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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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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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One mystery surrounding the amendment to the Hudson River Park Act that the Legislature approved way back in June was answered Nov. 13, when Governor Cuomo finally signed the bill into law. However, many questions still remain about the modifications to the 1998 Park Act, specifically, regarding the provision allowing the Hudson River Park’s unused […]

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When the U.S. Senate Two weeks ago, in  a 62-34 bipartisan vote, approved the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the achievement was noteworthy primarily for one reason –– it was the first time either house of Congress had approved such a measure with protections for transgender Americans included. The House passed the bill in 2007, but incorporated […]

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Nov. 22, 2013 Downtown Express is retracting an article that was posted Nov. 20, 2013, “No bathroom for 9/11 Museum,” because the thrust of the article and the headline is not accurate. The 9/11 Museum, scheduled to open next year, will in fact have bathrooms. An article quote by Joe Daniels, president of […]

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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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Trust but landmark Tribeca  To The Editor: Tribeca Trust is a non-profit organization in Tribeca, founded last September to promote the improvement of Tribeca’s remaining public spaces; education about Tribeca’s history; and the good stewardship of our historic districts.  As of July 31, we have submitted a request to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for expansion […]

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It’s hard to believe that a year ago, we were in the throes of the post-Superstorm Sandy blackout. There was no electricity or heat, many residents lacked elevator service and running water — even cold water — flushable toilets, and, just our luck, it was starting to get raw and cold. We survived, but it took […]

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