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John Lesch, 69, founded alt paper, lived in the East Village

John Lesch, 69, founded alt paper, lived in the East Village

John Paterson Lesch, a former resident of the East Village, where he briefly ran an alternative newspaper, died …..Feb. 28 in Pennsylvania. The cause of death was cancer. He was 69. John was born in Misericordia Hospital in the Bronx in 1944 to Samuel, an editor at The Wall Street Journal, and Margaret Lesch. For read more here »

Kenneth Reisdorff, of New York City, owner of the Broome Street Bar, died Feb. 26 while on vacation in Florida, after having a margarita, a nice lunch and a swim in the hotel pool. He was 92. Kenn, as he was known, was a gentlemanly and beloved fixture in the Soho neighborhood, recognizable by his read more here »

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Jean Kwok, 81, tai chi master, wife of Village preservationist

Jean Gee-Hing Kwok, 81, passed away peacefully on Feb. 5, at the Village home she had shared with her late husband, Arnold Bergier. Jean was a devoted and loving wife to Arnold, whom she married in 1970.  He was a prominent sculptor and a founder in 1959 of the Save the Village Committee, which fought read more here »

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Paul Colby, 96, owner of Bleecker St.’s Bitter End

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Paul Colby, owner of The Bitter End, the little club on Bleecker St. where countless folk singers and comedians, the celebrities and the obscure, first found their fans, died on the night of Feb. 13 at his home in Montclair, N.J., at the age of 96. Fondly known as “Our Colonel” read more here »

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Alfred Albrizio, jeweler to the stars, dies at 66

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Alfred Albrizio, jewelry designer and owner of C’est Magnifique jewelry shop on MacDougal St., died Feb. 2 in Orange County Hospital. He was 66. He had lung disease that had been diagnosed as cancer in 2008, according to Catherine, his wife of 25 years. Located for many years on MacDougal St., read more here »

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Arnold Warwick, 82, real estate broker, ‘Mayor of Commerce St.’

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Arnold S. Warwick, a real estate broker known as the “Mayor of Commerce St.,” where he lived for more than 50 years above the Cherry Lane Theatre, died at New York Presbyterian Hospital on Jan. 21 at the age of 82. He died a short time after being admitted to the read more here »

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Lorraine Colville, 88, educator, active in politics

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Dr. Lorraine Colville, a retired John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor and former regional director of the U.S. Department of Education, died at the age of 88 of heart failure in New York-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital on Jan. 20. A resident for decades of Thompson St. in the South Village, she read more here »

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BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |Pete Seeger, a pioneer in the revival of American folk music whose performances and recordings were integral to his lifelong dedication to the civil rights, peace and environmental movements, died Monday. His death at the age of 94 at New York Presbyterian Hospital was confirmed to The New York Times by one read more here »

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‘Mayor of Chinatown,’ Paul Lee, dies at 63; An outspoken leader

BY JOSH ROGERS  |  Paul J.Q. Lee, a Chinatown small business owner and activist who seemed to revel in uphill fights against the establishment, died Jan. 18 at age 63. Lee suffered a heart attack in the subway on the way to work Jan. 15, and died three days later at Beth Israel Hospital, said read more here »

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Bruce Kurland, artist, father of Yetta, dies at 75

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Bruce Kurland, a painter and the father of Yetta Kurland — a civil rights lawyer and two-time City Council candidate — died on Dec. 11 in Buffalo, N.Y., after a long illness. He was 75. A Buffalo-area resident for many years, he was born in the Bronx and raised on Long Island, read more here »

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