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By Alphie McCourt In 1966 I finished my two years of service in the U.S. Army. A year later, in 1967, I took my G.I. Bill benefit and returned to Ireland to study at University College, Dublin, with the idea of becoming a barrister. The G.I. Bill paid me $130 a month and I supplemented […]

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John Doswell, co-chairperson of the Friends of Hudson River Park, said despite the recent strongly worded six-page letter the Friends sent to the Hudson River Park Trust criticizing the failure of the Pier 40 development process, the Friends do not anticipate filing a lawsuit or being party to a lawsuit. The Friends’ letter called the […]

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By Elizabeth O’Brien I remember the first time I met James E. Davis. It was August of 2001, and Davis was stumping on a sweltering morning at the subway station around the corner from my apartment in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. It must have been about 90 degrees, but the unflagging Davis wore a dark suit […]

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By Albert Amateau Leshko’s, the former pierogi palace on Avenue A that morphed into a less-ethnic diner two years ago, is morphing again, this time into an upscale Latin American restaurant and bar. Leshko’s, 111 Avenue A, closed two weeks ago after Bob Ponterelli and Stephen Heighton, owners of Barracuda and Elmo’s, two restaurants in […]

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Reader Services Join our forums | Email our editor | Report Distribution Problems Read our previous issues LISTINGS FILM CLASSIC SAMURAI RETURN Posteritati Movie Posters, a gallery and store located downtown at 239 Centre Street, bring “The Return of Kurosawa and Mifune,” to New York from August 1 through September 3. The show is a […]

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By Jane Flanagan A tragedy last week at City Hall. A popular Brooklyn councilmember’s life cut in half, his family grieving and his constituents mourning the loss of one of their most prominent voices. And for those of us who live Downtown, another scary day. When I first heard about the gunshots at City Hall, […]

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Myron W. Surmach, owner of Surma, the Ukrainian book and gift shop at 11 E. Seventh St., died at home on July 4 of a heart attack at the age of 71. Born and raised in the East Village, he was active in community affairs and was one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit by […]

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Reader Services Join our forums | Email our editor | Report Distribution Problems Read our previous issues LISTINGS EXHIBITIONS SUMMER SWIMMING & SUNNING The narrative figurative paintings of Helaine Soller, like “Green Tube” seen above, are on display at Jefferson Market Library from August 4-26. Soller’s work “explores implied relationships between figures as time-bytes of […]

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By Josh Rogers Many opponents and supporters of the selected plan for the World Trade Center site agreed that there was too much office bulk in the proposal, last week at the first meeting to discuss the environmental impact statement for the $10 billion project. Calling the E.I.S. “the last best hope” to look at […]

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From left, Council Speaker Gifford Miller, Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly addressed a swarm of cameras and reporters at the first of two press conferences after the shooting at City Hall last Wednesday. Later on, as more details of the incident emerged, the three held another packed press conference inside City Hall. First […]

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