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Silver Helped Knickerbocker Village Weather the Storms, Tenants Say

Sheldon Silver in 2013, announcing Sandy relief funds for Knickerbocker Village.

Sheldon Silver in 2013, announcing Sandy relief funds for Knickerbocker Village.

It’s safe to say the political tide has turned against Sheldon Silver, as Democrats in the State Assembly press him to resign. But tenants of Knickerbocker Village continue to shower him with praise for having helped them rebound from Superstorm Sandy. (It’s the kind of praise Andrew Cuomo is hurting for this morning, in the wake of the blizzard that wasn’t.) When the longtime Assembly speaker was arrested on corruption charges Thursday, some of those who watched him in action during the crisis at the Lower East Side complex were nothing short of blown away.
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Williamsburg Hotel Wins Early Support For Rooftop Water-Tower Lounge

Plans for the hotel. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Plans for the hotel. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

A forthcoming Williamsburg hotel’s bid to pour liquor won the tentative support of a Community Board 1 committee last night, but not before co-chair Thomas J. Burrows blasted hoteliers for building in the hot neighborhood without any input from the community “until you want a liquor license.”
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‘We’re in the Eye of the Storm’: Brooklyn’s Undocumented Immigrants Get Ready For Reform

(Photos: Mary Reinholz)

(Photos: Mary Reinholz)

Fernando Canovas has lived in the shadow of the law for 23 years, working as a cook in Queens and never visiting a doctor’s office in part because of problems with his ID. “I don’t get sick,” said the 43-year-old undocumented immigrant from Mexico City on a recent late afternoon.
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Death By Tire Swing in Tompkins Square Park Was a ‘Terrible Tragedy’

The suspect

The suspect in last week’s shooting.

The East Village’s commanding officer gave a gut-wrenching account last night of how a 39-year-old man was fatally hit by a tire swing in Tompkins Square Park.

“It’s a terrible tragedy” said Deputy Inspector Peter J. Venice at a monthly Community Council meeting, describing how the Harlem man was playing with his four-year-old niece and swinging the tire Monday afternoon. It had metal in it and struck him in the face.
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Cops Nab East Village Burglary Suspect, On Alert After Two Shootings

An image of the suspect in a string of East Village burglaries.

An image of the suspect in a string of East Village burglaries.

Police are concerned that two disturbing “back to back” shootings in the East Village will result in retaliation from “unhappy” people who know the injured victims, the Ninth Precinct’s commanding officer revealed during a meeting with residents.
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Paul Krassner On Harvey Milk, the Yippies, and Talking to Dolphins After Dropping Acid

(Photo courtesy of Paul Krassner)

(Photo courtesy of Paul Krassner)

Paul Krassner sometimes gets touted as a forerunner to comics like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, who blend fact and fiction into combustible political cocktails. But the Daily Show can seem lame and tame compared to The Realist, launched in 1958 when Krassner was a Mad magazine contributor living in the East Village.
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Protesters Fracked Up Andrew Cuomo’s Book Signing

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

It’s safe to say Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s appearance at Barnes & Noble in Union Square last night wasn’t quite as electrifying as Russell Brand’s at the Strand, nor did he draw the throngs that wrapped around the block for Hillary Clinton’s appearance in June. But he did rile up a group of protesters as he signed copies of his first book, a hefty tome titled All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life.
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Trouble Every Day For Frank Zappa’s Former Flame

335Frank Zappa’s onetime mistress wants to release a new album, but first she’ll have to overcome a failed fundraiser and — worse still — a bureaucratic nightmare of the sort that Zappa surely would’ve lampooned.

Nigey Lennon was 12 when she first discovered Zappa’s Freak Out!. She was 15 when she sent him a demo of her own music and was surprised to receive an invitation to meet with him to discuss it at Bizarre Records. She was 17 when he hired her as a guitarist for his 1971 tour to promote his film, 201 Motels. Lennon was still a minor when Zappa — 30 and married at the time — seduced her in Berkeley, according to her book Being Frank: My Time With Frank Zappa.
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Villagers Ask Cops to Do Something About Cyclists and Squatters

Lt. Patrick Ferguson (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Lt. Patrick Ferguson (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

After a summer recess, the Ninth Precinct’s community council resumed its monthly meetings last night, drawing a large turnout of locals to the East Fifth Street station house. Deputy Inspector Peter J. Venice announced that crime in his precinct was down overall by 4 percent with declines in all categories except felony assault during the last 28 days. But residents still griped about everything from loud music at rooftop ragers to rats scurrying out of “filthy” apartment buildings.
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