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L.E.S. Jewels, godfather of crusties, is dead at 43

L.E.S. Jewels, godfather of crusties, is dead at 43

BY GERARD FLYNN & LINCOLN ANDERSON | Joel Pakela, a.k.a. L.E.S. Jewels, was the leader of sorts of the East Village’s homeless crusty punks, which he liked to call the “gutter pirates.” Last Friday night, Jewels, 43, was found by Ninth Precinct police on Avenue A across from the park, “smelling of alcohol.” Suffering from […]

Estelle Johnson, 89, leading leather clothes maker

Estelle Johnson, 89, leading leather clothes maker

BY ALBERT AMATEAU | Estelle Johnson, a designer and maker of leather clothes and accessories who had her workshop in the basement of Native Leather on Bleecker St. for the past 38 years, died in Albany Memorial Hospital on Sept. 4, a week before her 90th birthday. In declining health for the past several months, […]

Sister Elizabeth Kelliher, 89, L.E.S. activist nun

Sister Elizabeth Kelliher, 89, L.E.S. activist nun

Sister Elizabeth Kelliher at a rally for housing. BY ALBERT AMATEAU | Sister Elizabeth Kelliher, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement and a pioneer community organizer on the Lower East Side for more than 40 years, and for 13 years more recently in Vancouver, British Columbia, died Aug. 16 at the Lurana Health […]

Amid Village’s changes, their love has been a constant

BY BOB KRASNER | There are people who will tell you, no matter where you are, that the neighborhood ain’t what it used to be. Of course, they are probably right. And if they have been around long enough to remember what the neighborhood used to be like, chances are they are not what they used […]

Paul Caruso, 65, musician who played with Hendrix

Paul Caruso, 65, musician who played with Hendrix

BY T. SCHOEN | Paul Caruso, a well-known East Village musician who played with Jimi Hendrix and worked to help the neighborhood’s homeless, died of a stroke on April 20. He was 65 years old. Caruso grew up in the Bronx. After dropping out of school in the ninth grade, he later took studies through […]

Francine Morin, 62, artist and longtime East Villager

Francine Morin, 62, artist  and longtime East Villager

Longtime East Villager Francine Morin passed away at Beth Israel Hospital on April 27. She was 62. Raised in California and Ohio, Francine moved to New York City in the mid-1970s to pursue a career as a painter and printmaker. After living briefly in Chelsea, she moved to an apartment on E. Seventh St., and […]

Artie Stewart, the ‘Heart of the Park,’ dies at 68

Artie Stewart, the ‘Heart of the Park,’ dies at 68

BY SHARON WOOLUMS | It was a sad day on April 5 in Washington Square. Artie Stewart, the “Heart of the Park,” quintessential crowd pleaser, passed away into the park’s annals of those forever loved and never forgotten. His wonderful, zany antics will no longer make us giggle. Artie’s fellow park musician Sage Logan expressed what […]

Al D’Avanzo, 76, architect and a founder of BAMRA

BY ALBERT AMATEAU | Albert N. D’Avanzo, an architect and Villager who was a founder of the Bleecker Area Merchants and Residents Association (BAMRA), died in his home on Thompson St. between late Sun., March 24, and early Mon., March 25, his 76th birthday. In ill health for the past two years, Al was last seen […]

Margaret Rock; Polish immigrant lived to age of 109

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Margaret Rock, who came to New York from Poland in 1958, died peacefully on Sat., April 13, in her second-floor walk-up on E. Sixth St. She was 109 years old. “She was fiercely independent,” said Irene D’Alessio, a social worker at the Selfreliance Association of American-Ukrainians who had visited Margaret regularly for […]

Gerald Barry, 90, writer/editor for Newsweek, wires and Peat

BY ALBERT AMATEAU | Gerald J. Barry, a journalist and editor who made his home in Greenwich Village with his family for the past 50 years, died Wed., March 13, after a brief illness. He was 90. At a funeral Mass at St. Joseph’s Church, at Sixth Ave. and Washington Place, attended by scores of […]

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