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SoHo florist brings some autumn spirit to the street

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | The displays of SoHo florist Julia Testa, at 111 Thompson St., just south of Prince Street, decorated the sidewalk this week in all the symbols and color vibrancy of autumn. Red maple leaves, squash and pumpkins were all included, brightening up what can be gray days in November. Passersby were invited […]

BY GABE HERMAN | Released on Wednesday, the city’s Envision Soho/Noho report suggests exploring new housing on underused land, bringing in a wider range of businesses, and possibly creating an arts and cultural district for ways to improve and update the neighborhoods. The report, which was released after a six-month process of gathering community input, largely […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Soho restaurant Piccola Cucina has drawn complaints from some neighbors for excessive noise and crowds, and this month the owner appeared before the community board to address the issues. Owner and chef Philip Guardione appeared with his attorney Michael Ferrari at a meeting of CB2’s Liquor Licensing Committee. Chair Robert Ely […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | The Elizabeth Street Garden hosted its 7th Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 26. The afternoon event included free food and beverages donated by local businesses, and activities that included pumpkin decorating, face painting, games, arts and crafts with McNally Jackson Bookstore, Spooky Storytime with the Mulberry Street Library and Tai […]

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The following are notable crimes within the 5th and 6th precincts: 6th Precinct Would-be bank thief leaves empty-handed There was an attempted robbery at the Chase Bank at 340 Sixth Ave., police said. On Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m., a man approached a window in the bank and held up a sign that read, […]

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BY 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, […]

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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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