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Harrowing, haunted, spectral…and full of stars

So much good stuff on the boards, it’s scary BY TRAV S.D.  |  October is my favorite month to see Downtown theatre in New York. The madness of the summer festivals is well past, and all the hometown companies bring out their “A” games. Also, as a general rule, it is neither too hot nor read more here »

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Building on the work of ‘good old carpenter’ Ibsen

1882 play is a sign of election year times BY JERRY TALLMER  |  Good old carpenter Henrik Ibsen, who saws every board as true as daisies and drives every nail piercingly home, never goes out of fashion. And as long as suicidal brainless human greed despoils what’s so delicately termed “the environment” — not to mention read more here »

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Just Do Art!

  HOUSING WORKS BENEFIT: “UKULELE HERO” JAKE SHIMABUKURO  “If everyone played the ukulele,” asserts, “the world would be a better place.” Few, however, are likely to reach the lofty heights of technical virtuosity and genre versatility that our man Jake has brought to the four-stringed, pluck-friendly miniature guitar. No matter. His sunny disposition is contagious, read more here »

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It takes three (days) to do DUMBO

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  | Between Friday and Sunday, over 225,000 people are expected to descend upon the DUMBO neighborhood’s parks, bridges, galleries, loading docks, studios and repurposed spaces. The work of more than 500 artists will be on display throughout 100 studios and 50 galleries — and on numerous stages and streets. Map your own strategy read more here »

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BY CHRISTOPHER HASSETT  | I’ve been thinking about meditating as a way of relieving stress. Do you think this will help? If so, do you have any suggestions on how to go about it?      — Rory, Fort Greene  Meditation is a great way to reduce stress in the moment, though in the beginning the read more here »

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Scene, Week of Sept. 27, 2012

On the afternoon of Mon., Sept. 17, the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, several hundred protesters marched out of Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan. After two blocks, as they walked down Cortlandt St. approaching Church St. and the World Trade Center site, police stopped the march, making four arrests, including those above. The protesters read more here »

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Park rape and looming cuts to police heighten safety fears

BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  In Hudson River Park, near where a 21-year-old actress was raped early on Sat., Sept. 22, city councilmembers, Parks Enforcement Patrol officers, community leaders and Downtown residents gathered on Monday to express their determination that nothing like that will happen again. After a brief press conference, around 50 people marched read more here »

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11 groups file suit against N.Y.U. plan for its superblocks

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  | A broad coalition of groups — including both local community associations and citywide organizations — filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court Tuesday to stop N.Y.U.’s massive 2031 development plan. The suit alleges violations of the public trust doctrine; illegal manipulation of restrictive deeds; destruction of parkland, playgrounds and historic preservation sites; read more here »

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L.E.S. BID push to expand has strong support

BY SAM SPOKONY  | The Lower East Side Business Improvement District is weeks away from sending a proposal to city officials for the long-planned expansion that would triple the BID’s size. There appears to be relatively smooth sailing ahead, as the proposed expansion — first developed more than two years ago — has garnered overwhelming support read more here »

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