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Greenhouse landlord, passive about problem club, is on BID board

  BY SAM SPOKONY  |  A lot of new tension has certainly risen around Greenhouse, the crime-plagued Hudson Square nightclub that has apparently shut down, for now, following recent violence and increased pressure from police. Party fiends and celebrities love it (unless they’re being injured there), neighboring residents hate it, and the club’s new management is, read more here »

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Radical lawyer pleads guilty on tax charges, calls it a ‘witch hunt’

BY SARAH FERGUSON   |  He’s defended everyone from Lower East Side squatters and the homeless denizens of Tompkins Square Park to the leaders of Hamas and most recently Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law. Now friends and supporters of radical attorney Stanley Cohen are coming to his defense in the wake of Cohen’s decision to plead read more here »

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Uneasy Easter for Ukrainians  as Putin masses troops in east

BY GERARD FLYNN  |  While noisy boozers at McSorley’s Old Ale House were busy Good Friday celebrating none too piously, right across the street at St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church, quieter proceedings were being observed at midday Mass. Inside the E. Seventh St. church, a solemn procession of robed priests slowly made its way as read more here »

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RID leader faces rap after gun is found in her home

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Jessica Berk — who sprang into the spotlight more than a decade ago with her controversial quality-of-life group Residents in Distress, or RID — was recently in distress herself when she was arrested after a gun was found in her Christopher St. apartment. According to police, the firearm was discovered on read more here »

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Customers become unglued after postal truck stays shut

BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  Mario Rivera, the super of a W. Ninth St. building, came to the mobile post office unit outside the Patchin Post Office on W. 10th St. on Monday to weigh and mail a letter. He waited an hour, from 2:20 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. for the mobile unit to open. But read more here »

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Gale Brewer, the hardest-working woman in government

BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  There are seven events on deck tonight, and Manhattan’s 27th borough president, Gale Brewer, wants to hit them all. This should come as no surprise. Brewer, a Democrat, formerly was the city councilmember for the Upper West Side’s District 6 for 12 years, during which she was on 10 different committees. read more here »

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Attorneys to talk at Westbeth on avoiding cycling accidents

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Bicycle activist / attorneys Steve Vaccaro and Adam White will give a free talk at Westbeth on Wed., April 30, on “Cycling Rights and Advocacy.” Sometimes even the best cyclist gets into an accident. The attorneys will discuss what bike riders should do at the scene of an accident and how read more here »

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Police Blotter, Week of April 24, 2014

Thief on spree Police are hunting for an unidentified man who has allegedly pulled off seven brazen thefts — apparently targeting young men and women in their 20s — across Greenwich Village and Kips Bay in less than three months. The suspect, shown above in video surveillance footage, began on Feb. 28, when he hit read more here »

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Road trip to the past

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  A bygone journey down a straight road “too lazy for turns” comes full circle, in this agreeably meandering homage to the early work of Karpo Godina — an important contributor to the “Black Wave” of Yugoslavian filmmaking. In 1968, 25-year-old Godina is sitting in his apartment, presumably minding his own business read more here »

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Behind blue prison bars in Tbilisi

Photo by Goga Devarian The brides, waiting to meet their imprisoned husbands. BY RANIA RICHARDSON  |  A  young Georgian woman struggles to hold her life together as she waits for the father of her children to finish a ten-year prison sentence in this fine addition to an ever-expanding body of international incarceration chronicles. The drama read more here »

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