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[media-credit name=”Photo by Paul Schindler” align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit] John Bayles. BY JOHN BAYLES  |  Following the most devastating natural disaster in our country’s history, Hurricane Katrina, and the four feet of water that flooded my home in New Orleans, I found myself in the Hamptons; all I knew, in October 2005, was that I had landed in […]

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[media-credit name=”Photo by Dusti Cunningham ” align=”alignnone” width=”600″][/media-credit] At the Victoria TX Independent Film Festival, back row, second from left, director Dan Levin, festival organizer Anthony Pedone and L.E.S. documentarian Clayton Patterson; front row, Rupin Frels, a seminal figure in Victoria’s early film history. BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  In actuality, having a film out is […]

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BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  I arrived in Zuccotti Park in early October last year with a plan similar to the activists I came to chronicle. I’d show up, see what happened and go from there. It seemed too much was happening in the present to worry about the future. With a backpack of gear and […]

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BY MICHELE HERMAN  |  When I first started running, my route was a length of old riverfront asphalt marked off by splintered piers, and the World Trade Center — that bland beacon — was always up ahead. My kids were 6 and 3 and I was a full-time mom, and it felt delicious to be […]

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BY JERRY TALLMER  |  It is many years now since I first saw “Suddenly Last Summer,” the short, searing 1958 Off Broadway play by Tennessee Williams, and even more years since I first came upon “Sanctuary,” the unputdownable 1931 novel by William Faulkner. In “Suddenly Last Summer” a woman of means, Mrs. Venable, is trying […]

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[media-credit name=”Photo courtesy of The Albanese Organization ” align=”aligncenter” width=”600″][/media-credit] A view from the Visionaire’s rooftop lawn overlooking the Hudson River. The lawn is one of the building’s many eco-friendly features. BY HELAINA N. HOVITZ  |  Everywhere you turn, more of New York City is going green. The environmentally friendly practice conserves natural resources, helps […]

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BY KATE WALTER  |  “Do the test so you can stop obsessing,” said my shrink, Dr. R. I’d told Dr. R. I was afraid that my convertible couch, which doubled as my bed in my West Village studio, might be infested. My panic started last fall when I woke up one morning scratching my ankles. Never mind […]

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BY HELAINA N. HOVITZ  |  In August of 1963, for the first time in history, armed soldiers stationed themselves on city sidewalks during the March on Washington, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In September of 2001, Lower Manhattan saw them by the truckload, and they were back again exactly ten years later in […]

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BY ALPHIE MCCOURT  |  In the mid-1970s I lived in San Francisco and worked in a restaurant in Marin County, across the Golden Gate Bridge, 14 miles from the city. I rode the bus. Sometimes, when I worked late and the buses had stopped running, I caught a ride to the freeway and hitchhiked from […]

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[media-credit name=”Downtown Express photos by Milo Hess ” align=”aligncenter” width=”600″][/media-credit] A few “more-than-just-jolly” Santas  flooded the Seaport, and the city, on Saturday during the annual SantaCon. BY HELAINA N. HOVITZ  |  Nothing says Christmas in Lower Manhattan like thousands of “Santas” urinating, screaming, vomiting, breaking beer bottles and screaming at little children in the streets. […]

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