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Squat spirals into new flap with unpermitted stairs

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Rosario Dawson was famously discovered, at age 15, on her stoop at the squat at 544 E. 13th St., landing her a role in the film “Kids” and launching her acting career. Since then, Dawson’s star has steadily continued to rise, and she was recently seen in the psycho-thriller “Trance.” But read more here »

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Grand Streeter floats ferry idea to revitalize area

BY MAEVE GATELY | Since its inauguration as a three-year pilot program in 2011, the East River Ferry has become a key commuting feature for residents of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens, carrying a total of more than 1.6 million people during that time. Currently, the ferry stops at 34th St. and Wall St., bringing commuters read more here »

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Busted in buffet with big blade, but he wasn’t a chef

On the afternoon of Wed., May 29, a police traffic sergeant noticed a man acting erratically and carrying a 16-inch long sword near Canal St. in Chinatown. She gave chase while calling for backup. Within moments, uniformed and plainclothes officers from the Fifth Precinct cornered the man in a Chinese buffet restaurant at the corner read more here »

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Petrosino Square has seen its share of public art displays

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | A vocal core of residents around Soho’s Petrosino Square are protesting the siting of a new Citi Bike docking station on the triangular island’s northern end, saying it has “usurped” a spot traditionally used for public art displays. Indeed, the spot, formerly known as Kenmare Square, has been home to public read more here »

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Police Blotter, Week of June 6, 2013

Snuck in to shoot up skirt A woman, 27, told police that when she walked into her building at 10 Jones St. around 1 a.m. on Thurs., May 30, a man — later identified as Joseph Pagan, 38 — snuck in behind her, sidled up next to her in the building’s vestibule, held his cell read more here »

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Florist injured by drag racer said to have emerged from coma

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Mohammed Akkas Ali, critically injured on Wed., June 19, when a drag-racing driver hopped the curb and roared into his East Village flower stand, reportedly has come out of his coma. East Village activist Bill Weinberg posted on Facebook that he stopped by East Village Farm Grocery early Monday morning and received read more here »

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And they’re off! Bike-share cycles finally hit the streets

BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL  |  New York started rolling along with other cosmopolitan cities worldwide last Monday with the launch of Citi Bike, the nation’s largest bike-share program. “We have the A train, and we have yellow cabs and we have the Staten Island Ferry, and today, Citi Bike joins the ranks of the transportation icon read more here »

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Hudson Park will be getting power back this weekend

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Nearly a full seven months after Hurricane Sandy, the Hudson River Park is still struggling to restore electrical power to its Greenwich Village section. Speaking last week, a spokesperson for the Hudson River Park Trust told The Villager that the hope was that power would be restored by last Friday in read more here »

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Quinn to children’s garden developer: Tear down this fence!

BY SARAH FERGUSON  |  Council Speaker Christine Quinn is calling on developer Serge Hoyda to remove the fence his workers erected in the middle of the Children’s Magical Garden on the Lower East Side two weeks ago. In a strongly worded letter co-authored with Councilmember Margaret Chin, Quinn said she was “very disappointed” in Hoyda’s sudden move read more here »

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Yes, make bones about it: Grave moment for church

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  | Last Wed., May 22, East Village community members and local preservation groups, in a bid to stop the demolition of Mary Help of Christians Church, called for a full archaeological review of the site. A Catholic cemetery was once located there, with possibly as many as 41,000 people’s remains, they noted. Joining read more here »

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