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A future returns for typewriters, and their repairmen

BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  Business is booming at the 83-year-old Gramercy Typewriter Company, as a new generation discovers the staccato pace and simultaneous printing of a 19th-century innovation. This new clientele joins longtime customers who never gave up on the personal touch only a manual typewriter can provide. The father-son business is one of the […]

BY YANNIC RACK |    When Yvonne Collery returned to her apartment for the first time after the explosion that rocked her block in the East Village in late March, she didn’t immediately grasp how bad the damage really was. “At first I thought it was just the plaster hanging down,” she says of the […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  Is that it? Unfortunately, basically — yes! The fake facade being erected around an M.T.A. fan plant at Mulry Square looks incomplete, but actually that’s pretty much what it’s going to look like. The phony facade will conceal emergency exhaust fans for the Seventh and Eighth Ave. subway lines that run […]

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BY VICTORIA GRANTHAM  |  In a post-9/11 world, with active shooter drills in schools and bag scans at theaters, the question of how much we should share with our kids comes up a lot. We live two blocks from the Twin Towers, turned Ground Zero, turned Freedom Tower/One World Trade Center, and we’ve been here […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON   |  Adam Purple, the godfather of the Lower East Side community gardens who fought a losing battle to save his spectacular Garden of Eden from destruction for a low-income housing project, died last week as he was bicycling over the Williamsburg Bridge. He was 84. The cause of death was apparently […]

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By Victoria Grantham | We helped our friends move recently from a suburban community in New Jersey to a more rural area in New York. (By “we” I mean I paid for the pizza lunch and lounged in the pool with the kids while my husband Jay and his best friend sweated through their clothes lifting […]

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BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  Last Friday, Paul the Pigeon Man was stoic. Larry the Birdman was bereft. They missed seeing their friends in Washington Square Park. If it seems there are a lot less pigeons in Washington Square Park, it’s because there are. Earlier last week, on Tuesday afternoon, birdnappers were reportedly out in force on […]

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BY VICTORIA GRANTHAM  |   One of the things you learn when you become a parent is that you’ve taken on a responsibility for life. You can never truly get a vacation from your role as a mom or dad…but my husband and I aren’t above trying. This summer Jay had a large chunk of […]

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BY SUSAN SHAPIRO    |  The following is an excerpt from Susan Shapiro’s new novel, “What’s Never Said,” published by Greenwich Village’s Heliotrope, officially coming out Aug. 3. Setup: In February 1981, in Greenwich Village, Lila Lerner, an innocent graduate N.Y.U. student from a Jewish Wisconsin family, is upset when the professor she adores ignores her […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  After taking over as commanding officer of the Sixth Precinct last month, Captain Joseph Simonetti has been making the rounds of the Greenwich Village precinct, getting to know the area’s conditions, merchants and people. He comes from the Lower East Side’s Seventh Precinct where he was the C.O. for one year. […]

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