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BY TINA BENITEZ-EVES | One of the last punk rock bars in the East Village has closed. Manitoba’s, first opened by The Dictators frontman Richard “Handsome Dick” Manitoba in 1999, shut its doors for good on Tues., June 25. For the past 20 years, visitors to 99 Avenue B, between E. Sixth and E. Sevenths […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON Updated Tues., July 9, 11 p.m. | Poet Steve Cannon, the legendary founder of the East Village’s A Gathering of the Tribes, died at 2 a.m. on Sun., July 7. He was 84. Cannon was rehabbing from a broken hip at the VillageCare Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, at 214 W. Houston St., […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Gloria Sukenick, a Chelsea resident for nearly 50 years and a prominent community and housing activist, died on May 26 in her Penn South apartment. She was 94. Sukenick, a Brooklyn native, first lived in Chelsea on W. 16th St., before moving to Penn South in 1991. She was a veteran […]

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BY LINDA CRONIN-GROSS |    “Death is the only pure, beautiful conclusion of a great passion.” — D. H. Lawrence   So wrote longtime Village resident and activist Ben Green’s favorite author. But Lawrence could have been talking about Ben Green himself, who died Fri., May 17, in New York City at age 73, after […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Transgender activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera will be getting a monument in the city, with the proposed location in the Village at the Ruth Wittenberg Triangle, Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray announced on May 30. The monument is part of the She Built NYC project, which […]

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Walter Barton Elvers DDS, 95, passed away peacefully on April 17. “Wally,” as he was known, lived just a block from his beloved Washington Square Park with his wife of more than 57 years, “Bibi” (née Lita Melba Abril-Lamarque). Methodical, analytical, detail-oriented, a problem solver and a very independent thinker, he was also very sociable. […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | The front page of The Villager on Jan. 7, 1982, featured a profile of Peter Obletz, who for years advocated to save the High Line from demolition and reuse it for transportation and recreation. At the time, the elevated freight rail line was abandoned and overgrown. Train use for transporting goods had […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | A Chelsea woman turned 100 years old on May 17 and celebrated the milestone at the Hudson Guild two days earlier. At the celebration, Rita Corchado was surrounded by friends from Hudson Guild Adult Services, in whose meals-service program she is an active member. She comes to the Guild daily for breakfast […]

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BY TEQUILA MINSKY | While fashionistas were recently showing off their wildest creations and tying up traffic around the Metropolitan Museum, a heartfelt gathering was taking place just a bit farther Uptown on Fifth Ave. On the Museum of the City of New York’s piazza overlooking Central Park, community organizers and labor activists mingled for a […]

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On Oct. 2, 1986, the Mohandas Gandhi monument was unveiled in the southwest corner of Union Square Park. The statue is slightly bigger than life size, at 6 feet 6 inches tall, and was made by sculptor Kantilal B. Patel. It was donated by the Gandhi Memorial International Foundation and Mohan B. Murjani. The accompanying […]

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