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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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BY PAUL SCHINDLER  |  City Council Speaker Christine Quinn began this year as such a prohibitive frontrunner in the Democratic mayoral race that for months the major question asked was how likely it was that her opponents could keep her below the 40 percent threshold and force her into a runoff. Now, Public Advocate Bill […]

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BY MICHELE HERMAN  |  I’m typing at my desk on a recent hot day when I realize that I reek. I bring my forearm to my nose and take a whiff. Ah, yes, chlorine. Like the coconut of cheap sunscreen and the gasoline of motor boats, chlorine is one of those noxious smells full of […]

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PUBLISHED ONLINE Aug 6, 2013   |  PUBLISHED IN PRINT Aug 14, 2013  |BY MADELYN WILS  | On Monday August 5, two days after her 53rd birthday, my friend Lizzie died.  Such a simple statement, yet in my life and others, an irreplaceable loss.  Liz Berger was a relentless champion of Lower Manhattan, a loving mother, […]

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BY WICKHAM BOYLE   |  Yes, New Jersey is where actor and icon James Gandolfini was born and the state he made infamous in his long run as Tony Soprano in the eponymous HBO series. But Tribeca was where Gandolfini, Jimmy, to everyone he met, lived and thrived. I first met Jimmy around 2001 when […]

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BY WICKHAM BOYLE |Yes, New Jersey is where actor and icon James Gandolfini was born and the state he made infamous in his long run as Tony Soprano in the eponymous HBO series. But Tribeca was where Gandolfini, Jimmy, to everyone he met, lived and thrived. I first met Jimmy around 2001 when Tribeca was […]

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BY BOB TRENTLYON | I was fortunate to visit the Thames River Barrier last month. My family and I were the visiting party and Martin Earlam, Chief Engineer of the Thames River Barrier, was our guide for a two-hour tour. The Barrier was created in response to a natural disaster. In 1953, there was severe […]

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Ed Koch wrote movie reviews for this paper and one other place I worked, so over the years I’ve heard the literal groans from at least a few arts editors who were not too happy about it. I understood their criticisms.  Koch penned many books on politics and world affairs, but when it came to […]

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