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Check in with our daily Coronavirus Watch for news and updates. Today: The death toll jumps; Elected officials support s...
03/26/2020
Coronavirus Watch

Check in with our daily Coronavirus Watch for news and updates.
Today: The death toll jumps; Elected officials support suspending rent payments; Lighthouse Guild offers telehealth services for the visually impaired.
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Updated Thursday, March 26, 5:15 p.m. Quote of the Day: "We now have enough PPE [personal protective equipment] for the foreseeable future" Gov. Andre...

New York is now the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., and life in our crowded metropolis is unlike anyt...
03/25/2020
Our New Reality

New York is now the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., and life in our crowded metropolis is unlike anything we have known before.

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Not long ago, New York as it is now would have been unimaginable: Times Square without tourists. Empty streets and subway cars. Previously packed bars...

Today in Coronavirus Watch: Council Member Mark Levine says he assumes he has coronavirus; MTA faces $4 billion loss; Co...
03/24/2020
Coronavirus Watch

Today in Coronavirus Watch:
Council Member Mark Levine says he assumes he has coronavirus; MTA faces $4 billion loss; Council Member Chin wants relief for street vendors. And more:

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Updated Monday, March 23, 5:30 p.m. Quote of the Day: “If we don’t get the equipment, we’re literally going to lose lives." Mayor de Blasio, on CNN, t...

The Trump administration issued a Major Disaster Declaration for New York State on Saturday, making the state eligible f...
03/22/2020
Coronavirus Watch

The Trump administration issued a Major Disaster Declaration for New York State on Saturday, making the state eligible for billions of dollars from the federal Disaster Relief Fund.
Check in with our Coronavirus Watch for the latest news and updates:
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Updated Saturday, March 21, 5:00 p.m. Quote of the Day: “New York City is the most dense environment. This virus spreads in dense environments.” - Gov...

03/20/2020

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Cuomo workforce reduction order now 75 percent as cases rise in NYC. Check in for the latest news and updates on our dai...
03/20/2020
Coronavirus Watch

Cuomo workforce reduction order now 75 percent as cases rise in NYC. Check in for the latest news and updates on our daily Coronavirus Watch:
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Updated Thursday, March 19, 7:15 p.m. Quote of the Day: "We are the new epicenter." - Council Member Mark Levine, on Twitter Mayor: Need for Federal A...

Photographer Allan Tannenbaum recalls New York in the 70s, working with John and Yoko, and the horror of 9/11http://ow.l...
03/18/2020
Capturing Life, and History

Photographer Allan Tannenbaum recalls New York in the 70s, working with John and Yoko, and the horror of 9/11

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In 1973, Allan Tannenbaum became the staff photographer for the Soho Weekly News, which was started that year by publisher Michael Goldstein to cover ...

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said expert projections show the expected peak of coronavirus in New York will occur in 45 days, on Ma...
03/18/2020
Managing the Unknown

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said expert projections show the expected peak of coronavirus in New York will occur in 45 days, on May 1.

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At a press conference Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo likened our world to a snow globe. Like a child, the coronavirus pandemic has shaken our world and tu...

The novel coronavirus is greeted with a classic mix of anxiety, gallows humor and a rolling series of adaptationshttp://...
03/17/2020
Portrait of New Yorkers in a Crisis

The novel coronavirus is greeted with a classic mix of anxiety, gallows humor and a rolling series of adaptations

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Until a very few days ago, social distancing conjured for most New Yorkers an image of, say, the rich and famous rising above the rest of us as they s...

The way we live now: School closings, sanitizer shortages, empty shelves, Wall Street shocks and an ever-longer list of ...
03/10/2020
Life During Coronavirus Time

The way we live now: School closings, sanitizer shortages, empty shelves, Wall Street shocks and an ever-longer list of cases

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In the narrow aisles of Joseph’s Pharmacy on the Upper West Side, customers scoured the shelves for anything they could find to kill the coronavirus. ...

Gov. Cuomo declares state of emergency as number of cases statewide rises to 76. Check in with our Coronavirus Watch for...
03/08/2020
Coronavirus Watch

Gov. Cuomo declares state of emergency as number of cases statewide rises to 76. Check in with our Coronavirus Watch for updates:

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Updated Saturday, March 7, 6 p.m. The COVID-19 toll: Worldwide: More than 100,000 cases, more than 3,400 deaths U.S.: More than 300 cases, mostly on t...

How a popular podcast became a theater portrayal of pre-Stonewall LGBT activists:http://ow.ly/GL2r50yz3NK
02/29/2020
'Making Gay History' Onstage

How a popular podcast became a theater portrayal of pre-Stonewall LGBT activists:

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Joe Salvatore is no Broadway baby. As a writer, director, and professor of educational theater at NYU Steinhardt, Salvatore has spent the past 25 year...

