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Leroy St. Dog Run is a bone of contention for an activist

BY T. SCHOEN  |  New Yorkers who choose to own a dog don’t have the space in their homes or even on the street for their often rambunctious beasts to exercise and enjoy themselves. That is why places like the Leroy St. Dog Run, in Hudson River Park, are crucial to the well-being of the read more here »

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Garden increasing development (birdhouses) and programming

  BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  Sunday was the season opening of the Jefferson Market Garden, on Greenwich Ave. between Sixth Ave. and 10th St. This year, the magnolia trees and daffodils are foreshadowing the arrival (hopefully!) of spring weather. “Last year, it was warmer and we opened in late March,” noted Jane Osmers, a garden read more here »

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The Way of The Dude abides at Lebowski temple of merch

BY KAMAKSHI AYYAR  |  Tucked away in a small storefront not far from Washington Square Park is a store whose owner greets customers while dressed in a bathrobe, slippers and a wolf’s hat. He isn’t hung over, just mirroring the cult film character his shop is dedicated to — Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski. The Little read more here »

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Synagogue members are split on residential conversion plan

BY REY MASHAYEKHI  |  A proposal to renovate a historic East Village synagogue and construct a penthouse suite on top of it took a step forward last week, with plans passing through a Community Board 3 committee and subcommittee and now awaiting approval from the full community board and the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. Renovations read more here »

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BY JERRY TALLMER  |  If his grandmother could for 40 years save her theater, the tiny 13th Street Rep, against all wolves domestic or foreign, why then, John O’Hara, Jr., could save his grandmother when he couldn’t reach her on the telephone. On the second day after Hurricane Sandy he walked over the Williamsburg Bridge read more here »

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Past and present unite at P.S. 3 panel discussion

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  P.S. 3 parents, alumni and current and former teachers gathered in the Hudson St. school’s auditorium on Sat., Feb. 2, for discussions about the origin and development of the West Village’s longtime alternative choice in elementary education. Founded in 1971, the school has throughout its history shown the benefits of progressive, read more here »

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Ray Alvarez, a.k.a. Asghar Ghahraman, celebrated his 80th birthday recently with a little help from his friends, who hired a bevy of burlesque dancers to titillate on the countertop of his hole-in-the-wall hot dog and Belgian fries shop, at Avenue A and Seventh St. Above, Little Motown danced to “Candy Girl” as Ray enjoyed the read more here »

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A time capsule of an artistic, more affordable Soho BY GARY SHAPIRO  |  For a Minimalist artist, Donald Judd’s presence in Soho is far from minimal. Many in the art world know that Judd’s former home and studio at 101 Spring St. is about to reopen in June. But few know that Judd’s footprint in Soho read more here »

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‘Green wave’ bike plan has Soho leader seeing red

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Community Board 2 is calling on the city’s Department of Transportation to study the possibility of resequencing traffic lights along Soho’s Prince St. bicycle lane, saying that synchronized timing on the red-to-green light progression could create a more consistent traffic flow for both cars and bikes and, in turn, increase safety read more here »

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Indie theater hopes booze and brisket will pack in patrons

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  The Lower East Side’s top indie movie theater is planning a million-dollar makeover that will depend on the success of its forthcoming liquor license application. Sunshine Cinema, located in a historic 1898 building at 143 East Houston St., expects to renegotiate its lease in the coming years, and sees an expanded read more here »

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