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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  Lower Manhattan has some hamburger bragging rights. Sailors traveling between Germany and New York City and 19th century immigrants on the German Hamburg-America Line brought something called “hamburg steak” with them — shredded, salted, low-grade beef that would survive a sea voyage, said Liz Young, who leads food tours of […]

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BY ALAN J. GERSON Leaving Manhattan’s entire West Side below 59th Street without a full-service emergency room with full hospital support continues to play Russian roulette with the lives of residents, workers, businesspersons and visitors. Just recently the state established the Berger Commission to identify hospitals that could be closed with minimal adverse impact. The […]

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For the birds: An hour before sunset, a double-crested cormorant speeds purposefully up the East River, heading home. “Home” could well be the rookery on man-made U Thant Island — just south of Roosevelt Island — where scores of the birds nest. Taking the same path, a New York Water Taxi also makes its way […]

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BY JERRY TALLMER | A million people, if the count be true, packed the streets and sidewalks of Fifth Avenue and Greenwich Village this recent Sunday, cheering the man at the head of the parade, a latter-day gay-rights hero named Andrew Cuomo, governor of the State of New York.   And surely Andrew Cuomo did […]

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BY CHRIS SHERMAN  |  I signed up with a trainer for all the wrong reasons. To be brutally honest, I did it to show off to my friends. I want to be one who says, “My trainer recommends I take the stairs,” or “I can’t go for a drink after work, I have to meet […]

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BY Tricia Joyce | State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s Task Force on School Overcrowding convened for its monthly meeting as usual in April.  What wasn’t “usual” about this meeting was that the NYC Department of Education released a “briefing” that stands to change the way the city’s public schools are zoned forever. This news was […]

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BY CYNTHIA MAGNUS |  “New York City has many, many cases of a high profile nature,” said Assistant Chief Walter Glowacz, of the Department of Public Safety for the Courts. In his 34th year with the courts, Glowacz has been present at 100 Centre Street for the cases of John Gotti, Bernhard Goetz, Dennis Kozlowski […]

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BY HILARY SNELL | Despite its trendy hotels, fancy shops and “concept” restaurants, the Meatpacking District can’t shake its dark side. A few weeks ago HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” star Paz de la Huerta was arrested for fighting with another woman at the uber-sophisticated Standard hotel. Late last year, a 33-year-old fashion designer was murdered at […]

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By Michele Herman | First the ants came marching one by one, translucent brown in a shaft of morning sun as they lugged our crumbs across the living-room floorboards to their hidden pantry. Outside, skinny green stalks poked up from earth that looked about as fertile as matzo. Then my eyelids turned a pale maroon […]

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