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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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Of gods and men and women

BY RANIA RICHARDSON  |  Spiritual devotion ripens into carnal passion for a young temple dancer in “Vara: A Blessing.” The modern-day tale is a glimpse into the practices of an intriguing Hindu subculture of devadasis. As a practitioner, Lila (Shahana Goswami) spends her days worshiping Krishna and studying the classical dance form, Bharatanatyam, in her read more here »

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The friendliest kidnappers you’ll ever meet

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Stories about abductions which purposely blur the lines of fact and fiction are certainly nothing new — and in fact it was 16th-century tales of Englishmen falling into the hands of Barbary pirates, and then 17th-century recounting of New England colonists taken by Native Americans, that laid the ground for the read more here »

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Just Do Art, Week of April 10, 2014

THE SECOND ANNUAL DOWNTOWN LITERARY FESTIVAL After last year’s well-attended and wordy (in a good way) inaugural event, McNally Jackson Books and Housing Works Bookstore Cafe are once again collaborating on the Downtown Literary Festival — a daylong celebration showcasing the literature and writers of New York City (with a focus on Downtown diversity and read more here »

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Mime has the right moves

Before he performed his hoop routine, a silver-painted mime enjoyed a game of chess in Washington Square Park.

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Wag the dog: Puppy puppet is a hit

As long-sought sunshine brought parkgoers out to Washington Square last Sunday, a young boy discovered Rusty, the puppy puppet, the latest in the Washington Square Park marionette family of Ricky Syres. Other members of the brood include Stix, a twerking, whiskey-swilling hick; Little Doris (a mini-me of Doris Diether of Community Board 2; and Larry read more here »

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