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BY MARTHA WILKIE | For an affordable (for the East Village) $350,000, you can buy a place and never have to move again. The catch? It’s a marble burial vault located beneath 3 feet of soil. New York Marble Cemetery (not to be confused with the New York City Marble Cemetery nearby) is a private cemetery […]

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BY JIM MARKOWICH | To the New York City real estate tycoons who are lamenting the new rent laws in New York State: It’s really not so bad. I know, I know. It’s hard to be chipper when you look ahead and you see your return on investment tanking on the whole predatory-equity gamble. Rent regulation […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | The city opened its affordable housing lottery on June 19 for apartments at 140 Essex St., a building that is part of the Essex Crossing development and that will be exclusively for low-income seniors. The Lower East Side building will be on Essex St. between Rivington and Stanton Sts. Scheduled to […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission designated six L.G.B.T. historic sites as individual landmarks on Tues., June 18. The sites include the Caffe Cino, at 31 Cornelia St., which served as a venue for new and unknown playwrights, most of whom were gay men, to share their work during a time when portraying homosexuality […]

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BY MARTHA WILKIE| Those new to New York are often surprised by Gramercy Park — a beautifully landscaped gem, but one with a fence and a locked gate. So how does one get in? The key to getting a key is owning a home on the park and paying an annual fee. Samuel B. Ruggles, a lawyer […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | At a June 13 meeting for the Envision Soho Noho process, preliminary recommendations were presented for issues in the area, based on the process of community input that included four public workshops from February to May. Some top issues included protecting artists and the artistic tradition of Soho while officially allowing […]

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BY MARTHA WILKIE | Some say Manhattan is only for the young or rich, but it’s also good for older people — as long as they have the means to live here. An Upper East Sider who just turned 80 said she values the convenience. “As an ‘elderly’ person there is no better place to live,” she […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Actor Alec Baldwin will be at Judson Memorial Church in the Village on Thurs., June 20. But he won’t be doing his uproarious portrayal of Donald Trump in comedy skits with the cast of “Saturday Night Live.” Instead, he’ll likely be significantly more serious. Because the topic will be serious. Baldwin […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | A New York Supreme Court judge extended a temporary restraining order to block developers from beginning work on three high-rise towers in The Lower East Side’s Two Bridges neighborhood. The ruling is a temporary win for advocacy groups, the City Council and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. The New York Post reported […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | With community board members and youth sports advocates up in arms over the recently released draft legislative amendments for Pier 40, at least one lawmaker is saying local politicians now must “balance the various needs” of the W. Houston St. pier and Hudson River Park more sensibly. But time may be running […]

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