Again, let voters decide on limits
We attended almost all of the full two days — plus most of one night — of hearings last week on the critical issue of whether term limits in New York City should be extended. What we saw and heard basically reinforced our already-held view — that without a voter referendum, term limits must not be extended.

Letters to the Editor

Pols sound off on term limits
Some prominent locals sound off on the term limits proposal.



General Growth Properties released this new rendering of their Seaport redevelopment proposal. It shows a restored Tin Building moved closer to the end of Pier 17 and a plaza with a fountain and netting.

Poker-faced Landmarks commissioners silent on Seaport project
By Julie Shapiro
Members of the Landmarks Preservation Commission gave little hint of their reaction Tuesday after they heard extensive testimony on General Growth Properties’ plan for the Seaport.

Seaport to open ice rink next month

The long walk to demolish a pier

Gerson coming to terms on referendum and limits
By Josh Rogers
Councilmember Alan Gerson said Wednesday he could vote “yes,” “no” or not at all Thursday on the bill that would allow him to run for reelection.

Megu lounge is less than leisurely, neighbors say

Downtown arts group to open Governors Isle studios

Crane talk Downtown


Four shot in L.E.S. housing projects
By Lincoln Anderson
Gunfire on two nights last week on the Lower East Side left several residents wounded and neighbors shaken.

2 kayakers injured as high winds disrupt race
By Jefferson Siegel
The third annual Mayor’s Cup NYC Kayak Championships got off to a promising start Sunday morning as the first of seven flights of kayaks launched from the North Cove Marina at 10:30 a.m.

7 injured as fire guts top floor of Nolita building

Alliance & Stringer say enforce existing vending laws
By Julie Shapiro
As City Councilmember Alan Gerson’s plan to overhaul street vendor legislation inches forward, two local leaders are taking the matter into their own hands.

A walking tour kicks off Seward Park renewal talks
By Gerard Flynn
In 1967, under a federal “slum-clearance” program, tenements housing 7,000 residents on a large swath of several blocks south of the Williamsburg Bridge approach were razed.


Gone with the woodwind
Like many young people, Rebekah Heller met her first love on summer vacation. Unlike many young people, the object of her affection was a bassoon.

To hell with humanity

A fairer house than prose

Live from New York, it’s the public library

Jumping off
Joining the ranks of the many new (and returning) performing arts executive directors around the city, Stanford Makishi quietly took over at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in January of 2008.

Under the spiegeltents, all the Seaport’s a stage


How’s he doing?
Performance Space 122’s freewheeling spirit has only been fast-forwarded by its newish artistic director Vallejo Gantner.

Martha Wainwright finds new confidence
As the daughter of musicians Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, Martha Wainwright spent her childhood in the shadow of the spotlight.

Under the cover lovers

The fashion queens of Christopher St.
By Laurie Mittelmann
On Staten Island, 20 wigs crowd the public housing unit of transgender model and prostitute Shawn Rachel, 28.


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