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Sophie sports camp scholarships are a moving tribute

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  The benefits of physical fitness, sports and dance for young people was something Sophie Gerson avidly promoted her entire life. A public school physical education teacher who rose to become president of the local community school board and whose son, Alan, was city councilmember for Lower Manhattan’s District 1 for two read more here »

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Pepe Verde closes on Hudson St., but there’s still Pepe Rosso in Soho

BY LAEL HINES  |  As of Tuesday morning, the cozy West Village Italian restaurant Pepe Verde, at 552 Hudson St., has been replaced by a closed roll-down gate and an “Out of Business” sign. The closure’s exact cause remains subject of speculation. Most locals think it was financial problems or a lease issue — challenges that read more here »

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I luv 6th and B, so now put another roof up, baby!

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |   Hurricane Sandy slammed the East Village’s 6th and B Garden hard. An enormous willow tree was sent falling diagonally across the Avenue B green oasis, shearing off two other trees’ branches on the garden’s south side as it came crashing down. The superstorm’s winds also blew off the stage roof’s fiberglass read more here »

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Foodies, parents rail against ‘demon seed’ Monsanto

Hundreds of likeminded individuals from around the metro area rallied at Union Square on Saturday, braving sporadic rain to protest against and raise awareness about Monsanto and the genetically modified food produced by the multinational company’s seeds. The crowd was filled with Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, going under the name Occupy Monsanto, but also many read more here »

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Forget the couture, ‘Just Chaos’ puts focus on punks

BY BOB KRASNER |“Forget about the Met show — this is where it’s at,” Monte A. Melnick, former tour manager of the Ramones, firmly stated. He was speaking of the May 9 opening of “Just Chaos,” a photo show by some of the major documentarians of punk rock at Marc Jacobs’s hip literary emporium, Bookmarc, at 400 Bleecker read more here »

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Hats off — make that on! — to 40 years at Liz Christy

  Members of the Liz Christy Garden, at Bowery and East Houston St., celebrated the 40th anniversary of the city’s first community garden. There was the famous hat party, with this year’s winner sporting a chapeau in the shape of a watering can. There were free hot dogs and nonalcoholic drinks, and a band played. read more here »

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BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  Senior citizens received sound advice on how to “Take Charge of Your Health” at the second annual free community health forum co-sponsored by the New York University Office of Civic Engagement and VillageCare on May 14. Moderated by Dr. Max Gomez, an Emmy award-winning CBS television medical reporter, the event — held read more here »

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For Taylor: The last great Downtown bohemian artist

BY BOB HOLMAN | Stephen Paul Miller got up, told the story of how Taylor got his apartment — Taylor came to visit Stephen and stayed, so Stephen just found another apartment. Leticia Viloria, former bartender at the Bowery Poetry Club, discussed having Taylor’s Dewar’s (three ice cubes) waiting as he sat down at the read more here »

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Grace organ gets a second wind (make that, sixth)

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  A deep swelling tone, felt even before it was heard, opened the concert inaugurating the new organ of Grace Church. The music of the Taylor & Boody organ, with its 5,000 pipes and 75 stops, played by Grace Church organist and choirmaster Dr. Patrick Allen, was gentle as well as majestic. read more here »

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Church service blesses ‘the spirit in the wheels’

BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL  |  Last Saturday, several dozen cyclists rolled their bikes to the front of St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery for its first annual Blessing of the Bicycles. “It’s a riding neighborhood,” Reverend Winnie Varghese, the E. 10th St. church’s pastor, said as the cyclists gathered round with their three- and 10-speeds. “As a church, read more here »

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