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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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Stanley Cohen Says He’ll Appeal ‘Crap’ Conviction of Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law

Stanley Cohen at his Avenue D loft. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Stanley Cohen at his Avenue D loft. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Stanley Cohen has defended a slew of unpopular clients, including a political leader of Hamas and an assortment of drug dealers, anti-war activists, squatters and hackers. But last weekend he was battling chronic vertigo, an inner ear infection he attributes to “prolonged periods of stress, overwork and lack of sleep — my life story.”
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More About That ‘Small Explosion’ That Left a Man ‘Engulfed in Flames’ On Ave C

Scene of the underground fire. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Scene of the underground fire. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

It seems a manhole fire is what sent a person on Avenue C to the hospital with serious burns Monday, but the exact circumstances of the incident remain unclear.

A security guard at Village East Towers, the Mitchell-Lama complex at 170 Avenue C, confirmed that two men had been working at a manhole outside of the 21-story towers when one suffered burns “over 40 percent of his body.”

Deirdre Sinnott, who lives across the street, posted a comment on our initial story about the fire and said she heard an “explosion” and “screams which drew me to the window.”
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‘We’re Doing Great’: Crime in 9th Precinct Down 21% From Last Year

Deputy Inspector John G. Cappelmann (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Deputy Inspector John G. Cappelmann (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Crime in the NYPD’s 9th precinct dropped by a “significant” 21% over the past 28 days compared to the same time frame from last year, says Deputy Inspector John G. Cappelmann. Cappelmann, the commanding officer of the precinct, which encompasses the East Village and parts of LES, delivered the good news at last night’s monthly Community Council meeting. He did not, however, cite New York’s brutal winter weather as a reason.

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How Locals in “Little Ukraine” Are Responding to the Situation in Ukraine

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Maria Shust, Director of The Ukranian Museum (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

When Crimean citizens voted on Sunday to secede from Ukraine and unite with Russia, there was widespread apprehension in ethnic circles within the East Village – sometimes called “Little Ukraine.” Locals worried about an uncertain future for their friends and relatives living in a divided country with historic ties to Russia. Meanwhile, debates continue surrounding whether the vote was even legal.
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