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Report says L.E.S. has many ‘intensely’ segregated schools

BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  News coverage about a new report on severe segregation in New York City public schools has focused on lack of student diversity in schools in Harlem and the Bronx. However, the report also noted another area where school segregation is particularly heavy, though it has received little media coverage: the East read more here »

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City Council approves South Village Historic District unanimously

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Four months after the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the South Village Historic District, the City Council on April 10 resoundingly seconded the motion. By a 47-to-0 vote, the Council officially landmarked the new historic district, which is roughly bounded on the west by Sixth Ave., to the north by W. Fourth read more here »

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Museum fears plaster disaster from next-door hotel project

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  To the dismay of advocates for the historic Merchant’s House Museum, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission finally approved a plan for the construction of an eight-story hotel next to the museum, in a six-to-one vote on April 8. The planned 27 E. Fourth St. hotel — which would sit immediately to read more here »

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A love letter to Greenwich Village by luminaries who have called it home

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Greenwich Village Stories: A Collection of Memories,” a 102-page book by 67 artists, writers, musicians, photographers, actors and entrepreneurs, had a coming-out party last week. The April 8 event drew about 100 friends of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation — co-publisher with Universal, a division of Rizzoli International — to read more here »

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Hell Square needs ‘broken bar’ crackdown by police

BY DIEM BOYD  |  Bill Bratton’s return as commissioner of the New York Police Department brings with it his trademark “broken windows” policing policy. Bratton’s strategy advocated for a hard-line approach on low-level crime and quality-of-life violations predicated on the belief that a “disorderly city is a dangerous city.” The crack in Bratton’s “broken window” read more here »

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Steve Cannon has left the building, but takes a piece of it

BY SARAH FERGUSON  |  The dismantling of the legendary East Village arts salon A Gathering of the Tribes was a painful spectacle. All week, supporters young and old came out of the woodwork to pay tribute to the space and its founder, Steve Cannon, as they worked to extract the blind 79-year-old poet from the read more here »

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BY SAM SPOKONY  |  The annual Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza will come back to the East River this year, Mayor de Blasio and Macy’s officials announced on April 14. The fireworks display had been held for five straight years on the Hudson River — leaving many in Brooklyn and Queens and on Manhattan’s read more here »

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Police Blotter, Week of April 17, 2014

Waking nightmare Police are hunting for an unknown man who allegedly snuck into an East Village woman’s bedroom and tried to rape her early on Sun., April 13. The victim, 32, whose address was not disclosed, told officers she woke up around 3 a.m. to find the suspect, pictured in the sketch above, standing on read more here »

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Tribeca Film Fest, you’ve got style

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Choosing what you’re going to see at the Tribeca Film Festival on its opening date, April 16, is like waiting the day before to file your taxes. It’s possible, but not practical — and a very good way to end up waiting in line. Full house potentials, broken down by genre read more here »

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The world’s ‘Stag’ is our ‘Weekend’

BY SEAN EGAN  |  American audiences are conditioned to expect maximum levels of raucous debauchery from their bachelor party flicks — but “The Bachelor Weekend” provides viewers with a slightly different, more gentle spin on the genre. Released as “The Stag” overseas, this Irish import to the Tribeca Film Festival is a breezy, genial film read more here »

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