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Landmarks likes 9th St. dorm; Protest march planned

Landmarks likes 9th St. dorm; Protest march planned

BY SARAH FERGUSON  |  Gregg Singer’s plan to convert the East Village’s old P.S. 64 into an upscale 500-bed dorm received favorable reviews from members of the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday. Although L.P.C. postponed a vote on the project pending further modifications, the commissioners generally praised the proposed reworking of the turn-of the-century elementary […]

Trying to save our community on a changing L.E.S.

Trying to save our community on a changing L.E.S.

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  I have documented this community for many years and have witnessed the changes. I was one of the well-known, anti-gentrification radicals, considered by the gentrifies to be a part of the so-called rabble, branded one of the troublemakers, arrested several times, banned from the Seventh Precinct Community Council for asking questions […]

Slow response, as Guard trucks rations into Downtown

Slow response, as Guard trucks rations into Downtown

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  In a shaky yet mainly successful start to the National Guard presence in Downtown Manhattan following the impact of Hurricane Sandy, on Thursday night hundreds of desperate residents welcomed a massive delivery of food and water outside a Lower East Side public housing complex. The Guardsmen were originally scheduled to arrive […]

Two Bridges community rallies to help trapped senior citizens

Two Bridges community rallies to help trapped senior citizens

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  As people across the city worked to recover from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, a group of seniors trapped in a Lower East Side building — without electricity, water or adequate food supplies — were being saved from the brink of despair by community leaders, city workers and volunteers who came […]

Return to Tent City: The mother of all occupations

Return to Tent City: The mother of all occupations

At the punk rock concerts on July 5 marking the Tompkins Square Park riot’s 24th anniversary, one longtime East Villager could be overheard saying, “Occupy Wall Street, they held Zuccotti Park for two months. We occupied Tompkins Square Park for three years!” Clayton Patterson was among the local photographers who documented the homeless park scene, […]

Tattoos, Weasel and the Vampire Woman: What a messe

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  Jochen Auer’s Vienna Wildstyle and Tattoo Messe in the Gasometer continues to bring high-level, world-class talent to his public. A messe is a fair, and the Gasometer is four huge, 19th-century, brick gas tanks that have been converted for various uses, from office and residential to entertainment. One of the contributions I […]

Probe has parents angry, principal in ‘rubber room’

Probe has parents angry, principal in ‘rubber room’

By ALINE REYNOLDS  |  One of the city’s top-rated schools, located on the Lower East Side, continues to be under intense scrutiny by the city Department of Education for financial improprieties. Shuang Wen School (P.S. 184M), which boasts high rankings on state achievement tests and high rates of student acceptances in specialized high schools, is […]

Beloved blogger Arihood’s loss leaves a hole in heart of Ave. A

Beloved blogger Arihood’s loss leaves a hole in heart of Ave. A

Photo by Jefferson Siegel Bob Arihood in Union Square covering a Critical Mass bicycle ride in July 2005. By Jefferson Siegel Late Saturday afternoon, intermittent rain fell on Tompkins Square Park. Lampposts blinked into life, their glow diffused by a dense mist that coated drenched paths. Few would have noticed the scene was reminiscent of […]

‘Vote for Lyn’; Help club win $50K

‘Vote for Lyn’; Help club win $50K

The Lower Eastside Girls Club is in the running for a $50,000 award if it wins the DVF Foundation’s “People’s Voice” online vote, which started Monday. Actress Rosario Dawson nominated the club for the competition. Four other organizations are also on the ballot — though these are national groups, unlike the girls club, based in […]

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 — […]

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