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BY TEQUILA MINSKY | Lab/Shul’s High Holy Day services are being held this year in 34th Street’s Hammerstein Ballroom. After the artist-driven, god-optional assembly of high holiday observers outgrew the City Winery in its first years, services were held further downtown, the Upper East Side and Brooklyn, as well as streamed on-line. Always led by […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Chelsea has announced a new priest-in-charge, who will break barriers as its first ever female pastor and its first Asian American priest. Rev. Christine Lee will be formally commissioned at St. Peter’s Chelsea, which is at 346 W. 20 St. between Eighth and Ninth Aves., during […]

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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 BONNY FINBERG |   “I have trouble recalling any significant, edifying or exhilarating free-jazz or total-improvisation concert I’ve attended at which Mr. Dalachinsky has not been in the audience, rough-edged, congenial and ready with an opinion.” — Steve Smith, “What’s an Avant-Garde Evening Without a Poet and Plush Toys?” (The New York Times, Sept. […]

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Alternate subway plan To The Editor: Re “Gov backs serial subway sex-abuser ban” (news article, Sept. 12): Why not create the “X” line, which could run separate trains? These would provide cars for folks to light up either cigarettes, cigars or marijuana. You could also have other cars for drinking, gambling or adult entertainment. This could […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | With Lower Manhattan’s courthouses as his backdrop, Comptroller Scott Stringer called for an end to mandatory court surcharges and fees as the next step on the city’s path toward criminal justice reform. “We are setting our sights on the new frontier of the decarceration movement,” Stringer said at a press conference at […]

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BY BOB KRASNER | In the beginning, drag was simple. Men dressed as women for theatrical purposes. Eventually, drag became established in underground gay culture and then — and we’re skipping way ahead here — in mainstream culture as a result of the popularity of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” a television hit across America. Then it got somewhat […]

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BY MATT TRACY | A bigot was caught on video lashing out at a gay Jewish man in a Manhattan subway station on Mon., Sept. 9, but that scary moment suddenly turned into a positive opportunity when the victim used the incident to raise awareness about the plight of transgender and gender nonconforming people of color. In […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Robert Frank, the legendary photographer whose gritty, snapshot images showed the United States to itself through a new lens, died Monday at age 94. The New York Times reported that he was in Inverness, Nova Scotia, at the time of his death. A Jewish immigrant from Switzerland, Frank achieved fame with his […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | A new Village group, the West Washington Place Block Association, plans to address local crime and other issues like excessive garbage and beautifying the area. The new block association was co-organized by two Washington Place residents, Nancy Bass Wyden, owner of the Strand Book Store, and Rosalind Resnick, who owns and […]

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