State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is expected to give a deposition Dec. 17 in a federal lawsuit filed by two victims of former Assemblyman Vito Lopez. “For Silver, having to face questions under oath about the lingering controversy could reignite the political firestorm that at one time threatened to topple him,” reports Ken Lovett (Daily News).
MTA riders can speak out tonight (Post).
While Plantworks closed on East 4th Street, the business has survived (NYT).
Assessing 1 World Trade Center: “Replacing the twin towers with another giant office building was somehow supposed to show New York’s indomitable spirit: the defiant city transfigured from the ashes. To the contrary, 1 World Trade implies (wrongly) a metropolis bereft of fresh ideas. It looks as if it could be anywhere, which New York isn’t.” (NYT)
The Tenement Museum helps immigrants learn English (AP via ABC News).
The Banksy documentary underscores the death of graffiti in New York City (Salon).
Review: Downtown nightlife book is a sentimental journey that fails to dig beneath the surface (LA Times).