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Speeding cyclist slams woman on Broadway

BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL | Around 7:30 p.m. Thurs., June 20, a large group of cyclists was speeding down Broadway when one of them struck a female pedestrian at the corner of Eighth St. Firefighters responded and treated the woman (above), bandaging a large, bloody cut on her forehead. A police car soon arrived, and the cyclists, read more here »

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Electrical accident snarls First Ave. and Houston St.

A contractor doing work for the city at First Ave. and Houston St. hit an electrical feeder, according to Allan Drury, a Con Ed spokesperson. There were no injuries, and repairs were ongoing on Thursday evening when the photo above was taken. A worker at the scene Thursday night said there had been “an explosion” read more here »

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Preservationist: Park air-rights transfers could radically impact waterfront properties

  Last updated Mon., June 24, 8:27 p.m. BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Local politicians are hailing the State Legislature’s passage last week of modifications to the Hudson River Park Act. The Assembly passed the bill Thursday, and the state Senate passed it around 5 a.m. Saturday after an all-night marathon to wind up the Legislative session. read more here »

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First local cronut knockoff — only five blocks away!

It had to happen. C’est la vie. Yes, the Village’s first cronut knockoff has arrived. Of course, it’s not actually called a cronut, but rather a French donut. (Maybe this will eventually be shortened to “Fronut”?) Its first day of sale was Saturday at Mille-feuille bakery and cafe, 552 LaGuardia Place, between W. Third and read more here »

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Hudson Park bill allows air-rights transfers, longer leases, boat ticket tax, restaurants, carousels

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | As the State Legislature’s session drew to a close, a sweeping bill to modify the Hudson River Park Act in a variety ways was quietly passed by both the Assembly and the state Senate. The bill was approved by the Assembly 96-5 on Thursday around noon. Then, after a marathon session that read more here »

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Enough talk: Our politicians must save children’s garden

  V CLAYTON BY CLAYTON PATTERSON | In my geographic map of the Lower East Side I describe the section I live in as the center slice — the land mass that divides the lower section of the L.E.S. from the upper section. The boundaries that give this area its size and shape are the Bowery, the read more here »

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C.B. 3 committee backs saving children’s garden

BY SARAH FERGUSON | The embattled Children’s Magical Garden got a resounding thumbs up from the Parks Committee of Community Board 3 last week. C.M.G. came under attack last month when developer Serge Hoyda — who has a history of power plays on the Lower East Side — fenced off one of the three lots which read more here »

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Avant-garde stars shine at first Acker Awards

  V CLAYTON BY CLAYTON PATTERSON | On June 6, at the Angel Orensanz Center on the Lower East Side, the first annual Acker Awards were held. The Acker Awards were created by myself and Alan Kaufman. Soon we expect other cities to join in. (See ackerawards.com.) The Acker Awards are a tribute to members of the read more here »

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Ray gets a new lease — and an ‘A’!

  Ray Alvarez of Ray’s Candy Store proudly displayed his new lease this week. After decades working at his hole-in-the-wall hot dog-and-fries shop on Avenue A, Ray, 80, feared his rent of $4,100 would be doubled in a new lease this month, meaning he wouldn’t be able to afford to stay. But he wound up read more here »

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Florist injured by drag racer said to have emerged from coma

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Mohammed Akkas Ali, critically injured on Wed., June 19, when a drag-racing driver hopped the curb and roared into his East Village flower stand, reportedly has come out of his coma. East Village activist Bill Weinberg posted on Facebook that he stopped by East Village Farm Grocery early Monday morning and received read more here »

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