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BY MICHELE HERMAN | Many of us do things on the side that are formative and possibly noble but hardly get a line on our resumes. For the past 16 years, I have been an active New York City public school parent. Most of those years I’ve served on the executive board of one P.T.A. […]

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There can be little doubt that for marriage equality in New York State in 2011, Andrew Cuomo was the indispensable man. A short 18 months before he signed legislation giving same-sex couples the right to marry, the issue had gone down to a staggering 38-24 defeat in the State Senate. Within weeks of his taking […]

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If you go all the way back to 1900, three of the 10 worst storms to hit the Battery occurred after 2009.  That’s one of the more staggering things revealed in the Bloomberg administration’s comprehensive analysis of the growing threats from climate change. The most memorable — and overwhelmingly the largest of the 10 storms […]

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The app doesn’t work, there are problems at the racks, the bikes are heavy… etc., etc., etc. We doubt anyone was really expecting a smooth rollout to the city’s ambitious bike share program, which began on Monday. Despite the glitches, it was inspiring to see riders out Memorial Day giving the new, blue bikes a […]

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Not in-Spire-ational To The Editor: I don’t find anything ceremonial about the topping of a spire of a building that was hardly liked by the people (Posted DowntownExpress.com, May 2, “Last spire piece reaches top of 1 W.T.C.— assembly required”). Not only is this so-called One World Trade Center truly not the tallest building in […]

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The wait continues for solutions to Lower Manhattan’s perennial school waitlists. In a sense, the problem is unavoidable, given the city until now has decided not to make accurate population projections Downtown. There’s no sense continuing to beat up the Department of Education when there are real, immediate decisions that the city could make right […]

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BY BOB TRENTLYON | I was fortunate to visit the Thames River Barrier last month. My family and I were the visiting party and Martin Earlam, Chief Engineer of the Thames River Barrier, was our guide for a two-hour tour. The Barrier was created in response to a natural disaster. In 1953, there was severe […]

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Parks before bikes To The Editor: This photograph is of newly installed bicycle parking equipment in Duarte Park, a public park. This use of public park space sets a very concerning precedent. I am concerned that a public park is being used to store bicycles. Will cars be next? If we want to encourage bicycle […]

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Perhaps after years of digging in their heels amidst mounting P.R. problems, the Boy Scouts of America thought they could garner some favorable press with the recent announcement that gay members would no longer be barred from their ranks. In late May, the 1,400 members of Scouting’s National Council will vote on a motion put […]

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Be neighborly to Seaport developer To The Editor: I am very excited to hear about all the potential changes for Pier 17 and a little surprised at all of the negative reactions to the idea of mixed-use around the location. Given all the negative feedback, I can’t say I’m surprised that parts of the Howard […]

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