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Eggcellent Ukrainian Easter craft

On Sat., April 12, from noon to 2 p.m., East Villager Anna Sawaryn will lead a Ukrainian Easter egg decorating workshop at 6th & B Garden, on Avenue B between Fifth and and Sixth Sts. Since the workshop will use candles and hot beeswax, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. For centuries, read more here »

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‘Jell-O Cup’ will get jiggly

Among Peter Cooper’s myriad inventions was powdered gelatin. The Cooper Union founder created it with his wife, Sarah, and later received a patent for it in 1845. Now, an event will honor the Father of Jell-O back where it all began. On Sun., April 13, the Cooper Union Alumni Association will hold the first-ever Peter read more here »

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Thinking ‘Beyond the Grid’ about disaster preparedness

BY SAM SPOKONY | We’ve all lived, seen or heard the stories. After Hurricane Sandy struck, many people across Downtown Manhattan and other storm-damaged areas struggled without electricity or Internet service, as government agencies had difficulty reacting quickly to those in need. In many cases, it was volunteer community groups that took the lead in read more here »

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Supremes brush off street-artist suit; Activist tries mayor

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Robert Lederman, founder and president of A.R.T.I.S.T. (Artists’ Response to Illegal State Tactics), is running out of options in his fight to overturn the Parks Department’s 2010 rules limiting where, in a few Manhattan park locations, street artists may vend their work. The city says the rules, adopted nearly four years read more here »

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Advocates pushing for middle school  to open up earlier

BY BETSY KIM  |  The city Department of Education has slated the new school at 75 Morton St. to open in September 2017. However, citing overcrowding and the absence of a middle school in the Village, the 75 Morton Task Force is pushing for a September 2016 opening. Meanwhile, the task force is looking toward read more here »

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Wittenberg seating this summer; Astor Place plazas in two years

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  From a new seating area to expansive plazas, a lot is in store for the Village Alliance business improvement district’s coverage area, which stretches from Eighth St. and Sixth Ave. over to St. Mark’s Place and Second Ave. At the BID district’s western end, at the intersection of Sixth and Greenwich read more here »

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Former squatters fear bar next door will be a riot

BY GERARD FLYNN  |  Of all the places in the world to hear noise complaints about nightlife, the once-anarchic C-Squat deep in the once-dangerous Alphabet City seems the unlikeliest. For decades the squat was an alternative outpost and transient kind of home to homeless punks, hippies — like Texan Jerry The Peddler — and heroin addicts, read more here »

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Police Blotter, Week of April 3, 2014

3 shots, 28 years The man convicted of shooting at two police officers near a Lower East Side public housing complex in 2012 has been sentenced to 28 years to life in prison, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced March 28. Prior to the sentencing, Luis Martinez, 27, was found guilty on Jan. 31 of read more here »

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Gulick fix fully funded

After getting a $2.5 million state grant in January for its much-needed renovations, the Lower East Side’s Luther Gulick Park recently got some more good news, receiving a $1 million allocation from Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. The announcement was made April 1 by the Friends of Gulick Park, a community group that has long advocated read more here »

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Squadron touts ‘20 percent solution’ for needy parks

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  When Mayor de Blasio recently announced that he had appointed Mitchell Silver as the Parks Department’s new commissioner, he notably chose to do it at Seward Park on the Lower East Side, the country’s first municipally built public playground. Continuing his “tale of two cities” theme at the March 21 press read more here »

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