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A sea of blue floods in to send off slain officer

A sea of blue floods in to send off slain officer

Wearing black tape across their badges, 20,000 police from New York City, around the country and as far away as Canada, gathered in Queens on Saturday for the funeral of Police Officer Rafael Ramos. A week earlier, Ramos and his patrol partner, Wenjian Liu, had been executed in an ambush by a crazed gunman. After […]

What a waste it would be to lose our clean water

BY OTIS KIDWELL BURGER  |  Scientists searching for extraterrestrial life look for moons or planets containing water because almost all of our life forms are composed of water (plus viruses, minerals, bacteria, etc.). Other life forms may be composed of something else, like liquid methane, but a Mork based on liquid methane would be a […]

A changing of the guard at Christmas this year

A changing of the guard at Christmas this year

BY KATE WALTER  |  For the first time in six decades, I didn’t spend the holidays at my childhood home in Paterson, New Jersey. My 93-year-old mother recently fell and she was not up to hosting Christmas dinner. Last year, she made a big turkey with trimmings and served 25 people. My nieces set the table […]

Signs of the turbulent times

Signs of the turbulent times

After the Eric Garner verdict and protests and the subsequent killing of two police officers, signs show that it will take a while for the wounds to heal. At left, graffiti on the Lower East Side commemorates Garner and others who were killed by police, including Michael Brown, as well as Oscar Grant, who was […]

Letters, Week of Jan. 1, 2015

Fracking win isn’t final To The Editor: Re “Behind the ban: Why Governor Cuomo nixed fracking in N.Y. State” (news article, Dec. 25): Congratulations to all those who have put heavy pressure on Governor Cuomo, but let’s not let down our guard and declare a complete victory. The ban can be reversed by another governor […]

Evan Forsch, Week of Jan. 1, 2015

Evan Forsch, Week of Jan. 1, 2015

Ira Blutreich

Ira Blutreich

Letters, Week of Dec. 25, 2014

Letters, Week of Dec. 25, 2014

Just an amazing victory To The Editor: Re “Fracking risks too big to allow drilling in N.Y., says Health commish” (news article, Dec. 18): Regardless of the political calculations that may have gone into the decision to ban fracking, it is a great victory for environmental activists and for the New York State environment. Robert Lederman […]

Letters, Week of Dec. 11, 2014

Secret plans and meetings To The Editor: Re “Pier55 and public process in Hudson River Park” (editorial, Dec. 4): While Mr. Diller and Ms. von Furstenberg’s generosity is certainly appreciated, what would be more appreciated would be real leadership from the Hudson River Park Trust, which has ignored its duty to finish and maintain the […]

Bingeing, crime and the economics of SantaCon

Bingeing, crime and the economics of SantaCon

BY DIEM BOYD | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED DEC. 11, 2014  |  The cataclysmic yearly event that Lower East Siders (and much of New York City) have come to dread, SantaCon, did not get here on its own. It’s simply a natural outgrowth of the unbridled expansion of New York University and the ferocious lobbying efforts in Albany, […]