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There was more than one Joe Gallo in Brooklyn. There was, of course Crazy Joe Gallo, and, there was just Joe Gallo. Not the same guy. Yet, he died the same way. A bullet. In this case a bullet to the back of the head, found leaning back in his Buick where a headrest might be found in today’s cars. GM didn’t offer headrests in those days—or seat belts. Everyone drove at their own risk, until too many people went through the windshield. It was a pre-Ralph Nader world.


A special celebration commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Love Canal crisis in Niagara Falls will be held on March 6th. The event commemorates the victory at Love Canal and acknowledges Lois Gibbs and those who sacrificed so much to protect families from toxic exposures and establish new laws and regulations to create a safer world for all.


Back by popular demand, this convivial Friends of James Beard Benefit onMarch 24th, will bring together a formidable group of chefs from both near and far to prepare the ultimate family-style feast at New York City’s iconic Chelsea Market. More than 250 guests will be seated at 3 long tables to enjoy a family–style meal served by more than 15 chefs, from near and far


I've been dating and sleeping with men under 35 for over 24 years. It all started after my divorce in 1984, which was followed by a two year stint with an “age appropriate” man. After leaving him, I subtracted the 25 years that I was married from my true age – 52 – and began dating guys under 35 exclusively.


There has been much hand wringing over a few “Matters-SoHo” lately. Among these are the difficulties that have arisen over the BID proposed on Broadway that threatens to bring even more tourists to the area, to the consternation of many residents. Councilmember Margaret Chin has finally shown her hand and has come out in support of the BID, something suspected but not known for certain as much waffling had been reported.


Celebrity Reality Stars will join forces on February 9th, at The New York City Fashion Week event The Reality of FASHION, The Reality of AIDS to walk the runway for a first-of-its- kind philanthropic event. The goal of the evening is to raise $300,000+ in funding that will directly benefit AIDS United.


 New York’s response to the storm has exposed deep inequality across the city, the letter states. In the storm’s aftermath, under-resourced communities were exposed to the most risk of prolonged damage: low-income people who work low-wage and hourly jobs, residents of public housing, those who lack access to safety nets, and New Yorkers barred from public relief and other opportunities due to their citizenship status. Many communities remained without heat or power for more than a month after the storm hit. ss. 


Facing another passing year, aging can loom as a scary possibility. Fear that time will rob us of the attributes of youth can be pretty depressing. To get myself past these times, I reach for a Hattietude. They serve as “booster shots” to help me overcome my fears and generate renewed optimism. Here are 20 of my favorites which I hope will help you overcome whatever aging fears you may face in 2013.


Come to the wildest party in the city on January 30 and support wildlife conservation. The Wildlife Conservation Film Festivals (WCFF) will host an opening night reception fundraiser to kick off their third annual New York festival benefiting EcoHealth Alliance. This intimate gathering will feature well-known animal experts, surprise guests, short films and an exclusive silent auction.


Food waste is a huge issue in America, especially in light of the growing divide between the profligate rich and the hungry poor. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Loss Project, we throw away more than 25 percent—some 25.9 million tons—of all the food we produce for domestic sale and consumption. A 2004 University of Arizona study pegs the figure at closer to 50 percent, finding that Americans squander some $43 billion annually on wasted food.


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