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Tenants to Landlord of 210 Rivington: Get the Lead Out

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Council Member Rosie Mendez is blocking the landlord’s representative from filming the tenants. (Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

Tenants of a Lower East Side apartment building are not happy. Construction has subjected them to constant headaches, including hazardous levels of lead, representatives of the 210 Rivington Street Tenants Association said at a rally outside of the building today.
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James Franco Is Sliding Down the Strand’s Chimney

(Photo: James Franco's Facebook)

(Photo: James Franco’s Facebook)

Want to sit in James Franco’s lap?

We’re not sure he’ll let you do that (not after that slip-up with the 17-year-old) but he has donned a Santa suit in anticipation of his appearance at The Strand next Monday, December 8. “I’ll sign for ALL comers!” he promises on Facebook.
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The Bowery Mission Is Serving 7,000 Thanksgiving Meals

(Photos and video: Ilyse Liffreing)

(Photos and video: Ilyse Liffreing)

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

There’s a line down the block and around the corner right now at The Bowery Mission, where a white tent out front protects only some of those waiting to get in from the elements. Since 4:30 a.m., volunteers have been serving Thanksgiving meals with all the trimmings.

With all their locations combined, The Bowery Mission will serve around 7,000 meals today to people who are going through hardships such as being homeless. After a pre-meal sermon, a band played soothing music as the needy ate around red-clothed tables. Volunteers brought in water, tea, and plates full of turkey, gravy, and cranberry sauce.
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Video: New Yorkers Gather For Some Real Talk About Ferguson

Last night, after it was announced that Darren Wilson wouldn’t face charges in the killing of Michael Brown, outraged New Yorkers marched through the city’s streets. Today, it was time to sit down and talk. This afternoon, NYU Student Diversity hosted a forum at the school’s Kimmel Center that allowed community members to do just that. Play our video to hear raw reactions from a former Ferguson-Florissant resident and others who’ve been touched by the events of the last few months and beyond.

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Dojo Izakaya Is Now Serving Up Soba On Ave B

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

Oodles of noodles! While East Williamsburg has a new ramen refuge, the East Village just scored a new soba spot.  Chef David Bouhadana just opened his second restaurant in the neighborhood — not bad for a 28-year-old who grew up in Florida.
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‘Cupcake With a Cause’ Replaces Polish Longtimer in the East Village

(Photo: IndieGoGo Sweet Generation website)

(Photo: IndieGoGo Sweet Generation website)

A cupcake shop is coming to the East Village storefront that held the First Avenue Pierogi & Deli for some three decades. But before you go moaning about how New York is becoming the “Big Cupcake,” know that Sweet Generation supports a good cause.
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10 Holiday Markets That Might Just Make You Look Forward to Winter

(Photo: Shira Levine)

(Photo: Shira Levine)

The holidays seem to come earlier and earlier every year (yesterday, a reader sent us this photo of decorations going up on the Lower East Side) but that’s just fine with us. Tis the season to get some sweet shopping done at these local holiday markets.
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