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Fighting to hold an L.E.S. community garden together

  Above, City Councilmember Margaret Chin visited the Children’s Magical Garden on Norfolk St. last Thursday — a day after developer Serge Hoyda fenced off the lot he owns — and spoke with garden member Dave Currence, who was holding his 4-month-old son, Wells. Below, Chin, accompanied by staff member Matt Viggiano, surveyed the garden and new read more here »

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‘Only light and love can drive out darkness and hate’

On Saturday afternoon, Takis Kouvatseas lit a candle in what would soon grow to be a much bigger memorial for Mark Carson at Eighth St. and Sixth Ave. The Cirque du Soleil drummer, who lives nearby on Sixth Ave., said he knew Carson from hanging out with him around the neighborhood in gay bars, like read more here »

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Hats off — make that on! — to 40 years at Liz Christy

  Members of the Liz Christy Garden, at Bowery and East Houston St., celebrated the 40th anniversary of the city’s first community garden. There was the famous hat party, with this year’s winner sporting a chapeau in the shape of a watering can. There were free hot dogs and nonalcoholic drinks, and a band played. read more here »

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Students occupy, see red after Cooper ends free tuition

In protest of The Cooper Union’s recent announcement that it would start charging incoming undergraduates a 50 percent tuition — ending a 100-year tradition of free education — about 50 students occupied President Jamshed Bharucha’s office in the Foundation Building last Wed., May 8. On the evening of May 9, students rallied outside the Foundation read more here »

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Cupcakes and pancakes are in the house all of a sudden

House of Cupcakes recently opened at Seventh Ave. South at Grove St. And if that wasn’t enough, a few blocks to the south, IHOP (the International House of Pancakes) has opened on Carmine St. near Seventh Ave. South. Only time will tell if this is a mere coincidence or if the “House of” eateries trend read more here »

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Making all the right moves

The renovation of Washington Square Park several years ago cramped the style of chess players there, leading to a new chess scene quickly developing in Union Square’s southern plaza. Saravuth Inn has earned a living playing chess in Union Square since 2008. He says his earnings are inconsistent, but enough to allow him to rent read more here »

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Pining for some new public art

The Parks Department and Cynthia-Reeves Projects, in cooperation with the Union Square Partnership, will debut “Lotus,” above, by Seoul-based artist Jaehyo Lee, in Union Square Park this month. Located at the park’s southeastern triangle, the exhibition will be on view through October. Lee exhibits internationally, with recent works included at New York’s Museum of Arts and read more here »

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Surfin’ safari in the park with better Wi-Fi

Beefed-up free Wi-Fi in Union Square Park has enough capacity to let about 1,000 people surf the ’Net to their hearts’ content on their laptops and handheld devices.

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Marching for workers’ rights, safety and immigrants

Marchers in the May Day parade on Wednesday made their way down from Union Square to City Hall. The big issue, along with of course workers’ rights, was immigrants’ rights. A Japanese group called attention to the Fukushima nuclear disaster of March 2011. Marchers condemned Arizona’s harsh “SB 1070” anti-illegal immigration act.

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Advocates, donors and volunteers gathered in the Village on April 25 to kick off the final weeks of the campaign leading up to the 28th annual AIDS Walk NY, which will be held in Central Park on May 19. The Walk is largest AIDS-related fundraising event in the world, and last year raised more than read more here »

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