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The ‘Mosaic Man’ has always blazed his own trail

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  One lesson I learned from living on the Lower East Side is that there is no heaven on earth, no utopia, no perfect solution to all of life’s problems, which means life is about dealing with the good and the bad, the ugly and the beautiful, the rational and the insane. read more here »

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Ira Blutreich, week of March 8, 2012

A new use for contraception: Women want to muzzle offensive Rush Limbaugh.

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BY ERIC FERRARA  |  In February of 1891, a 35-year old German man named Christian C.W. Grassman arrived in New York City and quickly established himself in the real estate field. By the turn of the century he had co-founded the Grassman and Hirtz real estate company, located on the first floor of 94 St. read more here »

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Evan Forsch
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Cops were spellbound by idea of magician as killer

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  The Lower East Side was a magical cauldron. The brew that percolated in this pot nourished a number creative individuals who went on and made a creative contribution to the world. Magic and mysticism are subjects of interest that have always found a place in the hearts of some fringe niche read more here »

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Village’s ‘Little Hall of Fame’ had a memorable run

BY ERIC FERRARA  |  Called the “Old Village’s Most Famous Exhibit” by The New York Times when it closed in August of 1913, Britting’s was a popular dining spot known for its extensive display of playbills, portraits, autographs and theater memorabilia dating back to the 18th century. Proprietor Charles H. Britting was only 23 years read more here »

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Sculptor dogged by a past act deserves forgiveness

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  Elsa and I are dog lovers. We got our first dog around 1978. A friend was getting divorced and had to give up the dog. We took the dog in. When we came to New York City, the dog, a part of the family, came with us. After our canine friend read more here »

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Cochise and the last real  street gang of the L.E.S.

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  Documenting the streets and the people of New York City, in my case, mostly the Lower East Side, can yield rewards as well as have its drawbacks. Most of the negative incidents happen because people are high on drugs or drunk, or have something to hide, or because the people are read more here »

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Evan Forsch

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Prison to Pad Thai, Bleecker building has seen it all

BY ERIC FERRARA  |  On the afternoon of Feb. 24, 1813, at the height of the War of 1812, the U.S.S. Hornet, an 18-gun warship, set its sights on a British sloop anchored on the Demerara River in Guyana, South America. While navigating a sandbar at the river’s mouth to position itself for an attack, read more here »

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