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Postal Service’s enormous deficit must be addressed

By LizaBéar  |  In Jacques Tati’s satirical comedy “Jour de fête” (1949), the village postman who delivers mail on his bicycle is dazzled by the speed and efficiency of the U.S. Postal Service, shown as a movie-within-a-movie in a tent at the county fair. He could scarcely have anticipated the dire financial straits in which read more here »

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Steve Ben Israel, countercultural performer, dead at 74

[/media-credit]Photo by Clayton Patterson ” align=”alignleft” width=”300″] Steve Ben Israel. BY BILL WEINBERG | Steve Ben Israel, legendary thespian, veteran of the groundbreaking Living Theatre troupe, and pioneer of what he called “performance life” (as opposed to performance art), died Mon., June 4, of lung cancer at his home in the Village. He was 74. Born to read more here »

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Bike-share will be like ‘a new transportation system’

BY LORENZO LIGATO  |  In a little more than a month, it will be easier for New Yorkers and visitors alike to walk outside and hop on a bicycle. Citi Bike — the eagerly anticipated bike-sharing program named after lead sponsor Citigroup and operated by New York City Bike Share — will launch at the end read more here »

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E. First St. plaque recalls bar that was totally rad

[media-credit name="Photos by Bonnie Rosenstock " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] From left, Andrew Berman, G.V.S.H.P. director; Christin Couture, a shareholder at 50 E. First St.; and Phil Hartman, owner of Two Boots. The black-and-white paper background shows where the door to Justus Schwab’s famous saloon was once located. BY BONNIE ROSENSTOCK |  The Greenwich Village Society for Historic read more here »

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A serene scene in Soho

[media-credit name="Photo by Tequila Minsky " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] “Survival of Serena,” Carole Feuerman’s hyper-realistic sculpture — complete with beads of water on the figure’s arms and the inner tube — was recently installed in Soho’s Petrosino Square, at Lafayette and Spring Sts. The painted bronze piece will be on view through Sept. 23. The artist’s read more here »

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Mendez, Little Red, garden honored with Village Awards

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  | The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation on Thurs., June 7, will bestow eight awards on the people, places and institutions of the West Village, the East Village and Noho that contribute to their neighborhoods’ special character. Author Calvin Trillin will do the honors. The society’s 22nd annual ceremony, including awards to read more here »

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City O.K.’s roof rotors up to 55 ft. tall for buildings

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Despite reservations by preservation advocates, real estate officials hailed new land-use guidelines intended to encourage the building and retrofitting of energy-sustainable buildings. The citywide Zone Green Text Amendment, passed by the City Council and signed by Mayor Bloomberg, which removed some zoning impediments to the construction and renovation of “green” buildings, read more here »

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Private’s birthday is met with cards, tears and resolve

BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  It was an outpouring of emotion prompted by tragedy, with the backdrop a photo of an only child who died far too young. Some 400 Chinatown residents and students gathered at Pace University High School, at 100 Hester St., last Thurs., May 24, to commemorate the late U.S. Army Private Danny read more here »

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Astor news vendor appeals to state’s highest court

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Jerry Delakas is still hanging onto the Astor Place newsstand where he has been serving the neighborhood for more than 25 years. For more than a year, he has been fighting to overturn a Department of Consumer Affairs decision to pull his newsstand license, and has lost twice in court. If read more here »

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Police Blotter, Week of May 31, 2012

Truck kills young actress Police are looking for the hit-and-run driver of a truck that struck and killed a woman, 21, around 1:26 a.m., Thurs., May 24, while she was walking east across 14th St. at Broadway across from Union Square Park. The truck was traveling east on 14th St. and making a right turn read more here »

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