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The Day | Tensions Rise in Union Square - The Local East Village Blog - NYTimes.com


The Day | Tensions Rise in Union Square


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SubtitlesScott Lynch

Good morning, East Village.

Earlier this week, Gothamist featured a video of a nasty beating of a man in Union Square. The report yielded a flood of complaints about “Tyrone,” a tall man allegedly bullying Occupiers and homeless people in the park. He claims to be a member of the Crips, and has allegedly threatened to kill Matthew Silver, the goofball often dancing around Astor Place with underwear on his head. (There’s video of a confrontation between them, as well). Park advocates tell the site that Tyrone’s unchecked behavior is an example of neglect by the Parks Department.

Shulamith Firestone, a reclusive and influential feminist writer, died in her East Village apartment on Tuesday, apparently of natural causes, The Times reports. At 25 Ms. Firestone wrote “The Dialectic of Sex,” which “extended Marxist theories of class oppression to offer a radical analysis of the oppression of women, arguing that sexual inequity springs from the onus of childbearing, which devolves on women by pure biological happenstance.” Following the publication of the book, she withdrew from public life.

USA Today is a big fan of “Dirt Candy,” the comic-book cookbook that tells the story of the vegetarian restaurant on East Ninth Street. “If you’ve ever wondered what it’s really like to start a restaurant from scratch, Cohen doesn’t glaze over the details here: Shady contractors, piles of money and a temperamental staff factor in to Dirt Candy’s evolution.” Here’s a trailer for the book.

Jeremiah hears that D.L. Cerney will close after 28 years. Rent is not the culprit, though. The owner just wants to time to pursue other interests.

Want to know what a $1.7 million “spacious yet tight” two bedroom apartment in the neighborhood looks like? Curbed has the pics.

DNAInfo reports that Stuy Town has a new management company.