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Clean streets overtaxing chinatown To the Editor:  Re “Chinatown B.I.D. billing dispute remains” (news article, April 25) This article fails to identify the primary reason the majority of small property owners in Chinatown are opposed to the Chinatown Business Improvement District. As the article pointed out, the B.I.D. improperly taxed property owners for a period […]

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Make pier 40 self-sustaining To the Editor, Re “Residential could save Pier 40, new study finds” (Downtown Express article, May 16): As a board member of Friends of Hudson River Park (F.O.H.R.P.), a member of Community Board 1 and a parent with two small children who use the park daily, I wish to encourage all users […]

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Make children our priority  To the Editor, Re “Keep child care alive” (Talking Point, May 16): Council Member Margaret Chin states, “Due to such draconian cuts in the mayor’s executive budget — O.S.T. alone is underfunded by nearly $20 million — even targeted zip codes in Lower Manhattan face extreme service cuts. Inexplicably, almost all […]

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Bring the Fritz Koenig Sphere home  To the Editor: Re “W.T.C. sphere vetoed for 9/11 Memorial Plaza” (news article, May 16): The piece of sculptural art (and piece of our history) that has become known as “the Sphere” should be placed permanently at the new World Trade Center site. This unique piece of art was […]

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Glick clicks with column To The Editor: Re “N.Y.U. freshmen need a campus — on Governors Island” (talking point, by Deborah Glick, April 25): This is the kind of creative problem solving that all our elected officials and administrators should be engaging in. A.S. Evans Counterpoints for Glick To The Editor: Re “N.Y.U. freshmen need […]

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There are more greeters out there To the Editor: Re “Not your typical tour, or guide” (news, April 17, 2012) Big Apple Greeters have their purpose.  New York City has a lagging lingering reputation for unfriendliness, especially from 20 years ago at the peak of NYC’s violent crime rates.  BAG helps address that, and that […]

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Abuse of power at Southbridge Towers On April 3, at the Southbridge Towers Board of Directors’ “open monthly board meeting,” held in the S.B.T. community room, the S.B.T. Board passed a resolution refusing the use of the community room to the pro Mitchell-Lama group for discussion of any informational material pertaining to the privatization process […]

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Bloomberg and Occupy  To The Editor: The Bloomberg administration shows its true disdain or disregard for the First Amendment by the hostile way it engages Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. (This seems to evince a pattern exhibited with the Republican National Convention demonstrators and the Critical Mass bike rides.) The administration could find any number of […]

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Bloomberg and Occupy  To The Editor: The Bloomberg administration shows its true disdain or disregard for the First Amendment by the hostile way it engages Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. (This seems to evince a pattern exhibited with the Republican National Convention demonstrators and the Critical Mass bike rides.) The administration could find and offer any […]

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Don’t reopen Greenwich Street   To The Editor:  Re: Cab drivers, locals protest W.T.C. security plan (Downtown Express article, March 21, 2012): Restoring Greenwich Street and reintroducing traffic to the World Trade Center site was never a good idea. It ignored why the site needed redevelopment in the first place. While the rest of the […]

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