else to write about invisible, odorless gas on its way from sources unknown to destinations unnamed — or how else to fathom passions and decisions that are beyond logic? As a pastor, I sometimes am called to do marriage read more here »

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Private Danny Chen: Another victim of the war machine

BY CARL ROSENSTEIN, a.k.a. The Angry Buddhist  |  Nearly 300 U.S. servicemen committed suicide in Afghanistan in the last year. Private Danny Chen was one of them. This one suicide by an East Village youth and the resultant court-martial trials of his squad members have been followed closely in The Villager. The Organization of Chinese Americans read more here »

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Both zombie parties too stubborn to admit they’re dead

BY TED RAIL  |  Neither party gets it. They both think they won. And they sort of did. But we still hate them. Democrats are patting themselves on the back, congratulating themselves for a mandate that neither exists — 50.4 percent to 48.1 percent does not a mandate make — nor, if were real, would read more here »

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Surviving in the Sandy Superdome; We were ignored!

BY BARRY DROGIN  |  For four days, 220,000 Con Ed customers — how many were households of how many residents, how many were small businesses with how many employees, how many were big businesses with how many employees? — were abandoned and ignored by the media, the government, transportation agencies and — most shockingly — read more here »

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BY KATE WALTER  |  “This is like that reality show called ‘Pioneer House,’ ” said my neighbor as we trekked up and down the dark stairwells of Westbeth with our flashlights blazing. “More like a show called ‘Refugee Camp,’” I snapped, tired from carrying water up eight flights to my apartment for several days. I read more here »

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Notes from the disaster zone; A survivor sounds off

BY BILL WEINBERG  |  Well, I’m back on my computer after four days of the electricity being out in Lower Manhattan, and finding my rage level is even higher than usual. Where to even begin? For starters, with the most obvious reality. I am 50 years old and grew up in New York City. Never read more here »

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  BY KEEGAN STEPHAN  and CHARLES KOMANOFF  |  Sixties relic or not, speaking truth to power remains critical to democracy. Nowadays, though, elected officials and corporate bosses hide behind gates, goons and guns. Dissenters are shunted into cordons sanitaires. The unfettered, unmediated dialogue necessary for a free society is reduced to dueling slogans and kabuki read more here »

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