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Writers Pay Tribute to Late Poet Harvey Shapiro

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By Linda Kleinbub The buoyant tribute to poet Harvey Shapiro in the rare books room of The Strand Bookstore — celebrating the release of his posthumous collection A Momentary Glory: Last Poems, just out from Wesleyan Press — was overstuffed with love from Shapiro’s fellow poets, protégés and admirers. Over 120 people packed the room [&hellip
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Tribeca Residents Hope To Turn Down The Volume On Karaoke

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Murray Street residents want extra noise abatement before a karaoke bar gets approval By Adelle Brodbeck Tribeca Actions spoke louder than words at a recent Community Board 1 meeting, where residents shared sour notes on an impending karaoke bar hoping to secure a liquor license. At last Wednesday’s overflowing committee meeting, Tribeca residents firmly expressed [&hellip
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Special Report: Our Neighborhood in Crisis

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The plight of small businesses in our neighborhoods has reached a crisis point. Every month, an estimated 1,000 small businesses close their doors in New York, most of them because of rent increases that have simply made it impossible to stay afloat. Neighborhoods are being stripped of their character. Important ties to our civic history [&hellip
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Food & Wine Fest in Your Neighborhood

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The Food Network’s citywide festival will be bringing food and wine events to downtown Downtown From October 16th-19th New York City, a metropolis already filled with amazing eats, is going to get even more delicious as The Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival kicks off. Presented by Food & Wine, the festival [&hellip
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Protestors Flood Wall Street

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Following the massive march to bring attention to climate change, protestors flocked to Wall Street One day after a huge climate march uptown, about 3,000 activists on Monday flooded Wall Street to protest what they say is corporate and economic institutions’ role in the climate crisis. The protesters, dressed in blue, rallied in Battery Park [&hellip
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Landlord Probed For Forcing Tenants Out

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The state announced last week that its Tenant Protection Unit is targeting a landlord for forcing Asian-Americans out of their rent-regulated apartments Chinatown The state’s Tenant Protection Unit said Wednesday that a major New York City landlord was under investigation over allegations it forced Asian-American tenants to leave their rent-regulated apartments. State Protection for Tenants [&hellip
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The Private School X-Factor

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For many Manhattan parents, getting their children into a top-tier private school is an endeavor that starts before the kids are even born. Wading through the rankings, reputations and educational standings to decide where to apply is just one step in the long process, and entire companies exist just to rate these schools and assist [&hellip
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