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BY JERRY TALLMER  |  Fifty years is a long time to have known somebody, and it has been all of 50 years and more since we of the new weekly Village Voice were cultivated by a cleancut Uptown reform Republican named John Vliet Lindsay and a Downtown legal-eagle reform Democrat named Edward Irving Koch. Each […]

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BY TED RALL  |  We don’t have the right to be sad. We don’t have the right to be angry. We don’t have the right to care about the 20 dead kids, much less the six dead adults or the one deranged shooter. American newspapers don’t have the right to pretend that we are a […]

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BY JERRY TALLMER  |  Good morning, children.¬†This object on my desk is a radio. It was invented by a number of people, but mostly by Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) and Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1911). It is an instrument of information, guidance and culture, among other things. Let us turn it on and see — no, hear […]

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BY CATHERINE MCVAY HUGHES & ELIZABETH H. BERGER  |  The last two weeks have proven again that the worst of Mother Nature cannot defeat Lower Manhattan. We did not face this alone. New Yorkers from all corners of the city experienced flooding, loss of power and, in some areas, devastating damage and tragic loss of […]

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BY ERIC GREENLEAF  |  Downtown’s worst school overcrowding fears have come true. A four-year-old school, The Battery Park City School (Public School 276), shouldn’t have 160 percent of the kids it was designed to hold. Nor should it be forced to admit five kindergarten classes for two years in a row when it was intended […]

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BY JULIE MENIN  |  As unemployment numbers for New York City continue to hover at around 10 percent, it is time, as we commemorate the 11-year anniversary of Sept. 11, to look at what we have been able to achieve Downtown — and to take those lessons and actions and apply them across the city. […]

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MICHAEL BURKE  |  At the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s monthly board meeting in June, Patrick Foye, the agency’s executive director, expressed his support for restoring the Fritz Koenig Sphere to the World Trade Center site and including it in the National Sept. 11 Memorial. “This is an artifact that survived and […]

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BY COUNCIL MEMBER MARGARET CHIN  |  On June 28, the New York City Council passed the city’s budget for Fiscal Year 2013. This year’s budget was unique in many respects. In my three years serving as the City Council representative for Lower Manhattan, I have never seen so many community members raise their voices against […]

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BY MARGARET S. CHIN  |  Last week, over a thousand students, parents, educators and advocates crammed into the auditorium at P.S. 124, The Yung Wing School, in Chinatown. Outside, a line of parents and children boasting handmade signs stretched the length of Division Street. For two hours, they addressed the crowd about how important after-school programs are […]

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BY DEBORAH J. GLICK  |  New York University has always yearned for a true campus experience for its students. This goal has eluded N.Y.U. as it has struggled to expand within the confines of the Village neighborhood. Now the university’s aggressive and extremely overreaching development plans, as currently designed, would wall off Washington Square Village […]

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