Charging for Plastic

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Downtowners debate proposed 10-cent fee for plastic bags New Yorkers throw out 100,000 tons of plastic bags a year — taking up to 1,000 years to fully biodegrade. Now, City Council members Brad Lander (D – Brooklyn) and Margaret Chin (D – Lower Manhattan) have introduced legislation that – if passed – would mandate stores [&hellip
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Do Endorsements Really Influence Voters?

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Why regular folks might care about who newspapers and bigwigs pick When I was the publisher of a chain of weekly newspapers (including this one), each year around this time, numerous political candidates came to our office for their endorsement interviews. In races for city council or the state assembly or senate, where most voters [&hellip
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Danger on East Broadway

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Questions about safety in the Lower East Side neighborhood after massive brawl leads to stabbing A street fight involving 30-40 men on the Lower East Side last Monday resulted in a 17-year-old being stabbed and has prompted the question of whether the neighborhood around the F Stop on East Broadway is safe. Police confirmed an [&hellip
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Sandy Rebuilding Task Force Releases Rebuilding Strategy

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The federal task force on rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy, chaired by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, released a rebuilding strategy to serve as a model for communities facing greater risks from extreme weather and to continue helping the Sandy-affected region rebuild. The Rebuilding Strategy contains 69 policy recommendations, many of which have [&hellip
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Bridge Party Leads to Arrests

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Every weekday, the Manhattan Bridge carries more than 450,000 New Yorkers on foot, bike, train and car between Brooklyn and Manhattan. But on Saturday night a crowd of partygoers turned a section of the pedestrian walkway on the 5,780-foot long span over the East River into an outdoor nightclub. Police say Sunday three New York [&hellip
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City Slows Plans for Pricey Apartments on Public Housing Land

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Officials are backing off a plan to lease land in some New York City public housing complexes for new, mostly market-rate rental buildings. New York City Public Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea said Friday the authority wants private developers to submit ideas for possible new buildings at eight housing projects in Manhattan. Originally, NYCHA had [&hellip
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Cars and Bugs and Iambic Pentameter

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Shakespeare in the Parking Lot braves the city’s elements to bring free shows to the streets Acting in one of Shakespeare’s plays is difficult enough without having to dodge a 3,600-pound SUV. That’s just one of the challenges facing the cast performing “Richard III” this summer in a working outdoor municipal parking lot at the [&hellip
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