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I was a grunt in Georgia the day that J.F.K. died

BY DANIEL B. MELTZER  |  On the Friday that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated I was a P.F.C. in training to become a Morse code and radio-teletype operator at Fort Gordon, outside of Augusta, Georgia. I was looking forward to a weekend pass and two days in Atlanta. We were learning how to tune Army radios, read more here »

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With SWAMP stuck, it’s now time to start over

As we enter the last month of Mayor Bloomberg’s third and final term, one of his signature initiatives remains in limbo: SWAMP. That is, the mayor’s Solid Waste Management Plan, as part of which, all of Manhattan’s residential recyclable waste was to have been barged from Gansevoort Peninsula to a new recycling plant in Sunset read more here »

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Obnoxious pedestrians are the new moving ‘vile-ation’

BY DOTTIE WILSON  |  Mad Max wannabees on motorcycles and amateurs riding Citi Bikes are dangerous. The M.T.A. Select Bus Service, which doesn’t stop at St. Mark’s Place and bypasses most of the East Village, is annoying / criminal. And, as if that wasn’t enough, simply walking on an empty sidewalk these days has become a nasty accident just read more here »

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It’s time for final push to pass small business bill

BY SHARON WOOLUMS  |  The Back Fence on Bleecker St. — a Village landmark for 68 years — faced with a 75 percent rent increase, closed its doors last month for good. The owners, wishing to retire, should have been able to negotiate a fair lease so that they could have sold their business, allowing it to be kept open, and read more here »

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Bring back tokens! MetroCard swiped my fare!

BY BILL WEINBERG  |  If you use a MetroCard, please take heed. Did you ever have a sneaking suspicion that you are actually being charged an extra fare every time you are told by the turnstile’s little display screen “Please swipe again”? Everyone always told me it was just my paranoid imagination. But now I read more here »

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Letters, Week of Nov. 21, 2013

Nice job, but more voices Re “Community confronts park air rights issue as Cuomo O.K.’s bill” (news article, Nov. 14): The on-deadline insert was nice. But what is missing from the article are the voices of the smart people who live in Greenwich Village and Chelsea who spoke up with serious questions at the town read more here »

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Answers are needed on park air rights sales

One mystery surrounding the amendment to the Hudson River Park Act that the Legislature approved way back in June was answered last Wed., Nov. 13, when Governor Cuomo finally signed the bill into law. However, many questions still remain about the modifications to the 1998 Park Act, specifically, regarding the provision allowing the Hudson River read more here »

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When they canceled Halloween

BY MICHELE HERMAN  |  It’s Halloween. The lights are on. The doorbell is ringing. Zombies are lurching up Sixth Ave. All is right, more or less, with the Village, at least for those of us whose homes and belongings were above the high-water mark a year and two days ago. For the less lucky among read more here »

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Amid a sea of bleakness, Reed was the inspiration

BY STEVEN WISHNIA   |  I discovered the Velvet Underground’s banana-stickered first album in the $1.49 bin of a Long Island record store when I was 15. All I knew was that they were some kind of East Village underground band from ’67-’68. A misfit in the Island’s centerless carscape, I found solace in music. But read more here »

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Letters, Week of Nov. 14, 2013

A new vision for a green space To The Editor: Re “Monumental battle in Nolita over fate of garden site” (news article, Nov. 7): As a resident of Crosby St. in Community Board 2 for the last 17 years, I, too, walked past closed gates for years, wondering — though not enough to find out read more here »

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