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Kickin’ it for loving moms

  Lower East Side musician Alyson Palmer, with her daughter, above, is profiled in Ali Smith’s “Momma Love; How the Mother Half Lives.” Smith is doing a Kickstarter campaign to publish the photo book, which was 12 years in the making. See Page 3.

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Hats on parade…and look what ‘Auntie Pasta’ cooked up

Photos by Jefferson Siegel Plenty of Downtown creativity was on display at Sunday’s Easter Parade on Fifth Ave. in Midtown. From left, Chelsea resident Paul Nagle, who was arts liaison to former City Councilmember Alan Gerson, tipped his cap to “Les Miserables;” East Villager Rolando Vega transformed himself into “Auntie Pasta;” and Carmen Garcia, also read more here »

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Pax has really grown on her

  PET SET West Village dog activist Lynn Pacifico recently adopted a new puppy, Pax, from a shelter. “She is now 53 pounds!” Pacifico kvelled of the growing pooch, above. After the dog run was kicked out of J.J. Walker Field about 15 years ago because local youth sports leagues’ use of the filed had read more here »

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Play it again, Rutherford; He wants ‘White Album’s

BY BOB KRASNER | For a little more than a month, artist Rutherford Chang was the proprietor of an “anti-store.” His project, entitled “We Buy White Albums,” at Soho’s Recess Gallery on Grand St., was the repository for Chang’s collection of copies of The Beatles’ classic “White Album.” Rather than selling the vintage vinyl, however, read more here »

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Fire hits First Ave. high-rise

On Friday night March 1 a fire broke out at one of the Village View Houses at 60 First Ave. at E. Fourth St. (behind the trucks, above). More than a half-dozen fire trucks responded. A fire chief on the scene said that the fire was in one room of Apartment 18B on the 18th read more here »

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Twenties mag ran the gamut

Dozens of dedicated rare-book vendors and collectors gathered last weekend at P.S. 3 for the school’s 33rd Annual Antiquarian Book Fair. The vendors, from New York and out of state, displayed their finest, oldest and rarest literary treasures, plus art, photos, maps and historical documents. Richard Chalfin, above, owner of The Better Book Getter, at W. read more here »

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Artist busted over her bust beats the charges in court

BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL  | Holly Van Voast walked out of Manhattan Criminal Court a free woman last Wed., Feb. 13, then celebrated by baring her bosom. Van Voast, 46, a performance artist and activist for the right of women to go topless in public, appeared in court to respond to the last three of several charges read more here »

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Lunar Parade makes hissss-tory in Year of the Snake

The Chinese Lunar New Year Parade and Festival wended its way through Chinatown Sunday. People born in the Year of the Snake are said to be complex and mysterious, and to have a sixth sense. Snake-sign people are also stylish and fashionable and have exceptional taste. Above left, lion dancers are always in vogue.

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Whole lotta shakin’ going on in Washington Square

Everyone is doing the Harlem Shake, including New York University students, who gathered in Washington Square last Friday to join in on the viral video trend that’s sweeping YouTube. The phenomenon combines a 1980s Harlem dance move (the Harlem Shake) with 30 seconds of an electronic dance track produced in 2011 by Baauer. It starts read more here »

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Moses couldn’t part the L.E.S.

Legendary Lower East Side activist Frances Goldin talked at St. Mark’s Bookshop about the article on her by Chris Brandt in “Jews: A People’s History of The Lower East Side,” edited by Clayton Patterson and Dr. Mareleyn Schneider. Goldin concentrated on her years fighting to preserve affordable housing in the Cooper Square Urban Renewal Area — read more here »

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