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‘Low Line’ fundraising on track; Kickstarter already passes goal

BY BONNIE ROSENSTOCK  |  Young visionaries James Ramsey and Dan Barasch, co-founders of Delancey Underground, reported that they are “insanely excited” that their Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000 for the first phase of the project has reached 128 percent of their goal, with more than 2,000 contributors and 10,000 Facebook friends, since the campaign was read more here »

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Police Blotter, week of March 8, 2012

Chelsea murder Police questioned two persons of interest this week but had made no arrests in the murder of John Laubach, 57, who was found by a friend Friday night March 2 in the victim’s fourth-floor bedroom at 212 W. 22 St. with his hands and feet bound, and gagged with tape. On Sunday, police read more here »

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East Villager is ID’d as leading hacker with Anonymous group

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  The leader of an international computer hacking ring who lives in the Jacob Riis Houses, where he operated from his apartment, was identified on Tuesday as the F.B.I. informant who ratted out five of his fellow hackers. Hector Xavier Monsegur, 28, a Stuyvesant High School graduate who lives in the East read more here »

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Cornell Edwards Way is wending its way to approval

BY BONNIE ROSENSTOCK  |  The street co-naming for Cornell Edwards, whose life was intertwined with the East Village for 43 years, has come two steps closer to becoming a reality. The third and final step is City Council approval, which, hopefully, will take place within half a year’s time. Cornell Edwards Way would be located read more here »

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Ted Mann, 87, part of team that revived Off Broadway

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  No two men could have been more unalike than José Quintero and Theodore Mann, who together gave birth, not just to the Circle in the Square but to the whole big, blooming Off Broadway theater of our times, though they didn’t know it at the moment of conception, It took a read more here »

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C.B. 2 votes unanimous No! on N.Y.U.’s superblocks plan

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  With a crowd of about 350 to 400 people in attendance — seemingly all of them opponents of the N.Y.U. 2031 Plan — Community Board 2 Thursday evening resoundingly and unanimously voted no on the university’s mega-development scheme for its two South Village superblocks. The people crowding into the meeting in read more here »

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‘Priest of O.W.S.’ says to expect shock and awe

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Speaking to the Village Independent Democrats recently, Minister Michael Ellick of Judson Memorial Church was happy to inform them that Occupy Wall Street is alive and well, though admittedly with a lower profile these last few months. In fact, he assured them, the 99 percent movement will soon return in a read more here »

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Parks is hoping  for speedy project  at L.E.S. pier site

BY ALINE REYNOLDS   |  As the crumbling East River waterfront continues to receive a makeover, one particular portion is in for a significant overhaul thanks to a government grant approved last month. The city’s wish to revamp Pier 42, between Gouverneur and Jackson Sts., didn’t seem plausible in 2010, when officials announced that the read more here »

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Cash Mob makes small splash in Soho, hoping to revive retail

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  The local owners of two Soho boutiques last week organized what they claim to be a “first” for New York City: Cash Mob, an event intended to promote local support of homegrown businesses. More than a dozen people, alerted by e-mail, Facebook and Twitter, converged at the corner of Thompson and read more here »

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The answer isn’t blowin’ in the wind, not at C.B. 2

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Community Board 2 is all for energy-saving “green” buildings in Greenwich Village, but the board balked at the prospect of 55-foot-tall wind turbines on neighborhood rooftops. The board included several conditions in its Feb. 23 endorsement of a City Planning Department proposal to amend the existing zoning text to reduce some read more here »

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