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Four years in making, Tompkins trees map leaves no leaf unturned

Four years in making, Tompkins trees map leaves no leaf unturned

BY MICHAEL LYDON  |  Now that’s my favorite tree in the park,” said Michael Natale one bitter cold February afternoon, pointing to a much-trimmed veteran standing tall at the southeast corner of Tompkins Square Park. “A black locust and one of Tompkins’s oldest trees.” A squirrel stuck an inquisitive nose out of a deep fold […]

Another pasticceria bites the dust as De Robertis Caffé closes on First Ave.

Another pasticceria bites the dust as De Robertis Caffé closes on First Ave.

BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  It was the last day of De Robertis Pasticceria & Caffé, and the black-and-white photos that tracked the family were off the white- tiled walls. They lay in the empty baked goods display counter alongside cafe items — espresso spoons and tin plates for sale. The legendary half dollar cemented into the […]

Chords and colors swirled at La Plaza Cultural

Chords and colors swirled at La Plaza Cultural

At the Lower East Side Harvest Festival’s opening party, there were musical performances and creativity in La Plaza Cultural, at E. Ninth St. and Avenue C. State Senator Brad Hoylman and his daughter, Silvia, above right, dropped by to paint. Other local politicians who came to show their support for community gardens and environmental sustainability […]

Shaoul agrees he will remove seventh floor of E. 5th building

Shaoul agrees he will remove seventh floor of E. 5th building

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Last Tues., Sept. 16, the city’s Board of Standard and Appeals, reached an agreement with Ben Shaoul under which the developer conceded he would remove the seventh story that he added to 515 E. Fifth St. Shaoul was given 60 days to comply, and a week from the B.S.A. hearing date […]

Forty-five years later, an East Village school has changed radically, just like its neighborhood

Forty-five years later, an East Village school has changed radically, just like its neighborhood

BY YANNIC RACK  |  When Joyce Pearlman started teaching kindergarten in the East Village 45 years ago, the neighborhood was, to put it mildly, a little different. It turned out that living in Mt. Vernon and teaching in the Bronx hadn’t quite prepared her for the move to Avenue C and E. 10th St. in […]

No last-minute miracle for O.L. Vilnius Church? Tower plan is filed

No last-minute miracle  for O.L. Vilnius Church?  Tower plan is filed

BY YANNIC RACK  |  A pending permit application could see another church bulldozed for luxury residences, after loyal parishioners have prayed on the steps of the church since it was padlocked seven years ago. Last month, a permit was filed with the Department of Buildings for an 18-story, 30-unit apartment building on the site of the […]

Dig it! ’60s flashback at garden

Dig it! ’60s flashback at garden

The 6th and B Community Garden was rocking at its recent ’60s sing-along party / fundraiser. The mini-Woodstock — thankfully, without the rain and mud — hosted a sea of tie-dyed clothing, accented by gray hair, long beards and peace and love. The group X-Tine and the City Timbres led the crowd through classic faves, like […]

Through all the changes, accordionist plays on

Through all the changes, accordionist plays on

BY YANNIC RACK  |  Heroin, Heineken, Haagen-Dazs and Henry. In that order.” These are the things that Helen Stratford gave up on her way to discovering the accordion, the last one on the list being her husband. “Being a musician was never on the list of things to do,” she said. On a sunny day […]

Chico’s Robin Williams wall draws admiration, and tears

Chico’s Robin Williams wall draws admiration, and tears

BY ZACH WILLIAMS AND LINCOLN ANDERSON |  Antonio “Chico” Garcia, the legendary Lower East Side graffiti artist, was quick to put up a sidewalk mural for Robin Williams after the great comedic actor’s death on Mon., Aug. 11. Garcia started the piece the day after Williams died, and did the finishing touches on the roughly […]

Janet Freeman Way honors tireless tenant advocate

Janet Freeman Way honors tireless tenant advocate

BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |   Friends, family, neighbors and local politicians recently gathered at Kenmare and Elizabeth Sts. as the city paid one of its highest, and most visible, honors to Janet Freeman — co-naming the street corner for the late community activist. A resident of the neighborhood for more than 40 years, Freeman died in […]