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Like after 9/11 and Sandy, it’s time for unity

It was encouraging to see Mayor de Blasio lead a moment of silence on Tuesday for slain Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. The patrol partners’ horrifying execution on Saturday in Bed-Stuy by a deranged gunman sent a shockwave through the city — and the nation — one which continues to reverberate. As the […]

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 […]

Scoopy, Dec. 11, 2014

Scoopy, Dec. 11, 2014

Cleopatra panic: Well, Allen Roskoff has done it again — but, really, what did we expect? The president of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club — working with a clearly talented yet mysterious, unknown designer — has created the invite for his annual Roskoff Holiday Party, and as usual, it takes a pop at various […]

Scoopy, Week of Dec. 4, 2014

Scoopy, Week of Dec. 4, 2014

Seeing red: So what’s the story with those red CitiBikes that sport “Annie” on their fender? Spotting one is about as rare as espying a northern hairy-nose wombat. Dani Simons, director of marketing and external affairs for NYC Bicycle Share LLC, explained, “The red CitiBikes are to promote the new movie remake of ‘Annie.’ CitiBike […]

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.”

Scoopy, Week of Nov. 11, 2014

Scoopy, Week of Nov. 11, 2014

Vying for vice chairperson: On Thurs., Nov. 20, Community Board 3’s Executive Committee will meet to pick a board member to fill the second vice chairperson position. The seat has been open since Ricky Leung stepped down from it earlier this year. We’re told there are four candidates in the running, including Chad Marlow, Ayo […]

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 […]