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NORTH RIVER MUSIC AT GREENWICH HOUSE MUSIC SCHOOL  Greenwich House Music School’s “North River Music” series concludes, with a performance by GHMS pianist and faculty member Taka Kigawa. He’ll perform John Cage’s “Etudes Australes” — a work of 32 pieces for which, GHMS tells us, “Cage used various chance operations over a star chart of read more here »

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From stage to senior show, art fuels their friendship

BY LORENZO LIGATO | “Art is a guarantee of sanity.” So read the characters printed on the black T-shirt that Aura Levitas was wearing the afternoon I met her, in the parlor of Greenwich House’s Senior Center on the north side of Washington Square Park. Next to her was sitting Ingrid Edwards, in a chic read more here »

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Johnny comes marching home, then catches ferry to Governors

[media-credit name="Photo by Milo Hess " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] On Saturday, joining the Governors Island opening-day festivities were a group of Civil War re-enactors, including the woman above. Representing the 14th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery Regiment, they did lots of drilling with their muskets, and just generally waiting around for the Rebels to show up — read more here »

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No masking it: Loisaida Fest was well worth crowing about

[media-credit name="Photos by Clayton Patterson " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Since 1987, the Loisaida Festival has been celebrated on the Sunday before Memorial Day. This year’s installment saw many vendors, including the woman painting a mask, above left. Of course there was great music, from conga players and singers to more casual itinerant music makers, like the read more here »

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We are family: Community feeling flows at festival

[media-credit name="Photo by Marlis Momber " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] The “Loisaida Family” gathered in front of Casa Adela restaurant, at Avenue C and Fifth St., Sunday in honor of the 20th anniversary of the death of Bimbo Rivas, the famed Lower East Side poet, playwright and community activist.

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From the Wall to the Hall

[media-credit name="Photos by Clayton Patterson " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit]Back in the days before digital photography, Lower East Side youth used to flock from far and wide to have their photos taken in front of Clayton Patterson’s grafitti-covered door a.k.a. “The Wall of Fame,” on Essex St. between Houston and Stanton Sts. The L.E.S. documentarian would develop read more here »

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For whom the bridge tolls: Why not East River spans?

BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  “Bridge traffic and tolls are one of the most vexing problems” for Downtown community boards, said Brad Hoylman, chairperson of Community Board 2, in introducing a panel of experts who were about to deliver their most cogent thoughts on the subject to an audience at N.Y.U.’s Casa Italiana. The May read more here »

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C.B. 3 O.K.’s SPURA plan as city O.K.’s lasting affordability

BY LESLEY SUSSMAN  |  More than 40 years after the city bulldozed hundreds of Lower East Side homes and businesses as part of a contentious urban renewal effort, Community Board 3’s full board this week, in a historic vote, unanimously approved a city plan for the development of five blighted parcels of land at the read more here »

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The motion carries: Quinn marries

BY PAUL SCHINDLER  |  In the highest profile same-sex wedding since marriage equality became a reality in New York State last July, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn married her partner of a decade, attorney Kim Catullo, in an early evening ceremony on May 19 at the Highline Stages in Chelsea. In fact, the wedding of read more here »

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The 411 from the Feline

L.G.B.T. Caucus gets frisky: In an article in last week’s issue, “City Council race for Quinn’s seat is already heating up,” Brad Hoylman told the newspaper that he had recently been appointed co-chairperson of the L.G.B.T. Caucus for the Father’s Day March to Reform Stop and Frisk. However, this week, Hoylman tells us that, in read more here »

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