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Best TV Narrative of 2013

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Why Blue’s webisodes rule Countering hipster perversity, Blue is not the warmest color in Rodrigo Garcia’s series on the women-centered YouTube channel WIGS. “Blue” is the moniker Julia Stiles’ Francine—single-mother accountant by day/escort by night—demands that family, coworkers and clients use to address her. Indeed, the name signifies her detachment in the sex trade and [&hellip
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Out & About

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Friday, Janaury 10 MexiBBQ Brings Blues Jam to the Upper East Side 1633 Second Avenue, at the corner of 85th Street 8:30 p.m., Free Hosted by John Putnam and Used Blues, a veteran band that has opened for legendary acts like John Lee Hooker and Bonnie Raitt. In addition to watching the band, folks can [&hellip
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Local Community Board Looks Ahead

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What’s in store for the Upper East Side this year By Nicholas Viest, CB 8 Chair Manhattan Community Board 8 hears literally hundreds of issues in a given year. Virtually any action that requires government approval goes through our Board as well as a host of issues that don’t. For Community Board 8, making sure [&hellip
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Kellner found guilty of sexual harassment by ethics committee

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The Assembly ethics Committee, according to a letter sent by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, has determined that Upper East Side Assembly Member Micah Kellner “created a hostile environment, violated the Assembly’s sexual harassment policy” and “such conduct is unbecoming of a member of the Assembly and reflects poorly on the entire body.” The ethics investigation [&hellip
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East Harlem tutoring program gets $15 million challenge

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Philanthropists Marilyn and James Simons recently gave a $15 million matching funds donation to the East Harlem Tutorial Program, which tutors students in East Harlem with the goal of increasing the area’s graduation rate. The Simons’ gift will match public and private donations dollar for dollar up to $15 million and will support EHTP’s Campaign [&hellip
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In With the New at City Hall

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By Ben Kallos, Council Member-elect, Upper East Side With new leadership in city government we have an amazing opportunity for the East Side and the City as a whole to bring about fundamental changes and tangible results. The community rallied around our campaign for City Council with a shared vision of transparency, accountability, and open [&hellip
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Up and Away

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Urban sprawl goes vertical, sparking new fights over air rights The development-friendly Bloomberg era may have officially ended, but the ramifications will continue to ripple throughout Manhattan – and especially above it. Most of the land in the borough’s popular and dense neighborhoods, like the West Village and the Upper West Side, has already been [&hellip
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Garbage In, Garbage Out

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Tracking the most contentious issue on the East Side For Upper East Side residents within breathing distance of E. 91st Street, no issue will be more pressing in 2014 than the progress – or setbacks – of the waste transfer station slated to go up along the river. Despite avid community opposition to the plan [&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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