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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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The second line ran all the way from New Orleans to the West Village on Tuesday night, as Le Poisson Rouge on Bleecker St. hosted the Fourth Annual Two Boots Mardi Gras Ball, which doubled as a benefit for the Lower East Side Girls Club. Along with some traditional brass band fanfare and festive stilt read more here »

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East Village radicals hit the runway at MoRUS show

Activists gathered Saturday at the East Village’s Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space to celebrate individuality, sustainability and a very radical sense of style during the museum’s first-ever Direct Action Fashion Show. The improvised runway show, which was held in the adjoining C-Squat basement at 155 Avenue C — a space often shared with MoRUS — read more here »

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And on some other nearby piers — putting on the dog

Monday, at Piers 94 and 95, pooches were going through the rigors of breed judging for the Westminster Dog Show. Babs, a French bulldog, tried to relax amid all the hoopla. Pilot, an Afghan hound, got a last-minute blowout. A sheepdog was looking sleek, possibly after a Brazilian hair-straightening session. Henry, the Basset hound, looked read more here »

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Should have seen it coming

Sylvia Mitchell, a Greenwich Village psychic accused of conning $128,000 out of a woman to rid her of her “bad spirits,” was arraigned at Manhattan Criminal Court on Wed., Feb. 6, where she pleaded not guilty to grand larceny and was released on her own recognizance. Pictured with her above is her lawyer, Joe Murray. read more here »

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Keepsakes from Koch campaigns

Villagers bedecked with Ed Koch campaign buttons attended the former mayor’s funeral Monday at Temple Emanu-El on the Upper East Side. Above, Barbara Steinberg, former social committee director for the Village Independent Democrats, Koch’s original political club, sported a scarf full of Koch buttons, including for one of his mayoral campaigns and his gubernatorial campaign. read more here »

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Renovated ‘famine church’ is a real feast for the eyes

During a press preview last week of the renovated St. Brigid’s Church — now renamed St. Brigid and St. Emeric Church — architect Michael Doyle and contractor Michael J. Fitzgerald, who teamed up on the project, joined Father Lorenzo Ato to give a tour of the historic “famine church” built by Irish immigrants fleeing the read more here »

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Gala occasion at Girls Club on Martin Luther King Day

The Lower Eastside Girls Club celebrated Martin Luther King Day with the screening of the movie “The Barber of Birmingham” and a photo exhibit and community reception for a stellar group of “Amazing Women of the Lower East Side.” At right, three of the “Amazin’s” are pictured, from left, Naomi Bibbins of the Visiting Nurse read more here »

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