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BY GABE HERMAN | Ernest Scinto, who owned and ran the beloved Bleecker St. live-music venue the Back Fence with his brother Rocco from 1958 until its 2013 closing, died July 29. He was 88. Scinto’s health had been worsening the past three years from the effects of Parkinson’s disease, though his mind stayed sharp […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Les Lieber, a longtime Village resident and founder and organizer of weekly Jazz at Noon shows in the city, died July 10 on Fire Island. He was 106. Lieber loved to play jazz, including alto sax and pennywhistle, and performed throughout the years in Jazz at Noon, which, over the span […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Bruce Davis, the founder of the 1-800-LAWYERS line for locals to get legal help, and the face of its commercials for years, who was also a longtime Village resident, died recently in his Village home, on W. 10th St., at age 71. The path for Davis to strike it rich with […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Filomena Vitrano, owner of the beloved Village restaurant The Bagel, at 170 W. Fourth St., for 34 years before its closing in 2003, and a lifelong Village resident, died on July 11 at 96 years old. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Anthony’s Church, at 155 Sullivan St., on […]

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Alan Whelan, a Dublin-born man who founded the Village Lions Rugby Football Club out of his Red Lion Pub in Greenwich Village, has died at the age of 79. He had battled cancer for 10 years. Surviving Whelan, who lived in Manhasset, N.Y., are his wife Fran and son Sean. “All of the Lions are […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Miriam Bockman, a former Village district leader, member of the Village Independent Democrats, and the only woman to serve as Democratic leader of New York County, died June 25 in her home in Manhattan. She was 86. The cause of death was complications from cancer, according to The New York Times. […]

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BY TEQUILA MINSKY | No. 62 Greene St. in Soho is decked with the ceremonial bunting and other memorial displays paying homage to one of the bravest of the Fire Department of New York, Assistant Chief Ronald Spadafora, who died Sat., June 23, at age 63. Spadafora was a 40-year Fire Department veteran. As N.Y.F.D. […]

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BY ANDY HUMM | Dick Leitsch, who was president of the gay-rights Mattachine Society of New York at the time of the Stonewall Rebellion in 1969 and provided an essential on-the-scene report of the uprising for Mattachine’s newsletter, died on June 22. His death followed a yearlong battle with multiple melanoma that was first diagnosed […]

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BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | When Linda Acevedo looks out her window on the seventh floor of her one-bedroom apartment at Broome and Clinton Sts., a flood of memories washes over her. Her north-facing window overlooks a massive construction site for a 25-story tower. On that spot was where she grew up as a child home […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Lorraine Gordon, the owner and manager of the legendary Village Vanguard jazz club for almost 30 years, died June 9 at age 95. Gordon, who died from complications from a stroke suffered on Memorial Day, was passionate about jazz from her youth and a daily fixture at the club, at Seventh […]

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