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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 »

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So Much For That Post-Sandy Dip in Crime

Deputy Inspector John Cappelman. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Deputy Inspector John Cappelmann. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Crime in all its myriad forms (including debit card scams, bike and cellphone thefts and old-fashioned purse snatchings) has increased over the last 28 days in the East Village — when, that is, such dastardly deeds are compared to minuscule crime rates in the immediate wake of superstorm Sandy.

Addressing a packed monthly Community Council meeting last night at the precinct’s East Fifth Street station house, Deputy Inspector John Cappelmann, the precinct’s commanding officer, said felonies like grand larceny were up 15 percent compared to the same period last year, and burglary rates were higher. One apparent perp, he said, left his tennis shoes in one of the East 14th Street apartments he burgled (“We got his DNA”) and then entered another unit in new boots only to fall from a window and wind up seriously injured at Bellevue.
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The Yippies’ Deepening Legal Woes Couldn’t Dampen the Pie Man’s Party

Aron Kay (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Aron Kay (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

About 50 close friends of Aron Kay gathered in the imperiled Yippie! Museum in Noho yesterday night to celebrate what could be the Yippie Pie Man’s last birthday there.

A Corcoran “For Rent” sign now hangs outside 9 Bleecker. As previously reported, lawyers for David F. Segal, the building’s court appointed receiver, have filed a contempt motion against the building’s owners — who are already fighting foreclosure — over non-payment of rent, seeking $250 a day in fines, eviction of tenants, possible jail time and the auctioning off of possessions belonging to imprisoned yippie Leader Dana Beale on the second floor.
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Cornel West Praises Catholic Anarchist, Thinks Obama Is ‘Not Worth Breakdancing Over’

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Cornel West dropped into the East Village’s Maryhouse on Friday to deliver a holy-rolling birthday tribute to Dorothy Day, the Catholic-anarchist writer who would’ve turned 116.

Decked out in his signature tux, West described Day as a “God wrestler” who was “broke as the Ten Commandments financially” but “spiritually as rich as anyone could imagine.”
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Knickerbocker Village Just Scored $1.46M in Sandy Relief

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Only a few short weeks after both tenants and public officials expressed mounting frustration over delays in disaster relief funds to help Knickerbocker Village recover from Sandy’s onslaught a year ago, the city announced today that it would provide $1.46 million in federal money from the NYC Build It Back program to finance the first phase of repairs. Keep Reading »