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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | State politicians recently gathered on the steps of City Hall to drum up support for a new bill that bans religious exemptions from vaccinations for any child who attends school in New York State. “Just a few decades ago, we assumed measles was defeated, but now it’s roaring back,” said state Senator […]

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BY ROSE ADAMS AND RICO BURNEY |   ARTS Funeral for a Tree: Judson Memorial Church, on Washington Square, will be hosting what is believed to be the first funeral service for a tree, and as one might imagine, this will not be your average funeral service. This will be a fundraiser for Trees.org, an […]

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BY MARTHA WILKIE | In 1969, a large segment of the Village was designated a historic district by the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission, protecting its architectural fabric from developers and city villains like Robert Moses. It’s not set in amber, but alterations and new construction must take context — materials, design, scale — into account. Andrew Berman, […]

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Former East Village activist and photographer John Penley gave his photo archives sometime ago to New York University’s Tamiment Library. During years documenting the Downtown scene, Penley shot countless luminaries, the likes of drug guru Timothy Leary at the former Collective Unconscious on the Lower East Side, below, and performance artist Karen Finley at a […]

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Sixth Precinct   Meatpack perps Police are currently searching for two men suspected in two separate muggings on Thurs., March 21, and Sun., March 24. The first robbery reportedly took place around 3:40 a.m. near W. 13th and Washington Sts. in the Meatpacking District. The pair of perps are alleged to have approached a 34-year-old […]

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20th Precinct   Glass grab An Upper West Sider found a surprising piece of his car missing one recent Thursday morning. On March 28, at 9 a.m., an elderly owner of a black 2019 Mercedes-Benz checked on his car parked at the southeast corner of Riverside Drive and W. 73rd St. Once the 85-year-old reached […]

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BY LYNN ELLSWORTH | The phrase “We The People” in the Constitution still has the power to wake the sleeping idealist within us. It’s a clarion call to our better nature, to get off our asses and bend the arc of history toward something better, to come together to make decisions for the general welfare. It evokes […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | The Villager’s front page on April 21, 1988, featured an article on a Village event for Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaign. Jackson held a pre-primary rally in front of the Gay and Lesbian Center on W. 13 St. between Eighth and Greenwich Aves that drew 5,000 people. The rally was organized by the […]

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Sewing as Triangle link To The Editor: Re “Threads of connection to Triangle tragedy” (news article, April 11): It was an inspiring weekend. Children also participated in sewing onto the ribbon. It is appropriate that sewing, as a contribution by the public to the permanent memorial, has been incorporated into the final design. Sewing for […]

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BY ROSE ADAMS | When Alex Nuñez’s father, Patricio, returned home one evening in 1994, he asked his 12-year-old boy for an unusual favor. “Son,” he said, “cut my hair.” Patricio sat in a chair by the bathroom mirror and Alex stooped over him, gliding a pair of electric clippers over his scalp. When the buzzing […]

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