A New Yorker Who Knows His Shakespeare

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

New York native Christian Camargo gives life to Mercutio in the Broadway revival of Romeo and Juliet Not many New Yorkers can pull off reciting Shakespeare. But Christian Camargo doesn’t play by the book. When the Julliard graduate takes the stage in his skinny jeans and leather jacket (this is a modernized take on the [&hellip
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How de Blasio Won

Written by Tom Allon on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

What the frontrunner’s campaign strategy tells us about how he’d run the city Conventional wisdom is rarely correct in political campaigns, and early front-runners don’t often make it first to the finish line. Just ask Hillary Clinton. Or Mark Green. Or Christine Quinn. The old fable of the tortoise and the hare comes to mind [&hellip
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From NYC to South America — Via Ambulance

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

Volunteers are raising money to drive an ambulance to Argentina New Yorkers are used to the blaring sounds of emergency vehicle sirens. But in a farming community in Argentina, the nearest hospital and ambulance could be 100 miles away. That’s where Stephen Jan and his team of seven explorers come in. “The Last Responders” have [&hellip
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Is It Arrivederci to Little Italy?

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

Rent increases and gentrification have forced the Italians out of their own neighborhood “Don’t forget the cannoli, or the cannoli-sellers!” Italian businesses in Little Italy are pleading.  Cannolis would be hard to miss this week, as Little Italy is once again consumed by the Feast of San Gennaro, the red, white and green-splashed celebration of [&hellip
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Community Comes Together for New LES Mural

Written by Adam Janos on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

A memorial gets a fresh update with the help of local volunteers Walter Holcomb, Lower East Side resident of 35 years, remembers the events of September 11th, 2001 with sobering clarity. For months afterward, memorials sprung up like wildflowers across the five boroughs and beyond. One such mural on the Lower East Side, the “Celebrating [&hellip
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Authentic Tacos Land in the Lower East Side

Written by Helaina Hovitz on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

Three hidden spots for the classic Mexican fare These lesser-known LES gems keep their three-bite creations simple, tasty, and authentic, minus the frills. Sembrado Chef Danny Mena, the man behind the highly acclaimed Hecho en Dumbo, has decided to bring it back to basics at 432 East 13th Street. No lettuce, no guacamole, no tomatoes, [&hellip
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Out & About

Written by Our Town Downtown on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

Friday, September 20 Fashion in Film 54 Varick St, 11 AM- 9:30 PM, free “Moulin Rouge!,” “About Face: Supermodels Then and Now,” “The Great Gatsby (3D),” “Valentino: The Last Emperor” and many other movies presented by DailyCandy & Tribeca. Contact info: 212-941-2001 Girls’ Life Magazine Major League Baseball Fan Cave Party MLB FanCave, 692 Broadway, [&hellip
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Seaport City Falls Flat for LES Residents

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

Concerns over luxury housing development and “disaster capitalism” For the first time since Mayor Bloomberg announced his grandiose idea to build a “Seaport City” on the Lower East Side, community members had a chance to raise their concerns about the plan, and many were not thrilled. The idea presented by the city is to construct [&hellip
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Downtown Mosque Reacts to NYPD Surveillance Tactics

Written by Daniel Fitzsimmons on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

‘People don’t understand, this is our country’ Masjid Manhattan, a mosque on the Lower East Side, was packed one recent Friday. The second floor was filled from wall to wall with worshippers who came to hear the Friday afternoon Jummah – or sermon – from Sheikh Mostafa, the mosque’s imam. Worshippers filed in before the [&hellip
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Letters to the Editor

Written by Our Town Downtown on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown

Several readers commented online on our story “How Safe is Christopher Street?” by Joanna Fantozzi, September 12, about residents’ concerns of violence in the West Village neighborhood: “Thanks for your excellent story on our situation down here! I’m only sorry that the sixth precinct has chosen to ignore your reporters’ queries, the same way they [&hellip
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