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Canal St. electrical fire sparked  by mix of melting snow and salt

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Melting snow and salt caused an electrical fire that left two Canal St. buildings with a partial loss of power on the afternoon of Feb. 25, officials said. About 50 firefighters rushed to the scene around 1:15 p.m., in response to reports of a smoking manhole just west of Hudson St., near read more here »

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Astor alert: Hot sidewalks

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  According to anecdotal reports, dogs have been getting shocked by sidewalk stray voltage at a higher rate this winter due to all the slush. In the worst incident, Bella, an 11-year-old pit bull-terrier mix, was killed Feb. 15 by electrical current from a scaffolding on Clinton St. Monday morning, Con Ed read more here »

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Opponents want Bill to block bistro pavilion plan

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Leaving park advocates and local elected officials dismayed, the state’s highest appeals court ruled last week that the city’s plan to place a restaurant in Union Square Park’s north- end pavilion can go forward. The ruling will allow the hotly disputed bistro to open as early as mid-April. This follows a decade-long debate read more here »

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Tent City to tattoo artists, etched in L.E.S. history

Around 1992, Stanley Sydorowitz a.k.a. “Cowboy Stan” spoke at a memorial in Tompkins Square Park for a woman named Barbara. She had reportedly been struck in the head by a police officer a year or two earlier in one of the neighborhood’s many street clashes during that turbulent time. Also pictured, from left, are Robert read more here »

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As part of his pre-K plan campaign, Mayor de Blasio visited a classroom at P.S. 130, on Baxter St. in the Chinatown / Little Italy area, Tuesday. He went with a classic — reading Dr. Seuss’s “The Foot Book” to the pre-kindergarteners, before giving it his mayoral endorsement. And before he left, if they wanted, read more here »

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Mayor stops NYCHA police payments, but for how long?

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Mayor Bill de Blasio took what he called a “crucial step” toward fulfilling one of his campaign promises when, on Feb. 12, he released a preliminary budget plan that, among other things, temporarily allows the New York City Housing Authority to stop paying millions of dollars extra for police services. The mayor read more here »

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Paul Colby, 96, owner of Bleecker St.’s Bitter End

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Paul Colby, owner of The Bitter End, the little club on Bleecker St. where countless folk singers and comedians, the celebrities and the obscure, first found their fans, died on the night of Feb. 13 at his home in Montclair, N.J., at the age of 96. Fondly known as “Our Colonel” read more here »

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People are P.O.’d over P.O.’s moving on E. 14th St.

BY LIZA BéAR  |  On Fri., Feb. 21, after months of uncertainty about the fate of the Peter Stuyvesant Station Post Office, a plain sheet of typed paper affixed to the station’s glass doors announced, to the surprise of most, that it was closing early, at 1 p.m., because it was in the process of read more here »

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Protests against the government have been roiling Venezuela for weeks. At least eight protesters, including a local beauty queen, have already died. On Saturday, hundreds gathered in Union Square to echo the demonstrations against president Nicolas Maduro and the economic inequities wracking the country. Carrying signs reading, “#We Are Your Voice Venezuela” and “S.O.S.” — as read more here »

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Police Blotter, Week of Feb. 27, 2014

Ice-cold hack attack Police arrested cab driver Driss Quorra, 49, on Feb. 19 after he allegedly attacked one of his passengers during a payment dispute. The alleged victim, 43, told cops he was riding in Quorra’s taxi with his young daughter — taking her to the Little Red School House, on Sixth Ave. at Bleecker read more here »

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