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Continental cleared of accusations about door policy

BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL  |  A popular East Village bar has been cleared of complaints that its door policy was discriminatory. Continental bar on Third Ave. at St. Mark’s Place was the target of complaints filed with the city’s Commission on Human Rights, as well as several demonstrations that were organized by the group Act Now read more here »

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Harold Kent, 86, founder  of Economy Best Vision shop

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Harold Kent, founder of Economy Best Vision and Hearing on W. 14th St., died last September at age 86, but his son, Edward, who learned the business from his father, is carrying on the family tradition at the store between Seventh and Eighth Aves. The tradition goes back nearly six decades. read more here »

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Gala occasion at Girls Club on Martin Luther King Day

The Lower Eastside Girls Club celebrated Martin Luther King Day with the screening of the movie “The Barber of Birmingham” and a photo exhibit and community reception for a stellar group of “Amazing Women of the Lower East Side.” At right, three of the “Amazin’s” are pictured, from left, Naomi Bibbins of the Visiting Nurse read more here »

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BY EILEEN STUKANE  |  “Closed Forever” read the sign on the Barnes & Noble door on the corner of Sixth Ave. and Eighth St., the door of the last bookstore on a street that had once been considered “Book Row.” At first blush it seemed that what might be “closed forever” was the culture of read more here »

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Scene, Week of Jan. 31, 2013

Wrapped in plastic, a huge wreath was ready to be recycled on Varick St. near Franklin St. last week.

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Dem bones gonna sell again

Young girls checked out a skeleton outside the Evolution store on Spring St. in Soho. The shop sells “natural history collectibles.” –  Photo by Tequila Minsky

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A queerly engaging novel

Drawing out the dynamics of gender-bending relationships BY SAM SPOKONY  |  While I want to believe what “Star Trek” taught me, I think space might not really be the final frontier. Sure, there’s this unfathomable depth of infinity to be investigated outside us, but what might be even more complex is the stuff inside — read more here »

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Nice guys don’t finish last; Hoylman is sworn into office

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  A week before a crowd of hundreds of thousands gathered in Washington to celebrate President Obama’s inauguration, a smaller, but no less passionate group of more than 500 gathered at F.I.T.’s Haft Auditorium in Chelsea for the swearing-in of one of their own — the new state senator for the 27th read more here »

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Just Do Art!

DANCE NEW AMSTERDAM: RAW DIRECTIONS Dance New Amsterdam’s “Raw Directions” showcases the work of five post-emerging and mid-career choreographers. In the world premiere of “Charles” (by Netherlands native Pascal Rekoert), the Flexicurve company performs a fast-paced piece set to Beethoven and Mozart, inspired by Charlie Chaplin. David Appel’s untitled piece employs a series of short read more here »

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Creative pioneers under assault on the new L.E.S.

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  The old Lower East Side produced a long list of creative individuals whose output and contributions were instrumental in altering the consciousness of America and the world, in so many fields: music, art, poetry, writing, theater, film, photography and video, political thought, religious philosophy and on and on. If I had read more here »

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