Author Archives: William Kline

Restoring the Waterfront

With views of the Manhattan skyline, real estate developers have always viewed the North Shore of Staten Island as the city’s next boomtown. Despite the efforts of residents to achieve that potential, much of the shoreline remains economically depressed. But … Continue reading

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Parochial Pests: At-Risk Schools

By next year, more than 3,000 parochial students from schools in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island will have to find a new school if the Archdiocese of New York proceeds with a plan to shut 17 schools in the … Continue reading

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Rallying to Save the Wetlands

Residents in the Richmondtown neighborhood of Staten Island gathered on a recent Saturday to protest the development of 13 houses on a patch of wetlands. Despite enormous public opposition to the plan, the New York City Department of Environmental Conservation … Continue reading

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On Staten Island, the North Shore’s Nuisance is ‘Nothing’

The North Shore of Staten Island–believe it or not–once stood as a great commercial hub. Thriving maritime communities like Stapleton and Mariners Harbor once sustained local shops, motels and restuarants. But when the activity in New York Harbor slowed down, … Continue reading

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Cleaning Up Someone Else’s Mess

When city neglected to maintain its own abandoned property, the North Shore Waterfront Conservancy took the initiative to keep its neighborhood clean by conducting cleanups on the waterfront. Beryl Thurman, the executive director of the NSWC, said that North Shore … Continue reading

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Hate Crimes Terrorize New York

The national discourse generated by a string of recent suicides by gay teens reached a new height on Thursday when President Obama addressed the issue in a video released by the White House.  The prominent attention is due largely to … Continue reading

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Some Poll Results Before the Polls Open

The general election is rapidly approaching.  As noted in my previous post on political robo-calls, Shaun Dakin of the CEO and Founder of The National Political Do Not Contact Registry said these calls will only grow with intensity as politicians clear … Continue reading

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Internet 2.0

Service disruptions always seem to happen at the worst possible time–before you can finish that e-mail, just as the download bar hits 99%, in the middle of a pirated TV show. Researchers from the WinLab at Rutgers University are not … Continue reading

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Political Pests Phone for Primary

The former congressman Vito Fossella called this weekend, along with a gaggle of other politicians pushing candidates for Tuesday’s primary. It wasn’t the actual congressman, who resigned after a drunk driving conviction, but an automated recording—one of the many “robo-calls” … Continue reading

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Duck, Duck the Goose

While the New York battles bedbugs, Staten Islanders fight flocks of geese on its parks and fields.  The estimated 3,354 Canadian geese that squat in the borough’s public parks use the fields as their home and toilet, according to numbers … Continue reading

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