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Ex-Pride Agenda director at home at settlement house

Ex-Pride Agenda director at home at settlement house

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  In a sense, Alan van Capelle’s first midlife crisis came at age 34. It was then, in January 2010, that he stepped down as executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, less than two months after the state Senate had decisively rejected its first marriage-equality bill. Van Capelle’s seven-year tenure […]

Children’s Magical Garden sues to reclaim lot slated for development

Children’s Magical Garden sues to reclaim lot slated for development

BY SARAH FERGUSON | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED MARCH 10, 2014  |  After being fenced out for 10 months, members of the Children’s Magical Garden filed a claim of adverse possession on Mon., March 10, against Lower East Side developer Serge Hoyda and the development entity 157, LLC, seeking to reclaim the portion of the garden that Hoyda […]

Defending neighborhood character and small businesses

Defending neighborhood character and small businesses

The old P.S. 64, the former CHARAS / El Bohio Cultural and Community Center, has sat vacant for 15 years. Developer Gregg Singer plans to create a dorm there. PHOTO BY LINCOLN ANDERSON BY SARA ROMANOSKI  |  Entering our tenth year, the East Village Community Coalition continues to address with concern the preservation of the […]

Beating the deep freeze with lots of layers and coffee

Beating the deep freeze with lots of layers and coffee

  BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  Lady Liberty is handling this frigid cold spell just fine. Dressed in seven layers, Donald Dushain was wearing a Statue of Liberty costume over top, and carried a sign for Liberty Tax Service at the intersection of E. Houston St. and Avenue B, close to their office. “It’s one of […]

Sure Shot…not; Beastie Square nixed

Sure Shot…not; Beastie Square nixed

BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  Community Board 3 on Tuesday voted to quash LeRoy McCarthy’s quest to co-name a Lower East Side intersection for the Beastie Boys — and the hip-hop fan is calling it “sabotage.” The group’s “Paul’s Boutique” album cover sports a photo of the Ludlow and Rivington Sts. intersection. At the board’s Jan. […]

Photographer goes from punks to pugs for a dog run’s aid

Photographer goes from punks to pugs for a dog run’s aid

Gabba gabba huh? A pugged-out version of the “Ramones” album cover — featuring dog heads and furry chests and stomachs — is the cover of the Washington Square dog run’s 2014 calendar. Photo by Roberta Bayley BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  As the resident photographer for Punk magazine, Roberta Bayley captured iconic images of and hung […]

University Center’s opening Act II

University Center’s opening Act II

The New School is opening the bottom half — the academic portion — of its new University Center this week. The top half of the building, on Fifth Ave. between 13th and 14th Sts., is a student residence and opened in August. The building’s bottom part includes an auditorium, plus a library on two floors. […]

Extra! Extra! Astor Place vendor to return to newsstand

Extra! Extra! Astor Place vendor to return to newsstand

Victory! Jerry Delakas at his Astor Place newsstand at Monday’s press conference announcing the news that he reached an agreement with the city allowing him to reopen the stand. Photo by Tequila MInsky BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED JAN. 13, 2014  |  Great news! Longtime newsstand vendor Jerry Delakas is back at his kiosk […]

Sad news on Astor Pl. as city shuts down longtime paper kiosk

Sad news on Astor Pl. as city shuts down longtime paper kiosk

Jerry Delakas has operated the Astor Place newsstand for 27 years. File photo BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  When vendor Jerry Delakas arrived on Tuesday morning at the newsstand on Astor Place that he has been operating for 27 years, he found the padlock broken on the pavement and a new lock in its place. “I […]

Polo store goes to Hell(bent)

Polo store goes to Hell(bent)

Currently sporting a paintjob by Hellbent, the University Place Denim & Supply outlet’s exterior will be a canvas for a rotating cast of artists. Photo by Pasha Farmanara BY PASHA FARMANARA  |  Polo Ralph Lauren is known for its subdued khaki pants and button-down shirts, but its Denim & Supply store on 12th St. and […]