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Laurie Mittelmann, right, and Sonia De LaForcade, left, doing yoga stretches in Pazs class at the Sixth Street Community Center.
Finding peace with Paz and $7 yoga on Sixth St.
By Laurie Mittelmann
Its O.K. if your vision appears blurry, Paz said. It means that youre doing the pose correctly.
His hands touched the small of my back, reminding me to sit up. The yoga class is his garden and he carefully stepped through it, tending to the students.
LA II teams up again with Haring on Houston mural
By Nick Brooks
This past spring the Keith Haring Foundation sponsored the re-creation of a popular Haring mural at the northwest corner of E. Houston St. and Bowery. The mural was completed on May 4, on what would have been the artists 50th birthday had he not died of AIDS at age 31.
Tompkins Square riots burn again in black and white
By Lincoln Anderson
Just in time for the 20th anniversary of the Tompkins Square Park riots, East Village photographer Q. Sakamaki is releasing a book of his dramatic black-and-white images bringing that turbulent period in neighborhood history back to life.
Disturbed gunman wounds tenant leader, deli worker
By Jefferson Siegel
Two men were injured last Thursday, after a disturbed man with a gun shot them in Loisaida. The gunman, identified as Jesus Ortiz, wounded a block resident and a teenage deli worker. Ortiz then drove to a police station and told officers, I shot a guy, according to the Daily News.
Education and traffic are issues in Senate primary
By Josh Rogers
When Martin Connor was first elected to the State Senate 30 years ago, his current challenger wasnt even born. In many ways, this years Democratic primary is a study in contrasts the Albany veteran versus the young challenger with new ideas.
Still nothing new on New Schools big new building
By Gabriel Zucker
Central Village residents were in panic mode earlier this year when they learned that The New School would be applying for zoning variances for an enormous by Village standards new campus center as early as this summer. But as August nears and the school still has not finalized designs for the building at 14th St. and Fifth Ave., opponents of the project are taking a cautious breather.
Crappy idea or fun public art? Artist rolls dice at Astor Place
By Gabriel Zucker
Twenty-five years ago, Arnie Charnick took a look at The Alamo sculpture on Astor Place and saw more than one large black cube. He saw two dice.
Hoping that Joe Goulds haunt wont become history
By Gabriel Zucker
Rising rents felled another fabled Village landmark in May, when the Minetta Tavern was bought by Keith McNally, the prolific restaurateur of Pastis, Balthazar and Morandi fame. Minetta Tavern, at the corner of MacDougal St. and Minetta Lane, will become McNallys fourth restaurant when it reopens in November.
Rebuild plan for shul fuels debate in congregation
By Albert Amateau
The board of a physically rundown E. Sixth St. synagogue built in 1910 voted earlier this month to replace it with a new six-story residential building that would also contain a synagogue.
Theyll be having some fun on Tribecas boardwalk
By Albert Amateau
The threatening rain held off and a crowd of more than 200 neighbors, park advocates and officials gathered on Wednesday morning to celebrate the opening of the first part of the Hudson River Parks Tribeca section.
Villager Arts & Lifestyles
Twenty years to Life
By Will McKinley
Did you find him to be annoying, arrogant and pompous? a female audience member asked her male companion, following a recent performance of James Bralys Life in a Marital Institution at the SoHo Playhouse.
Housing of the future
By Ian Volner
What do we talk about when we talk about prefab? In certain quarters, the word is in fairly poor odor, and no wonder: doomed modernist one-offs; cynical, shabby dingbats; undifferentiated suburban ramblers; prefabs not a style, and it hasnt succeeded as an ethic, despite the efforts of forward-thinking architects since at least the 1920s. In those pioneer days, the problem of prefabricated, mass-produced housing was that there wasnt nearly enough of it.
By Leonard Quard
Now in its third season, Movie Nights On The Elevated Acre takes place every Tuesday in August, starting at sundown between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. The Elevated Acre is a rooftop plaza offering stunning views of the East River, the Brooklyn Heights Esplanade, Red Hook, and the old Ferry Terminal. A seven-leveled concrete amphitheater with a sloping, lushly landscaped garden, the Acre, like the selection of movies screened this summer, is imaginatively conceived.
By Jen Anderson
Preferring to forget that I was ever a socially inept kid with braces and an unfortunate perm just trying to survive high school, I found the experience of watching the documentary American Teen both riveting and mildly harrowing. Now an awkward adult, albeit with a better hairstyle.
Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
Days and Clouds (+) This film moved me emotionally. Although it takes place in Italy, it could be a snapshot of what is currently happening across America.
The Dark Knight (-) I may be the only moviegoer in America who has seen the current Batman film and thinks it is ridiculous. The theater was packed when we arrived for a 12:30 p.m. show on Sunday afternoon and only a few seats were available in the front row.
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