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BY BILL WEINBERG  | The week the Berlin Wall came down in November 1989, I moved into my current digs in the enclave today known as Noho. Then, to the extent that it had a name at all, it was the Bowery. That thoroughfare itself was still the domain of the down and out, and the […]

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BY MARGARET S. CHIN   |  This past January marked that start of a process that comes around only once every 10 years: redistricting. Redistricting is a process during which the congressional, state and City Council legislative district lines are redrawn to reflect changes in population according to the 2010 Census. I want to take […]

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[media-credit name=”Downtown Express photo by Terese Loeb Kreuzer ” align=”aligncenter” width=”600″][/media-credit] Tom Otterness at a C.B. 1 Battery Park City Committee meeting last July discussing his proposed sculpture for the front of the B.P.C. branch of the NYC Public Library. BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  Elsa and I are dog lovers. We got our first dog […]

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… could lead rooftop revolution BY SCOTT M. STRINGER  |  At a time when middle-class families are working harder than ever to make ends meet, New York City could be taking bold and innovative steps to create thousands of new green-collar jobs, generate clean energy and cut our monthly utility bills. All we have to […]

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BY NATHAN RILEY  |  The shape of the AIDS Memorial Park advocates have been pressing for on a triangular parcel adjacent to the former St. Vincent’s Hospital is no longer a matter of conjecture. A jury chaired by Michael Arad, the New York architect who created the National Sept. 11 Memorial at Ground Zero, has […]

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Talking Point Carol Greitzer, a city councilmember, in the 1970s, flanked by Tony Dapolito, Community Board 2 chairperson, left, and Edgar Tafel, the architect of the First Presbyterian Church House. BY CAROL GREITZER  |  Villagers should feel absolutely no reticence in asserting their opposition to New York University’s monstrous, grandiose 2031 plan. In view of the […]

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BY BILL WEINBERG  |  Last year, I was approached by Peter Lamborn Wilson — the elusive underground intellectual who is a refugee from the Lower East Side — who beseeched me to revive the Libertarian Book Club. Revolution was shaking the Arab world, although the wave had not yet come to Europe, Wall St. and […]

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BY CARL ROSENSTEIN  |  The restless spirits of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs were hovering over the proceedings at the big town hall meeting concerning N.Y.U.’s massive expansion plan and ULURP. There, the Angry Buddhist, seeker only of truth, was labeled a “heckler” by crack Villager reporter Al Amateau, when all I loudly demanded of […]

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By ANDREW BERMAN  |  It’s been talked about and debated for years. But now the moment has finally arrived. New York University has filed its application for a series of city approvals to allow its 20-year expansion plan. If approved, N.Y.U. would shoehorn 2.5 million square feet of space — the equivalent of the Empire […]

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BY JERRY TALLMER  |  Ben Shahn stared down at me from the wall. Two deep-set, coal-black, piercing eyes floating in space above a clown’s nose, a ringmaster’s pursed lips “Let me tell you how it was back in the day,” artist Shahn said. “We were all kept alive and kicking in those years — writers, […]

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