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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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Boehner’s ENDA end around

When the U.S. Senate last week, in a 62-34 bipartisan vote, approved the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the achievement was noteworthy primarily for one reason –– it was the first time either house of Congress had approved such a measure with protections for transgender Americans included. The House passed the bill in 2007, but incorporated only read more here »

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Let’s embrace this key moment for Hudson River Park

BY PAUL A. ULLMAN  |  This week the governor signed the amended Hudson River Park Act. This piece of highly negotiated legislation was born out of the twin needs to address the park’s well-documented financial difficulties and to better manage its future care and growth. New and longtime Downtown residents like myself should embrace this read more here »

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What I was doing the day John F. Kennedy was shot

BY CAROL GREITZER  |  Fifty years. Hard to believe. Like most people, I can easily remember many of the terrible events of that day, possibly because other happenings that very same day were so meaningful to me and to other Villagers. It was a day that started out so beautifully, and ended so tragically. I read more here »

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Letters, Week of Nov. 7, 2013

Clearing the air on air rights To The Editor: Re “Park bill still up in the air, forum to consider air rights” (news article, Oct. 24): A very extensive story, but a few points must be clarified: I did not say that if “the St. John’s Center’s zoning is modified to allow residential use…that is read more here »

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Town hall to seek solid answers on park air rights

BY ANDREW BERMAN  |  For years, residents of our neighborhoods have fought to keep development, especially along our waterfront, low-rise and in scale with our community. But that long-standing effort now faces a serious new threat. Legislation passed by the state Assembly and Senate in June — with very little notice and almost no public read more here »

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This is a plan that can save our community’s park

BY MADELYN WILS  |  As a longtime resident of Tribeca and someone who has been involved with Hudson River Park since it was just an idea, this park has been a godsend for my children, my neighbors and the entire West Side. Now, as president of Hudson River Park, it is my job to make read more here »

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De Blasio wins; Voters lose with shoddy ballots

The big news this Election Day was of course Bill de Blasio’s resounding victory over Joe Lhota in the mayor’s race. Three out of four voters picked de Blasio in what is clearly an overwhelming mandate for his progressive agenda for a city that “leaves no one behind.” Some voters admitted they would be surprised read more here »

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Letters, Week of Oct. 31, 2013

Kudos to Stringer and Dwellers To The Editor: Re “Stringer asks C.B. 3 to ‘reconsider’ ban of LES Dwellers group” (news article, Oct. 24): Stringer should be applauded for calling into question Community Board 3’s suspension of a very legitimate community group called the LES Dwellers. That group is only trying to defend its neighborhood read more here »

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