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Scoopy’s, week of March 5, 2015

Scoopy’s, week of March 5, 2015

Consumed with Consumer Affairs: Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Julie Menin recently sat down with the editors of NYC Community Media to update us on everything she has been doing over the past year at her new post. Of course, she’s still best known to Downtowners for her former work ably chairing Community Board 1 […]

Scoopy, Week of Feb. 5, 2015

Scoopy, Week of Feb. 5, 2015

The final squat deal? We hear things are heating up at 544 E. 13th St. It’s one of the two former East Village squats still left from when the city sold 11 of them to the squatters in 2002 for $1 per building. Under the deal, the squatters were supposed to bring the D.I.Y. buildings […]

Sheldon Silver: The good, the bad and the ugly

Sheldon Silver: The good, the bad and the ugly

Many are taking pleasure in Sheldon Silver’s downfall. He stands accused of pocketing nearly $4 million illegally and, if convicted, could spend two decades in federal prison. At the same time, for community members who have benefitted from his good work in the Assembly, there is also pain. The charges against Silver, who until this […]

Chinese Memorial Tradition

Chinese Memorial Tradition

At Saturday’s Chinatown memorial for slain Police Officer Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, paper money was burned — so that, in traditional Chinese belief, the deceased would not lack for money in the afterlife.

Brrrring on 2015!

Brrrring on 2015!

A reported 2,500 hardy souls took the Polar Bear Plunge at Coney Island on New Year’s Day. The water was 41 degrees, which was actually slightly warmer than the temperature on the beach. The Polar Bear Club of Coney Island has held winter swims since 1903.

A sea of blue floods in to send off slain officer

A sea of blue floods in to send off slain officer

Wearing black tape across their badges, 20,000 police from New York City, around the country and as far away as Canada, gathered in Queens on Saturday for the funeral of Police Officer Rafael Ramos. A week earlier, Ramos and his patrol partner, Wenjian Liu, had been executed in an ambush by a crazed gunman. After […]

Scoopy, Week of Jan. 1, 2015

Scoopy, Week of Jan. 1, 2015

Call it a dynasty: The new president of the Village Independent Democrats political club is Nadine Hoffmann, who succeeds her husband, Tony, in the position. Hoffmann faced a challenge by Jim Fouratt, though he actually ultimately withdrew from the race. Before club members cast their votes, each candidate spoke for 10 minutes, followed by 10 […]

Straphangers swing back in time on the M line

Straphangers swing back in time on the M line

During the holiday season, the M.T.A. offered straphangers the chance to ride on vintage subways and buses. The “Nostalgia Train” operated on the M line between Queens Plaza and Second Ave. on Sundays only, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 28, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Kicking things off, swing dancers in period costume performed […]

Signs of the turbulent times

Signs of the turbulent times

After the Eric Garner verdict and protests and the subsequent killing of two police officers, signs show that it will take a while for the wounds to heal. At left, graffiti on the Lower East Side commemorates Garner and others who were killed by police, including Michael Brown, as well as Oscar Grant, who was […]

Taylor Swift, the heart of it all, and a fish

Taylor Swift, the heart of it all, and a fish

Seen around Downtown in Tribeca this past week were a couple of girls singing Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York” while jumping up and down with joy outside the transplanted country/pop crooner’s new loft. Apparently, Swift’s new role as New York City “cultural ambassador” may be having the desired effect of luring tourists — or […]