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Thousands Rally For Planned Parenthood in the Face of Anti-Abortion Demonstration

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Back-to-back demonstrations in support of Planned Parenthood brought thousands to the Village on Saturday, with some 200 Pro-Choice advocates squaring off against a scattering of abortion foes outside the Margaret Sanger Center on Bleecker Street, followed by a much larger rally in Washington Square Park.

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The Greenwich Village Church That Helped Women Get Illegal Abortions

This week, we present a series of longer pieces unraveling the histories of storied buildings.

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(Photo: Bill Altham)

On the 16th of November in 1964, four women and four men appeared in their underwear at the Judson Memorial Church, happily cavorting with each other and rubbing their bodies with carefree smiles. They piled up together, humping and sensually touching each other in a mess of raw fish, chicken and sausages. It was an event devoid of modesty, an unapologetic, uncensored expression of sexuality.

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Tis the Season: Unsilent Night Gets Bounced By ‘Big Political Rally’

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In the past, the East Village holiday tradition known as Unsilent Night has proceeded undeterred against the red menace that is SantaCon (remember UnsilentaCon?), so it’s surprising that something would stop it in its tracks on its 25th anniversary. But this is a brave new world we live in, and the annual roving sound collage orchestrated by composer Phil Kline has announced that it has moved the date of this year’s stroll “due to a large political rally in Washington Square Park planned for the same evening.”

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#MuppetBernie the Uncontested Winner of Washington Square Park Rally

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(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Forget the modest muppet at the Bernie-themed art show coming to the Bowery this weekend, this muppet really took Manhattan. It remains to be seen whether Bernie Sanders will win the Democratic nomination, but this guy was definitely a winner at the underdog candidate’s Washington Square Park rally. As Muppet Bernie walked down Broadway after the event let out, he was stopped for selfies by dozens and dozens of the estimated 27,000-plus people who flooded the Village to hear from Vampire Weekend, Rosario Dawson, Tim Robbins, Spike Lee, and bird-whisperin’ Bern himself.

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What’s the One Question Bernie Ralliers Would Ask Hillary at the Debate?

As a YUGE crowd gathered for a Bernie Sanders rally in Washington Square Park this afternoon, we asked his supporters (some of which had been there since 1:30 a.m.) what they’d ask Hillary Clinton at Thursday’s Brooklyn debate. Click through to read their responses.

Disha Gandhi, Long Island. (Photos: Daniel Hoffman)

Disha Gandhi, Long Island. (Photos: Daniel Hoffman)

Aaron Koffsky, Long Island.

Aaron Koffsky, Long Island.

(From left to right) Amaris Sicklick, Billy Manton and Rosey Eikenberry, New York.

(From left to right) Amaris Sicklick, Billy Manton and Rosey Eikenberry, New York.

Carmela Caldarola, White Plains.

Carmela Caldarola, White Plains.

Viriginia Monaco, Brooklyn.

Viriginia Monaco, Brooklyn.

Quency, Brooklyn.

Quency, Brooklyn.

Patrick Sinclair, Long Island.

Patrick Sinclair, Long Island.

Tonny Connors, New York.

Tonny Connors, New York.

Natacha Sanchez, Texas, and Luis Rivera-Nesrala, Puerto Rico.

Natacha Sanchez, Texas, and Luis Rivera-Nesrala, Puerto Rico.

Ellen Levin, New York.

Ellen Levin, New York.

Mike and Cait, New Jersey.

Mike and Cait, New Jersey.

Chris Barczynsky, New York.

Chris Barczynsky, New York.

Bridget Gaitor and Darius Dukes, Michigan.

Bridget Gaitor and Darius Dukes, Michigan.

Rachel Precious, New York.

Rachel Precious, New York.

Cara Mooney, New Jersey.

Cara Mooney, New Jersey.

Douglas Bellizzi, New York.

Douglas Bellizzi, New York.

Dan Gurney, New York.

Dan Gurney, New York.

Alex Chong and Larry Wu, Fort Lee, NJ.

Alex Chong and Larry Wu, Fort Lee, NJ.

Gavin Gonzalez, Brooklyn.

