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Sure Shot…not; Beastie Square nixed

BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  Community Board 3 on Tuesday voted to quash LeRoy McCarthy’s quest to co-name a Lower East Side intersection for the Beastie Boys — and the hip-hop fan is calling it “sabotage.” The group’s “Paul’s Boutique” album cover sports a photo of the Ludlow and Rivington Sts. intersection. At the board’s Jan. read more here »

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Photographer goes from punks to pugs for a dog run’s aid

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  As the resident photographer for Punk magazine, Roberta Bayley captured iconic images of and hung out with the likes of the Sex Pistols, Blondie, The Clash, the New York Dolls and the Ramones. Bayley still hangs with a really cool guy named Sidney, but, well, he’s not a punk — he’s a read more here »

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Silver nets $2.5 million for Gulick Park renovation

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Capping years of community effort — and perhaps coming full circle in his own life — Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has helped secure $2.5 million in funding to revitalize the Lower East Side park where he once shot hoops as a kid. Luther Gulick Park, just south of Delancey St. between read more here »

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Feds: Ex-Stuy librarian was schooling himself on torture

BY SAM SPOKONY  | Before his arrest last April, a Greenwich Village man accused of planning to rape and kill women and children owned a disturbing video that depicts two men brutally torturing two women, officials said. Now federal prosecutors hope to use descriptions of that video as evidence against him at trial. The so-called “Pain read more here »

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Bid to name MacDougal St. block for founder of BID’s

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  The family of the late Norman Buchbinder — a real estate visionary and founder of two local business improvement districts — has begun an effort to name a Village street after him. Buchbinder, who died in 2007 at the age of 84, was revered by many area residents, merchants and city read more here »

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Father is sending out a message of spiritual rebirth

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Father Walter Tonelotto, pastor of Our Lady of Pompeii Church since July 2013, brings to the church in the heart of Greenwich Village the experience of 40 years as a priest who has been serving in places near and far. He has led parishes in Canada, Mexico and Haiti, and closer read more here »

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Poets House is a free literary oasis for everyone

BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  Cold weather should not be a deterrent for a visit to Poets House. The journey is worth the effort to reach this literary gem tucked away near the Hudson River in Battery Park City. Poets House is a writer’s delight with a library of 50,000 volumes of poetry and a well-lit read more here »

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Oh, baby! You can’t get any fresher than these DJ’s

BY STEFANIE IRIS WEISS  |  Natalie Weiss (no relation to this writer), the founder of Brooklyn’s Baby DJ School, the first school of its kind, knows something about music, babies and brain development: Her mother is a jazz musician, audio engineer and piano teacher who studied pediatric neurology at the Institute for the Achievement of read more here »

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Chamber honors five whose business is making busts

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Members of the Downtown community gathered on Dec. 12 to honor a group of local police officers for exemplary service this year. The 10th Annual Safe City, Safe Streets Luncheon, organized by the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, recognized New York Police Department service throughout the ranks, but it specifically highlighted read more here »

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A banner day to protest NYCHA infill plan

New York City Housing Authority residents and community advocates this week continued their protests of NYCHA’s infill plan by dropping banners at the proposed infill developments, including the Lower East Side’s Baruch Houses, at right. Under the authority’s plan, some sites on public housing grounds would be leased to private developers to build “80/20” projects, read more here »

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