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New York Civic, a nonpartisan good government group founded by former NYC Parks Commissioner Henry J. Stern, will announce Monday morning on the steps of City Hall that it will pursue a public referendum to eliminate the controversial “grandfather” clause of the recently passed term limits ballot question, which delays the effective date of the law until 2021 and exempts 34 city incumbents from being restricted to two consecutive terms.

A letter from and Andrew Berman, Executive Director of the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation:

NYU is dropping its application for landmarks approval for a 400 ft. tall tower on Bleeker Street in Silver Towers.  As you know, there was overwhelming opposition to this plan at our recent rally and the Community Board hearing, including most recently from I.M. Pei, the architect of Silver Towers.  That the university has decided to shelve this plan is incredible news, and a fantastic victory for all of our efforts.

New York’s cavernous allure has always rested on it’s past; a history that was sometimes illustrious but most often grim and persevering. On the Bowery, winner ofBest Documentary from the Venice Film Festival and Oscar nominated for Best Documentary Feature, is back by popular demand for one week only (November 19th – 25th) at the New York Film Forum. It is the story of the New York side of a post-war city, something unique to only us. Dark, sharp and beautiful it captures the essence of a time that explains why our City’s notoriety is not accidental, but well earned.

Opening Thursday, November 18th from 6 to 8 pm, Pratt Manhattan Gallery presents a group exhibition, Blind Dates: New Encounters from the Edges of a Former Empire, guest-curated by Defne Ayas and Neery Melkonian.

New York City Comptroller John C. Liu, on behalf of the trustees of the New York City Pension Funds, is calling on directors at Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC), Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) and Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) to conduct an independent audit of their banks’ mortgage and foreclosure practices. The four banks are the largest mortgage servicers in the country representing 56 percent of the nation’s $10.64 trillion mortgage industry.

NY state law requires that candidates for school superintendency who do not meet minimal requirements must receive a waiver from Education Commissioner David Steiner. This waiver is to be issued only to persons “whose exceptional training and experiences are the substantial equivalent of such requirements and qualify such persons for the duties of a superintendent of schools.”  Ms. Black has no “exceptional” training or experiences that would qualify her for this position.


Death row. The notorious Huntsville Texas State Prison. The final statement of Dante Wallace, a career criminal accused of a heinous crime that he claims he did not commit. Cause and effect have come home to roost; but who is the cause and what is the ultimate effect? OBIE Award winner (Outstanding Performance) and critically acclaimed actor, Edwin Lee Gibson writes and performs this solo play.

Big names such as Reverend Al Sharpton, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and NYS Senator Elect Gustavo Rivera and more will be attending the cocktail reception and dance party extravaganza to support councilmember Jumaane D. Williams. Accordingly “it ain’t your average fundraiser” and you can “shake” until late with Jumaane. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and we can all enjoy happy hour from 6 to 7 PM. Sounds like our kind of event!!

The perception of art is shaped by its location, but art can be a location itself. What is the Where? asks how artists can respond to the relationship between location, identity, and perception. Opening Saturday November 13th and guest curated by Risa Shoup and Recession Art.

"I am very concerned by the recent disaster in St. Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines, Barbados and the other islands devastated by Hurricane Tomas. St. Lucia has had the most death from this tragedy and I believe now is the time to unite in support of these countries and do all that is necessary for them to get back on their feet."