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And they said it was a sin; Avenue A church is gone

 The demolition of Mary Help of Christians Church, on E. 12th St. and Avenue A, which started earlier this month, is over and the site of the former house of worship has been cleared, above. But, as angry graffiti on a construction fence shows, below, the community won’t get over the loss of the historic read more here »

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Drum day afternoon: Beat-heavy buskers pound the park

A pleasant late-summer Saturday in Washington Square was, in the view of — and to the ears of — more than a few parkgoers, marred by the presence of two drummers with their full drum kits last weekend. A few feet east of the park’s fountain, a drummer and his amplified guitarist played, above. While, on the west read more here »

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Weiner and Spitzer are on a roll, at least on gag van

The Weiner Mobile, which you can sometimes find parked in Union Square, is now also sporting the new Spitzer Bordello. But in about the only semblance of decorum seen in this political season, the window hatch for the latter is closed during the day. It’s all an advertising gimmick by Joey Goodwin of Unruly Heir read more here »

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City Councilmember Gale Brewer was spotted leaving the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Tompkins Square Park over the weekend. Brewer, who is running for Manhattan borough president, is counting on her heavy-voting Upper West Side base and her deep, progressive roots to propel her to victory.

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Getting some leverage

The good old lever machines will be back in use for New York City’s primary elections on Sept. 10 and will also be in action for any run-off elections on Oct. 1. Poll workers are receiving a refresher in the use of the old-school mechanical voting booths, and also for the recently introduced optical scanners that read more here »

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Rings and reunions, and the final ring-ups at bodega

Axel the jewelry artist, left, and Tommy Turner, the writer / director of the film “Where Evil Dwells,” recently caught up at the opening of legendary street artist Peter Missing’s show at the Art on A Gallery, at 24 Avenue A. It was a real “old-school gathering,” according to the photographer. At right, Miguel, now read more here »

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Call her a swinger, but it’s just the way she hangs

Ivy Haldeman hung out in a hammock on Friday in the new 12 x 12 Project at First Street Green park, at Houston St. and Second Ave. The project takes place in a perfectly square wooden structure 12 feet wide, tall and long. A Cooper Union graduate living in East Williamsburg, Haldeman set up her read more here »

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Truck is getting mileage out of Weiner sext scandal

A marketing company is on a roll with a truck poking fun at Anthony Weiner’s serial sexting issues. The company — which, for a fee, encases one or both of its two trucks in plastic wrap displaying commercial advertisers’ messages — has been rolling this vehicle out in Union Square lately to showcase its services. read more here »

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Bathroom humor in the park

Ricky Syers, who was profiled in a photo story in The Villager last week, along with his beer-guzzling, cigarette-puffing marionette and his washtub drum set — appeared under the Washington Square Arch this past weekend in this giggle-inducing “Johnny on the spot.” The feet seen below the privy are actually part of the piece, and belong read more here »

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Kids keep cool with help from Vesuvio’s mini-pool

Local youth have their own V.I.P. outdoor pool in Vesuvio Playground at Thompson and Spring Sts. The mini-pool is only for children and teens up to the age of 16. Parents or adults must accompany young children. The pool will be open daily through Sept. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. read more here »

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