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East Village alliances, businesses, neighbors, friends and concerned citizens have already begun to donate to an emergency fundraiser to help cover the medical costs of 62-year-old flower shop operator Akkas Ali who suffered severe injuries after being plowed down by a drunk driver.

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In May, the Department of Transportation chose Petrosino square as a docking station for its city-wide CitiBike program—effectively displacing any future art shows. Though many strongly object to its current placement, the program is generally considered popular and favored by residents. They support the alternative transportation but believe it should be moved to the roadbed where most of the bike rentals are located. On Wednesday, June 19th at 8:30am the SoHo Alliance will hold a rally to save the park.


While many politically incorrect words point a strong negative stigma at the perpetrator who spoke it, calling someone a “retard” is a common practice that is seldom given much thought. We asked Anna Bzura, a special education teacher who works with mentally disabled youth, and Jaime and Erik Vice, father and son, their opinion on the controversial word and how it affects those in their lives.

While Bill Thompson seems like an underdog in the mayoral race at this point, there are some important similarities to his last run four years ago. The fact that he did not have access to something like $120 million in personal funds to edge out a billionaire definitely played out against him, and had the Democratic Party supported him wholeheartedly we’d now be discussing his re-election.


Join the SoHo Alliance at Petrosino Square, Spring and Lafayette Streets, today, Saturday May 25, at 12pm for community action and festivities to restore our public art space and parkland. Various arts, civic, Italian-American and community groups are organizing the event, with free drawing classes and life models. The press and local electeds have been invited, and the community is counting on you to be there too!


Following a string of heinous bias attacks against gay men, including the murder of a 32 year old man on Friday night, community members, elected officials, LGBT community leaders and allies will march to the site of Friday's shooting to demand an end to hate crimes against the LGBT community and to reclaim the City for all New Yorkers.


Featuring Max Power, Twisted Resistor, and Data Tones, since 2008, IPCs annual Battle of the Bands charity event has donated over $130,000 to organizations such as, Winthrop University Hospital’s Cancer Center for Kids (CCK), Little Kids Rock, Autism Speaks and The Boomer Esiason Foundation. Join us on May 29th, for the 6th annual Battle of the Bands where we hope to continue our success in 2013 with some new and familiar faces, and the incredible raffle prizes you've come to expect from this event. Help support this great cause!


Join the Lupus Foundation of America and thousands of walkers on May 18th, to raise money for lupus research, increase awareness of lupus, and rally public support for the estimated 1.5 million Americans who suffer from its brutal impact.


The Olevolos Project is a non-profit organization that provides educational opportunities to disadvantaged young people in Tanzania. Funds raised from the May 11th 2013 Benefit Brunch will go towards the Olevolos Project's Scholarship Program that support the educational and affiliated needs of disadvantaged and orphaned students from the Olevolos Village. 


May 11th is sure to be a fun day with lots of amazing artists, jewelers and crafters specializing in all things handmade. What’s even better is that a portion of the proceeds fo to the Museum School in Chelsea. The entire school community will be involved in making this a very special day!


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