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A Community Board Wish List

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By Catherine McVay Hughes, Community Board 1 Chair As 2013 ends, we reflect on how hard work, persistence and working together has accomplished so much, especially with recovery after Superstorm Sandy and reaching the homestretch of the completion of the World Trade Center site. However, we must keep the momentum going. Community Board 1 has [&hellip
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Out & About

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Friday, January 3 Cirque Éloize: Cirkopolis Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place 8 p.m. $40 Bursts of color pierce a grey industrialized landscape and awaken one office worker who finds himself propelled on a journey of circus, dance, acrobatics and theater – finding real connections through his fantasies in an isolating factory-city. [&hellip
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Rethinking the Schools

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De Blasio’s tax hike for pre-Kers is only the beginning Just because there’s a new tenant in Gracie Mansion doesn’t mean public school issues won’t continue to dominate in 2014. Bill de Blasio, for instance, has promised to tax the rich to fund universal pre-kindergarten. But while that high-profile plan is executed, other school issues [&hellip
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The De-Manhattanization of Politics

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De Blasio has vowed to turn his attention to the outer boroughs For the past dozen years, Manhattan has received a disproportionate amount of love from City Hall. Michael Bloomberg not only lived in the borough, but his entire life and social circle were encompassed by it. And that was reflected in his biggest initiatives. [&hellip
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A Community of Homelessness

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By Matt Krivich, Assistant Director, The Bowery Mission The Bowery Mission will celebrate its 135th anniversary on the Bowery in 2014, and we’re not standing still. In fact, we are in an exciting season of change and expansion. We recently received a grant to renovate two floors of our men’s residential program at 227 Bowery. [&hellip
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Opening Doors, and Memories, at the Freedom Tower

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The first major new building at the Trade Center opens early in 2014 One World Trade Center reopens early in 2014 — reopening for many New Yorkers memories of the city’s darkest day. The building, known throughout the world as the Freedom Tower and officially crowned last year as America’s tallest building, will for many [&hellip
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Patients celebrate at Beth Israel

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More than 400 current and former pediatric patients, many recovering from brain-related ailments, visited Beth Israel Medical Center earlier this month for its Ninth Annual Holiday Party. The party included food, gifts, arts and crafts, game booths, face painting, a live DJ, and a special visit from Santa Claus. The event was co-sponsored by the [&hellip
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Out & About

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Friday, December 27 Kwanzaa Celebration African Burial Ground National Monument, 290 Broadway, Duane Street 11 a.m., Free Week-long African American holiday which focuses on the traditional African values of family, community responsibility, commerce and self improvement 212-637-2019; www.nps.gov/afbg The Mistletones South Street Seaport, Pier 17 1-3 p.m., Free The Mistletone Carolers are back this December [&hellip
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Yippie’s Online Buzz

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Readers responded online to our story “Remembering the Yippies,” by Daniel Fitzsimmons, December 5, 2013. Here are some of their comments: “How sad to hear the Pieman is in a wheelchair. Seems not that long ago that we were running down the street in San Francisco together after pieing Supervisor Quentin Kopp. Also sad is [&hellip
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