A Deluxe Act: Gallagher connects the dots at MoMA

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Ellen Gallagher, DeLuxe, 2004–05. © 2012 Ellen Gallagher and Two Palms Press. by Melissa Stern   Museum exhibitions curated by artists are always an interesting journey into the artist’s brain. Sometimes we find out things we really didn’t want to know, like a hidden passion for paintings of big-eyed children or a love of the color beige. Sometimes, however, we get to peer deeply into the artist’s mind and actually connect the dots of [&hellip
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Cuomo’s Victories a Shell Game

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by Alan S. Chartock Think of it this way: Democracy is hard to do. To achieve true democracy, you need to have an educated electorate. If citizens don’t know what their public officials are up to, they can’t make intelligent choices. In fact, they can be led around like donkeys. When that happens, public officials can [&hellip
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Twitter, the Urban Front Porch

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Maybe Twitter is turning New York City into a bunch of Small Town USAs. The thought popped into my head not long after my wife started looking out the window at the helicopter circling our Chelsea neighborhood Monday night. The chopper kept shining a light on a few buildings near 24th Street and Seventh Avenue. [&hellip
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Redistricting Plan a Game of Mirrors

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Liz Krueger, Senator- D (NY) “Only a nonpartisan solution accurately reflects the voting publc,” – Liz Krueger by Liz Krueger Two years ago, I committed to vote against any redistricting plan unless it was developed through a nonpartisan redistricting process. I stand by that commitment, and not just because our current process is flawed. Not surprisingly, both houses’ majority parties [&hellip
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City Planning Commission Praises Riverside Center

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By Dan Rivoli Members of the City Planning Commission approved the Riverside Center development at a meeting Oct. 27, praising the project as vibrant and beneficial addition to the Upper West Side. The commission came to a near unanimous 12 to 1 vote in favor of the five-building, 3-million-square-foot residential and commercial development planned for [&hellip
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CHANGES TO COMMUNITY BENEFIT AGREEMENTS

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By Dan Rivoli A city task force has announced recommendations to public benefit agreements, in which a developer does something positive for the neighborhood in exchange for the ability to build larger or get a subsidy. Comptroller John Liu, who convened the task force, believes these agreements can be unenforceable and are often done on [&hellip
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BREWER’S EARLY STANCE ON RIVERSIDE CENTER

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By Dan Rivoli Council Member Gale Brewer reiterated her strong support of changing the Riverside Center development at the City Planning Commission’s Sept. 15 public meeting. Brewer testified that the commission should heed the recommendations offered in a comprehensive report that Community Board 7 issued in July
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