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Police Say This Guy Rented Out a Fake Apartment in Andy Warhol’s Old Building

497-14 GL Pattern PBMSWe’ve seen this one before: a man posing as a broker conned nine women out of deposits for an East Village apartment he wasn’t licensed to rent.

Police say a man using the names David Horowitz and Michael Bryant offered an apartment at 321 East Sixth Street on Craigslist and managed to trick nine women into giving him cash deposits of $2,200 each.
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‘Art-less Dodger’ Indicted For Swiping Portraits of Basquiat, Mandela and Snoop

The 49-year-old who allegedly stole three paintings from a Williamsburg art gallery before being chased down by the gallery owner, and then apprehended by police, has been indicted and is facing charges of burglary, larceny and robbery of artwork worth $10,000.
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These 8 Images Show What a Stronger, Sexier LES Waterfront Might Look Like

What the East River Park would look like with an added berm and moved bike path.

One vision for the future of East River Park. (Renderings courtesy of Rebuild by Design).

The East River waterfront is in for a dramatic transformation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Today, several visions of just what that transformation might look like were presented at a standing room-only meeting led by Rebuild By Design, a project of President Obama’s taskforce to rebuild the city after Sandy.
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Pedestrian Struck in the East Village; Councilman Calls For Traffic Review in Greenpoint

Scene of Sunday's East Village incident. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Scene of Sunday’s East Village incident. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

After a horrific horrific collision between a car and motorcyclist on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint Sunday that left the motorcyclist dead, Councilman Stephen Levin is calling for extensive safety improvements along the avenue. Another motorcylist was killed on Manhattan Avenue in August.
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Guardian Angels On the Case After Sunday’s ‘Knockout’ Attack

photo(4)The Guardian Angels want to “stop the knock out game” with flyers posted near Bowery and Prince, where a 23-year-old Long Island resident was sucker-punched from behind after leaving a bar early Sunday morning.

The flyers, spotted Sunday afternoon, warn pedestrians of a game that’s “senseless and has taken people’s lives.”

It’s uncertain whether the Guardian Angels are also patrolling the neighborhood — the website listed on the flyer is dead and the phone number goes to a jovial answering machine. You don’t see Curtis Sliwa’s boys in red around much anymore but rest assured they’re still kicking, having just celebrated their 35th anniversary.
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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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Stop And Frisk Complaints Are Declining — But They Haven’t Disappeared Yet

As New York City looks set to settle with civil liberties groups over the Police Department’s long-standing and contentious policy of stopping, questioning and frisking people on the street, new data shows that complaints of stop and frisk have declined in recent months — but they haven’t gone away just yet.
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A Tree Falls In Brooklyn

The apocalypse may just be upon us: first a cab bursts into flames on its way to Brooklyn and today a tree went and fell over on Havemeyer, near Metropolitan. Keenan O’Meara, who works the front desk at Persons of Interest said the tree almost took out the barber shop/cafe’s awning (which would’ve been a little bit ironic, since the place sells delightful tree-scented incense).
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Controversial Stonewall Plaque Moves Forward, Sans Mention of Obama

(Photo: Amanda Waldroupe)

The plaque that’s currently on the building. (Photo: Amanda Waldroupe)

A long and emotionally charged saga concerning what a plaque will say about the 1969 Stonewall riots outside of Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn may be nearing a close.

Last night a subcommittee of Community Board 2 approved revised language for the plaque, but not before further objections.
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