A Crowdfunding Effort to Shame 'Awful' Explosion Lawsuit Duo Is Nixed by GoFundMe

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Screenshot via Fox 5 News
All New Yorkers have that moment when they look at other New Yorkers and wish they would just...leave. And when Nicolas Briseño learned of separate $20 million lawsuits filed by two women who lived near the site of the March 26 building explosion on Second Avenue, he set to work on making them disappear.

He nearly succeeded.

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This East Village Woman Wants to Put Your Food Waste to Work

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Lara Zarum
Laura Rosenshine
Three fifth-graders bound down the back steps of Friends Seminary, a private school on the southern border of Gramercy Park, each hauling a white plastic bucket. Claire Brennan, the school's service coordinator, follows behind them, gripping a metal scale. Their destination is a bicycle-driven cart parked on E. 15th Street that holds two empty rectangular black bins fitted with bright-yellow lids.

"That's like, twelve and a half pounds," one boy says after resting his bin on the scale.

"So if the bucket weighs one pound, how much compost is that?" Brennan asks.

"Oh — eleven and a half!"


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East Village Church Brings Gun Violence Against Children Into Focus for Holy Week

Categories: East Village, Guns

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Photo by Lara Zarum/Village Voice
Reverend Winnie Varghese leans over a bamboo cross in the yard of St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, adjusting a T-shirt that hangs off the cross along with roughly 40 others, the clothes flapping in the cold wind. "Most people walk in and figure it out right away," she says.

Each of the t-shirts has the name, age, and story of a child younger than 12 who was killed or injured by gunfire in the United States since last Easter. The crosses went up in the front yard of the church, which sits at the corner of 2nd Avenue and East 10th Street, yesterday, Palm Sunday. They will remain in the yard for the duration of Holy Week, which lasts until Easter, this coming Sunday.

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East Village Residents Ponder a Changing Neighborhood After a Homeless Woman's Death

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Courtesy Catholic Worker's Maryhouse.
Donna Harris at Christmas, 2014
The memorial service for Donna Harris was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Catholic Worker's Maryhouse in the East Village. But the service itself did not start until after 7:30 as organizers acknowledged the slow-to-arrive crowd. "You have to give them time to come," said Felton Davis, who works at Maryhouse. Indeed, the group soon swelled from five to nearly fifty people, most of whom knew Harris only in passing.

If you live near Tompkins Square Park, chances are you knew her, too. Harris, who had been homeless for at least the last decade, was known for her bright blue nail polish and unabashed commentary to passersby: "She didn't want people's pity," attendee Amanda Daloisio said, laughing. "And she was not meek and mild."


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The Rent Is Too Damn High Guy Continues to Fight Landlord's Eviction Efforts

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Jimmy McMillan is not homeless.

The Rent Is Too Damn High party founder Jimmy McMillan was scheduled to be evicted in February from his $872-a-month rent-stabilized apartment in the East Village. But the fierce affordable-housing advocate has still managed to stay in his home — at least for now — thanks to the intervention of the city's Adult Protective Services program.


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Beloved East Village Hawks Forced Into Flight

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Photo by Laura Goggin
The hawk's nest
Bird-watchers in the East Village are dismayed over a condo owner's repeated attempts to remove a red-tailed hawk's nest from the building the birds have called home for more than a year.


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Tenants in New York Observer Publisher's Building Say 'Nonstop Construction' Is Meant to Drive Them Out [Updated]

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170 and 174 E. 2nd Street, with adjacent psychic
In December 2013, New York Observer publisher and real estate magnate Jared Kushner bought two connected buildings, 170-174 East 2nd Street. (The buildings are laden with some serious New York history: Allen Ginsberg lived at 170 for three years and wrote "Kaddish" there.) In the intervening nine months, landlord-tenant relations have gone swiftly and steadily south. First, Kushner's company distributed eviction notices to many of the current tenants, with an eye toward converting the apartments into higher-end versions of themselves, according to DNAInfo. That resulted in a nasty and, in some cases, ongoing fight in Housing Court. Now the remaining tenants, many of them living in rent-stabilized apartments, say the constant construction in the building is causing broken tiles, eroding floors, collapsing ceilings and weeks in which their mail has gone undelivered. They allege the chaos is deliberate, part of an attempt to force them out to attract newer, fancier tenants, the kind who don't mind paying $2,658 for a one-bedroom. A group of the remaining tenants are planning a protest today in front of their own buildings.

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The Last Kim's Video & Music Location Will Close This Summer

Categories: East Village

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Kim's on Record Store Day, 2013.
Legendary East Village emporium Kim's Video & Music on First Avenue will be closing its doors this summer, the store announced Monday on the Kim's Facebook page. "As great as #RSD2014 was (thank you all!), sadly we will be closing our store on 1st Ave. No closing date yet but 30% off ALL VIDEO and MUSIC. (all formats and NRs as well)."

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Street Artist RAE Debuts Show in Vacant East Village Bodega

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Araceli Cruz
On Saturday night, Brooklyn street artist RAE presents "Word of Mouth," his first solo show in New York City. Unfortunately, he won't be attending opening night, because when you use the city as your canvas, you never know if the police might be looking for you.More »

Car Crashes Into East Village Shop, Puts 8 in Hospital (UPDATED)

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Raillan Brooks
Just before 7 this morning, a car coming down 2nd Avenue crashed into an East Village bodega at East 4th Street. Eight people were injured, three of whom were employees of the store. A man claiming to be the owner of the business declined comment.


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