Weathermen Bomb Factory Can Be Yours for $11 Million

We're not sure how we didn't notice this before, but the building that housed a clandestine Weather Underground bomb factory, located at 18 West 11th Street, is now on the market for some $11 million. (Thanks to our man Sietsema, for bringing this to our attention!)

The quiet, tree-lined street in the heart of Greenwich Village -- which Mark Twain and Thornton Wilder once called home -- was thrust into international spotlight on March 6, 1970, when an accidental detonation of dynamite killed three Weathermen: Theodore Gold, Diana Oughton, and Terry Robbins. Subsequent F.B.I. reports indicate that had the rest of the dynamite detonated, there would have been enough T.N.T. present to raze the entire block.

Kathy Boudin and Cathlyn Wilkerson, who also spearheaded The Weather Underground's revolutionary activities, survived and immediately fled the scene. They were on the lam for more than 10 years before being captured by cops, according to media accounts of the incident.

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The Creator Of The Save Sue Simmons! Tumblr Explains His Campaign, Affection For Sue

This week New Yorkers learned that beloved foul-mouthed WNBC anchor Sue Simmons' contract would not be renewed. Now the whisperings as to who is going to be taking her place are already starting. But the reaction to the news of Simmons' impending departure was impassioned. The Times even chronicled the Twitterverse's cries. Our very own Michael Musto explained
his adoration on his blog. From celebrity anguish -- Martha Plimpton! Alec Baldwin! -- to good old-fashioned internet crusading a chorus rang out condemning NBC for giving up an icon. We emailed some questions to the man behind the Save Sue Simmons! Tumblr -- 26-year-old New York native and Columbia graduate student Ryder Kessler -- to hear why he took to the web to fight for Simmons. Read his responses after the jump.

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35 Cooper Square Will Be Torn Down

"Unfortunately, it was concluded that it would not be feasible to develop the site with the building or any significant portion of it remaining," wrote Stephen Lefkowitz on behalf of Arun Bhatia, developer of 35 Cooper Square, in a letter to city council member Rosie Mendez last Friday. Advocates for the 186-year-old building had remained hopeful until recently. But merely four days after the letter was released, 35 Cooper Square is officially starting to come down. Crew members started work on the upstairs scaffolding earlier today.

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Arun Bhatia, 35 Cooper Square Developer, Continues to Violate Permits

It's been a while since we checked in on our good ol' neighbor, 35 Cooper Square. When we last spoke to the DOB, the building had been approved for demolition, yet a stop-work order was issued after improper construction began on the roof. The developer of the site, Arun Bhatia, has been issued four citations since, with listed violations including failure to safeguard property, performing work without a permit, and failure to post a permit.

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Owner Says Queens Graffiti Mecca 5Pointz Will Stay For Now, But Not Forever

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When owner Jerry Wolkoff originally announced plans to bulldoze Long Island City graffiti mecca, 5Pointz, street artists and hip-hop fans alike were crushed. Over the years, 5Pointz has become a landmark in the world of NYC art as a warehouse dedicated to the cultivation and curation of aerosol technique. Earlier this week, however, rumors circulated that Long Island City would not be losing 5Pointz just yet.

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5Pointz, Queens Graffiti Warehouse, to Be Bulldozed to Build High-Rises

Just as it seemed like street art was experiencing a rush, New York City developers have announced that Queens' own graffiti warehouse, 5Pointz, will be bulldozed. To the dismay of street artists and hip-hop fans alike, the "graffiti mecca" will be replaced by high-rises.

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35 Cooper Square: Demolition Will Continue Once Permits Are Paid for

Last week, we reported that the demolition of our across-the-street neighbor 35 Cooper Square had been halted due to a "failure to safeguard public and property affected by construction operations." However, we've received word today that it was simply an issue of acquiring, and paying for, the correct permits.

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Demolition of 35 Cooper Square Approved

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Just as everyone was preparing to get all mushy-gushy and celebrate with a toast and a kiss because love is in the air and whatnot, the city had to go and bring down the house, literally. The city has approved the demolition of 35 Cooper Square, just a few hours after a permit was filed, reports our East Village blogger pal EV Grieve.

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East Village Braces for Impact: 35 Cooper Sq. Will Be Torn Down Soon

When we first approached the now closed Asian Pub, known officially as Cooper 35, we were confused as to why everyone was standing outside protesting -- holding various signs written in Sharpie -- instead of inside getting drunk, but maybe that was just us wishfully needing a stiff cocktail after a long week. Luckily, Hettie Jones and Eric Richards, two East Village legends, were standing outside to set us straight.

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John Ross, 1938-2011, Beat Poet, Revolutionary Journalist

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John Ross -- beat-era poet and revolution-championing journalist -- died this week in Mexico of liver cancer. He was 72 --- or was it 73? The Associated Press says the former, Counterpunch's Frank Bardacke, another veteran of the Bay Area left, says the latter. Whatever, the age matters less than the life lived, and Ross got the most out of whatever years he had.

He was mainly a West Coast phenomenon these past few decades, but Ross's roots were here in the Village where he was a true child of the early beat era. But even if the name is new to you, John Ross's passing is worth noting if only to confirm that these marvelous characters once walked the earth, and their kind is not likely to pass this way again.

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