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Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Susie Essman on the Catskills’ Economy

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Politics

BackForthSusieEssman Susie Essman, who plays the brash Susie Greene on the critically acclaimed HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm, is known for her withering sense of humor and her sassy sarcasm. But this summer the comedian and actress is taking on the more serious business of boosting tourism in New York’s economically depressed Catskills region. City [&hellip
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If Cab Fares Increase, Will Drivers Pay More, Too?

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

taxi The Bloomberg administration is looking to raise fares for yellow cabs, but Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky last week declined to say whether the city would also consider a proposal to raise how much taxi fleets can charge drivers. “We’re going to have a public hearing May 31,” Yassky told City & State before [&hellip
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Back & Forth with Mark Ruffalo: Hulk smashes hydrofracking!

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

In The Avengers movie that opened this past weekend, Mark Ruffalo plays the Incredible Hulk, a creature born from a scientific experiment gone awry who joins a team of superheroes seeking to save the world. The risks of scientific progress and efforts to save the planet are also at play in his real-world battle against [&hellip
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New York City’s Trash: Where it goes, how it gets there and what the city is doing to change how we recycle it

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Breaking News

The sleek, glassy Bank of America Tower is one of New York City’s tallest buildings, one of its most energy-efficient structures and perhaps the country’s most ecologically friendly skyscraper. It is also on the cutting edge on a less glamorous front: getting rid of its trash. The Durst Organization, the powerful real estate company and [&hellip
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FreshDirect Fights Local Critics with New Website

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Breaking News

Critics have blasted FreshDirect’s government-subsidized move from Queens to the Bronx as a waste of taxpayer dollars with little benefit to local residents, as well as a serious health issue since more delivery trucks could exacerbate the borough’s already high asthma rates. So this week the online grocer is striking back with a new web [&hellip
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Congressional Hopeful Blasts Group Behind “Stand Your Ground” Legislation

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Breaking News

Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries today blasted the American Legislative Exchange Council, the nonprofit public policy group under increasing scrutiny following the shooting death of Trayvon Martin due to its role in writing Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. Jeffries, who is currently running for Congress, said Martin’s death sent shock waves through the largely African American [&hellip
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Bloomberg Pulls Fresh Kills Site from Waste-to-Energy RFP

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Breaking News

Bowing to public pressure, the Bloomberg administration today took the former Fresh Kills landfill off the table as a potential location for a pilot project to convert waste into energy. In early March, the city asked companies to submit plans for a waste-to-energy facility inside the five boroughs or within 80 miles of its borders, [&hellip
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