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THEY’VE HAD IT WITH HELICOPTERS

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Each weekend, writer Sam Leff hears the buzzing of helicopters flying over his house and areas of the park where he walks and bikes. One afternoon, he saw two within five minutes in the West 70s. “Particularly in the last number of months, there seems to be an extreme increase in the number of helicopters,” [&hellip
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‘D’-GRADE MIDDLE SCHOOL TO CLOSE

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The Department of Education announced last week that it would close J.H.S. 44 William J. O’Shea, a troubled middle school that shares a West 77th Street building with the Computer School. Though the news was hardly surprising—J.H.S. 44 received a D on its recent progress report—some thought the announcement should have been revealed weeks, or [&hellip
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HUNGER PAINS

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Inside the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, a woman is calling out numbers, once in English, again in Spanish. Jose Maldonado is waiting for his number. The Bronx man, a widower who cares for his three pre-teen children, was recently referred to the church in hopes that he can take part in the [&hellip
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THE CHAIN THAT SET ME FREE

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I turned 50 last week, and when friends ask the inevitable, “How are you coping?” I can’t help thinking that I started to embrace my new age about a year ago, with the purchase of an unlikely accessory. “You look like an old lady,” my son said. “Hmmm. Not sure,” my fashion-conscious daughter cocked her [&hellip
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THE DISAPPEARING CITY

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For once, I had some time to kill the other day, so I wound up at the Museum of Natural History, looking for the old Indian canoe in the south entrance hall. It’s just one of those things you expect will always be there if you grow up in the city. I remember peering over [&hellip
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SAIGON GRILL FALLOUT

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Nearly two years after customers first discovered that delivery had ceased due to a strike at the popular eatery Saigon Grill, 36 workers have been awarded a $4.6 million settlement. Though probably the most high-profile action to date, the settlement isn’t the first win for local restaurant employees who complained of illegal practices, and labor [&hellip
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PUBLIC GETS FIRST LOOK AT RIVERSIDE SOUTH

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Upper West Siders got their first glimpse of the size and scope of Extell’s Riverside South development at an Oct. 30 meeting of Community Board 7’s Riverside South Working Group. About 100 citizens gathered to see Extell’s 8.2-acre proposal to build four residential glass towers and one commercial tower, plus 3.2 acres of public open [&hellip
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GROWING RIFT OVER P.S. 199 CROWDING PROPOSALS

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The Department of Education’s preliminary proposals for tackling overcrowding in District 3 have led to escalating tension between parents at P.S. 199 and The Center School, whose children share a building on West 70th Street. Various factions from the two schools sharply disagree on whether The Center School should be moved to alleviate the space [&hellip
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