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And The Award Went To…

And The Award Went To…

Awards season didn’t end with the Oscars, at least not in this town. Word of some notable wins recently came to our attention — and although their “The envelope, please” moment has gone the way of a rolled up red carpet, the time is right to extend our heartfelt congratulations. PARKSIDE WRITING CONTEST Chelsea Waterside […]

Nelson Mandela, An Inspiration To Us All

Nelson Mandela, An Inspiration To Us All

The world lost a towering figure this month with the passing of Nelson Mandela at age 95. The father of a free South Africa, the great humanitarian leader endured more than a quarter century in prison, most of it under extremely harsh and cruel conditions. His ability to leave prison without hatred, and to focus […]

Being Prepared for the Next Hurricane

It’s hard to believe that a year ago, we were in the throes of the post-Superstorm Sandy blackout. There was no electricity or heat, many residents lacked elevator service and running water (even cold water) and flushable toilets — and, just our luck, it was starting to get cold. We survived, but it took a […]

De Blasio for Mayor

Many voters could still smell the 9/11 fires 12 years ago — the last time New Yorkers were certain they would be getting a new mayor. Today, the odor is a distant memory to some, a vivid one to others. But many who will be voting for the city’s next leader November 5 were too […]

Get Rid of Runoffs

Two qualified candidates for public advocate faced off in a runoff last Tuesday, with Councilmember Letitia James defeating state Senator Daniel Squadron. The turnout was extremely low — only 187,000 of the party’s 3 million registered Democrats went to the polls. Meanwhile, the cost of the city’s running the runoff, $13 million, far exceeds the […]

Why Quinn Hit The Wall

Why Quinn Hit The Wall

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn began this year as the prohibitive frontrunner in the Democratic mayoral race. Now, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio goes into the general election without needing to first dispatch his runner-up. Quinn finished up on primary night with just 15.5 percent of the vote, having lost her own Village/Chelsea/Hell’s Kitchen Council […]

Forgive us if we judge, but we liked what we heard

Forgive us if we judge, but we liked what we heard

“Who am I to judge?” Those simple words said so much. Since Pope Francis became leader of the Catholic Church in March it was clear that unlike his predecessor, he would be a unifying figure with a message to be embraced, not just by Catholics, but also by many people of all faiths and of […]

The Trayvon Verdict

Amid the ongoing concern about racial profiling in America, last Saturday evening’s verdict in the Trayvon Martin killing came as stunning news. Protests erupted across the country, with the one Sunday in Times Square reportedly having been the largest of all. At Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village, worshipers this past Sunday, once again […]

Out of Thin Air

Out of Thin Air

Everyone, or almost everyone, was taken off guard, when the State Legislature approved a series of major changes to the 1998 Hudson River Park Act. The most significant of these allows the park to sell its unused air rights for development one block inland. According to the Hudson River Park Trust, the park — on […]

Speak to Us, Governor

Speak to Us, Governor

There can be little doubt that for marriage equality in New York State in 2011, Andrew Cuomo was the indispensable man. A short 18 months before he signed legislation giving same-sex couples the right to marry, the issue had gone down to a staggering 38-24 defeat in the State Senate. Within weeks of his taking […]

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