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BY CHRIS SAUER | I live on 15th St., and I have to say that I’m frustrated and a bit embarrassed by the uproar that I’m seeing from some of my neighbors over the idea of a 14th St. devoted to moving buses and freight. I write because I want to make clear that not everyone […]

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BY CLAYTON PATTERSON | New York City is about change. Our politicians changed the rules and my part of the Lower East Side went from a neighborhood to an entertainment zone. An entertainment zone opened up all kinds of loopholes, allowing bars and liquor licenses to force out most of the small independent businesses that feed […]

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BY ELISSA STEIN | After the 24/7 L-train shutdown was averted, one might have assumed that the extreme and invasive aboveground mitigation plans for 14th St. and its surrounding neighborhoods would have been avoided, as well. Without the crush of displaced commuters, it wouldn’t be necessary to take such drastic measures to move people across […]

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OTIS KIDWELL BURGER | In the late 1920s, there was a wall telephone downstairs in my grandmother’s hallway next to the kitchen. You spun a dial and a voice said: “Number, please,” and you got a whole lot of other voices on a party line. A couple of years later, my parents built a house on […]

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BY SHARON WOOLUMS | A protest, led by Marni Halasa, owner of a family business recently forced to close in Chelsea, was held last week in front of the former Cornelia St. Cafe. Unlike other protests where customers, joining with shop owners, focus their wrath upon landlords, this one centered on what the demonstrators called City Council […]

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BY ROBIN ROTHSTEIN | A recent survey revealed that the global population on average spends close to two-and-a-half hours a day on social media. How much of that time do you find yourself in partisan scuffles on Twitter? Or getting into policy frays on Facebook? How about applying the time you spend getting steamed on social media […]

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BY LYNN ELLSWORTH | The phrase “We The People” in the Constitution still has the power to wake the sleeping idealist within us. It’s a clarion call to our better nature, to get off our asses and bend the arc of history toward something better, to come together to make decisions for the general welfare. It evokes […]

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The New York Press Association, a statewide group of weekly community newspapers, handed out its Better Newspaper Contest awards for 2018 this past weekend in Albany and our company won 27 awards for excellence. This was a banner awards year for Schneps Media, which expanded last year to become a powerhouse with more than 70 […]

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BY COREY JOHNSON AND SARAH CARROLL | Preservation has the power to revitalize communities, support economic development, drive investment into existing buildings and bring pride of place across all five boroughs. Architectural icons such as the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal and the Brooklyn Bridge are essential to the character of New York City. Historic districts, […]

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Any references to prostitution in Thailand that appeared in the original version of this satirical opinion piece have been removed. Similarly, a reference to picking up herpes “in the back room of a Patpong dive bar” has been removed. A reference to wanting to transcend subsistence rice farming in Thailand (“Do you want to bend over in […]

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