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Food guide is here; Cherry St. tower height unclear

BY SAM SPOKONY | Continuing more than a year of work that began when the Lower East Side’s vital Pathmark supermarket announced its closure last September, the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council on Dec. 19 released a guidebook aimed at connecting residents to local, affordable food sources. The NeighborFood Grocery Guide —published in English, Spanish and Chinese versions read more here »

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And now for a little BRRRRahms….

Passersby in Washington Square Park on Fri., Dec. 13, might have wondered whether Colin Huggins, a.k.a. “The Crazy Piano Guy,” was, in fact, crazy to be out there as the mercury hovered around the freezing point. Although he had on his trusty ear-flaps hat, he was playing without even half-gloves on his hands. At least read more here »

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Loyalty, long walks and…liver!

BY HEATHER DUBIN | Cookie is no stranger to the Tompkins Square Park dog run.  David Joffe, who has lived in the same apartment in the East Village for 37 years, takes Cookie, a 10-year-old collie-German shepherd mix, outside for two-hour stretches, three times a day. On a recent weeknight, Joffe was amongst a handful of dog read more here »

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Pier 42 design proposal features lawns, playground, inlet

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED DEC. 9, 2013  |  The city’s Parks Department and its hired architect proposed their conceptual master plan for the redevelopment of Pier 42 on Dec. 5, offering a park design that focused heavily on wide open lawn space, waterfront marshes and near-complete removal of the large shed that currently read more here »

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High Line crew unsure how foreign roaches got into park

BY SAM SPOKONY | The organization that oversees the High Line said on Monday that it’s not sure how a rare breed of cockroach — which has never before been spotted in the U.S. — ended up in the popular elevated park. On Monday it was reported that Periplaneta japonica, a species of roach that can apparently survive read more here »

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Building planned on garden lot

BY SAM SPOKONY | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED NOV. 27, 2013  |  A developer has filed plans for a six-story, 70-foot-tall residential building on a contested lot that was part of a Lower East Side community garden for more than 30 years. Supporters of the Children’s Magical Garden, at the corner of Stanton and Norfolk Sts., were dismayed read more here »

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A new period series, “The Knick,” about the old Knickerbocker Hospital, was recently being filmed at Orchard and Broome Sts. on the Lower East Side. The director is the renowned Steven Soderbergh. Video by Don Mathisen for NYC Community Media

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Advocates to file suit against NYCHA infill plan

By SAM SPOKONY  |  Originally published Nov, 8, 2013  |  Opponents of the New York City Housing Authority’s plan to lease public land to private developers have filed a lawsuit against the agency in an attempt to stop the plan from moving forward. The Urban Justice Center and New York Environmental Law and Justice Project announced on read more here »

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Tent talk: The discussion at Duarte Square begins about ‘transition’

  The discussion at Duare Square just might be the start of something “crate.” Last Thursday, crates had been set up to create the “TALK” sign in front of the large white tent at Duarte Square. Photos by Lincoln Anderson BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | The talking at the Talking Transition tent at Duarte Square, at Canal read more here »

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Park air rights bill will pass unless Cuomo vetoes it

By LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Last Friday, environmental and community groups opposed to allowing the Hudson River Park to sell its unused development rights one block inland from the park raised the alarm: After months of inaction since the bill passed the Legislature in June, it had suddenly been rushed to Governor Cuomo for his signature. The read more here »

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