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We’re having trouble understanding the hyperbolic outrage over the plan to open a community center and mosque two blocks from the World Trade Center. There has been a mosque in Tribeca four blocks away since before 9/11 and we’ve heard no objections to it, nor have we noticed any problems there.
So two blocks is an outrage, but four blocks is appropriate. Is three in the permissible zone for this misguided group of protesters in the media and on Facebook, or should the Islamic-free area they apparently desire extend another block?
Letters to the Editor
Farewell to Lena Horne and some songbirds of color
By JERRY TALLMER
Billie Holiday was the first to go. Of course, she would be. July 17, 1959. Handcuffed to her bed in Metropolitan Hospital, with a cop at the door in case she woke up and got away anyway. When I heard the news, I got drunk and wrote the best thing I’ve ever done. “Bye Bye Blackbird.” You could look it up.
Newark gangs (tried to) work it out on the court
By Clayton Patterson
In America, especially in the inner cities, we have a long history of gangs, clubs and cliques, which have formed for various reasons, including because the members have similar interests or want to define and protect certain areas for their businesses, legal and/or illegal. One of the negative manifestations of these collectives can be the creation of conflict.
They’re mad for veggies
New Hester outdoor market is a real breath of fresh air
Raging fire roars through retail strip on 14th St.
Baldwin’s a hit at N.Y.U. graduation in the Bronx
Religious leaders unite: East Village shows the way
It’s a win-Winnie situation at St. Mark’s in the Bowery
Serving West and East Village, Chelsea, SoHo, Hudson Square, NoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown and the Lower East Side
Pavilion cafe R.F.P. is served
By Albert Amateau
The Department of Parks on Tuesday issued its long-awaited request for proposals to operate a seasonal cafe at the Union Square Park pavilion.
Riders on the corn: Cyclists raise alarm about gardens
By Jefferson Siegel
Last Saturday, Time’s Up! held a Garden Bike Ride and Hoedown to raise awareness of an imminent threat to community gardens.
From grassroots, with suit, fighting for a new hospital
By Lincoln Anderson and Roslyn Kramer
In the wake of St. Vincent’s Hospital’s closing, two local activist attorneys are spearheading efforts to create a replacement for it in Greenwich Village, but they’re taking divergent paths.
Not dorm tower, but Tower School pitched on E. 9th
By Lincoln Anderson
Kimber “Kim” Barton has a lifetime of experience in education coupled with a vision for the future: He hopes to transform the vacant old P.S. 64 on E. Ninth St. into the Tower School, a 600-student, nonprofit, independent school that could open next fall.
‘It’s an insult’; Mulry Sq. fan plan is really panned
By Albert Amateau
After three years and many community forums, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority last week presented its final plans for an emergency ventilation plant at Mulry Square for the Eighth Ave. and Seventh Ave. subway lines.
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