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April 10th, 2006

NYC Denies Medical and Scientific Evidence in Deaths of 911 Rescue and Recovery Workers

by Steven DiJoseph

NYC’s Official Position On Deaths of Rescue and Recovery Workers Who Toiled at Ground Zero Does Not Square with the Medical and Scientific Evidence

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April 10th, 2006

Health People’s Authors and Artists Celebration at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor

by Edward Callaghan

This winter we happened upon the Health People‘s Authors and Artists Celebration, held at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor. This organization, which supports South Bronx families ravaged by HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes, held a winter fete to raise money for its’ worthy cause.
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April 10th, 2006

The Restless Miscreant Guns, Butter & Pizza

by Delbert Grady

Well, we’ve gotten plenty of the first two from our fearless leader and benefactor, George Walker Bush. Now comes the third, but in a very different way than we’re used to.
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April 10th, 2006

Girlz Go Gonzo! On-Demand with Ripe TV

by Kate Rigg

Hollywood CA: A new breed of wild is coming to Ripe TV–an on-demand channel launching this spring with fast furious entertainment for guys and girls who are looking for a shot of short form high energy shows. “Hot-chicks-doing-crazy-tricks” may seem like a simple enough way to grab viewers. But what makes Gonzo different is the incorporation of spectacular physical feats by a team of girls who are also part time stuntwomen–a Girls Gone Wilder take on the “jackass” formula. Tongue-in-cheek titles for stunts like “Hot Dog in the Hot Pants ” (a relay race that involves hot dogs held tight between butt cheeks) and “Spank the Monkey” (where one girl is literally in a monkey suit) play on sexploitation and femininity by reoccupying a space normally reserved for guys. On the Gonzo Girls team are a professional bull rider, a skydiver slash adult film star, an aerial artist, two pro stuntwomen, and a few crazy chicks willing to do anything to get the shot. Comedy writers Lisa Ann Walter and Kate Rigg teamed up with action sports producer Todd Seligman and Director Jon Vasquez to create a series that gives girls the right to act just as stupid as guys do. Says Walter “We got tired of seeing guys constantly abusing their own bodies and acting like morons to get laughs and shock value. It’s a feminist thing: girls can act like idiots too! We have the right to inflict unnecessary pain and stupidity on ourselves just like the guys. Except, in hot little outfits, with perfect hair.”
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April 10th, 2006

Starshine Burlesque: Good Evening Ladies & Gentlemen. Relax and Enjoy the Show!

by Jennifer Upchurch

Every Thursday evening in a little nightspot hidden from the bustle and grind of daily life in New York is a magical show of sparkle and glitter. When you walk through the door of RiFiFi you are taken into a packed East Village bar with a beautiful blonde bartender. A bawdy gal hollers over the crowd “Showtime!” and the crowd grabs their drinks and lines up to go through the glass doors and past the velvet curtains into the back room.
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April 10th, 2006

Rumors & Lies: The New York-Hamptons Connection

by Jack Torrence

The next time you sign up a broker to sell your house in the Hamptons, make sure they have insurance. Better yet, get everyone who is allowed in to view it to sign a release. One Water Mill homeowner arranged to sell his house through a broker in Southampton and came to regret the decision.
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April 10th, 2006

Integrity Roundup: The Art of Third Party Politics

by Darren Johnson

I’ve always been into the creative arts, and people always stop me and ask when my next work will be available. They think I’m going through a dry spell because I haven’t done a poetry reading, written a local play or published much creative writing lately. But every creative neuron in my head–however many there are–has been busy firing for the biggest creative project I’ve ever put together. But this one won’t be in a black box theater near you. It should be in newspapers across the state.
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April 10th, 2006

The Myth & The Misses: The State of Affordable Housing in the Hamptons

by Sean Jaeger

Looking for affordable housing in the Hamptons? No problemo. Just follow the bicycles home from the nearest seven eleven. Hey, it beats following the shopping cart trails into the woods along Montauk Highway and the railroad tracks, where the homeless live. But like everything else affordable housing comes down to a question of definition. And the biggest question for affordable housing is: Who is going to get it?
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April 10th, 2006

