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Bedbugs on the Upper East Side

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“Rats on the West Side, bedbugs uptown is a line from Shattered, the Rolling Stones ode to New York. Who knew that Mick and the boys would be so prescient though? This week"s New York Magazine has a long form masterpiece about an invasion of things that go creepy crawly in the dark on the [&hellip
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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

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How I finally kicked my decades-long nicotine habit By Rosemary Kalikow “Don’t you want to be alive to dance at my wedding someday?” asked my 18-year-old son, Brett. My husband and I were up in Cambridge for the first parents’ college weekend. Brett was apparently majoring in Jewish guilt at Harvard. “How can a mother [&hellip
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Hess Reflects on City’s Homeless Record, Looks to Future at Doe Fund

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By Charlotte Eichna Robert Hess seems to have always been helping people, whether it’s managing special needs housing in Philadelphia, running a thrift store for Disabled American Veterans in Baltimore—his hometown—or his most recent gig, New York City’s commissioner of homeless services. The Long Island City resident recently stepped down from that role to assume [&hellip
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Cycling Scofflaws

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To the Editor: Kudos to Joe Bolanos for his “No Café Permits for Cycling Scofflaws” piece (April 8), in which he applauds the decision of Community Board 7 to disapprove a sidewalk cafe permit to a restaurant with “a record of chronic delivery bicycle infractions.” Mr. Bolanos is on the money when he says that, [&hellip
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Friedman Remembered in Riverside Park

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By Samuel Chamberlain A plaque in memory of longtime Schwab House resident Dr. Bernard Friedman will be dedicated in a May ceremony in nearby Riverside Park. Friedman, who died Jan. 6 at the age of 93, was a popular resident who served on the co-op’s board of directors for 23 years. He was also remembered [&hellip
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Beyond the Chick Flick

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The best director of actresses since Bergman, Rodrigo García turns in a masterpiece By Armond White When a filmmaker does everything right, as in Rodrigo García’s Mother and Child, you may be watching a masterpiece. Like his previous films (Ten Tiny Love Stories, Nine Lives), director-writer García focuses on emotional details, what used to be [&hellip
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East is West

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By Nancy J. Brandwein It’s about time a full-fledged dumpling house moved west—and north—of Chinatown. A few storefronts off Broadway and almost hidden, this new dumpling house packs lots of flavor in its bulging purse-like packets. I have become so used to frying up frozen potstickers from M2M that I had forgotten how good a [&hellip
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The Power of Choice

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New York City residents may not know they can pick their energy provider By Aline Reynolds When New Yorkers think of energy, they generally think Con Edison. But there are actually more energy suppliers to choose from than there are cable, Internet and cell phone providers—combined. The trick is making sense of the promotions that [&hellip
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