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Playground was his life and now it bears his name

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Lower East Siders came together last Saturday morning to pay tribute to a larger-than-life community leader who left a lasting influence on generations of local youth. Friends, family and elected officials gathered on the blacktop at Sol Lain Park, on East Broadway near Grand St., to dedicate the playground’s new name read more here »

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New activist museum opens in time for Open House NY

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  After more than a year of planning and tireless work by its staff and volunteers, the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space — which seeks to tell the stories of East Village squatters and community activists — held its first open house tours on Saturday and Sunday, both of the museum’s interior exhibits read more here »

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D.O.E. ignored cracks in schools’ walls, records show

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  The city’s Department of Education failed to act on initial signs of structural damage to an East Village school build- ing that was evacuated two weeks ago, records show. The building, 420 E.12th St., housed two schools — Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle School and the East Side Community High read more here »

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Bill Heine, musician, artist, magician, dies at 83

BY JEROME POYNTON  |  Bill Heine, an influential figure in the 1960s Downtown art and social scene, died on Sept. 15 at Kingston Hospital after a long illness. He was 83. He was born Bill Mossman, the son of a popular radio show personality. Upon his mother’s divorce, Bill took the name of his second read more here »

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Vets protest Afghanistan War — and also memorial curfew

BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL  |  Oct. 7 marked the start of the 12th year of the conflict in Afghanistan, the longest war in U.S. history. Although the anniversary passed with little notice last Sunday, one determined group of military veterans was determined not to let the loss of more than 2,100 fellow soldiers pass unnoticed. Last read more here »

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Murder suspect flees U.S. The man suspected of brutally murdering a suburban youth soccer coach in Union Square on Sun., Oct. 7, has reportedly evaded authorities by fleeing to Mexico. The suspect — alternately known as Orlando Orea or Orlando Gutierrez, 32, of Queens — bought a one-way ticket with cash and flew out of read more here »

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BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  Arnold Slater, 75, who was killed in a hit- and-run accident in Morningside Heights on Sept. 28, was a mystery to his neighbors, but not to his circle of friends. To them, Slater, an actor and playwright who lived at 171 Thompson St., was a man of many insights. Years ago read more here »

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Hudson River Park shocker

Bringing his brand of illusion and endurance art to Hudson River Park’s Pier 54, magician David Blaine withstood a bombardment of crackling electric current for 72 hours straight, from Friday evening to Monday evening. As he stood on a platform wearing a special chainmail suit, seven Tesla coils — to the pulsing of minimalist techno read more here »

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Kenny’s Castaways closes on a changing Bleecker St.

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON   |  Part of the once-legendary Bleecker St. music scene, Kenny’s Castaways shut its doors early Tuesday morning after a farewell concert by the Smithereens, who shot to fame in the mid-1980s after honing their act there. Fans of the club as well as longtime residents of the street called it the read more here »

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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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