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Friday, January 10 Ethics and the Theater 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West 7 p.m; $10 A reading of The Homecoming, by Harold Pinter. A young man brings his wife home to meet the family. Harold Pinter turns this stock sitcom situation into a searing, brutally funny drama. His characters flay one another [&hellip
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Snow Day in New York

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Last week’s snow storm in the city drew us to this undated photo, taken at the Bloomingdale Reformed Dutch Church, West 68th Street and Broadway. The hearse parked out front was for the funeral of a “Mrs. Gilbert.” Photo courtesy of the George P. Hall & Son photograph collection, ca. 1876-1914, the New-York Historical Society
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Sprucing Up Lincoln Square

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By Monica Blum, President, Lincoln Square Business Improvement District This is a big year for the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District (BID)! Last spring, our Board of Directors approved a budget increase, which was later authorized by the New York City Council and was just signed into law by Mayor Bloomberg. Thanks to the city’s [&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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Filling Brewer’s Big Shoes

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The new council member on the West side This year, the Upper West Side’s beloved 12-year city council member Gale Brewer will step into the role of Manhattan Borough President, and Helen Rosenthal takes her seat on the council. Brewer earned her reputation for being available and involved at every level of her constituents’ lives [&hellip
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The Less-Than-Super Bowl

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The host city isn’t feeling so grand about the big game in February Could New Yorkers be any more ambivalent about the Super Bowl? For most American cities, hosting the nation’s biggest sporting event is as good as it gets, in terms of tourist business and overall bragging rights. Here, we’re shrugging. A number of [&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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