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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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Liberal social police To The Editor: After a long, hard day at work, Al Bundy — like many hardworking New Yorkers — should be able to enjoy a brew along with an adult dancer. He would be disappointed in “Strip clubs or not, committee says no to cabaret license” (news article, Oct. 9 – 22), […]

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Many Downtown voters could still smell the 9/11 fires 12 years ago — the last time New Yorkers were certain they would be getting a new mayor. Today, the odor is a distant memory to some, a vivid one to others. But many who will be voting for the city’s next leader Nov. 5 were […]

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BY ELISSA STEIN  |  The city has been buzzing with the news that the Village Halloween Parade, a Downtown tradition for 39 years, is not definite for 2013. If the parade producers don’t raise $50,000 by Oct. 21, the annual event won’t take place this year. Sixty thousand participants won’t be showing off their costumes. […]

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In Lower Manhattan the mobs of tourists are no longer coming to spend their money before and after seeing the Statue of Liberty. The African Burial Ground is closed. So is Federal Hall where George Washington was sworn into office, and his namesake city has reached unprecedented levels of dysfunction. The closed monuments caused by […]

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BY PAUL SCHINDLER  |  City Council Speaker Christine Quinn began this year as such a prohibitive frontrunner in the Democratic mayoral race that for months the major question asked was how likely it was that her opponents could keep her below the 40 percent threshold and force her into a runoff. Now, Public Advocate Bill […]

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(Squadron’s our pick) Sit back registered Democrats and wait until November to vote again — that is unless you care about who becomes mayor of New York City. Abysmal turnout is expected for the runoff Tues., Oct. 1 to pick the Democratic candidate for Public Advocate. Without a Republican in the race, the Democratic nominee […]

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Democracy, as the saying goes, is the worst form of government except for all of the others.  Along those lines, New York’s creaky voting machine system is the worst except for the “modern” electronic vote scanners the state picked a few years ago. That one’s technology is so cutting edge that it was impossible to […]

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