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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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BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Edward I. Koch, three-term mayor of New York City who began his political career in Greenwich Village and defeated Tammany chief Carmine De Sapio 50 years ago, died Feb. 1 at the age of 88. In and out of hospital over the past few months, he died of pneumonia on the […]

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BY JANEL BLADOW  |  Just before Christmas, I ran into my Water St. neighbor Harold Reed carrying a paper bag of assorted goodies from Fresh Daily. A smile glowed across his face. He was so happy that another of the shops destroyed by Hurricane Sandy had reopened in the neighborhood he (and I) love – […]

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BY ALBERT AMATEAU | Sophie Gerson, a beloved Greenwich Village neighbor and Democratic Party activist who served two terms on the local school board after retiring from a teaching career, died Saturday in Beth Israel Hospital at the age of 88. The cause of death was an infection. More than 200 mourners, including city councilmembers, […]

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BY HELAINA HOVITZ  |  Hundreds gathered at the Wall Street Synagogue at 47 Beekman St. on Wed., Oct. 10 for a memorial service held in honor of the late Meyer Hager, who passed away at New York University’s Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine on Sun., Oct. 7 after surgery. He was 76. The sudden death of […]

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Jan Hodenfield, editor of the Downtown Express from 1990 to 1993, died in his Brooklyn home on Thurs., June 21, after a brief illness, at the age of 74. Glenn Thrush, a senior White House reporter for politico.com who worked for the Downtown Express in the early ‘90s, said, “He was simply the best editor any […]

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[media-credit id=1 align=”alignleft” width=”172″][/media-credit] Donna Downes Donna Downes, community activist and advertising professional, passed away from small-cell neuro-endocrine cancer, an extremely rare and potent disease, at age 64 on Thurs., April 12. She outlived dire predictions by almost a full year. Downes was a talented artist, art director, writer and designer. Born in Maryland, Downes […]

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