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By DANIEL SQUADRON | Over the last 40 years, Battery Park City has gone from a concept to the extraordinary neighborhood we see today. Walking the neighborhood’s streets and parks, visiting its schools, restaurants and offices, talking to its residents, no one could argue that the change is anything less than dramatic, in just about every […]

BY KEN PASKAR  |  Speaker Sheldon Silver is being pilloried in the press for accusations of corruption, and I felt it’s time to take a hard look at the allegations being leveled against Silver and see them for what they are: character assassination, pure and simple. Lost in the ruckus is all the good that […]

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BY CARL ROSENSTEIN   |  Better late than never. It’s taken Councilmember Margaret Chin five years to address Downtown’s worst environmental issue, Canal St., but so much more than the lives of three elderly Chinese residents has been lost in those years — real opportunities for change have been squandered. In the 1990s, my neighbors […]

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BY VICTOR J. PAPA  |  Is it possible that the historic and irreplaceable South Street Seaport is still a landmark preservation issue? Is it possible, in spite of preservation efforts extending over what seems an endless 40-year period; in spite of copious, yet still unresolved preservation visions and plans, all laudably meant to guarantee its permanence […]

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 By VICTOR J. PAPA  | Is it possible that the historic and irreplaceable South Street Seaport is still a landmark preservation issue? Is it possible, in spite of preservation efforts extending over what seems an endless 40-year period; in spite of copious, yet still unresolved preservation visions and plans, all laudably meant to guarantee its permanence […]

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Reviewing the arguments for and against privitization of Southbridge Towers. NO —   By VICTOR J. PAPA :  Shareholders of Southbridge Towers (S.B.T) are now poised to vote in a referendum that will ultimately determine the fate of their 1651 units of over 40 consistent years of state-regulated Mitchell-Lama affordable housing. It remains one of […]

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BY SAM SCHWARTZ   |  Lower Manhattanites are getting “railroaded” (or should I say “trucked”) and have been for a quarter century ever since an act of Congress dictated that tolls on the Verrazano Bridge should be collected only in the Staten Island-bound direction. This meant that drivers leaving the island would not stop but drivers […]

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By SAM SCHWARTZ | Lower Manhattanites are getting “railroaded” (or should I say “trucked”) and have been for a quarter century ever since an Act of Congress dictated that tolls on the Verrazano Bridge should be collected only in the Staten Island-bound direction. This meant that drivers leaving the island would not stop but drivers […]

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BY JESSICA LAPPIN    |  For centuries the Hudson River was filled with the sounds of ships, barges, people and commerce. The daily life of the river was the daily life of our city. Tragically, we abused this great resource and polluted it to near extinction and in the process put our relationship to the […]

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BY DIEM BOYD  |  Bill Bratton’s return as commissioner of the New York Police Department brings with it his trademark “broken windows” policing policy. Bratton’s strategy advocated for a hard-line approach on low-level crime and quality-of-life violations predicated on the belief that a “disorderly city is a dangerous city.” The crack in Bratton’s “broken window” […]

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