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Dining with a side of va va voom not poetry to her ears

BY K WEBSTER  |  I like the Bowery Poetry Club. I wrote about this important arts space recently on my local blog, Bowery Gals. I’m very concerned, however, about the club’s impending merger with Duane Park, a Tribeca restaurant with burlesque shows. Apparently, the Poetry Club has featured artists’ versions of burlesque acts before. Artists read more here »

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LUNGS breathes new life into local community gardens

BY ERICA RAKOWICZ  |  Acting as a lush community oxygen tank and a center for growth, the scattered oases of LUNGS (Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens) keep the Lower East Side green and diverse. Started last year and now with about 20 affiliated gardens, LUNGS generates a feel-good atmosphere with clean air, friendly people and an read more here »

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NATO Summit protests spark memories of Chicago ’68

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  Plus ça change. Couple of hours ago I clicked on the tube, to see if there’d been any great old murals or statuary damaged by earthquake in Italy. No murals, no statuary. No siree, Bob. Just what looked terrifyingly like a considerable dozens of human skulls being damaged by the nightsticks read more here »

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The reading doctor, Ruggles, is in at the library

BY MICHELE HERMAN  |  The dog got a job offer. As well he should. Unlike many human employees, he never holds a grudge and rarely whines. His patience is nearly infinite. He has been known to wait on the sidewalk for half an hour while his owner conducts neighborhood business. It was Rebecca, the children’s read more here »

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River runs are a constant in an ever-changing world

BY MICHELE HERMAN  |  When I first started running, my route was a length of old riverfront asphalt marked off by splintered piers, and the World Trade Center — that bland beacon — was always up ahead. My kids were 6 and 3 and I was a full-time mom, and it felt delicious to be read more here »

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Bugging out on my couch, but what was it all about?

BY KATE WALTER  |  “Do the test so you can stop obsessing,” said my shrink, Dr. R. I’d told Dr. R. I was afraid that my convertible couch, which doubled as my bed in my West Village studio, might be infested. My panic started last fall when I woke up one morning scratching my ankles. Never mind read more here »

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Chewing over Gennaro Feast

BY ALEC PRUCHNICKI  |  Before too long, the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy will be applying for a street permit to allow it to be held in September 2012. This was a routine application until last year, when representatives of Nolita merchants and residents requested that the feast be decreased in size and read more here »

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Occupy London Tent City is still holding its ground

BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  While in London two weeks ago, I couldn’t help but check out Occupy London Stock Exchange, a.k.a. O.L.S.X., whose encampment is thriving in spite of eviction attempts by the city. On Wed., Nov. 30, tens of thousands of British citizens around the country demonstrated in the streets to dispute recent governmental read more here »

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BY ALPHIE MCCOURT  |  In the mid-1970s I lived in San Francisco and worked in a restaurant in Marin County, across the Golden Gate Bridge, 14 miles from the city. I rode the bus. Sometimes, when I worked late and the buses had stopped running, I caught a ride to the freeway and hitchhiked from read more here »

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NYC needs the creativity of O.W.S.

BY K WEBSTER | You can tell that it’s time for a society to rethink itself when it justifies trashing books. The destruction of the Occupy Wall Street encampment and its 5,000-book library raises many questions. Like how exactly do you get free speech in a country where the ownership of the means to communicate read more here »

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