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CONTACT HIGHS By Sy Schleimer What a miracle of human sound When sharing by voice was found. Early grunts, shrieks  and  groans Magically evolved into human tones. Enabling pairs  and groups to grow Into diversified societies we know, Inexorable cultural complex needs, Impelled literature and  tech deeds.   The sound images of video and TV Transmitted  life into […]

William unsafe at any speed To The Editor:      Re “Pace students find traffic problems on William St.” (News article, July 17 – July 30): Hooray and thanks to the Pace students for pointing out to D.O.T. and the powers that be the serious traffic and pedestrian problems on William St. They have saved me […]

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Southbridge pros & cons To The Editor: Re “Southbridge Towers: Should we privatize? Yes or No” (Talking Points, June 19 – July 2): We have to make the most important decision (as shareholders in our co-op) soon in voting about whether to remain ordinary tenants or become owners of our apartments. Voting yes will mean having owner equity […]

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Reviewing the arguments for and against privitization of Southbridge Towers. NO —   By VICTOR J. PAPA :  Shareholders of Southbridge Towers (S.B.T) are now poised to vote in a referendum that will ultimately determine the fate of their 1651 units of over 40 consistent years of state-regulated Mitchell-Lama affordable housing. It remains one of […]

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BY SAM SCHWARTZ   |  Lower Manhattanites are getting “railroaded” (or should I say “trucked”) and have been for a quarter century ever since an act of Congress dictated that tolls on the Verrazano Bridge should be collected only in the Staten Island-bound direction. This meant that drivers leaving the island would not stop but drivers […]

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By SAM SCHWARTZ | Lower Manhattanites are getting “railroaded” (or should I say “trucked”) and have been for a quarter century ever since an Act of Congress dictated that tolls on the Verrazano Bridge should be collected only in the Staten Island-bound direction. This meant that drivers leaving the island would not stop but drivers […]

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BY JESSICA LAPPIN    |  For centuries the Hudson River was filled with the sounds of ships, barges, people and commerce. The daily life of the river was the daily life of our city. Tragically, we abused this great resource and polluted it to near extinction and in the process put our relationship to the […]

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SEAPORT DEVELOPMENT To The Editor: The following is an open letter to Councilmember Margaret Chin: I write this letter to express my grave concern regarding the development of the New Fish Market Building in the South Street Seaport. For three years the Howard Hughes Corp. has been publicly stating that it had no plans whatsoever […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS  |  It almost seems as if there’s been a Canal St. traffic study for every car on the street. The roadway has long been a source of government-funded efforts — some with catchy acronyms like CATS, the Canal Area Transportation Study — so it was not surprising Canal is one of the […]

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BY DIEM BOYD  |  Bill Bratton’s return as commissioner of the New York Police Department brings with it his trademark “broken windows” policing policy. Bratton’s strategy advocated for a hard-line approach on low-level crime and quality-of-life violations predicated on the belief that a “disorderly city is a dangerous city.” The crack in Bratton’s “broken window” […]

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