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Slams Fratta, Stringer and Chin To The Editor: Re “Italian pride — not protest” (Scoopy’s Notebook, March 17): The John Fratta Unity Day celebratory march is nothing but a victory lap celebrating his successful bullying of more than 30 vibrant retail establishments on Mulberry St. above Kenmare St. This guy Fratta, who hasn’t lived in […]

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Huge traffic standstill To the Editor: Two recent articles point to one huge traffic standstill to expect downtown. First, the stubborn push by the City to build a $500 million Sanitation Garage in Tribeca. Second, no concrete plans for parking and traffic to account for the millions of visitors when the WTC 9/11 Memorial opens. […]

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Playground devil’s bargain To The Editor: Re “N.Y.U. gives a preview of its superblocks open-space plan” (news article, March 10): I sold my soul and son to N.Y.U. for $15. That was the price of the coveted key to the gated playground that everyone calls “Key Park.” The N.Y.U.-controlled playground is located in Washington Square […]

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Keep the stairs To the Editor: I recently had the privilege of attending a reception in honor of Kenneth Feinberg. Mr. Feinberg was the Special Master, September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. He spoke movingly of some of the victim’s survivors he met with as Master of the Fund. The stories were, of course, heartbreaking. My […]

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Who you calling ‘Cappuccino’? To The Editor: Re “‘Cappuccino Party’ and its clout” (letter, by Zella Jones, March 3): I doubt Zella Jones took a survey of all the residents of Little Italy, so it must be purely by her psychic powers that she claims to know that 95 percent of the population feels “bullied” […]

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Salt of the Earth To the Editor: Re: “Anne Compccia, fearless community voice, dies at 62” (news article, March 2) Thank you for Albert Amateau’s moving piece memorializing Anne Compoccia. I had only one or two opportunities to interact with Anne many years ago and, though we were strangers, I remember having her complete attention […]

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‘Cappuccino Party’ and its clout To The Editor: Re “Gennaro ‘reso’ has Italian blood boiling; Fashion show offer fails” (news article, Feb. 24): How mystifying that so many elected officials endorse a cultural constituency absent from the district it claims. How very strange that none of New York City’s notable Italian chefs, none of Zagat’s […]

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To BID or not to BID To The Editor: Re “Soho residents strike back, slam business district plan” (news article, Feb. 10): I have been a resident of Soho for more than a decade. My building is an artists’ co-op, formed when Soho was a neighborhood of artists, mostly, and galleries; the neighborhood supported the […]

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C.B. 2 messing with success To The Editor: The residents and merchants of Little Italy have maintained the San Gennaro Festival for 85 years, delighting scores of New Yorkers and visitors from all over the world. Equally important, San Gennaro represents both a cultural and economic tradition that has sustained a neighborhood, providing real jobs […]

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The forgotten ones To The Editor: Re “New study proves 9/11-related anxiety can linger for years” (news article, Feb. 16) An article acknowledging 9/11 survivors and responders living a life full of P.T.S.D. and other traumatic conditions ten years after 9/11 made me reflect on my own reality. There is no doubt these brave souls […]

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