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Con Edison Issues Statement Regarding Building Explosion on 2nd Avenue Today

Last modified March 26, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Here is the statement from Con Edison regarding the devastating explosion on 2nd Avenue today. A dozen were injured, but thus far, no fatalities reported. Two buildings already collapsed though, 121-123 2nd Avenue. Apparently the public utility had been onsite conducting an inspection to “evaluate the work the building plumber was doing inside 121 2nd Avenue […]

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‘LES Ready!’ Town Hall Meeting Tonight at Grand Street Settlement

Posted March 26, 2015 at 10:18 am

Tonight, Grand Street Settlement is hosting the Lower East Side’s Long Term Recovery Group for a Town Hall style info session. The aim is to ensure that if and when disaster strikes the neighborhood again, residents will be ready. LES Ready!, was born in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and has been prepping the community in disaster awareness […]

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Mandate of Heaven Folds After a Year on Essex Street

Posted March 25, 2015 at 5:19 am

Mandate of Heaven is now there. Gone from the neighborhood. The funky second-floor boutique apparently couldn’t make ends meet at 17 Essex Street and closed for good earlier this month. A leasing poster courtesy of Millennium Realty Group now holds court in the window. It was a short-lived affair in Seward Park, clocking in at […]

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Cops Saved East River Jumper at South Street this Week

Posted March 13, 2015 at 9:21 am

  Shortly before noon this past Tuesday, a woman purported to be in her forties, jumped into the East River from the esplanade at South Street and Pike Slip. NYPD told The Villager that the woman was all but dead when pulled from the frigid waters. However, officers from the Harbor Unit quickly responded and […]

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In Response to New Public School Holidays, Margaret Chin Calls for Lunar New Year Consideration

Posted March 5, 2015 at 5:16 am

With the year of the Ram/Sheep/Goat having just begun, Councilwoman Margaret Chin is still fighting for the Lunar New Year. Earlier this week, Mayor de Blasio announced that the Muslim holidays of Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha are now considered official Public School Holidays (i.e. days off). While acknowledging the news, Chin, for her part, […]

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Bandits Targeting High-End Establishments Steal $1,000 from Wine Therapy on Elizabeth Street

Posted March 2, 2015 at 5:17 am

The rash of burglaries in high-end establishments from Little Italy to SoHo, and the East Village, continued late Friday evening with a cash heist at Wine Therapy on Elizabeth Street. Cops say that a duo of knife-wielding thugs entered the wine store at approximately 10pm and forced the clerk to empty the register. They fled the […]

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33-Year-Old Man Shot to Death Yesterday Outside the Lillian Wald Houses in Alphabet City

Posted February 24, 2015 at 5:13 am

The flurry of helicopter activity in the skies above Alphabet City last night was attributed to a shooting outside the Lillian Wald Houses on Avenue D. An unidentified 33-year-old man was shot in broad daylight – approximately 4:30pm – and was rushed to Beth Israel Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The NYPD hasn’t released […]

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Here’s How to Celebrate the Year of the Ram Around Chinatown

Posted February 18, 2015 at 9:22 am

Happy Lunar New Year’s Eve! This year marks Chinatown’s 16th annual Lunar New Year’s Parade and Firecracker Ceremony, and the celebratory activities begin this week. Time to ring in the Year of the Ram. Firecrackers will set off the festivities with a bang tomorrow (February 19) at Sara D. Roosevelt Park at 11am. The parade will march […]

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Chatham Square NYPL Announces Event About ‘Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel and Ellis Islands’

Posted February 18, 2015 at 5:10 am

The Chatham Square branch of the New York Public Library will host a new immigrant-themed event next month. It’s called “Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel and Ellis Islands.” Led by author Judy Yung, the lecture and presentation will shed light on the so-called Chinese Exclusion Act that prohibited Chinese laborers from entering […]

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Protect Yourself from Old Man Winter

Posted February 17, 2015 at 10:00 am

When you were a kid, what was better than a snow storm? You didn’t have to go to school, and you spent the day building snow forts, sledding, or, if it was snowing too hard, just sipping hot chocolate in front of the TV. As fun as snow storms can be for kids, adults have […]