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Chess moves: Most players are now at Union Square

Chess moves: Most players are now at Union Square

BY LAEL HINES  |  Attracting a wide variety of parkgoers, Washington Square is renowned for its diversity. The park welcomes offbeat street performers, bohemian musicians, young families, seniors, clean-cut yuppies, N.Y.U. students, and dogs and their owners, among others. In the park’s southwest corner, yet another well-known user group can be found: the chess players. read more here »

Espresso, booze or shoes, all fail at ‘doomed corner’

BY ELISSA STEIN  |  Last summer, with a fair amount of fanfare, a successful European espresso bar chain established its first outpost in New York City. Reportedly spending thousands upon thousands of dollars on renovations, Segafredo opened its sleek, upscale doors, planning to make a splash in the Village. Locals knew better. At the first read more here »

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Making all the right moves

The renovation of Washington Square Park several years ago cramped the style of chess players there, leading to a new chess scene quickly developing in Union Square’s southern plaza. Saravuth Inn has earned a living playing chess in Union Square since 2008. He says his earnings are inconsistent, but enough to allow him to rent read more here »

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The write stuff for people seeking a quiet workspace

BY MAEVE GATELY  |  Halfway down 14th St., between Fifth and Sixth Aves., a nondescript door leads up two flights of stairs, past a bartending school and onto a landing. The sign on the door reads, “Paragraph: Workspace for Writers.” Tucked away from the sirens and the grime of the busy thoroughfare, this is a place read more here »

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Where the legend of Washington Irving lives on

BY REY MASHAYEKHI | As a born-and-bred New Yorker who became one of America’s first and greatest literary icons, Washington Irving’s legacy is ever present. Stories like “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle” are firmly embedded in the popular consciousness, while terms like “Gotham” and “Knickerbocker” are inescapably associated with Irving’s hometown. read more here »

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Acclaim is rising for famous  Israeli bakery’s bread shop

BY REY MASHAYEKHI  |  Since it first opened 12 years ago, Lehamim Bakery has become famous in Tel Aviv for the delectable creations of its founder, Uri Scheft. Scheft, an Israeli national born to Danish parents, learned the art of baking bread in Europe, and caused a mild sensation upon returning home to open a read more here »

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Greenmarket ramps up for spring and summer season

BY MAEVE GATELY  |  Last Wednesday, the Union Square Greenmarket was “on a rampage.” So said GrowNYC volunteers, who were showcasing ramps, a wild, young green vegetable that only grows for three weeks a year. Like a cross between leeks and garlic, ramps resemble spring onions and can be eaten raw or in pasta, or used read more here »

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Chants meeting in the park

Sitting not far from Union Square’s Gandhi statue, a group of Hare Krishna joyfully sang and played their instruments on a recent evening. The music repeatedly ebbed and flowed from slow drones to ecstatic crescendos.

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Pining for some new public art

The Parks Department and Cynthia-Reeves Projects, in cooperation with the Union Square Partnership, will debut “Lotus,” above, by Seoul-based artist Jaehyo Lee, in Union Square Park this month. Located at the park’s southeastern triangle, the exhibition will be on view through October. Lee exhibits internationally, with recent works included at New York’s Museum of Arts and read more here »

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Surfin’ safari in the park with better Wi-Fi

Beefed-up free Wi-Fi in Union Square Park has enough capacity to let about 1,000 people surf the ’Net to their hearts’ content on their laptops and handheld devices.

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