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State finally transfers 75 Morton St. to city for new middle school

  BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  For seven years, local politicians and community activists have pushed for the state to sell 75 Morton St. to the city so it could be converted into a sorely needed public middle school. Complicating and slowing the process, during that time there have been three governors. From the start, Assemblymember read more here »

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Nolita apartments illegally deregulated, building tenants say

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Would you like to pay $4,200 a month to live in an apartment that might actually be rent-stabilized? Probably not. In fact, you might be pretty upset with the landlord and real estate broker who tried to sell you on that deal. And that might be why the broker who was read more here »

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Green Dot scams, ID theft pose challenge for police

BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  As overall crime continues to drop in the East Village and citywide, felony assaults and robberies have spiked in recent weeks in the Ninth Precinct, while identity thefts targeting local residents especially continue to challenge police resources. The March 18 meeting of the Ninth Precinct Community Council focused heavily on such read more here »

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C.B. 3 raps Beasties co-naming

BY LESLEY SUSSMAN  |  You gotta fight for your right… .” That’s how LeRoy McCarthy summed up his feelings Tuesday night, when Community Board 3 voted to deny his proposal to co-name the intersection of Rivington and Ludlow Sts. as “Beastie Boys Square.” “There are many people within city government who do support this street read more here »

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Occupier who says cop grabbed her breast is on trial

BY BETSY KIM  |  In a potential blow to the case of Occupy Wall Street protester Cecily McMillan, State Supreme Court Justice Ronald Zweibel last week refused to allow review of the personnel file of Grantley Bovell, the officer involved in her arrest. The 25-year-old New School graduate student is charged with felony assault of read more here »

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Police Blotter, Week of March 27, 2014

Girl gone wild Katherine Martinez, 25, viciously attacked two male cops near Union Square early on Sun., March 23, forcing them to call for backup to subdue her, police said. The officers said they were trying to stop Martinez following a previous incident in order to see her ID, and approached her near the corner read more here »

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New app Covers restaurant tabs

BY PASHA FARMANARA  |  Paying for items with our cell phones is a new revolution that has taken over the app store. One new mobile payment app to hit the app store, Cover, is a big game changer for the restaurant business. Cover allows users to pay for their restaurant tabs with their smartphones instead read more here »

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Stripping down to the basics at Chelsea’s naked yoga

BY ANN VOTAW  |  Nudity is not about sex, according to Monika Werner and Joschi Schwarz, co-owners of Bold & Naked Yoga. The Chelsea business is the nation’s first nude yoga center, which recently expanded its male-only instruction to include women and co-ed classes. “It’s too new to say something,” said Schwarz about the format, read more here »

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Just Do Art, Week of March 20, 2014

  BOOK LAUNCH: A LOVE LETTER TO THE CITY Even when working as “ESPO” and tagging late 1990s-era NYC with graffiti, the artful mark Stephen Powers was leaving on public spaces seemed to be just as much a product of genuine affection as expansive ego. These days, the indelible impressions he leaves around the world read more here »

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The Springtime Adventures of an Underemployed Urban Elf

BY REV. JEN  (rev-jen.com)  |  As prophesied in my last column, my boyfriend of almost four years dumped me two days before Valentine’s Day. I realize I’m not the easiest person to date — but it’s not like I advertised sanity. (Note: hoping this is a Richard Burton/Liz Taylor temporary thing.) Adding to the fun read more here »

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