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The settlement made between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the National Sept. 11 Memorial is a crucial step forward toward resolving the year-long financial impasse that has significantly thwarted progress at the World Trade Center site. Having a written agreement forces both sides to commit to a set of guidelines […]

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There isn’t so much as half the amount of hype around this year’s anniversary of Sept. 11 as there was last year. Understandably, the decennial anniversary carried a special meaning for many. Yet, for local residents who witnessed the attacks or felt their after-effects first-hand, every September brings back the troublesome memories and emotions attached […]

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The Wall Street Journal recently reported that New York City has distanced itself from the high-ranking police official accused of gratuitously pepper-spraying a group of young female Occupy Wall Street protesters at a demonstration near Union Square last September. YouTube videos of the incident that went viral clearly showed the women were penned inside orange […]

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I sold my newspapers last week.. I found someone who believes in community journalism — its challenges and opportunities — who is willing to buy into the business of producing high-quality, original, local news reporting. The new owner is Jennifer Goodstein, and you will be hearing directly from her in coming weeks. It’s been a great […]

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On July 17, the City Council’s Land Use Committee voted overwhelmingly, by 19 to 1, to support New York University’s 2031 development plan for its two South Village superblocks. The resulting plan wasn’t what opponents were hoping for, but represents significant concessions by N.Y.U., and may be the best outcome achievable under the circumstances. The […]

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It will have been 11 years in September since the day in which terrorists killed nearly 3,000 innocent civilians at the World Trade Center, and we still won’t have a museum to commemorate their deaths. The reason for the delay in completing and opening the 9/11 Museum at Ground Zero — what boils down to […]

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A bill that would have opened the Hudson River Park Act to significant changes was introduced in the NYS Assembly this week but failed to come up for a vote before the legislative session ended. The bill was far from perfect. Notably, it did not include a provision to allow residential use on Pier 40, […]

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We rejoiced alongside 9/11 heroes and advocates when, on June 8, the federal government proposed to subsidize the treatment and compensation of first responders and others who developed cancer from exposure to Ground Zero toxins. Dr. John Howard’s forthcoming decision to add 50 forms of cancer to the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation […]

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After what felt like a long winter hiatus, Governors Island is back up and running, ready to usher in the hundreds of thousands of visitors who are eager to hit the beach, shoot hoops and mount their bikes. An estimated 12,600 people headed to Governors Island by ferry on Sat., May 26, marking the first day […]

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We support the efforts of the Hudson River Park Trust and its community task force to try to look “outside the box” and examine all ideas for Pier 40 and the entire five-mile-long Lower West Side waterfront park. The Trust has been sounding the alarm about the perilous state of Pier 40 for a while […]

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