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Preservation push to protect L.G.B.T. historic sites

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Support is growing for an effort by preservationists to secure stronger and more specific landmark protections for three local sites that have played key roles in the city’s L.G.B.T. History. All the sites in question — the Stonewall Inn, at 53 Christopher St.; Julius’ Bar, at 159 W. 10th St.; and read more here »

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Hoylman: State could be roadblock to safer streets

BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  Drivers on the main arteries of Lower Manhattan are on notice as community leaders announced their support of increased ticketing for those who speed or fail to yield to pedestrians. Cracking down on such behavior was a main theme at a public forum on Feb. 25 at John Jay School of read more here »

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L.E.S. BID taking it to the street

BY PASHA FARMANARA  |  It takes a community to plan a street. That was the thinking behind a Feb. 19 meeting the Lower East Side Business Improvement District held to get the community’s opinion on how to improve Orchard St. A 16-foot replica of the street was made, and community members were told to place read more here »

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It’s a whole new Marketplace at St. Anthony’s vendors strip

BY PASHA FARMANARA  |  The Marketplace at St. Anthony’s resumed its annual flea market on March 7 under new management. The market will be stationed at its original location, on the south side of W. Houston St. between Thompson and MacDougal Sts., but will feature a new set of vendors. Through its 20 years of read more here »

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Police Blotter, Week of March 6, 2014

L.E.S. hit and run Police arrested Shenequa Gayle, 20, after she allegedly ran over an elderly man on the Lower East Side and then fled the scene. Gayle was driving a 2014 Infiniti Q50 west on Hester St. on Feb. 28 shortly before 7 a.m. when she made a left turn onto Bowery and struck the read more here »

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If you can just imagine it…

The Cooper Square Committee recently hosted an audience test screening of the still-in-progress documentary film “It Took 50 Years: Frances Goldin and the Struggle for Cooper Square.” Directed by Ryan Joseph and Dave Powell, below right, the film chronicles a Lower East Side community struggle that spanned five decades, in which residents fought a sweeping read more here »

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Ukrainians rejoice at revolution yet mourn Maidan’s fallen heroes

BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  Last Saturday, hundreds of Ukrainians and other New Yorkers walked across the Brooklyn Bridge in support of democracy demonstrators in Ukraine. Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., Ukrainians gathered outside the White House, commemorating heroes of the “Heaven’s Hundred” — those who had fallen just days before.  They sang songs dedicated to Kiev’s read more here »

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Johnson takes lulu but says process has been reformed

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  New City Councilmember Corey Johnson is denying that he has flip-flopped on the issue of accepting Council stipends, also known as “lulus.” The annual payments, in the past ranging from $5,000 to $15,000, have traditionally been doled out to members as compensation for chairing committees. But they have also been seen read more here »

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Affordable units will be part of project in Hudson Square

BY SAM SPOKONY |  A new proposal by the Extell Development Corporation could bring the first batch of affordable housing to Hudson Square, following the neighborhood’s major rezoning last year. Extell wants to construct a 22-story residential building at 68 Charlton St., between Hudson and Varick Sts., on a currently empty lot where, several years ago, the read more here »

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Canal St. electrical fire sparked  by mix of melting snow and salt

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Melting snow and salt caused an electrical fire that left two Canal St. buildings with a partial loss of power on the afternoon of Feb. 25, officials said. About 50 firefighters rushed to the scene around 1:15 p.m., in response to reports of a smoking manhole just west of Hudson St., near read more here »

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