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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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Decline of the pierogi palace: ¡Viva chilaquiles!

BY BILL WEINBERG  | The changing nature of cheap ethnic food in the East Village weighs especially heavily on my mind as the weather starts to turn in October, and the nostalgic craving sets in for warm, friendly carbohydrates wrapped in just slightly chewy dough and slathered in generous quantities of melted butter… . Yes, pierogies. read more here »

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You know, I’ve just never really liked Boca Raton…

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  My great friend Sidney Zion is gone two years now, but I can hear him loud and clear. “Schmuck!” he is shouting at Willard Mitt Romney… . “Schlemiel! Goyische kopf! You don’t even know how to think and talk, and then down there at Boca Raton — of all places! — you read more here »

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People’s 9/11 memorial vanishes

BY DENA PEARLMAN  | As some news media have reported, the Tiles for America Memorial has been taken down. But the fact that they have been taken without authority by a grassroots, self-serving group led by misinformation created by Village resident Dusty Berke and Andretti Mullens seems to be absent. During a meeting with the Contemporary read more here »

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Let’s return to the vision of the Hudson River Park

BY TOM FOX  |    In 1992, New York City and State embraced a new concept in urban park development and much of the nation’s park community watched with hope.  Accepting the recommendations of a joint panel established to plan the future of the West Side waterfront, they agreed to build a new waterfront park that read more here »

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Hudson Sq. rezoning will put South Village at risk

BY ANDREW BERMAN  |  In late August the city “certified,” or began the official six-month public review and approval process, for Trinity Real Estate’s proposed Hudson Square rezoning. What happens in this process will not only have a profound and likely irreversible impact upon development in Hudson Square, a roughly 20-block area running between Canal read more here »

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An ‘Objective’ look at Ryan and his abortion stance

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  Wonder of wonders. Who could have foreseen that not just one but two Off Off Broadway farces about Ayn Rand, the High Priestess of Selfishness, would be headed our way even as her most talked-about political acolyte, Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, had been selected as baggage-carrier for a presidential hopeful named read more here »

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Restoring my vision, getting set to test the waters

BY KATE WALTER  |  I was having my tarot cards read in a cafe on Christopher St. by a seer named Roland. “You’re struggling to find a relationship” he said. “I see somebody but it’s not happening yet. You need a period of rest and rejuvenation.” Damn. How could I still be in that phase? I’d read more here »

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Top 10 outrageous things about N.Y.U.

BY ANDREW BERMAN  |    The recent approval of New York University’s massive expansion plan by the City Council, City Planning Commission and borough president was a stunning, if not entirely unexpected, decision. As we and our friends at N.Y.U. Faculty Against the Sexton Plan prepare our legal challenge of the approvals, we have been read more here »

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Lesson of the N.Y.U. vote: City Hall is unreachable

BY GEORGETTE FLEISCHER  |  The year began for many of us with Community Board 2’s hearings on the gargantuan New York University expansion plan. On Jan. 9 there was a scene uncannily prescient of the one that transpired at City Hall last Wednesday, July 25, when City Council Speaker Christine Quinn ordered gendarmes to clear read more here »

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