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EDITORIAL
Danger in the sky
On Tuesday, the Piper “Lance” single-propeller plane involved in Saturday’s terrifying midair collision over the Hudson River off W. 14th St. was lifted from the river bottom. Recovered with the plane were the bodies of the last two victims of the fateful accident — still trapped inside the fuselage.

Statement regarding District 3 Democratic Primary Debate

Scoopy's Notebook


Talking Point

Fighting to save the High Line, before it was chic
By Michele Herman
When you check out the season’s hot new place, you have an aesthetic experience as you drink it in and a critical one as you articulate your response.


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Memorial

Thanks, Budd, for everything, even for Sammy Glick
By Jerry Tallmer
Kate Mostel scratched out one after another of the close friends in her address book. “They’re dropping like flies,” the Irish in her said. And that was more than 25 years ago. Zero she didn’t have to scratch out. He was already gone. And she would go not too long later.


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They’re takin’ it to the Summer Streets
During Summer Streets on Sat., Aug. 8, walkers, a cyclist, parents pushing a stroller and a jogger all headed south on Fourth Ave. at 14th St. It’s the second summer to see an installation of the Summer Streets initiative, which closes to cars a route from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park.


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Maria Passannante-Derr, a longtime Community Board 2 member, was unsparing in her attacks on Christine Quinn at the August 13 debate. Read our statement regarding this debate. (JEFFERSON SIEGEL)

Passannante-Derr Comes Out Swinging Against Quinn
While City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn’s campaign experience showed in a debate among three of the Democrats vying for her seat, it was Maria Passannante-Derr who brought the heat to the August 13 event.


After 9 die in midair collision, copter flights come under fire
By Albert Amateau and Lincoln Anderson
The disastrous collision of a sightseeing helicopter and a private plane off of W. 14th St. over the Hudson River on Saturday prompted elected officials to demand regulation of the air corridor over the river and prompted Hudson River Park advocates to insist on an end to tourist helicopter flights.


Clerk shoots down 9/11 initiative
By Will Glovinsky
The petition for a ballot initiative that would create a second subpoena-powered 9/11 Commission was rejected by the City Clerk on July 24.

Battle of the bulge as co-op’s bricks start to slip
By Jefferson Siegel
Last Friday afternoon at 3:15 p.m. the Fire Department received a call of bricks falling from the facade of 2 Fifth Ave., between Eighth St. and Washington Square North. But no bricks actually fell.

Another round for bar rule, and boards are happier.
By Julie Shapiro
Bar owners seeking licenses will once again face tougher restrictions under a bill passed by the state Legislature this summer.

High Line access is on track for two condos
By Will Glovinsky
The Parks Department will ask the City Council’s Franchise and Concession Review Committee on Wednesday for permission to negotiate concession agreements with two developers that would afford their private buildings access to the High Line.

History’s flow is evoked in a new Canal St. park
By Jared T. Miller
With an abbreviated name that matches its Tribeca surroundings, the recently opened CaVaLa Park has been a welcome addition to the area for those who work nearby.

News

High Line plan is too taxing, neighbors cry
By Patrick Hedlund
The High Line’s recently proposed improvement district will unfairly force local residents and property owners to pay for the elevated greenway, charged a group of Chelsea neighbors who don’t think the community should have to pony up for the public “park in the sky.”

Over 50 years, ‘Bond St. mayor’ has seen it all
By Jefferson Siegel
Bond St. may only be two blocks long, but for a city thoroughfare, it is an unusually wide street. The cobblestones recall the earlier days of a slower, more neighborly way of life.

Sotomayor is the toast, and the tour, of Bedford St.

Financial District site still eyed for middle school
By Albert Amateau
The Department of Education on July 28 affirmed that 26 Broadway, an office building near Bowling Green, is the top choice for a new Greenwich Village Middle School for the 2010 school year.

Old P.S. 64 up for sale or rent
By Albert Amateau
Helmsley-Spear has become the exclusive agent marketing the landmarked old P.S. 64 building as “University House at Tompkins Square Park,” seeking offers to lease or sell the six-story 1904 building between Avenues B and C.

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Villager Arts & Lifestyles

Mark Finley shepherds tale of ‘sexually scrambled daughters’
By Jerry Tallmer
There was a time when all over this town you saw signs or scribbles or chalkings that read: SILENCE = DEATH. Even before those years of the Plague — in 1974, to be exact — three young men of talent got together to launch TOSOS (short for The Other Side of Silence), a professional theater company that would defy death by breaking silence on all matters non-heterosexual.

‘Art Activist’ sheds light on ‘aerosol artists’
By Bonnie Rosenstock
Urban Art. Street Art. Mural Art. Aerosol Art. Spray Art. Guerilla Art. Tag Art.  Call graffiti what you will — but there’s no denying it’s a big part of life in NYC (whether we realize it or not). That sentiment was expounded by painter/photographer Shell Sheddy.


Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
Julie & Julia. As many of you know, I recently spent six weeks in the hospital and two weeks recovering at home. “Julie & Julia” was the first film I saw in eight weeks, and it was a wonderful choice. It is pure entertainment.

FringeNYC celebrates lucky year 13
By Scott Stiffler
What happens every August, exhausts even the most tireless theatergoer, and features more thespians than a barrel full of bloated, budget-busting Broadway babies? FringeNYC.

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