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Key site in early gay rights history faces demolition

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  The new owner of an 1824 Federal Period house on Spring St. has applied for a demolition permit, prompting the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation to ratchet up its demands for a South Village Historic District. The demolition application for the vacant four-story building at 186 Spring St. near Thompson read more here »

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Keeping it real with some old friends on the L.E.S.

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  John Lockwood is a neighborhood character who I have known and photographed many times over the years. Anyone who has spent any time on Avenue A is familiar with John. He makes his living washing windows. He owns and runs his own company, Rose Window & Awning Cleaning. John is getting read more here »

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Boomerangs thrown for a loop, are cut down further

The so-called Boomerang buildings N.Y.U. plans to add in Washington Square Village’s courtyard came around for another spin through the ULURP review process, but this time were slashed over all much more than in the previous round. The City Planning Commission had previously trimmed the Space Mountain-like structures, but in the latest round of negotiations read more here »

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Zipper gets zapped a bit, to the benefit of neighbors

The Zipper building’s design was also “undone” a bit during the City Council negotiations. The above-grade bulk of the block-long building, planned for Mercer St. between Houston and Bleecker Sts., was reduced by about 9 percent. This was done to provide more light and air to residents living in two buildings at or near the read more here »

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Judge’s book gives an insider’s view  of life on the bench

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  The author of “Disrobed” was indeed disrobed. On this Saturday morning the honorable Frederic Block, senior judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (which covers Brooklyn and Long Island), had set aside his black robes in favor of a light-blue, bicycle-imprinted T-shirt and white read more here »

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Bookshop is hoping to turn over new leaf at new space

BY AIDAN GARDINER  |  St. Mark’s Bookshop has sat at its corner on Third Avenue and E. Ninth St. for the past 20 years as a bazaar of unique literature and bold art books that has seen the neighborhood around it shift from a haven of oddity to a hub of development. But the store’s read more here »

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Westbeth secures financing for major structural repairs

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Westbeth, the artists’ residence converted 40 years ago from the old Bell Laboratories complex, has recently completed a $9.8 million financing agreement for a long-needed maintenance project. The agreement with Signature Bank became final last month after a yearlong process to determine how to finance urgent maintenance of the five-building complex, read more here »

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Peed-off crusty threatens senior, trashes his glasses

In another troubling incident in Washington Square Park, on Sunday afternoon a “crusty traveler punk” harassed a senior in the park’s fountain. Around 3 p.m., as several dozen people sat around the fountain watching two toddlers frolicking in the water, a crusty type entered the fountain with his dog and sat down. The dog proceeded read more here »

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Soho bakery rolls, but luckily only a few blocks away

BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  Early every morning, sculptor Rosemarie Castoro would buy a walnut-and-raisin roll at Grandaisy Bakery on Sullivan St. and read her New York Times — that is, when her paper wasn’t stolen from outside her door. Her backup was always Gran Daisy’s house copy, which was amicably shared. The longtime west Soho read more here »

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LUNGS breathes new life into local community gardens

BY ERICA RAKOWICZ  |  Acting as a lush community oxygen tank and a center for growth, the scattered oases of LUNGS (Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens) keep the Lower East Side green and diverse. Started last year and now with about 20 affiliated gardens, LUNGS generates a feel-good atmosphere with clean air, friendly people and an read more here »

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