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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Hundreds of protesters at Union Square on Mon., July 15, demanded the resignation Ricardo Roselló, Puerto Rico’s governor, in response to corruption, along with homophobic and misogynistic comments he recently made. The rally was organized by Frente Independista Boricua.  “Folks have had enough,” said Jesus Gonzalez, national organizer at The Center for […]

Hundreds gathered in Lower Manhattan’s Foley Square on Fri., July 12, for Lights for Liberty. The protest criticized the Trump administration’s immigration policies and the deportation raids by  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On the same day, there were more than 700 Lights for Liberty rallies worldwide protesting anti-immigration policies and immigrant border camps between […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | The big event Saturday evening was supposed to be Day Two of the summer version of “Manhattanhenge.” The sunset would perfectly align with the borough’s east-west cross streets, creating a golden canyon effect, and everyone and her cousin would snap photos of it and post them on social media. Instead a massive […]

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BY CAROLYN B. MALONEY | Last week, we lost an incredible New Yorker — an American hero — N.Y.P.D. Detective Luis Alvarez. I vowed that we would finish his last mission — to take care of the 9/11 community. On Friday, the House scheduled to finally vote to fully fund and make permanent the Sept. 11th Victim […]

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BY MICAELA MACAGNONE | Councilmembers, merchants, restaurateurs and small business advocates recently rallied on the City Hall steps to slam the crushing fees and regulations that they say are making it ever harder for mom-and-pop shops to survive. Councilmember Mark Gjonaj, chairperson of the Council’s Committee on Small Business, led the Wed., June 26, rally, which […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Outside of City Hall Park, a buzzing crowd recently celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to block the citizenship question from the 2020 Census.  At the June 27 rally, sign-waving members and allies of the coalition group New York Counts 2020, listened to local politicians, including New York Attorney General Letitia James, […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Surprising no one, the City Council last week approved a senior affordable-housing plan that would destroy the Elizabeth St. Garden. The project would create 123 units of “deeply affordable” senior housing on the through-block site, located between Mott and Elizabeth Sts., between Spring and Prince Sts. Thirty percent of the units would […]

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BY PAUL DeRIENZO | On Tues., June 25, Community Board 3 voted 33 to 3 with 1 abstention to approve, with conditions, the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. An “October surprise” dropped on the community last autumn, the E.S.C.R.P. would close East River Park for at least three-and-a-half years. It would raise the 57-acre park by […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | At Sunday’s Pride March, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson once again earned his title as “The Hardest Working Man at the March,” as he danced and sweated up a storm along the route. Keeping up his own tradition, state Senator Brad Hoylman and his husband, David Sigal, again handed out copies of […]

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BY MARY REINHOLZ | Prolific novelist Joyce Carol Oates, responding last year to questions posed by The Guardian, cited Michael Wolff’s runaway bestseller “Fire and Fury, Inside the Trump White House” as a book that made her laugh out loud. She called it “scathing, hilarious, terrifying and (in an odd way) comforting.” This humble scribe can […]

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