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cityArts DINING PAGE 10 NYPRESS.COM ALSO INSIDE MELTZER PARK RESIDENTS ON INFILL PLAN P.4 PUBLIC ART ON HOUSTON P.9 OP-ED: SAVE OUR LIBRARIES P.15 ‘WHITNEY’ STAR IN NYC P.17 • COMMUNITY NEWS BELOW 14TH STREET • JUNE 20, 2013 P.11 Getting to the Root of Hate Crimes Rash of anti-gay violence in the City prompts senate hearing to assess efficacy of hate crimes law and rehabilitative options By Alissa Fleck F ormer senator Tom Duane sat before elected officials and members of the community at a senate forum and talked about the time in 1983 when he was brutally beaten outside a bar because of his sexual orientation. “It was a matter of life or death,” said Duane. “A few weeks later I called the [District Attorney] and the police department which took the report and asked when the trial was and they told me it had been adjudicated— classified as a misdemeanor.” “I had no chance to even see the perpetrators in the light of day,” said Duane. “There was no interaction with law enforcement, there was no organization in that area. It was as if it never happened.” Despite successes for the LGBT community in recent years, bias-motivated acts targeting members of this community have not declined. While many members of the larger community may like to believe these incidents are isolated acts of vitriol, Duane sat before State Senator Brad Hoylman and his colleagues and told them that’s simply not the case. The real problem is a lack of education, he said, and it extends everywhere, from a faulty educational system to ignorance in the State Senate itself. Meet Seaport City: Mayor Bloomberg’s Last Pet Project Attendees at the forum, including Nicholas Porto, left, who was a victim of a recent hate crime on the West Side. There have been some drastic social and legal changes since Duane was attacked in 1983, but much—including public attitudes Continued on page 6 The mayor proposes constructing a giant new neighborhood off the coast of the Lower East Side By Adam Janos M ayor Bloomberg rolled out a $20 billion plan Tuesday called “A Stronger, More Resilient New York” in which the administration mapped out ideas for infrastructural changes that would protect the city from the threat of climate change and extreme weather in the decades to follow. The plans calls for a additional levies and jetties throughout the city, the introduction of wetlands buffer zones to help reduce waves in exposed areas, and – perhaps most dramatic for East Siders, the introduction of “Seaport City,” a raisedelevation area for commercial and residential development that would be built upon landfill on the East River south of the Brooklyn Bridge. Continued on page 5

Our Town Downtown June 20th 2013

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