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The State Assembly Race: A Pre-Election Primer

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Assembly_Christensen c_fmt Gus Christensen Resume • Former investment banker and hedge fund manager for 20 years • Wife, Courtney, pregnant with first child. “We’re very excited,” said Christensen. • Has never run for elected office • Endorsements: Lenox Hill Democratic Club, New York Times, Citizens Union Strengths Christensen’s main advantage is his deep understanding of the world [&hellip
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OP-ED: Even Non-Believers Should Save Faith Groups

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“Why are they giving away these St. Stephen of Hungary coffee mugs?” I asked a member of that East 82nd Street church who attends the exercise group for age 60-plus people held in its rectory. “Because.” she said, “they may be getting rid of things if the Archdiocese requires the church and also St. Elizabeth’s [&hellip
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OP-ED: Is NYC Tourism Out of Control?

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By John Elari NYC & Co., NYC’s official marketing ombudsman for tourism, can now boast of reaching a staggering 55 million visitors to Gotham, one year ahead of their 2015 target. And with 18 tourist offices now operating in 18 different countries, their hope is to bring that total even higher as the years roll [&hellip
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LETTER: Car Owners Are Part of the Problem

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A fellow Manhattanite and car owner says that personal vehicles are a luxury and not entitled to parking spots By G.R., West 95th Street As I was reading J.B.’s letter in the August 21st edition (“The Never-Ending Fight for Parking”), I couldn’t help notice he lives on E. 89th Street. This is close to the [&hellip
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Feedback: New York’s Summer of Science

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On the East Side, learning does not stop when school gets out. This summer, I visited two science programs for children of different age groups, both of which showed that education can continue well into the hottest months. That’s important: Research has shown that when children don’t participate in enriching summer activities, they lose significant [&hellip
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School Is Back. Where Does Yours Rank?

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Like everything else in New York, education is something of a competitive sport. What are the best high schools and how do you get into them? Where do you need to live if you want to give your kid a decent kindergarten? How do you tell one private school from another? What about schools for [&hellip
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The Myth of New York’s Retiree Exodus

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By Lenore Skomal Back in April, my husband stood in the middle of his company’s lunchroom and addressed the packed room of his staff and colleagues. He launched his heartfelt final thanks and goodbye over a spread of white cake and coffee. The next day, we drove away from the state we’d called home for [&hellip
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Editor’s Note

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Public school or private? This elementary school or that one? Arts or science focus, charter or not? When did the process of getting into school become as tough as the subjects taught inside it? While this education guide isn’t big enough to answer all those questions — we’d need an encyclopedia for that — we [&hellip
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