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After 2nd Ave. explosion, a slow return to normal

BY YANNIC RACK |    When Yvonne Collery returned to her apartment for the first time after the explosion that rocked her block in the East Village in late March, she didn’t immediately grasp how bad the damage really was. “At first I thought it was just the plaster hanging down,” she says of the […]

BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  Business is booming at the 83-year-old Gramercy Typewriter Company, as a new generation discovers the staccato pace and simultaneous printing of a 19th-century innovation. This new clientele joins longtime customers who never gave up on the personal touch only a manual typewriter can provide. The father-son business is one of the […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Is that it? Unfortunately, basically — yes! The fake facade being erected around an M.T.A. fan plant at Mulry Square looks incomplete, but actually that’s pretty much what it’s going to look like. The phony facade will conceal emergency exhaust fans for the Seventh and Eighth Ave. subway lines that run […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON   |  Adam Purple, the godfather of the Lower East Side community gardens who fought a losing battle to save his spectacular Garden of Eden from destruction for a low-income housing project, died last week as he was bicycling over the Williamsburg Bridge. He was 84. The cause of death was apparently […]

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BY SUSAN SHAPIRO    |  The following is an excerpt from Susan Shapiro’s new novel, “What’s Never Said,” published by Greenwich Village’s Heliotrope, officially coming out Aug. 3. Setup: In February 1981, in Greenwich Village, Lila Lerner, an innocent graduate N.Y.U. student from a Jewish Wisconsin family, is upset when the professor she adores ignores her […]

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BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  Last Friday, Paul the Pigeon Man was stoic. Larry the Birdman was bereft. They missed seeing their friends in Washington Square Park. If it seems there are a lot less pigeons in Washington Square Park, it’s because there are. Earlier last week, on Tuesday afternoon, birdnappers were reportedly out in force on […]

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BY ALICIA GREEN  |  When Clara Ruf-Maldonado was nine years old, she scored the opportunity of a lifetime dancing with the New York City Ballet as Marie in George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker.” Now, at age 18, the young East Village ballerina will once again join the company as an apprentice. “Oh, I cried, of course,” Ruf-Maldonado […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  After taking over as commanding officer of the Sixth Precinct last month, Captain Joseph Simonetti has been making the rounds of the Greenwich Village precinct, getting to know the area’s conditions, merchants and people. He comes from the Lower East Side’s Seventh Precinct where he was the C.O. for one year. […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  Tattooing may now be ubiquitous, but how well do people know its history? Here’s a pop quiz. Pick out the false statement: A. Tattooing has never been illegal in New York City. B. Thomas Edison has no connection with the ink art. C. Permanent tattoo shops began in the 1900s. […]

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BY ANDY HUMM  |  The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission will, this week, begin consideration of landmark designation for the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, site of the Stonewall Rebellion of 1969 that sparked the modern L.G.B.T. rights movement. If approved, it would represent the first such designation from the commission exclusively for a […]

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