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SantaCon: It takes all kinds

SantaCon: It takes all kinds

SantaCon, known today as the boozy bro fest that no one wants in their neighborhood, began years ago in San Francisco as a nonalcoholic, playful, performance art-like happening. This year, the soused Santas and elves were particularly prevalent in Midtown. In Times Square, they included at least one Homer Simpson, a kid who definitely looked […]

Downtown’s cannoli crisis

Downtown’s cannoli crisis

After more than a century in business, De Robertis Pasticceria and Caffé, at E. 11th St. and  First Ave., will close for good this Fri., Dec. 5. Taken together with the closing of Pasticceria Bruno on LaGuardia Place, it’s a perfect storm of pastry shop closings for Downtown Manhattan. A traditional, no-frills pastry shop, De […]

Eye on the sky

Eye on the sky

An interesting contrast to the photographer’s eye was the gleaming new One World Trade Center soaring in the distance with an old-style Corvington, long-armed lamppost in the foreground, with perching city pigeons that, well, weren’t exactly soaring.

Fighting for an end to war

Fighting for an end to war

Veterans for Peace held their 29th annual convention this summer at the University of North Carolina, in Asheville. This year’s convention was titled, “Peace or Perish: Abolish War on Planet and Poor.”

Pow! Wham! Comic Con is a super-hit

Pow! Wham! Comic Con is a super-hit

Demons, aliens and superheroes — including Super-Communist Man this year — descended on the Javits Center last week for Comic Con, the annual comic book/sci fi/fantasy/horror/pop culture extravaganza.

Bella has a plaque now, too, at 2 Fifth Avenue

Bella has a plaque now, too, at 2 Fifth Avenue

On Oct. 7, a new plaque was unveiled on the exterior of 2 Fifth Ave., commemorating former resident Bella Abzug, left, who served in Congress in the 1970s. Among those joining Abzug’s family members at the dedication were Villager Edie Windsor — the plaintiff in the landmark lawsuit that overturned the Defense of Marriage Act […]

Batters up! Furies keep cool with winter clinic

Batters up! Furies keep cool with winter clinic

Determined to be in even better shape for their second season, the Lower East Side Lady Furies cut the ribbon to start their winter clinic the other weekend. Joining the team and their coach, Damien Acevedo, far left, were Erik Bottcher, Governor Cuomo’s local liaison, second from left, and Councilmember Margaret Chin, front row, fourth […]

Kids learn to be easy riders

Kids learn to be easy riders

BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  BAMRA (Bleecker Area Merchants’ and Residents’ Association), Community Board 2 and LMNO(P) co-sponsored a Kids’ Learn To Ride afternoon at Mercer Playground on Sat., Sept. 20. With instruction provided by Bike New York, 31 local children, ages 5 to 12, from the West Village to the East Village had the chance to ride a […]

Pete Gleason voted

Pete Gleason voted

Former City Council candidate Pete Gleason voted in Tribeca on Sept. 9. “We need a magnifying glass to put our elected officials under scrutiny,” he said. “I believe a Zephyr / Wu win will restore integrity in our government.” Teachout trounced Cuomo 55 to 9 and Wu bested Hochul 49 to 14 at the Tribeca […]

Images of 9/11, in light, artwork, quilt, signs

Images of 9/11, in light, artwork, quilt, signs

The annual Tribute in Light beamed up from the World Trade Center last week, symbolizing the spirit of the Twin Towers and the nearly 2,800 who were killed in the 2001 terrorist attack. Below, pedestrians with cell phones and earphones glued to their heads obliviously trudged by a 9/11 memorial. Opposite page, two women held […]