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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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Superheroes and — Pow! Bang! — super costumes
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Hudson River pull-ups

Tuesday was another beautiful day during this summer-like fall. For Jerry Solon, Hudson River Park near Canal St., was the perfect place to hang out —literally — on this sculptural structure. Despite a sign stating “No hanging or climbing,” the graphic designer / coffee company C.E.O. said a lot of people use it for pull-ups read more here »

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Stories amid the stacks at Jefferson Market Library

As part of the French Institute Alliance Française’s FIAF Fall Fstvl, “Crossing the Line,” artist Fanny de Chaillé (above, in the library’s balcony overlooking the stacks) introduced a new take on storytelling at the Jefferson Market Library on Fri., Sept. 27. Twelve storytellers each told his or her own “book” in 20 minutes to members read more here »

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A big day for Sara Curry and Little Missionary’s

At the unveiling of the new Sara Curry Way honorary street co-naming sign in the East Village on Saturday, actress Kelly McDonald experienced some slight technical difficulties as the paper covering ripped instead of sliding off. (This seems to frequently happen at these street-sign unveilings!) Susan Stetzer, district manager of Community Board 3, at left, read more here »

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