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The pain of Alabama and the hope for tomorrow

BY TROY MASTERS  |  As a crimson tide of same-sex marriage rolls across Alabama, lives are being transformed right before our eyes — the latest huge stage in the paradigm shift that has remade that state in the past 50 years. And if racial progress upended a way of life in Alabama centuries old, gay […]

BY CAROL RINZLER   |  The first thing my grandfather Sam did when he left Vienna and landed at Ellis Island in 1895 was to change his name from his father’s Dreier to his mother’s Rinzler. Then he made his way across town to 124 Ludlow St. where he slept “three in a bed” until […]

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BY JODI PERL-ODELL   |  When Sadie Grace Perl walked down Ludlow St., people couldn’t help but feel happy. Maybe it was the sashay in her walk or the never-ending grin plastered across her furry face, but she made friends everywhere she went while she was living in the Lower East Side. Local 138, Ludlow […]

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BY SCOTT SITFFLER  |  When a theater critic passes away, those in his workplace orbit don’t normally rush to pen glowing testimonials. Most of them simply aren’t moved to do so, while the rest are too busy jockeying for position on the graveyard backhoe. The reaction to Jerry Tallmer’s death was, like his work, beyond […]

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  BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  My first day onboard a sailboat and I was already deemed fit to assume the helm as we passed Ellis Island cruising at top speed. The undulating waters of the Hudson River were just as big from my perspective as the assembly of steel, glass and brick of Lower Manhattan. […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS  |  I used to make fun of people who bought lottery tickets, but about four years ago I started playing occasionally when the jackpots were big. I soon learned my reason was quite common: my wife was pregnant. In the next few weeks I’ll join a few hundred thousand other parents in […]

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BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  Mayor Blasio says he is going to get rid of carriage horses in New York City, specifically singling out the horse-drawn carriages in Central Park. “We are going to get rid of the horse carriages. Period,” de Blasio said. “They are not humane, they are not appropriate for the year 2014. […]

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By PAUL SCHINDLER  |  I was just days shy of nine years old that Thanksgiving Day. Much later I read Melville’s line about the “damp, drizzly November in my soul,” but Thanksgiving’s almost always carved out a warm place in my heart. A long weekend. None of Christmas’ ups and downs. And as I’ve grown […]

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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 […]

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BY ELISSA STEIN  |  The city has been buzzing with the news that the Village Halloween Parade, a Downtown tradition for 39 years, is not definite for 2013. If the parade producers don’t raise $50,000 by Oct. 21, the annual event won’t take place this year. Sixty thousand participants won’t be showing off their costumes. […]

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