Gavin Gonzalez, Brooklyn.

Juan Vallego, Colombia.

Juan Vallego, Colombia.

Schuyler Forsythe, High Falls, New York.

Schuyler Forsythe, High Falls, New York.

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NYU Tells Students to Brace For ‘Thousands of People’ at Bernie Rally

During a January march for Sanders. (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

A march for Sanders in January. (Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev)

While a pro-Hillary pantsuit competition brews in Bushwick, NYU is warning its students that “thousands of people” are expected to attend a Bernie Sanders rally in Washington Square park at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. A campus-wide email from the school’s Vice President for Health advises that some streets in Greenwich Village will be closed off and the area will be crowded, but if you’re an NYU student wondering whether this means you get to miss class (or your shift at Bedford + Bowery) — sorry, no.

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Video: Hundreds, Including Mayor, Gather to Show That ‘New York Is Paris’

Hundreds of people, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, poured into Washington Square Park this afternoon for a “New York is Paris” gathering intended to send “love and support to the people of France” following last night’s terror attacks. Watch our video to hear from the mayor and others who gathered around the arch, sometimes breaking into France’s national anthem. Tonight, the monument, modeled after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, was lit in the colors of the French flag.

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Meet the Subway Buskers Who Set Off a Viral Hootenanny

Coyote & Crow resting before a performance. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

Coyote & Crow resting before a performance. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

One of the few fun things to come out of the subway last winter was that viral video in which a little girl inspired a dance-off at the Bedford Avenue stop. On a recent afternoon in Washington Square Park, we followed the sounds of a sandpaper-meets-velvet voice and “old time rock ‘n soul” until we happened upon the band behind the video, Coyote & Crow.

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‘Chew-bacca On This’ and Other Highlights From Lightsaber Battle NYC 2015

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Lightsaber Battle NYC 2015 (Photo: Andrew Moerdryk)

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Author: "So where'd you two meet?" "The cantina", of course.

Daft Punk crashing the party. (Photo: Andrew Moerdyk)

Daft Punk crashing the party. (Photo: Andrew Moerdyk)

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Dave Williams, Sith. (Photo: Andrew Moerdyk)

Dave Williams, Sith. (Photo: Andrew Moerdyk)

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Klaus Dragunov (Photo: Andrew Moerdyk)

Klaus Dragunov (Photo: Andrew Moerdyk)

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“I’ma slice me some Jedi ass,” was the first of many threats I’d hear walking through Washington Square Park on Saturday night, as almost 2,000 people gathered to wave around glowing plastic tubes from China. In reality, there was very little in the way of actual slicing, but Lightsaber Battle NYC 2015 was not short on imaginative enthusiasm. Fandom and cosplay abounded as New Yorkers gathered in the name of the force and issued gems such as “Chew-bacca on this,” “Your force is weak, son,” and, the crowning of insulting incitations, “You suck Jar Jar Bink dick.”

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This AcroYoga Troupe Likes to ‘Convince Drunk People to Try Flying’

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(Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

On a recent Thursday evening in Washington Square Park, a blonde woman who had been twirling in the air was interrupted by a girl who wanted to know how it was done. The blonde woman came down to the ground, extended her legs in the air, and the child, dressed in a pink dress, sat on her feet. She flashed a big grin as she got her first lesson in AcroYoga (acrobatics + yoga).

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Park Yourself in Front of the Big Screen at These Highbrow Outdoor Film Fests

Catching an outdoor movie needn’t mean having to watch Ghostbusters or Jurassic Park for the 50th time (no offense to Bryant Park or SummerScreen). A couple of film series are taking over local parks with some more sophisticated, multiculti cinema, so skip the phrosties and pack a respectable bottle of Montepulciano in that picnic basket. Socrates Sculpture Park’s summer film series, curated by Film Forum, begins July 1, and promises gems like a reinterpretation of Alice in Wonderland by trippy Czech claymationist Jan Svankmajer (if you’ve never seen his “Manly Games”, watch it now). And the seventh annual Films on the Green festival will bring French classics to Tompkins Square Park tonight and next week before moving on to Williamsburg’s Transmitter Park on July 24 and 31.

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