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Donald Suggs, activist, journalist, 51; Pumped up H.I.V. prevention

BY TROY MASTERS  |  Donald Suggs, who spent a lifetime engaged in progressive causes, died of a heart attack on Oct. 7 at age 51. A former associate director of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and program director at Harlem United, an AIDS organization, Suggs was a founder of People Using Media read more here »

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Sarah Zenis, 97, led Greenwich House poetry workshop

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Fellow poets and friends of Sarah Zenis met last week to celebrate the life of their beloved mentor, who presided at Greenwich House’s poetry workshop every other Tuesday for the past 20 years until she died on Sept. 11 at the age of 97. There was lots of laughter as her read more here »

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Bill Heine, musician, artist, magician, dies at 83

BY JEROME POYNTON  |  Bill Heine, an influential figure in the 1960s Downtown art and social scene, died on Sept. 15 at Kingston Hospital after a long illness. He was 83. He was born Bill Mossman, the son of a popular radio show personality. Upon his mother’s divorce, Bill took the name of his second read more here »

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David Berk, 80, performer with a long, varied career

BY ADAM BERK  |  David Berk, a lifelong West Villager and entertainer, died on Aug. 28 at age 80. Berk was born in the Bronx to Chaim and Frances Berk, and moved to Sheridan Square at the age of 2 1/2. As a youngster, he frequently could be found playing football or stoopball in Washington Square read more here »

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Matthew Ianniello, 92, mobster said to own Stonewall Inn in ’69

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |   Former Genovese crime family mob boss Matthew Ianniello, a.k.a. Matty the Horse, died on Aug. 15 at his home in Old Westbury, Long Island. He was 92. Ianniello was born in 1920 in Little Italy. Legend has it, he earned his nickname by knocking down an older, opposing pitcher at a read more here »

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  A memorial for radical feminist Shulamith Firestone drew 100 to 150 people to St. Mark’s Church on E. 10th St. on Sunday. Along with Firestone’s family members, many prominent figures in the women’s movement from the 1960s and ’70s were in attendance. “Feminists flew in from all over the country,” said read more here »

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BY NATHAN RILEY   |  The gay rights movement changed history, and it changed Lew Todd from a private person into a public servant who helped integrate L.G.B.T. New Yorkers into the city’s political life, as well as the inner workings of its government. Todd, decisive, pragmatic and amiable, left his mark on New York read more here »

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Tony Goldman, 68, developer with a flair for the arts

BY GARY SHAPIRO  |  Tony Goldman, a developer with a knack for resuscitating urban neighborhoods, died on Sept. 11. He was 68. Where others saw dilapidated buildings, Goldman envisioned busy clubs, art galleries, and hotels. Soho, Miami’s South Beach and Philadelphia were all beneficiaries of his touch. “He had a keen eye for preservation,” said read more here »

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Helen Iannello, a fixture in the politics and struggles of Greenwich Village in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, died on Aug. 18 at age 89. A Greenwich Village native, she was born and grew up on Thompson St. She attended P.S. 3 and New York University. She rose to become an read more here »

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Shulamith Firestone, radical feminist, wrote best-seller, 67

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Shulamith Firestone, a pioneering feminist who shot to fame at age 25 with her best-selling book, “The Dialectic of Sex,” was found dead in her East Village apartment on Tuesday. She was 67. Alerted by neighbors, who had smelled a strong odor from her apartment, her superintendent peered in through a read more here »

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