Congratulations to Quinn and Mendez
Christine Quinns ascendancy to the City Council speakership a week ago is a stunning accomplishment of historic proportions. She is the first woman to occupy the post and perhaps even more significantly the first gay person to be speaker.
Learning from Little House, even as an adult
By Jane Flanagan
Somehow I got through my childhood without reading or being read any childrens classics (Long story!). So now that Im a parent, Im reading all of this stuff for the first time. But Im not complaining. We just finished the Little House on the Prairie series and it was a thrill joining my kid in the discovery of 19th century pioneer life. I also learned some key grown-up writer lessons, too.
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Whats a plug between friends?
By Andrei Codrescu
When the worlds leaking you gotta plug it. Im not sure what plumber in the past uttered those unforgettable words, but it all came back to me when a friend from Boulder wrote to me that I should plug some recent book. Not long after that, there came another message, asking me if I might plug some other book, and then one after another, for about a week, people wrote and called with urgent requests for plugging some time-consuming object. Few things irritate me more than requests to use my little public forum to plug this or that. First of all, if I like something, Ill plug it unbidden or even do an unasked-for tie-in product placement.
4.65 billion reasons why I should rebuild, Silverstein says
By Josh Rogers
Larry Silverstein sits confidently in his empty office tower with views of the hole in the ground at the World Trade Center site as well as the two large buildings still damaged almost 4 1/2 years after the Sept. 11 attack. The mayor and the Port Authority, two of the W.T.C. power brokers, are not convinced that Silverstein is the man to develop all of the W.T.C.
Officials reverse stream on waterfalls
By Ronda Kaysen
Redevelopment officials devised a way to keep waterfalls cascading into the World Trade Center Memorial year round, a reversal from a previous decision that the waterfalls would be shut off during the winter months.
Downtown Express photo by David Hires
David Spelman, co-founder of the New York Guitar Festival and Nebraska Project curator
Bosss acoustic album to rock Winter Garden
By Nicole Davis
Six years ago, the director of New Yorks Guitar Festival, David Spelman, bought a home in New Jersey, only to find out it lacked one essential feature: an album by the Garden States legendary native son.
Tenants displaced after King St. fire
Work to demolish damaged Fiterman Hall may actually begin
2nd Ave. Deli is in a pickle after rent hike forces closure
Ride to honor the 21 cyclists killed in 2005
Thursday architecture lectures
Amateur musicians with a reason to believe
A different kind of survivors tale
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