Fanning the flames
The Cordoba Initiative’s effort to build an Islamic community center and prayer space — recently renamed Park51 — two blocks north of the World Trade Center site has emerged as a hot national political issue. On the right, Sarah Palin, Pat Robertson, Newt Gingrich and many others have voiced their opposition. The people who live and work in Lower Manhattan, for the most part, have had a much more balanced and inclusive response.

Letters to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Ira Blutreich

Police Blotter


Nagasaki and blue skies, forever linked in my mind
Sixty-five years ago this week — 65 years ago Monday of this week, August 9, 1945 — sturdy, cryptic little Max, the tail-gunner on a B-24 named Pacific Passion that was headed north over Japan, gave a scream over the intercom.




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Photo by Q. Sakamaki

Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, testified at Monday’s forum on N.Y.U.’s expansion plan for its Village superblocks.

Groans as N.Y.U. pitches its plan; New mega-dorm in mix
By Albert Amateau
New York University last week submitted its plan to Community Board 2 to add 6 million square feet of space in the next few decades — most of it in the Greenwich Village area — in preparation for going to the Department of City Planning in the fall to lock into place its long-term mega-project.

Renee Williams, 59, partner of Villager’s Gregory
By Albert Amateau
Renee Williams, who lived in the East Village for nearly 20 years and worked for the late Antonio Pagan when he was a city councilmember representing the district in the 1990s, died Tues., Aug. 3, at age 59.

Senate votes to extend fracking ban for 10 months
By Albert Amateau
In response to demands by local elected officials and environmental advocates worried about the impact of natural gas drilling on New York City’s drinking water supply, the state Senate on Tues., Aug. 3, voted to extend the state moratorium to May 2011 on issuing gas drilling permits.

An accidental posting turned out to be perfect fit
By Lincoln Anderson
After more than two decades as the supervisor of Tompkins Square Park, Harry Greenberg is ready to ride his golf cart off into the sunset.

What do you think of ‘Prop 8’ being ruled unconstitutional?

From bonfires to bike lanes and Brussels sprouts

High Line’s last third is on track for city takeover
By Albert Amateau
The City Council has voted unanimously to approve the uniform land use review procedure, or ULURP, for the north end of the High Line that wraps around the West Side Rail Yards.

Gardeners say city’s new rules will sow disaster
By Lesley Sussman
A handful of protesters briefly disrupted a public hearing held Tuesday by the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development on the agencies’ new rules for regulation of community gardens throughout the city.

Stewart appeals; No word from ‘Don’t Worry Murray’
By Mary Reinholz
A court-appointed lawyer for disbarred radical attorney Lynne Stewart has appealed the recent increase of Stewart’s sentence from 28 months to 10 years for aiding Islamic terrorism abroad and defrauding the U.S. government.

More spin and counter-spin on protected bike lanes
By Lilly O’Donnell
New York City already had a “green” way to commute — one of the world’s best subway systems — but city planners are taking it a step further, trying to make the city as bike friendly as Amsterdam.



Themes emerge among 200+ FringeNYC offerings
Having survived its awkward tween years, FringeNYC is growing into young adulthood surrounded by a multitude of other theater festivals competing for our attention.

He’s big, he’s gay, he’s honest, he’s Abe!
Show puts Lincoln’s lavender leanings on trial.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch

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