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C.B. 3 committee pitches in to save children’s garden

BY SARAH FERGUSON  |  The embattled Children’s Magical Garden got a resounding thumbs up from the Parks Committee of Community Board 3 last week. C.M.G. came under attack last month when developer Serge Hoyda — who has a history of power plays on the Lower East Side — fenced off one of the three lots read more here »

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Rabbi Pesach Ackerman of Anshe Meseritz dies at 84

BY LESLEY SUSSMAN  | Rabbi Paul (Pesach) Ackerman, the popular longtime rabbi of the Anshe Meseritz synagogue, 415 E. Sixth St., died on Fri., June 14, at Beth Israel Hospital of complications from pneumonia. The much-loved rabbi, 84, worked for 44 years as spiritual leader of his Orthodox congregation, without salary. In his final days, Ackerman was read more here »

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Meseritz ark destined for new life, new synagogue

BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  The last tenement shul above East Houston St. is being converted into condos. But the heart of the shul, its two-story-tall ark, will be saved. In what is being hailed as a true-life story of b’shert (destiny), Anshe Meseritz’s 100-year-old, hand-carved ark — the housing for the Torah scroll — was saved from some read more here »

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Y says shower stalls not installed due to incident

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  When the formerly wide-open men’s shower room at the McBurney YMCA was divided up into individual stalls in April it sparked some speculation among members as to why it had been done. Had there been an incident, or incidents, at the high-profile gym, at 14th St. and Sixth Ave., that prompted read more here »

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Police Blotter, Week of June 20, 2013

Indicted in anti-gay murder The defendant accused of fatally shooting a gay man on a Greenwich Village street, after shouting anti-gay slurs and threatening to kill several other people, has been indicted on a charge of second-degree murder as a hate crime, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced on Tues., June 18. Elliot Morales, 33, read more here »

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After fire, Village View man fights eviction effort

BY CLARISSA JAN-LIM  |  A resident of the Village View apartment complex faces an uphill battle to keep the home that his parents owned before him in the middle-income co-op. Bohdan Rekshynskyj’s (pronounced “wreck-shin-ski”) ordeal began on March 1, when his two-bedroom apartment, at 60 First Ave., at E. Fourth St., caught fire while he was read more here »

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C.B. 3 committee backs saving children’s garden

BY SARAH FERGUSON | The embattled Children’s Magical Garden got a resounding thumbs up from the Parks Committee of Community Board 3 last week. C.M.G. came under attack last month when developer Serge Hoyda — who has a history of power plays on the Lower East Side — fenced off one of the three lots which read more here »

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Avant-garde stars shine at first Acker Awards

  V CLAYTON BY CLAYTON PATTERSON | On June 6, at the Angel Orensanz Center on the Lower East Side, the first annual Acker Awards were held. The Acker Awards were created by myself and Alan Kaufman. Soon we expect other cities to join in. (See ackerawards.com.) The Acker Awards are a tribute to members of the read more here »

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Committee gives green light for a Wash. Sq. conservancy

BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | A large room at the Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender Community Center on W. 13th St. was packed on the evening of June 5 by people who wanted to weigh in with Community Board 2’s Parks Committee on a newly formed, nonprofit organization called the Washington Square Park Conservancy. The conservancy read more here »

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Ray gets a new lease — and an ‘A’!

  Ray Alvarez of Ray’s Candy Store proudly displayed his new lease this week. After decades working at his hole-in-the-wall hot dog-and-fries shop on Avenue A, Ray, 80, feared his rent of $4,100 would be doubled in a new lease this month, meaning he wouldn’t be able to afford to stay. But he wound up read more here »

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