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Waterfront work: East Siders dream of river schemes

BY LESLEY SUSSMAN  |  It was an evening of imagination and dreams for residents of the New York City Housing Authority’s Bernard Baruch and Lillian Wald Houses on Thurs., June 28, as a small group of them gathered to help elected officials and city planners shape the future revitalization of East River Park. The meeting read more here »

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Just Do Art!

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  THE WASHINGTON SQUARE MUSIC FESTIVAL  The Washington Square Music Festival — under the auspices of the Washington Square Association and under the musical direction of Lutz Rath — is about to open its 54th season of free concerts. The popular summer series begins July 10, with the WSMF debut of conductor read more here »

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Theatre company delivers provocative fare, dazzling production values BY MARTIN DENTON  |  Jose Saramago’s “Blindness.” Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451.” John Ball’s “In the Heat of the Night.” Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five.” Anthony Burgess’s “A Clockwork Orange.” Graham Greene’s “The Third Man.” George Orwell’s “1984.” What do these 20th century novels have in common, apart from read more here »

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Your $15 Lower East Side Summer

Rev. Jen, Faceboy reveal Downtown secrets for cool, cheap, seasonal thrills! BY REVEREND JEN MILLER, FACEBOY & SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Ah, summer in the Lower East Side — where the concrete traps the heat, the temps hover in the low 90s through the night and the pretty people are drenched in sweat before opening the read more here »

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Police Blotter, Week of July 5, 2012

Stuy High cheating A cheating scandal broke at the elite Stuyvesant High School on June 18 when the principal, Stanley Teitel, found a student apparently getting answers on his cell phone while taking a test, according to the Daily News and the Post. A Department of Education spokesperson said the matter is under investigation. Another read more here »

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‘Shawafel’ spot was plain awful; Closes after failed Health check

BY LORENZO LIGATO  |  A yellow “Closed” sign is glued on the door of Tahini, a student-favorite falafel and shawarma restaurant on Third Ave. at St. Mark’s Place. Located near The Cooper Union and New York University’s East Village dormitories, Tahini became a go-to spot for students seeking low-priced falafel and shawarma sandwiches. It was read more here »

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LUNGS breathes new life into local community gardens

BY ERICA RAKOWICZ  |  Acting as a lush community oxygen tank and a center for growth, the scattered oases of LUNGS (Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens) keep the Lower East Side green and diverse. Started last year and now with about 20 affiliated gardens, LUNGS generates a feel-good atmosphere with clean air, friendly people and an read more here »

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The faces of Jim Fouratt

Yippie, Stonewall leader, club impresario, activist BY LORENZO LIGATO  |  A history maker: That’s how Jim Fouratt describes himself. The outspoken community activist has been part of the history of Greenwich Village for more than 50 years. It was 1969 when Fouratt — then a long-haired, slender, aspiring actor from Providence, Rhode Island — took read more here »

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Pride: The final frontier…to boldly go…for it all!

Pride — and high-flying cheerleaders — filled the air at Sunday’s Pride March. Sporting a Boy Scouts of America shirt, George Takei, a.k.a. Mr. Sulu from “Star Trek,” beamed down at warp speed to join the procession, and possibly seek out new forms of life. Guys with buffed bods did pushups while being whipped to read more here »

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Gruber takes reins at C.B. 2

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON |  Until three weeks ago, it looked like Brad Hoylman was a shoo-in for re-election as Community Board 2 chairperson. But then everything changed when Tom Duane announced he wouldn’t seek re-election to the state Senate. The L.G.B.T. political icon was quick to give the nod to Hoylman as his successor, and Duane read more here »

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