AN OPEN LETTER FROM THE NEW SCHOOL

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The New School takes seriously its responsibility to be a good neighbor. In that spirit, I am writing to respond personally to the issues that have put The New School in the news recently and to inform the public about how our university is weathering the economic downturn Addressing the economy first, I am pleased [&hellip
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WORTH A DETOUR

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Given that thousands upon thousands of people—most of them hungry—come to Lincoln Center every day of the week, it never ceased to amaze me that decades passed with nary a good restaurant in the immediate area. The nine years I spent as editor of Opera Monthly entailed spending a good five nights a week at [&hellip
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DESIGNER SLICE

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It seemed fitting that I happened on this tiny purveyor of “designer pizzas” after visiting the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. In fact, this pizza shop could fit inside of one of the compact housing units we had visited in the “Solos/Tolou Affordable Housing for China” exhibit there
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THEY OWN THE STREETS

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They came screeching out of the night, swarming like bats in the dark, some braking suddenly, others leaving their seats while still in motion, letting their bikes clatter violently against the stone steps. There was something altogether spontaneous about it all—a lone figure appearing down a shadowy side street, sprinting along the pavement; a pack [&hellip
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ONE STEP AT A TIME

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Michael Kimelman was at a loss. King Kong did it for Fay Wray, but neither Kimelman nor his competitors had any similar enticement. “Honestly, I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t know what the appeal is to anybody. It’s a challenge. There are a lot of tall buildings in New York and a lot of [&hellip
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SWIMMING STRENGTH, DESPITE SUB-PAR POOL

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Like most swimmers, the members of the Hunter College High School boys’ swim team dream of things like perfectly executed turns, quick starts off the blocks and championship banners. Unlike most of their competitors, though, the Hawks also have a more prosaic dream: a fully equipped, regulation-size pool. “Our pool situation is a very big [&hellip
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ITALIAN, AS YOU LIKE IT

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Like so many dedicated restaurateurs, opening his first restaurant was a lifelong dream come true for Nick Nubile. In fact, there is a dreamy quality to the dining room, with its crimson accents, gigantic reproductions of paintings by Raphael and Da Vinci all along the west wall, stately clothed tables and dark cherry upholstered banquettes. [&hellip
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BEST BURGER IN THE (UPPER) WEST

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With waits of 40 minutes or more for a hamburger, thank goodness Danny Meyer opened an indoor Upper West Side outpost of his popular Madison Square Park Shake Shack. Like most food phenoms, Shake Shack has drawn “Yelps” from obsessive fans (“Insanely delicious!!!!!”) and equally obsessive detractors (“The Shake Shack is Port-Authority bad—not worth the [&hellip
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HARDSCRABBLE ATHLETE MEETS GLOBAL TALENT

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In the world squash scene, the United States doesn’t even register as a provincial backwater; it is a blip, a minuscule speed bump compared to powerhouse countries like England, Egypt, Australia and Pakistan. At least that was the reality facing Chris Gordon eight years ago when, as a precocious and promising young American squash player, [&hellip
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