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50 Years Ago: The Summer of Love Brings Pot, Protests and Psychedelic Rock to the East Village

Tompkins Square Park
(Photo: James Jowers)

“As the hour grew late and working people around Tompkins Square Park began turning out the lights on Memorial Day 1967, police asked several hundred music lovers to turn down the volume of a guitar-and-bongo concert in the park,” reported the New York Daily News. “The crowd’s reply … was a barrage of bottles, bricks and fists that left seven officers injured.

“And thus began the Summer of Love.”

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‘Knockout Trump’ Truck Gets Out the Vote While You Get Out Some Anger

(Photo: Courtesy of Overthrow)

(Photo: Courtesy of Overthrow)

Everyone hates on Donald Trump, and now he’s literally a punching bag— Overthrow, the boxing gym that took over the Yippie building in the East Village, is rolling out a voter registration truck that’s equipped with a Trump-faced punching ball, so you can clock Don King’s favorite candidate right in the kisser. Not that we’d ever condone violence (or exercise), but it’s better than having to pay to Beat Up Trump in Union Square.

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On the Ropes, a Champion of Ibogaine Aims to Be Comeback Kid

Dana Beal (left) and Joey Goodwin after last month's "midgets and models" fundraiser.

Dana Beal (left) and Joey Goodwin after last month’s “midgets and models” fundraiser.

From the looks of yet another “Looking for a Girlfriend” parody flyer, the boxing gym that took over the Yippie building on Bleecker Street is seeking “real fighters.” Maybe for another underground party?

Last month, a day after we spoke to owner Joey Goodwin, Overthrow set up a ring in the middle of a Broome Street loft and pitted “midgets and models” against each other in order to raise funds for Dana Beal’s ongoing efforts to bring an ibogaine clinic to Afghanistan.
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