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Letter to the Editor

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Rockefeller University Plan (January 16 edition) Regarding Rockefeller University’s plan to build a 4-block long platform over the FDR drive directly adjacent to the East River Esplanade between 64th and 68th Streets: there is more at stake than the loss of 244 square feet of public open space referred to in the article. The proposed [&hellip
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Kallos Kicks Off Council Term

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On Sunday, January 26, Benjamin Kallos was joined by over 700 Upper East Side leaders and residents as he took the oath of office for the city council, representing the Upper East Side’s 5th district. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman swore in Kallos on his bar-mitzvah chumash as it was held by his [&hellip
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Transforming Manhattan, from the East Side

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We’ve all seen the sooty pictures of 19th century Manhattan. Much of that smog came from the elevated trains that dotted the city — steam-powered monoliths that churned out smoke, cinders and soot. That era ended in 1902, with the opening of the 74th Street Powerhouse, a critical step in helping the city transition from [&hellip
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Out & About

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Friday, January 24 Fridays at Noon: The Legacy of Jean Leon Destine 92nd Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St 12 p.m., $5 Considered the father of Haitian professional dance, Jean-Léon Destiné died earlier this year. Starting in the 1940s, he brought the traditional, folk and religious dances from his native Haiti to stages all over [&hellip
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Debating the Central Park Horses

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Last week’s coverage of the proposed ending of horse carriage rides sparked an avalanche of commentary Since their livelihoods depend on their horses, why would the drivers “mistreat” their horses? The horse-carriages are one of the icons that ARE New York. Who would take a carriage ride in Chicago, Peoria or Cleveland? There is a big [&hellip
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UN leader addresses East Side synagogue following trip to Auschwitz

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who recently returned from a trip to Auschwitz, joined Rabbi Arthur Schneier at Park East Synagogue’s annual U.N. Holocaust Commemoration Shabbat service on Jan. 18. The Secretary General spoke to the E. 67th Street congregation about his recent trip. “I stood on the ramp where the transport trains unloaded [&hellip
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Out & About

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Friday, January 17 Invitation to a Beheading Art Exhibition 118 East 64th Street 10 a.m., Free Invitation to a Beheading, Vladimir Nabokov’s 1935 novel and the inspiration for this exhibition, presents the bizarre tale of Cincinnatus C., who awaits the day of his execution for the crime of “gnostical turpitude,” a euphemistic term that refers [&hellip
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