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High-end topless club hopes to swing it near sports pier

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  A veteran operator of high-end topless clubs hopes to turn the 24-hour adult video store at the corner of Clarkson and West Sts. into an upscale new strip club — and says the added security the club will offer will make the street safer for Little Leaguers traveling to and from read more here »

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As Times cuts ties with N.Y.U., local bloggers sound off

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  It’s lasted for more than two years — but, as they say, all ’hood things must come to an end. The New York Times announced in June that, by the end of the year, it will terminate its partnership with New York University’s journalism school on The Local East Village Blog, read more here »

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Meatpacking plaza makeover doesn’t make the grade with Village neighbors

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  The city’s Department of Transportation and a team of engineers have presented preliminary plans for a redesign of the Gansevoort pedestrian plaza and Ninth Ave. in the Meatpacking District, but some West Village residents who live just south of the area slammed the concept, saying it doesn’t address dire traffic problems read more here »

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L.E.S. Pathmark to close;  Residents are distraught

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Lower East Side residents are up in arms over the impending closure of a Pathmark supermarket on Cherry St. that many say will be a crushing blow to low-income families that have no other nearby options for affordable groceries. Since The Lo-Down blog confirmed on Sept. 28 the rumors that the read more here »

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Police Blotter, Week of Oct. 4, 2012

Man shot on E. 12th Police are hunting for a suspect who shot a man at E. 12th St. and Avenue C, just outside the Campos Plaza public housing development in the East Village early on Mon., Oct. 1. The unknown suspect fired several shots shortly after midnight, police said, one of which struck a read more here »

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Yo, people! Downshift bus fury, steer the process, member says

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  It’s been more than a week since Lower East Side residents and politicians fought off an intercity bus company’s attempt to place a loading stop outside Seward Park — a tense struggle that culminated in a surprising reversal by the city’s Department of Transportation. D.O.T. had initially granted Greyhound a six-month read more here »

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Man killed in Harlem hit and run was a mystery to his neighbors

BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  Village resident Arnold Slater, 75, was hit by a northbound car while crossing Broadway at 114th St. just before midnight on Friday evening. In an apparent hit and run, a black Honda Civic drove off before police arrived. Slater died shortly after being hit. Slater, who lived at 171 Thompson St., read more here »

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Gardeners seek a ‘magical donation’ from developer

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Three decades after a Lower East Side community garden was founded on a corner that was once home only to drugs and crime, its gardeners are now seeking to ensure it remains a permanent fixture. To do that, they are seeking to gain the piece of privately owned land that covers read more here »

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Squadron tours Pier 42, launches first interim use

State Senator Daniel Squadron, along with Bill Castro, the Parks Department’s Manhattan borough commissioner, led the first public tour of the Lower East Side’s Pier 42 on Sunday, and announced plans for its interim use while the planning process for the pier’s redevelopment as a waterfront park gets underway. Last November, Squadron and U.S. Senator Chuck read more here »

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Car goes out of control on Canal St., injuring five

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Canal St. around the Holland Tunnel entrance sees more than its fair share of traffic accidents. But a collision last Thursday evening at Canal and Hudson Sts. involving a speeding wrong-way car was scarier than usual, and left five people injured. An eastbound gray Lexus S.U.V. on Canal St. zoomed over read more here »

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