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BY ZACH WILLIAMS   |  Dozens of community members had assembled to commemorate his life’s work, but Luis Batista escaped notice beforehand, seeking customers to help as he had for 29 years in the Essex Street Market. June 27, 2014, was Luis Batista Day in Manhattan. So declared Borough President Gale Brewer, who presented him with […]

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BY LESLEY SUSSMAN  |  Community Board 3 Chairperson Gigi Li easily coasted to re-election to a third term at last week’s full-board meeting, beating challenger Chad Marlow. Li won about two-thirds of the board, by a vote of 31 to 15.  Marlow has been a frequent and outspoken critic of Li’s leadership of the 50-member […]

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BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  Bitcoins have not made it to Wall St. yet, but the fledgling digital currency has a home a few doors down from the New York Stock Exchange at the Bitcoin Center NYC. Enthusiasts regularly congregate at 40 Broad St. on Monday and Thursday nights for informal currency trading which commences after […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS  |  Jennifer Goodstein, the owner of Downtown Express and NYC Community Media, and her husband Les Goodstein have agreed to buy Community Newspaper Group, which publishes 11 community newspapers in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. “This is an exciting time as we expand to the outer boroughs,” Express publisher Jennifer Goodstein said […]

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BY CLARISSA-JAN LIM   |   Since the Stonewall riots, the Christopher St. Pier has been vital to local L.G.B.T. youth, as a place to find acceptance and a safe refuge — often from their own homes. Once renowned for its bohemian artists and gay culture, the West Village has transformed into a hip, upscale neighborhood peppered […]

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Beaten in daylight A 24-year-old FiDi man was beaten with a metal bat at the corner of Gold and Ann Sts. last Sunday at 6 p.m. Police say he suffered cuts and bruises to his head, shoulder and arms. The suspect got into a silver BMW with New York plates and sped off with an […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Life has a way of abruptly putting the brakes on — or at least taking the air out of your tires. When we first meet 17-year-old Bobby, she’s a highly skilled, hell-on-two-wheels bike messenger who seems to care about little other than getting her adrenaline fix and delivering her package on […]

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BY MICHAEL LYDON  (michaellydon.com)  |  My ambition is to reach the heart of the average American, not the highbrow nor the lowbrow but that vast intermediate crew which is the real soul of the country. My public is the real people. —Irving Berlin Through the 20th century’s first decades, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, and Irving […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS  |  Pre-K is like many things in life — you’re either in or out  — so you might think there’s just two stories to tell, but really there are many more than that. Talk to Principal Alice Hom at Chinatown’s P.S 124 and she’ll tell you that she still has a full-day […]

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BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  Friendly neighbors are helping one local museum in a time of need. About 150 of them gathered last week at Old Slip Park in support of the New York Police Museum whose permanent location at 100 Old Slip remains closed due to outstanding Hurricane Sandy damage.  Dozens of them danced in […]

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