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Two charged with assault as hate crime in Soho bash

BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL  |  Two men accused of a gay-bashing incident in Soho appeared at their arraignments in Manhattan Criminal Court after 1 a.m. on Wed., May 22. The two were charged with assault as a hate crime after they allegedly punched a man in the face just after 5 a.m. on Tuesday morning May read more here »

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Petrosino protesters spell it out: Art, not bikes!

BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |    Saturday was blustery and drizzly, but that didn’t stop very concerned neighbors of Little Italy and Soho who came out fired up, protesting — again — what had happened to their tiny square, which is really a triangle, in what they stressed is a “park-starved” neighborhood. Petrosino Square, bounded by read more here »

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Foodies, parents rail against ‘demon seed’ Monsanto

Hundreds of likeminded individuals from around the metro area rallied at Union Square on Saturday, braving sporadic rain to protest against and raise awareness about Monsanto and the genetically modified food produced by the multinational company’s seeds. The crowd was filled with Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, going under the name Occupy Monsanto, but also many read more here »

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Police Blotter, Week of May 29, 2013

‘Stripped’ by muggers Police arrested four men after they allegedly mugged a teenage boy at knifepoint in the West Village early on Sat., May 25. The victim, 16, told officers that he was walking past the corner of Bedford and Christopher Sts. around 1:30 a.m. when the posse accosted him, beginning with Gregory Deloach, 22, who reportedly read more here »

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Stand with the people of Oklahoma

NYC Community Media encourages our readers to donate what they can to help the people of Oklahoma recover from the devastating tornado that hit May 21. Our papers –Downtown Express, The Villager, Chelsea Now, Gay City News and the East Villager – cover communities which received support from around the country and the world after read more here »

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D.O.T. backpedals, removes Renwick rack in Hudson Sq.

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  The squeaky wheel gets the — bike-share docking station removed. Residents of 49 Renwick St. in Hudson Square were relieved Tuesday to see workers wielding hand trucks dismantling and removing the new bike-share station lining Renwick St. at Spring St. in front of their home. Bike-share critic Sean Sweeney, director of read more here »

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‘Only light and love can drive out darkness and hate’

On Saturday afternoon, Takis Kouvatseas lit a candle in what would soon grow to be a much bigger memorial for Mark Carson at Eighth St. and Sixth Ave. The Cirque du Soleil drummer, who lives nearby on Sixth Ave., said he knew Carson from hanging out with him around the neighborhood in gay bars, like read more here »

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Citi Bikes not ‘Fast and Furious,’ but slow, stable

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  One of the frequently heard fears about the soon-to-launch Citi Bike program is that it will just mean thousands of more cyclists zooming around on the streets dangerously out of control. The Villager recently got a chance to test-ride one of the new bike-share cycles, and “zooming” wasn’t exactly the first read more here »

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‘A special building’: Landmarks O.K.’s Bialystoker Home

BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  The nine-story building that once housed the Bialystoker Center and Home for the Aged at 228 East Broadway will survive. On May 21, after around 15 minutes of discussion, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to approve it for designation as a New York City landmark. The Art Deco building was erected during read more here »

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Gardeners dig in, as developer seeks to build on kids’ haven

BY SARAH FERGUSON  |  A week after developer Serge Hoyda drove a fence through the Children’s Magical Garden, gardeners and supporters are working feverishly to restore access to their beloved green oasis on the corner of Norfolk and Stanton Sts. Hoyda, whose firm S&H Equities owns one of the three lots that make up the read more here »

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