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Before we even realized it, the end of another year has snuck up on us. And so it’s time to reflect on some of the major, ongoing stories that occupied us in 2010 and that will assuredly top our list once again in 2011.

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Enjoying an alternative Christmas Eve in Christiania
By Laurie Mittelmann
Enter this bustling, smoky auditorium on Christmas Eve and a scruffy man wearing a verdant green suit, a floppy velvet hat and a satin tie will shake your hand and kiss you on the cheek.

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Keep on toboggan; Spray it, don’t say it (Blizzard!)



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Big push is on for digging out
On Monday, as the city was clearing the streets after the previous night’s blizzard, a Department of Sanitation front-loader helped a stuck snowplow get into snowed-in E. Second St.


New group is working to get SPURA out of park, into gear
By Lincoln Anderson
Seeking to help break the decades-long deadlock that has gripped the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area in an exasperating paralysis of parking lots, a new group of young Grand St. residents has emerged backing a novel idea — compromise.

Waiting to exhale: Congress passes 9/11 health bill
By Aline Reynolds
Thousands of 9/11 survivors’ wishes came true last week when Congress passed a modified version of the James R. Zadroga 9/11 Health Bill. Last Thursday, all the key players held a press conference in Lower Manhattan in front of the new 7 World Trade Center to praise the bill’s passage.



Oil-leak cleanup fuels concerns of N.Y.U. tenants
By Albert Amateau
The cleanup of about 10,000 gallons of heating oil remaining in the soil from the December 2009 leak from two tanks under Washington Square Village is scheduled to begin, weather permitting, on Jan. 5, 2011.

Activists, pols say Paterson watered down fracking ban
By Albert Amateau
In the last executive action of his administration, Governor David Paterson vetoed a six-month moratorium on hydrofracture gas drilling, known as fracking, in New York State.




ARTS

Hamer & Trainer weigh in on ‘The Fighter’
BY SCOTT STIFFLER
Feel-good film has merit, but can’t go the distance

Galleries on break, but still much to see
BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN
Museums offer ‘a full spectrum of excellent exhibitions.’

In November, galleries offer darkness & enchantment
BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN
Matisse, Madonna, Mutu vie for your attention.

Just Do Art!


What’s Been Happening to Baby Jane?
BY JERRY TALLMER
Dexter sings with ‘terrifying lion-like power’


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Ms. Jones becomes an assertive ‘Mrs.’
BY JERRY TALLMER
Tony winner crafts a ‘full, courageous, thinking, complex human being.’


A slice of the future



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