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Charges stick against Gummy

Well, New Yorkers — especially young kids — can rest assured that the notorious Gummy Bear has finally been brought to justice. After decades of ruining teeth, adding empty calories and exposing people to artificial coloring, the gelatinous cad is now in jail, or so says the poster art on this Thompson St. wall. Word has read more here »

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Master of puppets…and also a pretty good drummer

  Mr. Stix is one of 13 puppets created by Ricky Syers, who entertains passersby under the Washington Square Arch. Mr. Stix likes to smoke and drink, both of which are illegal in the park. Though, then again, he’s just a puppet, so it’s O.K. — though it sends a bad message to youth and read more here »

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Ludlow’s bar-closing blues

  In another loss on Ludlow St., Motor City closed on June 30. The bar’s fans held a final blowout — including one guy who blew flames after swigging some alcohol. Then, this week, legendary Ludlow watering hole Max Fish also closed. There went the neighborhood.

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Ahhh! Cool relief beats the heat
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Talk about some cool wheels

  The heat wave has New Yorkers doing anything to keep cool. Six Lowa snapped this shot near the Pitt St. pool on Tuesday. There’s nothing like some clever ingenuity in the midst of an inferno. Thanks to East Village blogger Shawn Chittle for forwarding the photo.

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Cronut knockoffs hit the shelves

Villager reader Cathy Glasson spotted this latest knockoff of a cronut — the hybrid croissant / doughnut invented in May by Dominique Ansel — at a Stew Leonard’s supermarket in Connecticut. The South Village baker was wise to trademark the word “cronut,” since the peculiar pastry quickly became a global gustatory phenomenon, with cronut look-alikes read more here »

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Arturo the V… Do you remember rock ’n’ roll radio?

Arturo Vega, who died at age 65 on June 8, was known as “The Fifth Ramone.” His E. Second St. loft became the band’s headquarters, T-shirt factory and sometime home. He was their the spokesman, lighting director, logo designer and faithful friend, staying with them from 1974 to 1996, when the band broke up for read more here »

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Flipping into a cooler space as the city pools open

New York City’s public outdoor pools — including the one at the Tony Dapolito Rec Center, above — opened for the summer last Thursday on July 4. And it couldn’t have come at a better time, with the city gripped in a heat wave. The Parks Department recreation center pools are open daily from 11 read more here »

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Park gets condos — for kestrels

BY LAEL HINES  |  To help provide a safe urban habitat for American kestrels, Hudson River Park has partnered with the New York City Audubon Society to create new “kestrel condos.” The American kestrel, also known as the sparrow hawk, is a small northern falcon with orange and gray plumage and two black stripes on read more here »

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