The most recent FEC filings reveal which Democratic presidential candidates New Yorkers are opening their wallets for. S...
02/27/2020
The Manhattan Money Game

The most recent FEC filings reveal which Democratic presidential candidates New Yorkers are opening their wallets for. See who your neighbors are backing:

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In the 2020 Democratic primary race, Manhattan residents are putting their money on the moderate mayor of a city one-sixteenth the population of their...

After a judge ruled to lop off the top stories of 200 Amsterdam Ave., Council Member Ben Kallos is now setting his sight...
02/25/2020
Cutting Supertalls Down to Size

After a judge ruled to lop off the top stories of 200 Amsterdam Ave., Council Member Ben Kallos is now setting his sights on an East Side supertall tower:

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Politicians, community advocates and developers are looking to the future of Manhattan development following an unprecedented court ruling this month ...

"This is not just a victory for the Upper West Side. This is a victory for neighborhoods all across New York City." Mich...
02/20/2020
'Off With the Floors!'

"This is not just a victory for the Upper West Side. This is a victory for neighborhoods all across New York City." Michelle Goldstein, president of the Municipal Art Society of New York.

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Olive Freud had reason to celebrate on Monday morning. After spearheading a years-long neighborhood campaign against the 668-foot tower that has been ...

Recreational hockey players and others raise objections to Central Park Conservancy's renovation of the aging facility.h...
02/19/2020
Petition Pushback on Lasker Pool and Rink Plan

Recreational hockey players and others raise objections to Central Park Conservancy's renovation of the aging facility.

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The Central Park Conservancy has a plan to replace the pool and ice rinks at the northeast corner of Central Park, but thousands of New Yorkers are no...

Community organizers and elected officials celebrate tentative victory after judge orders as many as 20 floors to be lop...
02/19/2020
'Off With the Floors!'

Community organizers and elected officials celebrate tentative victory after judge orders as many as 20 floors to be lopped off 200 Amsterdam Ave. project.

http://ow.ly/Slkm50yqLcK

Olive Freud had reason to celebrate on Monday morning. After spearheading a years-long neighborhood campaign against the 668-foot tower that has been ...

After five years as chief of staff to the City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Erik Bottcher is stepping up and running f...
02/18/2020
It's All About the Details

After five years as chief of staff to the City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Erik Bottcher is stepping up and running for a seat of his own.
@NYCSpeakerCoJo @ebottcher
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In Erik Bottcher’s ideal political world, policy problems would be resolved by gathering stakeholders around a table to hash out the issues and come u...

After a vote in Congress, Rep. Carolyn Maloney makes the case that a women's history museum can be empowering -- and eve...
02/17/2020
Americans Deserve a Women's History Museum

After a vote in Congress, Rep. Carolyn Maloney makes the case that a women's history museum can be empowering -- and even bring people together. @CarolynBMaloney #womenshistory

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There are not many things that Democrats and Republicans agree on these days. But there is this: “America needs and deserves a national museum dedicat...

The 2018 challenger to Rep. Carolyn Maloney is gearing up for the 2020 ballot.http://ow.ly/UDET50ylQ0f
02/13/2020
Second Time Around for Suraj Patel

The 2018 challenger to Rep. Carolyn Maloney is gearing up for the 2020 ballot.
http://ow.ly/UDET50ylQ0f

Suraj Patel – son of immigrants, trilingual NYU professor, Stanford-educated lawyer, Obama campaign alum and family hotel exec, East Village New Yorke...

How the 2018 challenger to Rep. Carolyn Maloney is gearing up for the 2020 ballothttp://ow.ly/br3g50yjOmr
02/11/2020
Second Time Around for Suraj Patel

How the 2018 challenger to Rep. Carolyn Maloney is gearing up for the 2020 ballot

http://ow.ly/br3g50yjOmr

Suraj Patel – son of immigrants, trilingual NYU professor, Stanford-educated lawyer, Obama campaign alum and family hotel exec, East Village New Yorke...

This moving interview is our Most Viewed story of the day: Douglas Feiden's conversation with Eleanor Reissa, host of a ...
01/29/2020
Comprehending the Incomprehensible

This moving interview is our Most Viewed story of the day: Douglas Feiden's conversation with Eleanor Reissa, host of a new podcast about the Holocaust:
http://ow.ly/Tv4s50y7mpa

She’s been dubbed the “Jewish Beyonce” and the “Reigning Queen of the Yiddish Cabaret.” She’s a singer, actress, playwright, choreographer, librettist...

Despite bitter weather, rallygoers pack a punch at fourth annual Women’s March in New York Cityhttp://ow.ly/PVVe50y1hK3
01/22/2020
Rise and Roar

Despite bitter weather, rallygoers pack a punch at fourth annual Women’s March in New York City

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After three years, they’re still marching. Hundreds of protesters gathered for the fourth annual Women’s March in New York City Saturday morning, brav...

