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Oh, baby! You can’t get any fresher than these DJ’s

Oh, baby! You can’t get any fresher than these DJ’s

Babies and Natalie Weiss get down to the business of beats at the Baby DJ School. Photos by Jonathan Alpeyrie BY STEFANIE IRIS WEISS  |  Natalie Weiss (no relation to this writer), the founder of Brooklyn’s Baby DJ School, the first school of its kind, knows something about music, babies and brain development: Her mother […]

Staying planted at Tompkins Greenmarket in the winter

Staying planted at Tompkins Greenmarket in the winter

  BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  Temperatures may have reached 70 degrees this past weekend, but, just as it is on the calendar, it is officially winter at the farmers market at Tompkins Square Park. Several vendors were out on Sunday at the  Greenmarket along Avenue A, and six of them plan to be there year-round — in […]

Activist museum makes some history, marking one year

Activist museum makes some history, marking one year

  BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Reverend Billy helped celebrate the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space’s first birthday on Fri., Dec. 8, by ceremoniously cutting the huge cake. Museum co-founder Laurie Mittelmann had earlier pointed out that it was her mother who baked the “radical” cake, which had 12 layers — including a vegan layer. Before […]

Bit by bit, digital currency is gaining a foothold

Bit by bit, digital currency is gaining a foothold

BY PASHA FARMANARA   |  With all the complex talk about bitcoin buzzing around the media, many people have found themselves out of the loop and are afraid to ask the simple question: What is bitcoin? For starters, bitcoin is a currency just like the dollar, euro or pound. Its biggest difference is that there […]

Famous Ray’s (a.k.a. Roio’s) slings its final slice

Famous Ray’s (a.k.a. Roio’s) slings its final slice

BY ELISSA STEIN  |  “For many years some of the best pizza in New York has been available at a shop called Ray’s. One problem is that at least four shops in Manhattan claim to be the ‘original’ or the ‘famous’ Ray’s. Without prejudicing anyone’s claims, let me say that this is the best Ray’s, […]

Dissecting SantaCon; Snow and police kept a cap on Claus chaos

Dissecting SantaCon; Snow and police kept a cap on Claus chaos

BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  A snowy and slushy Saturday was no deterrent for SantaCon. Thousands of holiday revelers dressed as Santa Claus, scantily clad elves and even gingerbread men, braved the snow and frigid temperatures on Dec. 14 for the all-day drinkathon. By train, bus or subway, devotees traveled en masse to the event’s 13th annual pub crawl. This […]

Koch controversy flares anew at plaque dedication

Koch controversy flares anew at plaque dedication

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  In a fiery flashback of 1980s AIDS activism, a ceremony to dedicate a commemorative plaque to former Mayor Ed Koch at 2 Fifth Ave. last Friday morning was disrupted by a chaotic protest by members of ACT UP. As Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, chairperson of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center, the organization that […]

Glick blows whistle on blitz of illegal Super Bowl rentals

Glick blows whistle on blitz of illegal Super Bowl rentals

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  State Assemblymember Deborah Glick is ready to throw a penalty flag on area residents who are planning to illegally rent out their apartments for the upcoming Super Bowl. The buzz around Super Bowl XLVIII — which will take place at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium (home of the Giants and Jets) on Feb. 2 — […]

A chocolatier’s sweet dreams come true in Tribeca

A chocolatier’s sweet dreams come true in Tribeca

BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  The Fika chocolate factory in Tribeca is a whirl of confectionary activity. Christmas is around the corner, and the workers — prominently visible behind floor-to-ceiling glass windows at the 450 Washington St. location — are feeling the crunch. Earlier this week, master chocolatier Hakan Martensson took a break from his busy […]

Thanks to N.Y.U., Visiting Neighbors finds a home

Thanks to N.Y.U., Visiting Neighbors finds a home

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  There was a joyful homecoming last week when Visiting Neighbors, which serves hundreds of seniors living alone in the Village, the Lower East Side and Chelsea, moved into its suite of just-renovated new offices in Washington Square Village. As a nonprofit social agency with a budget that has been shrinking over […]