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BY ARTHUR SCHWARTZ | We all know that 2020 will be a watershed year in national politics. The unthinkably monstrous, racist, sexist, xenophobic, grandiose thing in the White House is so ripe for a challenge that 25 or more candidates are looking to be the one to take him down. And in the run-up to that […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Two years ago, on a trip to his native Turkey, East Villager Uluç Ülgen did something he had done thousands of times before. He had coffee with his father. But this cup of coffee would prove to be special.  After finishing the the almost syrup-like drink, his father took his small […]

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BY MARY REINHOLZ Updated Sun., Aug. 4, 7 p.m. | When retired Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau died July 21 at Lenox Hill Hospital, expiring after a brief illness 10 days shy of his 100th birthday, he was remembered with accolades usually reserved for heads of state. Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered all flags on state buildings lowered to half-staff […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | City Winery, the Hudson Square music hot spot, will be closing on Varick St. on Aug. 1. But it won’t be “the day the music died”: The tunes-and-vino venue will be reopening in January in a stunning new setting at Pier 57, at W. 15th St., in Hudson River Park. Owner Michael […]

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For many New Yorkers, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s delayed response to the Manhattan blackout on July 13 — as he continued his quixotic campaign for president a thousand miles away in Iowa — was the last straw. Since the days when Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia rode on a police motorcycle sidecar to get to major incidents around […]

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BY MARY REINHOLZ | Iconoclastic author and humorist Paul Krassner, who coined the name “Yippie” for the Youth International Party and catapulted to 1960s counterculture fame, died Sunday at his Desert Hot Springs home in Southern California. He was 87. Krassner was also the founder/editor of The Realist, a now-defunct satirical publication he produced in the East Village […]

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BY BOB KRASNER | Dance beats, punk rock and noise mingled in the heat in Tompkins Square Park on Friday in the interests of justice. Specifically, Avenues For Justice, a nonprofit that was founded 41 years ago on Avenue B. The organization’s main focus is to keep kids between the ages of 14 and 24 out […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Friends and family of Steve Cannon packed the Bowery Poetry Club on Sun., July 14, for a marathon memorial for the late East Village poet and arts icon. Cannon, 84, who was blind, died July 7 while recuperating from a broken hip he had suffered a month earlier in a fall in […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | The new documentary “Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love” reportedly may not break much new ground for hardcore Leonard Cohen fans. But it nonetheless paints a riveting and thought-provoking portrait of the artist and Marianne Ihlen, his Norwegian “muse,” from their idyllic time together on the Greek island of Hydra in their […]

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Republic Bank and its founder, Vernon Hill — and his valued associate Duffy — held a VIP reception at 90 Fifth Ave. on July 10, two days before the grand opening of the bank’s new branch at 14th St. and Fifth Ave. This is Republic’s 28th location in the U.S., and its first in New […]

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