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David Reck, political activist & Hudson Sq. pioneer, dies

BY ALBERT AMATEAU    |  David Reck, a Hudson Square neighborhood resident and activist and a longtime member of Community Board 2, died this summer. He was 64. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in fall 2013 and died this July 31, according to his wife, Eli Hausknecht. A registered architect, David Reck was a […]

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Rebecca Lepkoff, a renowned photographer who recorded the street life of the Lower East Side, where she was born and raised, died Sun., Aug. 17 in her home in Townshend, Vermont, where, in addition to her home in Manhattan, she lived part of the year with her family for the past […]

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BY ALBERT AMATEAU  | Catherine Abate, president and C.E.O. of Community Healthcare Network for the past 15 years, former state senator representing the Village and Tribeca, and Dinkins administration commissioner of the city Departments of Correction and Probation, died May 17 at Bellevue Hospital. She was 66. Her death came after a two-year battle with uterine […]

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BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |Pete Seeger, a pioneer in the revival of American folk music whose performances and recordings were integral to his lifelong dedication to the civil rights, peace and environmental movements, died Monday. His death at the age of 94 at New York Presbyterian Hospital was confirmed to The New York Times by one […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS | (ORIGINALLY POSTED JAN. 22, 2014) Paul J.Q. Lee, a Chinatown small business owner and activist who seemed to relish in uphill fights against the establishment, died Jan. 18 at age 63. Lee suffered a heart attack in the subway on the way to work Jan. 15, and died three days later […]

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BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Helen Libutti, known for years as “The Zeppole Lady” because she sold the delicacy at the San Gennaro and St. Anthony festivals in Little Italy and Greenwich Village, died Nov. 22 at the age of 91. Born and raised in the Village, she was for the last four months of her […]

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BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Lou Reed, who died Oct. 27 at the age of 71, was recognized as an artist who explored themes of joy as well as death and depravity that he brought to rock ’n’ roll as a songwriter, guitarist and lead singer since 1960. Patti Smith, writing in the New Yorker of […]

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BY KAITLYN MEADE  |  In a classroom in 1921, Geraldine Lipschutz worried about the two girls excluded by a society not nearly as open-minded as she was — a trait that continued to the end of her long and full life, which came to a close on Thursday, August 1. “She was 101 years old […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER   | Elizabeth Berger, president and C.E.O. of the Alliance for Downtown New York, died on Aug. 5 of pancreatic cancer. She had turned 53 just two days before her death. She became president of the Downtown Alliance in November 2007. Under her direction, the Alliance championed the Fulton Street Transit Center, […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | [This Aug. 5, 2013 post was updated Aug. 6, 2013] Elizabeth Berger, president and C.E.O. of the Alliance for Downtown New York, died on Aug. 5 of pancreatic cancer. She had turned 53 just two days before her death. She became president of the Downtown Alliance in November 2007. Under […]

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