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A ‘Banksy’ beside an East Villager box?

Could this have been yet another “lost Banksy”? East Villager Laura Zelasnic spotted this handiwork left near the curb at the corner of E. 13th St. and Fourth Ave. last month. It was likely a spoof — but, hey, you never know.

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Sandoval on a high note

At a ceremony at the Blue Note jazz club on Nov. 3, the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce presented its fourth annual Village Music Legends Award to famed trumpet player Arturo Sandoval, right. The award was presented by G.V.C.C.C. Chairperson Elizabeth Butson, left, a former publisher of The Villager. Sandoval, a Grammy Award winner, gave read more here »

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Parade was a thriller, with angels and demons

After a one-year hiatus after Superstorm Sandy struck days before last year’s Village Halloween Parade, the ghoulish good times returned to Sixth Ave. last Thursday. Also back was the zombified “Thriller” dance. There were more zombies safely caged on the Webster Hall truck, but also some halo-wearing angels.

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Creatures of the night come out to play at parade

It was an extra-special night to be a specter — or a demonically possessed Spider-Man or Spider-Girl — last Thursday at the Village Halloween Parade. The annual event also scared up a lot of business for local merchants.

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Costume kids gets their kicks

Whether wearing elephantine ears or riding the A train, from a geisha to a glamour queen, kids in creative costumes enlivened Washington Square last Thursday at the annual Children’s Halloween Parade, co-sponsored by New York University and Community Board 2.

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Kids were frightfully cute

Local kids — and their parents, too — were looking cute at the West Village Children’s Halloween Festival at Bleecker Playground on Sun., Oct. 27. The annual event was organized by Friends of Bleecker Playground and sponsored by a bevy of local businesses and community organizations.

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Putting on the dog for Halloween at park pooch parade

Kids weren’t the only ones in Halloween costumes this past weekend. At the new Washington Square Park dog run, canines cavorted in imaginative getups in a costume contest. Sierra, dressed as Simba, the Lion King, was the winner. His owner, Peter Friedman, wore a matching outfit. A black Lab sported a George Clooney floating in read more here »

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Doris the Vampire Slayer?

Margot Adler, a radio journalist and correspondent for National Public Radio and a Wiccan priestess, left, spoke about vampires as symbols during last Sunday’s service at Judson Memorial Church, on Washington Square South. Adler began by saying that previously she had never known much about vampires, but in the last five years, has read more than 200 novels read more here »

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Mulling why a mind is  a terrible thing to gentrify

On Oct. 8 the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, on Avenue C near E. 10th St., hosted author Sarah Schulman, whose latest book, “The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination,” revisits the Lower East Side’s rebellious gay culture in the AIDS-plagued 1980s and ’90s. Schulman took questions from Ben Shepard, an associate professor of human service at the read more here »

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Two galleries are better than one

Antonio “Nino” Vendome, chairperson of the Vendome Group, above right, with P.J. Charlton restaurateur Phil Mouquinho, recently simultaneously opened two new art galleries in Hudson Square. Studio Vendome is on the ground floor of the Philip Johnson-designed Urban Glass House, at 330 Spring St., a residential project developed by Vendome. Meanwhile, Studio Vendome Projects, is read more here »

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