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Artie Stewart, the ‘Heart of the Park,’ dies at 68

BY SHARON WOOLUMS | It was a sad day on April 5 in Washington Square. Artie Stewart, the “Heart of the Park,” quintessential crowd pleaser, passed away into the park’s annals of those forever loved and never forgotten. His wonderful, zany antics will no longer make us giggle. Artie’s fellow park musician Sage Logan expressed read more here »

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Al D’Avanzo, 76, architect and a founder of BAMRA

BY ALBERT AMATEAU | Albert N. D’Avanzo, an architect and Villager who was a founder of the Bleecker Area Merchants and Residents Association (BAMRA), died in his home on Thompson St. between late Sun., March 24, and early Mon., March 25, his 76th birthday. In ill health for the past two years, Al was last read more here »

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Margaret Rock; Polish immigrant lived to age of 109

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Margaret Rock, who came to New York from Poland in 1958, died peacefully on Sat., April 13, in her second-floor walk-up on E. Sixth St. She was 109 years old. “She was fiercely independent,” said Irene D’Alessio, a social worker at the Selfreliance Association of American-Ukrainians who had visited Margaret regularly read more here »

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Gerald Barry, 90, writer/editor for Newsweek, wires and Peat

BY ALBERT AMATEAU | Gerald J. Barry, a journalist and editor who made his home in Greenwich Village with his family for the past 50 years, died Wed., March 13, after a brief illness. He was 90. At a funeral Mass at St. Joseph’s Church, at Sixth Ave. and Washington Place, attended by scores of read more here »

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Ric Menello, 60, starred at dorm before film fame

  BY ALBERT AMATEAU | Memorial candles were burning in front of New York University’s Weinstein Hall on University Place last week in impromptu tribute to a man who worked as a desk clerk in the student residence in the early 1970s. Although he was not a household name, Ric Menello, who died at the read more here »

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Patricia Buzzuro, 86, active in community and G.O.P.

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Patricia Buzzuro, a Village resident for 80 years who organized the Far West 10th St. Block Association 40 years ago and served as the Republican Party State Committee member from the 64th Assembly District in the 1980s, died Sunday, Feb. 24, at age 86. Pat Buzzuro’s dedication to her neighborhood is read more here »

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BY SHARON WOOUMS  |  Charles Louis Walker emanated a sweetness, gentleness and kindness that made you feel that he liked you, that he would be interested in your complexities — and he would appreciate you! He enjoyed life and people. At Charlie’s memorial on Feb. 23 my sentiments were expressed by many in myriad ways. read more here »

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Diane Wolkstein, 70, city’s  storyteller, folklore historian

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Diane Wolkstein, the first full-time storyteller hired by the Department of Parks and Recreation 45 years ago, who became a folklore historian and the author of 23 books, died Jan. 31 in Taiwan at the age of 70. A resident of Patchin Place in Greenwich Village, Diane Wolkstein was undergoing emergency read more here »

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Sylvia Friedman, 74, a leader in East Side politics

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Sylvia Friedman, a leader for decades in East Side Democratic politics who served as district leader, as well as in the New York State Assembly, and was an intrepid advocate for the rights of  people with disabilities, died Feb. 3 at the age of 74. A member of the Gramercy Stuyvesant read more here »

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BY LESLIE T. SHARPE  |  I first met Larry Selman when I moved to our neighborhood in 1978. Larry passed away peacefully, his great heart finally failing, last month. I would see him patrolling the streets, his close-cut, pebbly hair (I always teased him it was too long), thick glasses and rotund shape, reminiscent of read more here »

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