Come springtime, New York City will have another professional sports team to call its own when Sky Blue FC moves to Red ...
01/17/2020
Welcome Home, Sky Blue FC

Come springtime, New York City will have another professional sports team to call its own when Sky Blue FC moves to Red Bull Arena for their 2020 season

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Come springtime, New York City will have another professional sports team to call its own. After years of playing at Rutgers University, Sky Blue FC, ...

Before lion and dragon dances fill the streets of Chinatown on February 8 and 9, check out some of the city's extraordin...
01/16/2020
Celebrate the Year of the Rat

Before lion and dragon dances fill the streets of Chinatown on February 8 and 9, check out some of the city's extraordinary and unexpected offerings.

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Lunar New Year celebrations fill the city with vibrant colors, flavors, and lots of sounds. January 25 rings in the Year of the Rat. According to the ...

“The future of the borough is on the line in 2021,” Council Member Mark Levine said in an interview with Our Town after ...
01/15/2020
Levine Launches Run for Borough President

“The future of the borough is on the line in 2021,” Council Member Mark Levine said in an interview with Our Town after launching his campaign for Manhattan borough president.

http://ow.ly/Q1HS50xWyup

Council Member Mark Levine announced his candidacy to become the next Manhattan borough president last week, touting a record of fighting for affordab...

A homeless encampment on a busy corner challenges the idea that the city’s streets are for everyone.http://ow.ly/W7nS50x...
01/14/2020
In the Shadow of the Ansonia

A homeless encampment on a busy corner challenges the idea that the city’s streets are for everyone.

http://ow.ly/W7nS50xVuiu

Below the surface of the Great City a delicate and generally tolerable balance of rules and laws and social norms allows us all to coexist. But now an...

Anti-Semitic attacks over the holidays drew tens of thousands to a rally -- and spurred calls for greater protection.htt...
01/08/2020
Taking Action Against Hate

Anti-Semitic attacks over the holidays drew tens of thousands to a rally -- and spurred calls for greater protection.

http://ow.ly/ta0f50xQtZf

“No Hate. No Fear.” “#JewishANDProud.” “America 2020 Not Germany 1933.” The signs were everywhere on a cold, clear day in Lower Manhattan. After a ser...

In the 2020 bail reform law's first few days, police and political officials worry it will mean an increase in crime -- ...
01/07/2020
Blowback to Bail Reform

In the 2020 bail reform law's first few days, police and political officials worry it will mean an increase in crime -- and even Gov. Cuomo said there are "changes that have to be made."

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The new year has ushered in the end of cash bail for many nonviolent defendants in New York, which advocates say will also end the practice of jailing...

2019 was an extraordinary year for art in New York. Our critic Mary Gregory @MGregoryWriter highlights the 10 best exhib...
12/31/2019
City Arts: The Best of 2019

2019 was an extraordinary year for art in New York. Our critic Mary Gregory @MGregoryWriter highlights the 10 best exhibitions.

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A New MoMA The renovation at the Museum of Modern Art did more than open new spaces. It opened perspectives, understanding and conversations. The phys...

How a countertenor, composer and conceptual curator born in China found his artistic identity in New York:http://ow.ly/H...
12/27/2019
A Musical Wild Card

How a countertenor, composer and conceptual curator born in China found his artistic identity in New York:

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Ju-eh is a true 21st century artist. As an operatic countertenor, composer and overall conceptual curator, he has written operas, performed music, and...

It's one of the city's most interesting and quirky jobs. @DougFeiden talks to new Manhattan Borough Historian Robert W. ...
12/24/2019
Meet Your Manhattan Historian

It's one of the city's most interesting and quirky jobs. @DougFeiden talks to new Manhattan Borough Historian Robert W. Snyder about his favorite neighborhood, street corner, subway and historical period.

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His first vivid memory of Manhattan came as a three-year-old in the late 1950s when he visited the city from suburban New Jersey with his family and e...

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Love and Terror in the Middle East, 4th Ed., by Frank Romano Sat., June 9, 2 pm, Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, New York, NY Love and Terror in the Middle East, 4th Ed. dramatically captures the author’s efforts to promote understanding and cooperation between Jews, Muslims and Christians. He has been harassed/arrested by the Palestinian police, harassed/arrested by Israeli soldiers and attacked by Israeli settlers. This Fourth Edition includes a new chapter. It recounts a recent harrowing experience in the West Bank, trapped in the midst of rioting Palestinians following the killing of a Palestinian youth by Israeli soldiers. View and listen to TV and radio interviews, access the following press kit: www.frankromano-loveandterror4.com Romano is a tenured professor at the University of Paris and a member of the California and Marseille Bar. He was born in Eugene, raised in Oregon and California. See contact info below. [email protected] Tel: 512-438-9877
Dramatizing History's Repetition The next not yet re-addressed 2012 essay.