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Manhattan Snaps: SoHo art auction attracts big names in ‘71

GABE HERMAN | The Dec. 23, 1971 issue of The Villager featured an article with the headline, “Art Groupies Invade SoHo For Benefit Auction.” The auction at the LoGiudice Gallery was to raise money for Sundance, a new magazine for news, art and poetry. The event brought out some big names, including Allen Ginsberg, Jerry […]

BY GABE HERMAN | Rainy weather didn’t dampen spirits at a ceremony to co-name the corner of MacDougal and Houston Streets “Lucy and Lenny Cecere Way” in honor of the late Greenwich Village fixtures. The Cecere couple bought nearby 51 MacDougal St. in 1962, where they lived for the rest of their lives. Lucy died […]

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BY ROBERT POZARYCKI | Cops need the public’s help in finding a crook who recently went looking for backpacks out of basements in Soho and Midtown Manhattan. On Oct. 7, the NYPD released video footage of the perpetrator responsible for the burglary pattern, which began in August with a break-in at a building on 9th […]

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BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Under a sunny sky, with autumn-perfect weather, local neighborhood community gardens, playgrounds and block associations in Greenwich Village and Soho celebrated the season this past weekend. In the Swedish clothing store Gudrun Sjödén on Greene Street, visitors added their own toppings —peanuts, chocolate chips, coconut and more to fresh warm caramel topped […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Information about liquor licenses for local businesses will soon be more accessible to the public, after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law today that was sponsored by Lower Manhattan lawmakers. State Senator Brad Hoylman and Assemblymember Deborah Glick sponsored the legislation to give the public more information about on-site […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | As retail vacancies have remained an ongoing problem in Lower Manhattan neighborhoods, Comptroller Scott Stringer has released a citywide report showing the broader scope of the problem, including empty retail space having doubled in the last decade. The report found that since 2007, the city’s vacancy rate rose from 4 percent […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Could that “Friends” billboard in Soho be any bigger? Apparently, the sign at 503 Broadway is more than big enough for some local residents, and for the Department of Buildings (DOB), which has issued violations for that sign and others that the pop-up has displayed in recent weeks. The pop-up is […]

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BY EMILY DAVENPORT | Some of the country’s most expensive neighborhoods in 2019 were found right here in Manhattan, but Battery Park City’s rental prices seem to soar higher and higher every year. RENTcafe recently released a report that explores which neighborhoods in the country, by ZIP code, are among the most expensive in 2019. According […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | New Yorkers will post art in any space they can find, and in Soho that includes a chain-link fence outside a barren city lot. The street art on the fence, at Grand and Lafayette Streets, is a collage of various materials, including crocheted yarn, plastic bottles and stickers, many found on […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Canal Street is famously the place to go for knockoff fashion accessories, but there are fewer fakes there now after a recent police seizure of a Soho vendor’s goods, police said. “ANOTHER ‘Weekend Operation’ was conducted along the Canal St corridor,” the 1st Precinct tweeted out on Sunday, Sept. 22, “to […]

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