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A crusty proposal: Crack down on ‘voluntary homeless’

TALKING POINT   BY CHAD MARLOW  |  With the arrival of spring, the start of the warm weather tourist season is upon us, and the thought makes me shudder. I am not begrudging the 50.9 million annual visitors who pump $34.5 billion into our city’s economy. Rather, as an East Villager, I am thinking of read more here »

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Tahmina Islam and her son, Dawood, 2, were among a group of three Bengali families from Jamaica Heights who rallied outside Judson Church in the Village last Friday afternoon, calling on the government to release the families’ fathers. All three men are being held awaiting deportation. The children were born in America and thus are read more here »

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The Hudson River Park must generate more revenue

TALKING POINT   By Diana L. Taylor,  Robert K. Steele, Paul A. Ullman, Pamela Frederick, Franz Leichter, Jeffrey Kaplan and Lawrence B. Goldberg Over the last 18 months, the Hudson River Park Trust hosted a series of task force meetings attended by all the local elected officials or their representatives and many experienced urban planning experts, representatives of read more here »

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Letters, March 28, 2013

CUNY could be an alternative To The Editor: Re “Faculty demand that Sexton resign after adverse vote” (news article, March 21): Another public embarrassment for Sexton. I wonder if it will have any effect. The underlying problem for N.Y.U. is its limited endowment, which has pushed it to rely on tuition expansion. So even if read more here »

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Quinn on the spot

At a candidates forum sponsored last week by Gay City News, our sister paper, the five Democrats running for mayor spent 90 minutes with hundreds of members of the L.G.B.T. community, and the results were encouraging for those hoping to move critical L.G.B.T. needs to the top of the city’s agenda in the next four read more here »

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The impossible interview: The pope and the journalist

BY JERRY TALLMER | JACOBO TIMERMAN, journalist, publisher, author, born Bar, Ukraine, January 15, 1923 — died Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 11, 1999. JORGE MARIO BERGOGLIO, born Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 17, 1936. Former priest, bishop, archbishop, cardinal, now Pope Francis I. THE JOURNALIST: Father — is that how I should address you? — Your read more here »

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BY KATE WALTER | I could hardly sleep the night before the delivery. I woke up that morning in a panic. I’d cleared the bedroom area, creating messes in other corners. I was freaking out over which way to angle my beautiful new mahogany platform bed. I always envisioned it perpendicular to the wall, but read more here »

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Letters, Week of March 21, 2013

Case is clear: No housing on pier To The Editor: As one of the attorneys who brought the case establishing the Pier 40 ball fields (along with Arthur Z. Schwartz), I have been following the debate about whether housing should be permitted on Pier 40. I have lived and worked in Tribeca for about 30-plus years. read more here »

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Claps for the cap

This might not go down well with all our readers (no pun intended), but, yes, we do support Mayor Bloomberg’s portion cap on sodas and sugary drinks. Polls show that slightly more than half of New Yorkers oppose restricting the serving size of fountain soft drinks to no more than 16 ounces. Yet, we feel read more here »

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Bikes rule! Or bike rules? One cyclist sounds off

TALKING POINT BY SCOTT OGLESBY | I’ve been riding bikes in Manhattan for 27 years, so retro that I call myself a “biker,” not a cyclist. Before moving here in the ’80s, I was an avid biker in San Francisco for 15 years. My first ride was in 1956, on a single-speed Schwinn American Flyer. read more here »

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