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Pizzapalooza fills church hall with cheese-’n’-crust faithful

BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  At the stroke of 6 p.m. on Oct. 10, the hungry hordes stampeded into the Church of St. Anthony’s parish hall on Sullivan St., where more than 33 traditional and artisanal pizza purveyors provided slices at a dollar apiece. What a bargain! There were thin-crust and deep-dish selections and gluten-free, vegan read more here »

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School roof is East Village’s newest learning lab

The Earth School, an alternative K-to-6 public school at 600 E. Sixth St., unveiled its new 2,400-square-foot rooftop garden last Friday. The garden, which will allow kids to learn about the growth of fruits, vegetables and flowers, was conceived and planned by Fifth Street Farm, an East Village-based nonprofit group. Above, Earth School students joined read more here »

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Donald Suggs, activist, journalist, 51; Pumped up H.I.V. prevention

BY TROY MASTERS  |  Donald Suggs, who spent a lifetime engaged in progressive causes, died of a heart attack on Oct. 7 at age 51. A former associate director of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and program director at Harlem United, an AIDS organization, Suggs was a founder of People Using Media read more here »

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Sarah Zenis, 97, led Greenwich House poetry workshop

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Fellow poets and friends of Sarah Zenis met last week to celebrate the life of their beloved mentor, who presided at Greenwich House’s poetry workshop every other Tuesday for the past 20 years until she died on Sept. 11 at the age of 97. There was lots of laughter as her read more here »

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Activists keep up the pressure for Firestone feminist apartment

BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  On Sept. 23, a memorial for Shulamith Firestone, the feminist visionary and author of “The Dialectic of Sex,” was held at St. Mark’s Church. Firestone died at the end of August. She was a member of the radical Redstockings group, a second-wave feminist and a longtime East Village resident who lived read more here »

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Politicians call for emergency Senate vote to pass gun laws

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  In the wake of a recent shooting outside an East Village housing complex, local lawmakers gathered alongside community leaders last Friday to call for a special legislative session aimed at passing statewide gun control measures that would make New York’s gun laws the strongest in the country. At the heart of read more here »

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Youth leagues go to bat against strip club near Pier 40

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  | Paul Fox was walking back home from Pier 40 with his 8-year-old son two Saturdays ago when he passed the adult video store at Clarkson and West Sts. He saw a sign posted on the building’s corner inviting people in for a “community meeting” about the new high-end topless club that’s planned read more here »

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Landmarks O.K.’s East Side district with 330 buildings

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday approved the creation of a new historic district in the East Village. The East Village/Lower East Side Historic District comprises 330 buildings between E. Second and E. Seventh Sts., mainly around Second Ave., as well as some between First Ave. and Aveune A. The newly read more here »

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A burning issue about pipeline: Will gas pack radon?

BY EILEEN STUKANE   |  There are many issues to debate concerning the natural gas that is planned for arrival through the Spectra Energy Pipeline — currently under construction on the Gansevoort Peninsula at the edge of the Meatpacking District. A frightening one is whether the gas will be bringing cancer-causing radon to our kitchen read more here »

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BY SAM SPOKONY   |  The city’s new effort to turn Pier 42 into a park began in earnest last Thursday night, as Parks Department officials, landscape architects and Community Board 3 hosted a forum aimed at getting local residents’ input on potential plans. The mostly vacant 8-acre space, which sits along the East River read more here »

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