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BY GABE HERMAN | Grand larcenies have skyrocketed 50 percent from the previous year in Chelsea, according to the NYPD’s 10th Precinct. Police officers met with local residents on Oct. 8 to discuss issues that included drug activity and quality of life issues related to homelessness, and said that the increases in grand larcenies are, in part, […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Chinese restaurant Lucky Lee’s got extensive media coverage when it opened in the Village this April, but not for the reasons it had hoped for. The owner Arielle Haspel, a Manhattan nutritionist who is white, advertised the eatery as a place for “clean” Chinese-American food that wouldn’t leave diners feeling “bloated and […]

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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 ALEX MITCHELL | The Five Borough Pizza Challenge is much more than just a foodie’s quest to slice out some territory in each corner of New York City — as a matter of fact having pizza time is the easiest part of the day. Its true contest is in traveling throughout the five boroughs without […]

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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 | The second-avenue Village Trip festival, which ran from Sept. 26-29 across Greenwich Village, featured an expanded lineup of events including social justice panels, writing seminars, poetry readings and concerts showcasing a variety of musical genres. After a pre-festival poetry reading on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at St. Mark’s in the Bowery, the […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Indian restaurant Roasted Masala opened earlier this year on the Upper West Side, and offers incredible northern Indian dishes made by those who know the area well. Owner Samson Severes, who was born in Goa, has worked in the restaurant business in both India and the U.S. for over 25 years. Chef […]

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BY EMILY DAVENPORT | An annual caffeinated festival that will help you stay awake in the city that never sleeps is returning to Manhattan next month. On Oct. 11-13, the New York Coffee Festival is returning to the Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 125 West 18th St. in Chelsea. Tickets start at $30 and are available at […]

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BY THE VILLAGER STAFF | Make plans to cross the river next month, as the Queens Beer Festival returns to Long Island City on the weekend of Oct. 5-6. LIC Flea & Food, located at 5-25 46th Avenue in Long Island City at the corner of 46th Avenue and 5th Street, will once again host the […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | A Lower East Side resident is starting a cookie company from scratch and trying to stand out from the competition with some uniquely flavored cookies that are truly homemade. Kerianne Cotray, 29, lives on Water Street and uses her apartment as her cookie headquarters, doing all the baking, wrapping and shipping […]

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