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Al Goldstein, 77, porn pioneer, free-speech advocate

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Al Goldstein, who pioneered the commercialization of pornography with Screw magazine, which he co-founded in 1968, died Dec. 19 in a Brooklyn nursing home where he spent the last several months of his life. Goldstein was 77. By the time Screw folded in 2003, pornography was a $10 billion mainstream industry, read more here »

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Helen Libutti, 91, ‘Zeppole Lady’

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Helen Libutti, known for years as “The Zeppole Lady” because she sold the delicacy at the San Gennaro and St. Anthony festivals in Greenwich Village, died Nov. 22 at the age of 91. Born and raised in the Village, she was for the last four months of her life in a read more here »

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BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Legendary jazz guitarist and longtime Greenwich Village resident Jim Hall died on Dec. 10, at age 83. Hall was widely regarded by both players and critics as a true master of the instrument, and his influence as a keenly melodic and modern guitarist continues to be felt throughout the jazz world. read more here »

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BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  James Gallagher, who attracted a legion of devoted friends during his years as an actor in the Theatre of the Ridiculous in the 1970s and later as a psychotherapist, was finally laid to rest Thurs., Nov. 21, a year after he was found dead at the age of 61 in his read more here »

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Lou Reed, 71; Rock poet lived  Downtown, backed local causes

BY ALBERT AMATEAU   |  Lou Reed, who died Oct. 27 at the age of 71, was recognized as an artist who explored themes of joy as well as death and depravity that he brought to rock ’n’ roll as a songwriter, guitarist and lead singer since 1960. Patti Smith, writing in the New Yorker read more here »

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Pioneering rock-’n’-roller Lou Reed dies at age 71

New York rock icon Lou Reed died on Sun., Oct. 27, at age 71. The cause was complications from a recent liver transplant. The epitome of Downtown cool, he was an oversized presence on the local arts and activist scene. Two years ago he embraced the Occupy Wall Street movement. Before that, he helped the read more here »

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Ruth Maleczech, 74, a founder of avant-garde troupe

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Ruth Maleczech, a co-founder of Mabou Mines, the renowned experimental theater group based in the P.S. 122 arts complex in the East Village, and a leading performer in the company, died peacefully in her sleep on Sept. 30. She was 74. She had stage-four breast cancer and had moved a few read more here »

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Michael LaMantia, 72, the heart of Our Lady of Pompeii

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  The parish of Our Lady of Pompeii said goodbye last week to Brother Michael LaMantia, who died Fri., Sept. 27, after 51 years as a brother in the Scalabrini Order and nearly 40 years at the parish in the heart of Greenwich Village. At his wake on Mon., Sept 30, and read more here »

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BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Mayer Vishner, antiwar activist, editor and cultural critic, died Aug. 22 at the age of 64 in the MacDougal St. apartment where he made his home for more than 30 years. His death, for which he had long planned and called his “Existential Project,” came after he took an overdose of read more here »

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BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Carmen Vega Greiss, dancer, singer and community activist, who fought to preserve the Village alongside her late husband, the artist Abe Greiss, and neighbors like Jane Jacobs, died Aug. 14 in her home on Greenwich St. She was 91. She sustained a stroke in April and had been confined to home read more here »

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