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Elegy to an Elegant Woman

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I first met my future wife, Marie Colwell at the Irving Trust Company in New York City. It was 1972. We were both looking for love in all the wrong places. Marie was in charge of training new hires and I was in charge of managing their productivity. We were both second-generation working class strivers. Marie from Bushwick, Brooklyn and me from Needle Point Park in Tompkins Square . Stricken by...

Five Cents Plain: A Serving of Nostalgia from the Lower East Side

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December 2021 / It was 1959 and Nat King, Roland Wallace and I had just won Boys’ Club of New York Blue Jackets, satin symbols of years-long battles in the trenches of the Lower East Side against other, equally ambitious 15-year-olds, especially the very tough Jewish kids from the Boy’s Brotherhood Republic. Along with the jackets came an evening with one-time welterweight boxing champion, Barney...

HOW TO FIX NYCHA’S ILLS: A MODEST PROPOSAL

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March 2020 / Recently, Greg Russ, the chairman of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) indicated that the agency could do the unthinkable and partially privatize the city’s public housing stock as a way to bridge that agency’s ever-widening repair bill. This was brought about by Russ’ revelation that the cost of the repairs over the next five years could be a staggering $40 billion, up...

US Gas Boom or Boomlet

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August 2019 / We all know instinctively that the U.S. is awash in natural gas. What may be surprising is that in some parts of the country, there isn’t even a drop to burn. As an illustration, earlier this year Con Ed and National Grid placed a moratorium on accepting any new natural gas customers in most of Westchester County, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. The reason is jammed-up supply...

Better Green Than Waterworld

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JUNE-JULY 2019 / The NYC Council recently passed legislation setting new standards for greenhouse gas emission from buildings. The measure aligns with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal. The bill would cut pollution from city buildings by 40% over the next 10 years as part of New York’s overall environmental goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% to...

Ron Spurga, United Metro Energy Corporation

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