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A love letter to Greenwich Village by luminaries who have called it home

A love letter to Greenwich Village by luminaries who have called it home

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Greenwich Village Stories: A Collection of Memories,” a 102-page book by 67 artists, writers, musicians, photographers, actors and entrepreneurs, had a coming-out party last week. The April 8 event drew about 100 friends of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation — co-publisher with Universal, a division of Rizzoli International — to read more here »

Eggcellent Ukrainian Easter craft

On Sat., April 12, from noon to 2 p.m., East Villager Anna Sawaryn will lead a Ukrainian Easter egg decorating workshop at 6th & B Garden, on Avenue B between Fifth and and Sixth Sts. Since the workshop will use candles and hot beeswax, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. For centuries, read more here »

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‘Jell-O Cup’ will get jiggly

Among Peter Cooper’s myriad inventions was powdered gelatin. The Cooper Union founder created it with his wife, Sarah, and later received a patent for it in 1845. Now, an event will honor the Father of Jell-O back where it all began. On Sun., April 13, the Cooper Union Alumni Association will hold the first-ever Peter read more here »

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East Village punk killed by car

East Village punk rocker Lisa “Spike” Julian was killed early on Thurs., March 27, after being hit by an S.U.V. while she was crossing the street near Cooper Square. Julian, 47, was crossing at St. Mark’s Place and Third Ave., around 6:30 a.m., when the Ford Explorer, driven by a newspaper deliveryman who’d just finished his read more here »

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Home sharing for seniors offers a host of benefits

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  As many seniors struggle with fixed incomes and an affordable housing shortage, one service has long offered individuals a way to cut down on costs while also gaining valuable companionship. The Home Sharing Program, a free service provided since 1981 by the nonprofit New York Foundation for Senior Citizens, allows adults read more here »

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Chin wants higher fines for harassing senior tenants

BY SAM SPOKONY  | Asserting it will help to protect seniors from wrongful eviction and abuse, City Councilmember Margaret Chin on March 12 introduced legislation that would increase the penalties against landlords caught harassing their tenants. The bill would double the maximum fine for tenant harassment by increasing the penalties from the current range of $1,000 read more here »

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BY SAM SPOKONY  |  As Mayor Bill de Blasio remains silent on the issue, a coalition of park advocates and politicians gathered near the Union Square Park pavilion on March 9 to call again for him to kill the Bloomberg-era plan to place a seasonal, high-end restaurant in the public pavilion. The advocates recently lost read more here »

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Little Italy parish saddened by pastor’s retirement

BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  As he has done many times before, Father Fabian Grifone, 88, celebrated afternoon Mass on Ash Wednesday at the Church of Most Precious Blood on Mulberry St. “I’m supposed to be retired, but not as yet,” he said. He was referring to the constant murmurings of his imminent retirement that have read more here »

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Committee is turned off by design for sex shop site

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  A developer hopes to replace a Village sex shop with a five-story mixed-use building featuring three large residential units — but the plans didn’t get much love from Community Board 2’s Landmarks Committee. The current, 70-year-old, one-story building at 192 Seventh Ave. South — at the southwest corner of the avenue and read more here »

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Burglaries spike in Village; ‘Lock your doors’: Inspector

Bad news: burglaries are booming within the Village area in 2014, with a shocking 135 percent increase compared to last year’s totals at this point. As of March 2, 40 break-ins were reported throughout the Police Department’s Sixth Precinct, compared to just 17 reported through the first two months of 2013, according to police statistics. read more here »

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