Brooke Ellison for New York Senate

by D. Clark MacPherson

While one photo of Brooke Ellison,/a> among those in her campaign material shows her and Christopher Reeve smiling for the audience, it is neither the wheelchair nor the disability that deserves our attention. Naturally, there is a question as to why someone with difficulty just in moving about (she is paralyzed) would want to enter the race for a New York State Senate seat. But, after reading about her and her life, there is no doubt that she has the intelligence and the drive to accomplish her goal.
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April 10th, 2006

Mr. West Goes To Albany: a commonsense approach

by D. Clark MacPherson

The upcoming election between Treewolf West and Fred Thiele for the 2nd Assembly Seat election will be interesting and instructive for both Democrats and Republicans. Thiele has been cross-endorsed by numerous Democrats and supported by Rich Schaeffer, the County Democratic Chairman, in past elections. The fact that Schaeffer is the godfather of one of Thiele’s children should not be lost on voters.
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April 10th, 2006

Bubbles & Bank Fraud: Real Estate in SoHo and the Hamptons

by D. Clark MacPherson

The residential real estate market seems to be stabilizing in one regard. In Manhattan, studios and one bedroom apartments are selling, even if not briskly. Sales of family sized apartments of 2,000 to 3,000 square feet, including lofts, have slowed a bit. Mind you, the sales numbers have slowed down; the prices have not–at least, not yet. Townhouses are selling and those properties in the $4 million to $6 million range are seeing offers close to or at the asking prices. There is no “irrational exuberance” in this market, but property is moving. It is difficult to tell what effect the new developments will have on the market, since there are many ways in which a selling price can be massaged by the seller. But, with an acquisition cost of $500 per square foot and above, it is rational to expect that selling prices will be well in excess of $1000 per square foot on new units. In fact, it is highly usual for condos and coops right now to be asking in the $1200-1300 per square foot range. New developments are pushing $1500. According to Robert Agee of Carol Quatrone Realty (212-475-2006), the market is steady and apartments have maintained their value – but the rate of increase in prices has slowed. According to industry specialists, the slowing of sales will undoubtedly be first seen in incentives to the buyer since developers will do almost anything to avoid changing the plan numbers with the Attorney General. Expect to start seeing added help with closing costs, additional amenities added to the deal, and other perks that do not necessarily show up in the selling price, before the apartment price actually drops.
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April 10th, 2006

Conversation with Tom Suozzi

by D. Clark MacPherson

While many of us are familiar with the Nassau County Executive’s “Fix Albany” campaign, Tom Suozzi’s insight into the problems that also affect New York City is less well known. Now, as a contender in the race for Governor, what he thinks about the New York City/Long Island area is more important than ever.
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April 10th, 2006

MoDo, What’s A Modern Guy To Do?

by Hannah Seligson

The string of phone calls starting coming in early that October morning. “Hannah, whatever you do, don’t read Maureen Dowd’s piece in The New York Times today. It’s going to depress you,” they all told me. With some trepidation, I picked up the magazine and read the article that would later become the subject of many emails, phone calls, articles, and arguments over the course of the next week. [Maureen Dowd’s New York Times Magazine piece, “What’s A Modern Girl to Do?” Published: October 30, 2005]
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April 10th, 2006

Discussion with David Reck: Community Activist and Leader

by D. Clark MacPherson

For some people, activism is in the blood. It literally burns the psyche when an activist feels that the community ship is heading in the wrong direction. Fortunately, there are a number of people Downtown who feel this pain more intensely than others. When things are not going in the right direction they see a ship heading off course. From politicians to political leaders, from community leaders to average citizens – we count on these people to do the heavy lifting in order to foster change. The quality of our lives is usually better as a result of their efforts.
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April 10th, 2006

