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Bitter End’s Weintraub returns to where it began, on Bleecker

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  Fred Weintraub, all 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds of him, was coming back in high enthusiasm, on a brief visit from Los Angeles, to cast an eye on The Bitter End, the dynamic Bleecker Street culture cradle he had founded and run from1961 until Warner Bros. snatched him up in 1969. Also read more here »

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Police Blotter, April 5, 2012

McDonald’s decides The owner of the McDonald’s franchise on W. Third St. near Sixth Ave., where a brawl broke out last month, has agreed to engage Paid Detail — off-duty New York Police Department officers in uniform working as private security — at night. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn had said that Paid Detail security read more here »

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Judge holds off on ruling on Tribes gallery dispute

BY GERARD FLYNN  |  An East Village arts organization’s future continues to hang in the balance, following a Housing Court judge’s recent decision to hold off on a ruling that could see the bohemian hangout close after 20 years. Since 1991, A Gathering of the Tribes has been run as an alternative arts and literary read more here »

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Anita Steckel, sexually provocative painter, was 82

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Anita Steckel, a Westbeth artist who became famous after her sexually explicit paintings in a Rockland Community College exhibit provoked a furor in 1973, died Fri., March 16, at the age of 82. Among her best-known works is “Giant Woman,” a series of paintings between 1969 and 1972 of a gigantic read more here »

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Richard Stack, 72, actor who ran AIDS initiative in late ’80s

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Richard Stack, a longtime Village resident who organized and ran The Actors Fund AIDS Initiative in the late 1980s, died Thurs., March 23, at the age of 72. Diagnosed with AIDS in 1988, he had serious health problems for years and had been admitted to the Beth Israel Hospice five weeks read more here »

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Four Hudson Square ‘Feds’ are designated landmarks

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously last week to designate four Federal-style rowhouses, nearly 200 years old, in the Hudson Square neighborhood. The new landmarks include 310 Spring St., which is between Renwick and Greenwich Sts., and the houses at 32, 34 and 36 Dominick St. between Hudson and Varick read more here »

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Village writer is still in coma after injury; Witnesses sought

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  A man found unconscious around 11 p.m. Sat., March 24, on Christopher St. between Bleecker St. and Seventh Ave. South was still in a coma on Wed., April 4, in Bellevue Hospital. The victim, Tim Smyth, who lives and works in the Village, sustained an inoperable brain injury according to a read more here »

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Chamber survey: Most local merchants back N.Y.U. plan

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  The Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce last week completed its Small Business Impact Survey on the New York University 2031 Plan and found that the university is a source of revenue for 95 percent of the 110 businesses in the survey. The survey area — between Sixth Ave. and Broadway and read more here »

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Meatpacking District’s plazas get a major makeover

Last week, the Department of Transportation and the Meatpacking Improvement Association unveiled seven new public pedestrian spaces in the Meatpacking District. Nearly 20,000 square feet of public space has been transformed into engaging communal areas where people can sit, eat and interact at the center of “Meatpacking.” A ribbon-cutting was held last Wed., March 27, read more here »

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East Village church dons hoodies against profiling

[media-credit name="Photos by Q. Sakamaki " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Associate Minister Chad Tanaka Pack led a prayer at Sunday’s service, above. BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Calling for an end to racism and profiling, members of an East Village congregation on Sunday wore hooded sweatshirts as they prayed. The shooting of Trayvon Martin, 17, in Sanford, Florida, read more here »

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