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Mendez’s asthma-free act is law

Mendez’s asthma-free act is law

More than three years after City Councilmember Rosie Mendez originally introduced the Asthma-Free Housing Act, significant parts of the legislation were incorporated in a proposed amendment to the New York City Safe Housing Act, which was passed by the City Council earlier this month on Wed., Jan. 5. The new law designates asthma triggers — […]

‘It had been empty…I just decided to take it over’

‘It had been empty…I just decided to take it over’

Nowadays, this wall at Bowery and East Houston St. is one of the city’s more high-profile showcases for street art — though to purists, it’s completely commercialized. Last spring, amid much hoopla, Shepard Fairey of Obama “HOPE” poster fame, threw up a wheat-paste work at the site, only to see graffiti heads savagely mutilate it. […]

E. 2nd St. shooting

E. 2nd St. shooting

The victim, reportedly a construction worker, was visiting a female relative.

M.E. gives cause of death for East Village’s Markey

M.E. gives cause of death for East Village’s Markey

By Lincoln Anderson Markey Hayden Bena died in late July at age 54 two days after being found unconscious on E. Seventh St. near Avenue C. Descended from Hollywood royalty, he was homeless, and lived on the street near where he was found, on some raised grates that were known as his “office.” Initially, the […]

Tompkins Square Park dog owners get some training

Tompkins Square Park dog owners get some training

In the wake of heightened focus on pit bull problems in the Tompkins Square Park dog run, the East Village dog park’s board of directors invited Drayton Michaels, a pit bull guru from Red Bank, N.J., to tell dog owners what to do — and what not to do — to prevent future dust-ups.

Pit bull panic grips Tompkins Square Park dog run

Pit bull panic grips Tompkins Square Park dog run

BY Terese Loeb Kreuzer The renovated Tompkins Square Park dog run, which opened with fanfare and great anticipation on the part of dog owners in July 2008, has turned into a nightmare for many. According to Garrett Rosso, currently a board member of Friends of First Run, a volunteer group that provides community support to […]

‘Total victory’ on dangerous L.E.S. sidewalks is finally declared

‘Total victory’ on dangerous L.E.S. sidewalks is finally declared

Lower East Siders held a “victory press conference” at Columbia St. near Delancey St. last Friday to celebrate the repair of the long-neglected sidewalks outside the Masaryk Towers retail strip. Speakers included neighborhood resident and activist Samuel Vazquez, Bishop Cortez of COMPAS and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. A five-year struggle to fix the dangerously deteriorated […]