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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 DAVID STANKE  |  The Port Authority is on the brink of ensuring that the World Trade Center will be restored some 17 years after the its complete destruction. This is not a bold accomplishment, and given the history of indecision and misdirection, it should also be no surprise that the Port is about to […]

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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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Independence Plaza problems To The Editor: Re “I.P.N. Tenants Say Low- Rent Apartments Get Few Repairs” (news article, Feb. 27 – March 12):  Thank you for your article. In addition to the problems with repairs, we also have problems with cleaning and building maintenance. As your article pointed out, voucher tenants pay the same rents […]

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Seaport siege To The Editor: Our beloved South Street Seaport is under siege. Once a vibrant icon of New York City’s historic waterfront, it has become an eyesore.  Comprised of shipping containers, makeshift ice rinks and inflatable bars, (which collapse under the weight of snow) our Seaport has become an embarrassment, and the Howard Hughes […]

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Housing and open space are essential commodities. In New York City, especially, both can be extremely hard to come by — especially affordable housing. What’s going on right now in Community Board 2 is very encouraging on both fronts. In January, the board bucked both City Councilmember Margaret Chin and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development […]

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BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Faced with nearly unremitting opposition from congressional Republicans, President Barack Obama has, in the past couple of years and even more so in recent days, spoken about moving his agenda forward through the issuance of executive orders and other administrative actions. In perhaps the most dramatic example of that approach, the […]

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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   |  When Bill de Blasio stood on the steps of City Hall Jan. 1 to be sworn in as New York’s 109th mayor, nothing in the inaugural ceremony suggested a hint of retreat from the progressive themes his campaign raised. That’s encouraging, but the proving ground will likely be the next […]

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The world lost a towering figure this month with the passing of Nelson Mandela at age 95. The father of a free South Africa, the great humanitarian leader endured more than a quarter century in prison, most of it under extremely harsh and cruel conditions. His ability to leave prison without hatred, and to focus […]

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