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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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CB 3 Committee v. Hot Sauce Committee: Beastie Boys Square Rejected Again

Paul's Boutique 23 years on

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You gotta fight for your right to petition.

Brooklyn hip hop promoter Leroy McCarthy returned to Community Board 3’s Transportation and Public Safety Committee last night with more than 400 additional signatures supporting a Beastie Boys Square on the corner of Ludlow and Rivington Streets. But the committee shot him down with a vote of 5-1.

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Police, Pols Call For More Safety at ‘Most Dangerous Intersections’ and Beyond

The most dangerous intersections in the East Village and LES, according to information submitted by CBs 2 and 3 to the Manhattan Borough President's office.

The most dangerous intersections in the East Village and LES, according to information submitted by CBs 2 and 3 to the Manhattan Borough President’s office.

It happened again this morning: around 7 a.m., a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Bowery and Hester. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital with minor cuts to the hand and face, according to a fire department spokesperson.
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Valentine’s Day Is Never a Bust at This 45-Year-Old Corset Shop

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

On the weekend before Valentine’s Day, the Orchard Corset Center was crowded with customers looking to get fitted for bras, bridal bustiers and corsets. The Lower East Side relic hasn’t attracted nearly as much recent media attention as American Apparel’s lingerie mannequins have around the corner, but it has this much going for it: authenticity beyond displays of fake pubic hair. Oh, and Peggy Bergstein, who owns the tiny storefront with her husband Ralph, claims she can tell a customer’s bra size just by looking at her bust.
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This Woman Says the Chelsea Hotel's New Owner Offered Her Nearly Half a Million to Move

Tina Rossner in her studio apartment.

Tina Rossner in her studio apartment. (Photo: Scott Lynch)

The plastered on a lobby door of the historic Hotel Chelsea could be lifted any day now, allowing for a new round of renovations in rooms once occupied by the likes of William Burroughs, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Sid Vicious and any number of wannabes drawn for decades to the old brick building with wrought iron balconies on West 23rd Street.
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Stanley Cohen Defends Himself One Month, Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law the Next

(Photo: Melvin Felix)

(Photo: Melvin Felix)

The judge was a little late getting to his 13th-floor courtroom in lower Manhattan, so Stanley L. Cohen, the controversial criminal defense lawyer from Avenue D, took a seat outside, resplendent in an impeccably tailored pinstriped suit. His graying ponytail was pulled back in a discreet bun.

Cohen, known for taking “pariah cases” like those espoused by the late civil liberties icon William Kunstler, was not at 500 Pearl Street to represent his own unpopular clients, who have included squatters, hackers, a political leader of Hamas, and accused terrorists such as Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden who was arraigned last year across the street in another federal building on charges of conspiring to kill Americans.
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Judge Says Yippie Building Tenants Must Peace Out

9 Bleecker. (Daniel Maurer)

9 Bleecker. (Daniel Maurer)

A New York State Supreme Court judge has ruled that the venerable Yippie Museum be cleared for new tenants and has handed yippie leader Dana Beal a hell of a birthday gift, forbidding him from setting foot inside of his home of 40 years.

Since 2009, the owners of 9 Bleecker Street, Yippie Holdings LLC and the National Aids Brigade, have been fighting foreclosure for alleged non-payment on the mortgage. Yesterday, as Beal turned 67, Justice Jeffrey K. Oing ordered all of the building’s occupants to take their stuff and leave by Jan. 17 — unless, that is, the owners can come up with unpaid back rent amounting to tens of thousands of dollars, according to attorneys familiar with the proceedings.
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Remembering Al Goldstein: ‘Pioneer of Free Speech,’ ‘Ralph Kramden of Porn’

(Photo: Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images)

(Photo: Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images)

He was arrested numerous times for obscenity and reviled as the devil incarnate by religious figures and feminists. But when pornographer Al Goldstein died at 77 yesterday in Brooklyn, there was a flurry of tributes to his chutzpah and humor, some from people who knew him in 1968 when Screw, his explicit sex tabloid, debuted. (He also presided nude over a cable tv talk show, “Midnight Blue.”)
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Sorry Morrissey, The Bowery Mission Served 540 Turkeys to 7,000 People

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Mayor Bloomberg came by after the 8 a.m. meal and police commissioner Ray Kelly showed up a few hours later. But for the homeless and working poor people lined up outside the Bowery Mission on Thanksgiving Day, the glimpse of a VIP meant little compared to the prospect of a free turkey feast, a “blessing bag” of winter clothing, a new coat, and toys for the children. “People are nice here, very nice,” said a man shivering in a hooded sweatshirt as he waited to enter a tent leading to the Bowery Mission’s century-old chapel. “And the food is good.” Keep Reading »