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Sofa so good: Techies’ new idea — talking face to face

No, they weren’t evicted from an apartment. A concept called Freeconvo set up a living-room atmosphere on Astor Place on Saturday afternoon. The idea, hatched by two tech investors, is to create an atmosphere where passersby can sit and have face-to-face encounters, just like in olden days. On Saturday, as several college-age people leaned forward in conversation, read more here »

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On Sat., Dec. 21, East Side kids enjoyed a double treat when they got free gifts, plus the thrill of meeting Mr. and Mrs. Claus, at the annual Children’s Holiday Toy Drive, sponsored by the Ninth Police Precinct, N.Y.U. and Birch Family Services. The youngsters also got a rousing welcome from the New York University read more here »

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The annual Police Roast Beef Dinner at Our Lady of Pompei Church, at Bleecker and Carmine Sts., earlier this month was a huge success, as usual. More than 300 local seniors feasted on the delicious fare, including vegetarian, served up by Sixth Precinct officers, and provided by local merchants 49 Grove, 1849, Down the Hatch, read more here »

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The club and party scene: V.I.D. and D.I.D. celebrate

It’s the time of year for holiday parties and, in the Village and environs, that means political club holiday parties. The Village Independent Democrats held their get-together at the beautiful Charlton St. home of Frieda Bradlow, above left, chatting with Comptroller John Liu. Among other elected officials making the scene were V.I.D. stalwarts Assemblymember Deborah read more here »

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Birds of a feather…
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A bit mysterious
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Let there be…generators

More than a year after Superstorm Sandy knocked out power in Hudson River Park, work is still ongoing to restore electricity to some parts of the park’s Greenwich Village section south of 14th St. Portable electric generators are being used in this area to provide light at night. To date, $31 million has been spent read more here »

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Hot times at ‘The Year of Our Dragon’ awards fete

Although it’s technically the Year of the Snake, it was “The Year of Our Dragon” at the Friends of LaGuardia’s 18th annual gala event. Earlier this year, Adrienne’s Garden — a new playground with a kid-friendly dragon slide — was finally opened on LaGuardia Place. The community confab was held Oct. 29 at Noho Star, read more here »

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Through the eye of the iPhone

Acclaimed photographer Q. Sakamaki is among the professionals now using iPhones to take high-quality photos. He likes to use Hipstergram to customize his pictures to resemble old Polaroids, as with these images of his from this past May Day in New York. Admittedly, when shooting a portrait, Sakamaki said he has to brace the iPhone read more here »

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