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Controversial Antifa Expert Prefers ‘Social Revolution’ to ‘Terrorist Group’

Drew. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Bluestockings bookstore quickly filled to capacity last night for Mark Bray, a former Occupy Wall Street organizer turned Dartmouth history lecturer who is making waves with the publication of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.

Soon after its release last month, the president of Dartmouth rebuked him in a strongly worded statement after Bray, appearing on “Meet the Press,” expressed support for the sometimes violent tactics of Antifa, that mysterious network of masked anarchists, socialists, communists and varied others who have clashed with white supremacists and neo-Nazis, tragically in Charlottesville.

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Former Village Voice Scribes Gather to Say, ‘That’s All She Wrote’

Lucian K.Truscott IV (right). (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

It seemed more like a wake than a party for Village Voice alums at the renovated 19th century firehouse on 87 Lafayette Street that’s known as the Downtown Community Television Center. At least 300 people showed up Saturday night for the event, including famed cartoonist Jules Feiffer by video. None of those we spoke to believe that the legendary 62-year-old alt weekly– expected to end its print edition this month– will ever rise to its former glory, even as an online venue.

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Gay Talese Is ‘Enthusiastic About a Brash New Yorker’ in the White House

Gay Talese at Strand Book Store in 2006. (Photo: David Shankbone)

It was the last Tuesday night concert of the Washington Square Music Festival. A few minutes before the JP Jofre Ensemble began to play mostly Argentinean music, I did a double take on a white-haired thin man seated on a park bench a few feet opposite from me. Unlike the casually dressed folks passing by, this gent was elegantly attired in a tailored suit. His straw fedora gave him a faintly rakish air. He had on what looked like custom made shoes. Occasionally he would say something to a comely middle-aged woman sitting not far from him.

The man had to be 85-year-old Gay Talese, legendary grandaddy of ’60s New Journalism who left the New York Times to pen signature pieces about Frank Sinatra and Joe DiMaggio for Esquire, later producing bestsellers with biblical names like Honor thy Father, about the Mafia and Thy Neighbor’s Wife, a controversial book about the sexual revolution in which he took a decidedly personal interest in the research. Then there’s High Notes, a collection of his work out this year.

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Artichoke Debuts New Pizzeria Across From Fire-Ravaged Original

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A brand new Artichoke Pizza opened today in the East Village, across the street from where its famed and decidedly funkier predecessor was shuttered by a fire last month.

The two-alarm blaze broke out at 5:15 am on Friday, May 26, just as Artichoke was closing. It spread to the second floor of 328 E. 14th Street, but no one was injured. Fire marshals determined it was “an accidental fire which started in the kitchen due to heat from the pizza-oven flue,” according to an FDNY spokesperson.

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How Some Classical Musicians on Wheels Turned a Truck into Carnegie Haul

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Last night on the northern end of Union Square, passersby stopped and listened– some in rapt astonishment– to classical music, the kind they’d normally hear at Carnegie Hall. Except that these soulful sounds were coming from top performers playing in a popup theater that came out of back of an old U-Haul. The Music Haul is a tour bus operated by Yellow Barn, an international center for chamber music based in Putney, Vermont, that seeks to bring Beethoven, Bartok and Mozart to the masses.

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East Village Residents Get Crusty About Travelers

The Times called them a “harbinger of spring” in the East Village. That was back in 2011, when the paper asked, “Where Have All the Crusties Gone?” Well, looks like they’re back.

During a gathering of locals last night at the 9th Precinct station house, a longtime resident complained about the swarm of travelers, as they’re often called, who had recently invaded his block on Second Avenue, between 7th and 8th Streets. Flashing photographs of the scruffy interlopers, he said that people in his building had to “walk over their pitbulls” and put up with their noise, panhandling and drinking. The gent, who asked B+B not to identify him, wanted to know if the cops could bust them.

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Clash Over Anti-Semitism as Controversial Speaker Gilad Atzmon Appears at Theatre 80

A heated exchange outside of Theatre 80. Gilad Atzmon is shown holding up his cameraphone. (Photos: Mary Reinholz)

They weren’t wearing black masks or hurling smoke bombs. But a small group of no more than 20 anti-fascists made it clear Sunday afternoon that they strongly opposed the appearance of British jazz saxophonist and author Gilad Atzmon at a panel discussion on politics after Brexit held late yesterday afternoon in Theatre 80 on St. Marks Place.

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East Villagers Meet With Cops to Talk Biking and Robberies

Burglary suspect. (Photo: NYPD)

The NYPD’s East Village station house was packed last night with locals concerned about an uptick in burglaries and a fatal bicycle collision.

Cyclists showed up to the monthly Community Council meeting hoping to learn about the collision between the driver of a box truck and Kelly Hurley, a 31-year-old Lower East Side resident. She was biking to work at the SoulCycle gym on the morning of April 5 when she was struck at the intersection of First Avenue and East 9th Street, said Capt. Vincent Greany, commanding officer of the 9th Precinct.

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Controversial ‘Fighting Activist Attorney’ Lynne Stewart Mourned at Funeral

Mourners salute Lynne Stewart as casket leaves. (Photos: Mary Reinholz)

Detractors of the late Lynne Stewart view her as a mouthpiece for evildoers who was imprisoned for helping a convicted terrorist communicate with his violent followers. Her mostly leftist supporters clearly revere the once prominent Lower East Side lawyer as a zealous defender of the poor and the grievously oppressed. During a funeral service held Saturday morning at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, dozens of them joined Stewart’s relatives and friends in mourning her death and celebrating her life as an activist. They made it plain that Stewart did not go gently into that good night. Nor would they.

“She had tremendous love and she taught us not to be afraid,” said Zenobia Brown, Stewart’s physician daughter by Ralph Poynter, her longtime second husband. “We will not be going quietly and we will make mom proud– whether it’s for helping political prisoners or [providing] financial support” for her varied left-wing causes.

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East Village Precinct Honors Fallen Officer With Blood Drive

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Inside the 9th precinct’s stationhouse, there’s a shrine on the first floor for fallen police officer Bianca Bennett, a 27-year-old rookie cop who was killed in a fiery car crash in the Bronx on Feb. 1. She was a passenger in a 2012 Dodge Charger driven by Sgt. Randolph Price, who suffered serious burns. Both cops were off-duty at the time of the horrific accident.

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