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Gulick fix fully funded

After getting a $2.5 million state grant in January for its much-needed renovations, the Lower East Side’s Luther Gulick Park recently got some more good news, receiving a $1 million allocation from Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. The announcement was made April 1 by the Friends of Gulick Park, a community group that has long advocated read more here »

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Squadron touts ‘20 percent solution’ for needy parks

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  When Mayor de Blasio recently announced that he had appointed Mitchell Silver as the Parks Department’s new commissioner, he notably chose to do it at Seward Park on the Lower East Side, the country’s first municipally built public playground. Continuing his “tale of two cities” theme at the March 21 press read more here »

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East Village punk killed by car

East Village punk rocker Lisa “Spike” Julian was killed early on Thurs., March 27, after being hit by an S.U.V. while she was crossing the street near Cooper Square. Julian, 47, was crossing at St. Mark’s Place and Third Ave., around 6:30 a.m., when the Ford Explorer, driven by a newspaper deliveryman who’d just finished his read more here »

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Kenneth Reisdorff, of New York City, owner of the Broome Street Bar, died Feb. 26 while on vacation in Florida, after having a margarita, a nice lunch and a swim in the hotel pool. He was 92. Kenn, as he was known, was a gentlemanly and beloved fixture in the Soho neighborhood, recognizable by his read more here »

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Crack clears Angel Orensanz Center

The Lower East Side’s Angel Orensanz Center was evacuated the night of Mon., March 31, after wooden columns supporting the 19th-century building’s second-floor balcony gave a loud crack, causing the balcony to sag.  The structural problems at the 172 Norfolk St. building — a former synagogue built in 1849 — became apparent during the annual read more here »

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Home sharing for seniors offers a host of benefits

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  As many seniors struggle with fixed incomes and an affordable housing shortage, one service has long offered individuals a way to cut down on costs while also gaining valuable companionship. The Home Sharing Program, a free service provided since 1981 by the nonprofit New York Foundation for Senior Citizens, allows adults read more here »

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E.D. will focus on service, be able to help in a crisis

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  No, admittedly, it’s not a full-service hospital to replace the former St. Vincent’s. Nonetheless, the Lenox Hill HealthPlex will definitely be a major new medical presence on the Lower West Side. And it’s rapidly taking shape in the former St. Vincent’s O’Toole Building, at W. 12th St. and Seventh Ave. Most read more here »

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Villager lensman goes to the dogs

Mascot Studio, a combination gallery and custom framing shop, at 328 E. Ninth St., that has been operated by owner Peter McCaffrey since 1982, is once again celebrating “the spirit of the dog” in its 15th annual exhibition of canine-oriented painting, illustration and photography. The Villager’s own award-winning photographer Bob Krasner is participating for the read more here »

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A man, a van, a no-rent plan

Jimmy Tarangelo lives with his three dogs in a van parked on the street in Hudson Square. He grew up at Leroy and Greenwich Sts., and his van can usually be found nearby there. A former auto worker and engine room mechanic, he now works as a building superintendent in the neighborhood, and also keeps read more here »

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Triangle tragedy  not forgotten

The horrific March 25, 1911, Triangle Shirtwaist fire in the Asch Building, at Washington Place and Greene St., was commemorated Tues., March 25, for the 103rd time, with a ceremony at the site, now known as the N.Y.U. Brown Building. There were Triangle fire descendants, labor leaders and union members. Speakers included City Comptroller Scott Stringer, read more here »

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