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BY LORI KRAVITZ |  Sheldon (Shelly) J. Kravitz, a media advertising businessman who was known as one of the real “Mad Men,” died on Sat., Oct. 3. He was 85. Kravitz was born in Brooklyn, the son of Dr. Daniel Kravitz and Lillian Kravitz. Kravitz, who lived on the Upper East Side, leaves behind his wife […]

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 JUDITH MAHONEY PASTERNAK  |  The legendary Judith Malina, co-founder of the Living Theatre, died April 10 at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey. She was 88. Diminutive in stature, immense in her influence, a passionately committed pacifist and anarchist who respected no rules, but cherished everything and everyone human, Malina spent […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  “Just another day in Battery Park City.” That phrase, for esteemed architect Jordan L. Gruzen, who died on Jan. 27 at 80, connoted that anything could happen in the neighborhood he loved so much. His wife, Lee Gruzen, talked by phone to Downtown Express about her husband of many decades […]

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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 […]

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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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