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Pr. 40 needs $104M fix: Report

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | More than half of the steel support piles holding up Pier 40 are damaged, and 1,000 of them should be shored up A.S.A.P. It’s estimated that repairs to the crumbling 14-acre W. Houston St. pier will cost at least $104 million and take 10 years. These findings are in a new […]

Forget ‘we’: The fight against ISIS is my fight

Forget ‘we’: The fight against ISIS is my fight

BY BILL WEINBERG  |  Most “anti-war” folks in the U.S. (like nearly everyone else) are in the dangerous habit of referring to the government with the pronoun “we.” This rhetorical convention fosters the illusion that “we” commoners have any voice in Washington’s foreign policy (beyond assenting with our silence or, optimistically, restraining somewhat through protest). […]

Bharara is more ambitious than charges are solid

Bharara is more ambitious than charges are solid

BY KEN PARKER    |  Speaker Sheldon Silver being pilloried in the press for accusations of corruption, I felt it’s time to take a hard look at the allegations being leveled against Silver and see them for what they are: character assassination, pure and simple. Lost in the ruckus is all the good that he […]

How one company adapted to the illegal-hotel law

How one company adapted to the illegal-hotel law

BY RICK LASSIN  |  On Jan. 20 Airbnb came head to head with New York City lawmakers at a hearing in an effort to change the “Vacation Rental Ban” law of 2010. The City Council’s main concern is that a few hosts are reaping the majority of rewards on airbnb by conducting illegal hotel activity. […]

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 […]

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, […]

In bike nirvana, trying to stay sane in the lane

In bike nirvana, trying to stay sane in the lane

BY MICHELE HERMAN  |  I’ve been thinking about the ’80s lately. I’ve been remembering how mad I was then, and how I swore at strangers on the street. I was mad because I rode my bike in the city every day, and let me tell you — Manhattan in the ’80s may have been on the […]

So, it’s high end…long live the new lobby desk

So, it’s high end…long live the new lobby desk

BY MICHELLE HERMAN  |  I’m a member of my building’s co-op board, and I just learned something interesting about lobby renovations. The going rate for a new lobby desk is in the low five figures. When I asked what seemed like a reasonable question — Isn’t that kind of a lot for a desk? — I […]

Bus service a bust for Downtown community

BY TERRI CUDE |  Need to get Uptown and live or work between Bowery and Sixth Ave.? You’ll have to find a way other than the M.T.A. bus. Heading Downtown from there but not near Broadway or Seventh Ave.?  Same problem. Residents in the South and Central Greenwich Village, Soho, Little Italy, Noho and Washington […]

On hunger and homelessness in the land of plenty

BY LYNN PACIFICO   |  Owning a dog widened my social circles considerably. For instance, I would never have met Jimmy, of “Man in a Van” fame. Jimmy lives with his two dogs in a van parked in the West Village. A hoarder without a home, he drags his treasures back to accumulate in, under […]

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