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BY GABE HERMAN | As much of the East Side community remains strongly opposed to the city’s coastal-resiliency plan, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Councilmember Carlina Rivera this week announced the hiring of an independent consultant to review the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. Community complaints about the E.S.C.R. — a flood-protection project — include that […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | A Lower East Side bodega was robbed on Wed., Sept. 4, police said. The incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. inside Star Convenience Store, at 86 Stanton St., between Allen and Orchard Sts. A 26-year-old man was working behind the store’s counter, when a man approached him, demanded money and slapped him […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | It turns out the skateboarding will continue in Tompkins Square Park after all. The Parks Department announced on Fri., Sept. 6, that it would not — as previously planned — be laying synthetic turf over a portion of the East Village park that has been used for decades as a spot […]

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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 LINCOLN ANDERSON | On another mild, blue-sky day, just as that fateful morning 18 years ago, the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack was marked in a solemn ceremony at the World Trade Center. There were moments of silence and the tolling of bells to commemorate the times that the first jet and then the […]

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BY LIZ SADLER CRYAN | It’s hard to miss the soaring 3-acre meadow that graces the top of Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn. But green roofs — or living roofs, as they are also known — are also branching into residential neighborhoods, where homeowners with sturdy-enough roofs can enjoy their environmental and financial benefits. “Not only […]

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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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5th Precinct Subway group attack A man was victimized in a group attack on the subway on Sept. 7, according to police. At 3:40 a.m., a 38-year-old man was on an Uptown D train, when five people approached and demanded his money. The victim refused, and two of the men then started to punch him. […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | For owner Monica Saxena, her Indian restaurant aRoqa is more than just another local place to eat in Chelsea. “I dreamt of this for 20 years,” Saxena said recently while sitting at a table at aRoqa. “I look at it as a dream, and a dreamer.” Saxena lived in New York in […]

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BY JENNA BAGCAL | Head to Citi Field this winter, where bright lanterns, international cuisine and cultural arts will collide. From Dec. 6 to Jan. 26, the Flushing stadium plays host to the first-ever Hello Panda Festival, produced by CPAA North America. Spanning 750,000 square feet, the landmark event will feature more than 120 handcrafted lanterns, […]

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