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Ray gets a new lease — and an ‘A’!

  Ray Alvarez of Ray’s Candy Store proudly displayed his new lease this week. After decades working at his hole-in-the-wall hot dog-and-fries shop on Avenue A, Ray, 80, feared his rent of $4,100 would be doubled in a new lease this month, meaning he wouldn’t be able to afford to stay. But he wound up read more here »

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A dozen occupiers still hold Cooper  president’s office

BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL | Just before lunchtime on May 8, several dozen students made their way to the office of Cooper Union President Jamshed Bharucha in what they described as a “nonviolent direct action.” They came to deliver a statement of “no confidence,” with plans to occupy the office until Bharucha resigned. Their dramatic action read more here »

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Garden revokes his membership again, throws away the key

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Accusing him of “creating a hostile environment” at Dias y Flores, the E. 13th St. garden’s board members last week voted unanimously to revoke the membership of embattled member Jeff Wright. Another gardener, Debra Jenks, an ally of Wright’s, also had her membership revoked. The board sent them letters Saturday night read more here »

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New children’s dragon playground is roaring good fun

Adrienne’s Garden, a new toddlers playground boasting a gleaming dragon climbing structure and slide, was officially opened last Thursday morning on LaGuardia Place near W. Third St. It’s named after artist and high school teacher Adrienne Goldberg, the late wife of community activist Lawrence B. Goldberg, the president of Friends of LaGuardia Place. Adrienne died read more here »

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Noodles Ginsberg howled for return for second serving

BY CLARISSA-JAN LIM  |  Allen Ginsberg’s favorite noodle store is returning to the East Village. The Beat legend loved Mee Noodle Shop and Grill, a simple, no-frills eatery on First Ave. between 13th and 14th Sts. But Mee was forced to leave the location in 2007 due to infrastructure issues, or a “crack epidemic,” as read more here »

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Police Blotter, Week of June 13, 2013

Pickpocket’s poor timing A well-placed police officer was patrolling an L subway set to depart the Eighth Ave. station, at W. 14th St., around 6:30 a.m. on Sun., June 9, when he spotted Norberto Reyes, 35, making his move. While the train was still in the station, Reyes approached a sleeping 69-year-old man, reached into the passenger’s pants read more here »

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Locksmith to celebs can’t cut it on 8th St. anymore

BY JEFF VASISHTA | What do Martin Sheen, Rod Stewart, Anderson Cooper and Lindsay Lohan all have in common? They have all at one time or another been clients of Virote Sirirat Sivawong, or “Tang” as he’s commonly known to his clients in Greenwich Village. And who is Tang? An Asian herbalist, yoga instructor or read more here »

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I luv 6th and B, so now put another roof up, baby!

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |   Hurricane Sandy slammed the East Village’s 6th and B Garden hard. An enormous willow tree was sent falling diagonally across the Avenue B green oasis, shearing off two other trees’ branches on the garden’s south side as it came crashing down. The superstorm’s winds also blew off the stage roof’s fiberglass read more here »

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Garden hero — or partier amid the plants? Or both?

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON |  It was still unseasonably brisk on the first Sunday in May, as the members of Dias Y Flores Garden gathered around a picnic table in the place’s rear. White-petaled seedlets drifted down from a tree, and on the East Village garden’s floor, freshly fallen pink cherry blossoms lay clustered in small read more here »

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‘Wild Man of Soho’ is causing mayhem, fearful locals warn

BY HEATHER DUBIN | Residents and merchants from around Spring St. in Soho and Nolita turned out in force at last week’s Fifth Precinct Community Council meeting to voice concern about Richard Pearson, a mentally ill man who, they say, has verbally and physically assaulted pedestrians and retailers alike. Pearson is currently in jail after read more here »

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