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Scoopy’s, Week of Oct. 10, 2012

ON THE MARCH! The grand marshals for this year’s N.Y.U./Community Board 2 Children’s Halloween Parade include some real newsmakers. The trio includes John W. Sutter, The Villager’s former publisher; David Gruber, chairperson of C.B. 2; and Malina Webb, the head of the university’s Student Senate Council. Who knows what these three will be talking about read more here »

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The Public Theater raises the curtain again

Actor Mandy Pantinkin read lines from Shakespeare as Oscar Eustis, the Public Theater’s artistic director, cracked up, left, and playwright Richard Foreman listened during the rededication of the Public Theater following its four-year renovation. The $40 million project included a controversial sidewalk “bump-out” into one lane of Lafayette St. to accommodate a new grand staircase read more here »

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Signing on for a safer street

Richard Blodgett, longtime resident and unofficial historian of Charlton St., right, spoke with Philip Kassen, director of the Little Red School House, and crossing guard Esperanca Varela — who was on her break — last week while Blodgett circulated a petition for pedestrian safety at the intersection of Houston St. and Sixth Ave. Signatures are read more here »

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Harvest kicks it up a notch

A flashy stilt walker captivated his audience with some fancy moves Friday evening at La Plaza Cultural community garden at Ninth St. and Avenue C, as the Harvest Arts Festival began. Meanwhile, at 6th and B Garden, Ace Ramsey, 6, from Little Italy, had her face painted by Effie Surlis, holding the mirror. Ramsey is read more here »

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Letters, Week of Oct. 10, 2012

No one’s being fooled To The Editor: “High-end topless club hopes to swing it near sports pier” (news article, Oct. 4): There’s a lot going on in this article. Anyone else heard of a plan for a high-rise hotel? Regarding the strip club, let’s be serious: Is he really going to go into spin mode on a strip read more here »

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Scene, Week of Oct. 11, 2012

Last Saturday, the steamship Lilac had an open house at Pier 25 in Tribeca. There was an exhibition by The River Project — the marine science field station based at Pier 40, at West Houston St. — onboard showcasing the Hudson’s ecosystem. Traps were pulled up from moorings on the Lilac’s side to see what read more here »

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Decline of the pierogi palace: ¡Viva chilaquiles!

BY BILL WEINBERG  | The changing nature of cheap ethnic food in the East Village weighs especially heavily on my mind as the weather starts to turn in October, and the nostalgic craving sets in for warm, friendly carbohydrates wrapped in just slightly chewy dough and slathered in generous quantities of melted butter… . Yes, pierogies. read more here »

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BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  In making decisions and choices regarding who I am and how I view the world, all I really have to reflect on are my own experiences. As it turns out, I do have a connection to Mitt Romney. It starts with the fundraising speech he made that was caught on video: read more here »

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Politicians call for emergency Senate vote to pass gun laws

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  In the wake of a recent shooting outside an East Village housing complex, local lawmakers gathered alongside community leaders last Friday to call for a special legislative session aimed at passing statewide gun control measures that would make New York’s gun laws the strongest in the country. At the heart of read more here »

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