Fresh Girls: The Art of Carolyn Weltman

by D. Clark MacPherson

One day, drifting down Prince Street towards West Broadway, trying to pick a way in and out among the myriad stalls of vendors selling handbags, jewelry and leather my eye caught an erotic drawing of a young woman lying naked with her legs apart. The cappuccino suddenly seemed less attractive and I was drawn to some of the other pieces; women together, a man and a woman, and one whose gender was not completely clear.
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April 10th, 2006

CITY ARTS, Making a Difference Through The Arts

by Tara Inberg

Whose mural is it??Ǭ This question is often asked when SoHo residents or visitors walk by the basketball court behind the Grand Hotel on 6th Avenue and Canal Street. Only the curious ones peek in to read the aluminum plaque on the wall to discover that the mural was produced by SoHo-based CITYarts, who invited the Finnish artist Omo Rahula and Chelsea High School to collaborate on creating the Nokia-sponsored mural entitled “Rivers of Communication.”
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April 10th, 2006

Speak Out: I had an Abortion, Women’s stories at the Culture Project

by Sareena Sandhu

In commemoration of the 33rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood of New York City screened the film Speak Out: I Had an Abortion on January 22 at the Culture project on Bleecker Street, NYC. For so many people this anniversary is a benchmark of enormous proportion. Both on and off Capitol Hill, women in numbers have been fueling up to make activism the choice keyword of this year.?Ǭ With this in mind, Gillian Aldrich and Jennifer Baumgardner launched the film “Speak out: I had an Abortion” on this particular date of such legal precedence.
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April 10th, 2006

Community Focus: Putting the Genie Back Into The Bottle

by D. Clark MacPherson

After years of abuse, Downtown got angry. On March 2nd, the Town Hall meeting got revived. Elected officials and many of the Commissioners as well as police brass attended a joint Town Hall meeting sponsored by The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, The SoHo Journal, and The Public Theatre and supported by The SoHo Alliance, The NoHo Neighborhood Association and LESA. While this was a very well attended meeting with several hundred residents, the March meeting was organized and efficient, thanks to Zella Jones, Sean Sweeney and Rob Hollander.
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April 10th, 2006

Viewpoint: Downtown Dilemmas Stirring Up The Hornets’ Nests

by D. Clark MacPherson

The reform movement is picking up steam Downtown. Scott Stringer, the new Manhattan Borough President has made it known that he is earnest about his intention to broaden the Community Boards with fresh talent and remove those who are obstructionist. The memorable phrase of Peter Sellers’ Inspector Clouseau, “Out with the old, in with the new…” is an apt comical reminder of a serious situation. And many community groups have started to wake up to, or have started to vocalize opinions that Board decisions may not be as fair, ethical or impartial as one would hope. There is a distinct feeling that there have been far too many insider-trading deals afoot–usually behind curtain #2. At the very least, Stringer’s reform message is simple: if you’re not “on Board” to serve the community first, get off. The preliminary indications are that roughly 15 new Board members have been appointed to Board #2, for example, including Toby Bergman and Jo Hamilton – who are activists whose reappointments had been thwarted by former Borough President Virginia Fields as part of the last election fiasco. It seems clear that Stringer primarily intends to first de-politicize the Community Boards through a deliberate process that may take several years. While some Downtown political animals are not thrilled that the nightlife contingent still controls the Board, most community-oriented people are adopting a wait and see approach as to how well the process works.

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April 10th, 2006

Interview with Jim McManus–a man of the people

by D. Clark MacPherson

Despite the fact that Jim McManus has powerful friends and knows most of the politicians of this and several former administrations, he is widely known as a man of the people. He does not speak with an affected manner and is blunt about a candidate’s prospects–whether he’s talking to you or the candidate. But, if you are a candidate that he likes, you know you have a stalwart friend who will not waiver once the going gets tough. Truth and fidelity are his hallmark. After nearly 50 years at the forefront of the political maelstrom, very little fazes him. If a candidate he supports does not do well in an election, he will remind you that there will be a next time and thank you for your help if you were a supporter.
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