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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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 By Victor J. Papa You stand so tall now, rising up, emerging discernibly. But why appear so reticent? Is it mournful memories of the perished? Those sorrowfully wrenched from us. Those ordinary souls, intending only an ordinary day, instead enduring a vile holocaust, or Perhaps reticence is really reverence. Peerless were those silver towers that […]

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BY JANEL BLADOW  |  Just before Christmas, I ran into my Water St. neighbor Harold Reed carrying a paper bag of assorted goodies from Fresh Daily. A smile glowed across his face. He was so happy that another of the shops destroyed by Hurricane Sandy had reopened in the neighborhood he (and I) love – […]

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The author’s friend Barrett Zinn Gross making an early batch of Hanukkah latkes with shredded potatoes. Downtown Express photo by Tequila Minsky BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  Hanukkah came early this year, the first night of candle lighting was the evening of Dec. 8.  The holiday is celebrated with  candles, playing dreidel, presents, and most important, […]

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BY JACQUELINE PODEWILS  | On the eve of Hurricane Sandy, the view of the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge was distorted by the Xs of blue tape plastered onto the window. Hours earlier, we were having fun under that same bridge as water splashed over the railing and onto South Street. We smiled, we soaked our clothes, and […]

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BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |   When did it start? Age 3 going on 4, stomping through a half-empty house, shouting, “Where’s my printing set?” Gave explicit instructions to mother and father not to forget it in the move from Kings Highway, Brooklyn to Utopia Parkway, Queens. Don’t remember finding it. Copy boy, World Telegram & […]

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