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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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Norman Siegel Wants ‘Lots of Reform in the NYPD,’ But Is OK With Stop-and-Frisk

Norman Siegel and listeners. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Norman Siegel and listeners. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Insisting he is not “anti-cop,” only “anti-bad cop,” civil liberties lawyer Norman Siegel last night called for the creation of a New York State prosecutor to investigate police misconduct in the wake of the chokehold death of Eric Garner. At a community forum at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the West Village, he also recommended that training for cadets be extended from six months to a year.
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Rent Hike? Knickerbocker Village Tenants Aren’t Hearing It

Margaret Chin and tenant leader Mary Keating (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Margaret Chin and tenant leader Mary Keating (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

More than 120 tenants of Knickerbocker Village crammed into a fifth-floor room in lower Manhattan yesterday to protest a rent increase calculated at more than 13 percent over the next two years, contending that owners of the complex — and not they — should pay for a shortfall in their operating expenses.
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Cleaner Streets, But Dirty Needles Are Still a Cause for Concern

(Photo: Amy Lombard)

(Photo: Amy Lombard)

It was dark by the time members of the East Village walkabout group entered Tompkins Square Park, carrying plastic bags containing clean syringes, sterilized cookers and tourniquets, condoms, lubricants and dental dams.
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Ed Sanders Had a Fuggin Amazing 75th Birthday

Sanders performs Fugs songs. (Photo: Gina Murrell/@GinaMurrell1)

Sanders performs Fugs songs. (Photo: Gina Murrell/@GinaMurrell1)

Last night at Bowery Poetry Club, friends of counterculture icon Ed Sanders marked his 75th birthday by lauding him variously as a journalist, an investigative poet, a utopian anarchist, the co-founder of The Fugs and publisher of Fuck You: a Magazine of the Arts, and the intellectual who opened the Peace Eye Bookstore off of Tompkins Square Park in the 1960s.
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In Williamsburg, A Hidden Refuge For the Undocumented and Incurable

Casa Betsaida's chapel. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Casa Betsaida’s chapel. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

The former convent on Hewes Street is a mystery house: there’s no sign outside announcing its name or mission. People walk in and out of the two-story building quietly, most of them black and Latino men largely unnoticed in this Satmar Hasidic part of South Williamsburg. One 34-year-old man, from Guatemala, paused to talk to this reporter and then was on his way, in a hurry to get a prescription filled.
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Hundreds of Hillary Fans (and a Couple of Haters) Lined Up in Union Square

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Hillary Clinton fans, young and old, wrapped around four blocks in Union Square this morning, waiting for what one called a “historic moment” — a book signing at Barnes & Noble by their hero, the pantsuited pol who claims she hasn’t yet made up her mind about running for president.
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Yippie Building Becoming a Boxing Gym As Court Fight Goes Another Round

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

9 Bleecker. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A location of Crunch just opened at 2 Cooper Square, and now this: a boxing gym is set to replace the Yippie! Museum at 9 Bleecker Street, a building that long housed outspoken lefties like pot activist Dana Beal.

A lawyer involved in ongoing litigation over the building confirmed that it’s a done deal.

“The court appointed receiver performed his duty and signed a long-term lease with a tenant that will be running a boxing gym out of the premises,” said attorney Steven L. Einig, who represents the building’s lender Centech LLC, which last year sued the building’s owners, Yippie Holdings and the National AIDS Brigade. “I understand that the tenant is a local resident and now the rent is going to paid, the building, which was quite run down, will be cleaned up and no longer vacant.”
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Deadly Beating a ‘Nasty’ Example of East Village Assault Spike

DSCN1792While crime is generally down by ten percent in the East Village this year, there’s been a 21 percent increase in felony assault with strangers, NYPD Deputy Inspector Peter J. Venice revealed at a community meeting last night. The Ninth Precinct’s new commanding officer said the brutal May 9 beating of Wen Hui Ruan was a particularly “nasty” example of the trend. But it was also “an isolated incident where one individual went too far,” Venice insisted.
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At Memorial, Children of Wen Hui Ruan Demand Life in Jail For His Killer

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

During a public memorial yesterday evening for Wen Hui Ruan, the 68-year-old retired garment worker who was fatally attacked in the East Village ten days ago while walking to his home on Avenue C, community leaders condemned what they called an epidemic of random violence and the apathy of some local residents.

“After he was attacked and was lying there on the sidewalk, a number of people saw him and kept on walking by,” said City Council member Margaret Chin, who described Ruan as a loving father, grandfather and husband “who did not deserve to die the way he did.”
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James Franco Fans Have Been Lining Up Since 5 A.M. This Morning

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

A flock of James Franco freaks and geeks have lined up at the Union Square Barnes & Noble, waiting for the actor/novelist/
filmmaker/teacher/nude portraitist to show up at 10:45 a.m. to sign copies of his paperback, Palo Alto: Stories.

Many say they were spurred by this morning’s Today show appearance; others came as early as 5 a.m., huddling on the street with copies of his book, a prerequisite to get in to the event.
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De Blasio Wants Air Pollution Code to Regulate Fireplaces and Food Trucks

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Wearing a green tie and flanked by New York City’s green mascot, Birdie, Mayor Bill De Blasio kicked off New York City’s 44th annual Earth Day in Union Square today by announcing plans to update and strengthen the city’s air pollution control code. “We’re going to work with our friends, the city council, to make the law stronger,” he said. “It is the best tool we have to insure that every possible form of pollution in the air is addressed and addressed stringently.”
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