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Public Advocate candidate Bill de Blasio celebrated his reinstatement on the September Primary ballot yesterday. NYC Council Watch reports:

Mr. de Blasio argued for less restrictive balloting and petition laws,
and called for “free legal aid” for candidates less versed than him in
the arcane intricacies of City election law. He called for Member Alan Gerson to be instated on the ballot…

In his recent speech to the NAACP, President Obama praised Bard High School Early College on Houston Street. Former Bard student Kesi Augustine explains what makes the school so special.

The Tenement Museum's blog picks up our story about Gus' Pickles leaving the LES.

The Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side staged a protest yesterday, taking aim at NYC for excluding Chinatown from rezoning.

Author Michael Idov discusses his debut novel, "Ground Up," which chronicles the fate of a young couple opening a Lower East Side coffee shop. Although the book is not a "purely autobiographical exercise," Michael and his wife happen to be the real-life former owners of the short-lived Cafe Trotsky.

The artist, Zito, will be painting at the Gallery Bar every weekend through September 7th. He talked with NBC New York:

Zito, whose quick-draw portraits can be a kind of performance, says the
idea came about naturally. "I like to get out there and paint in public
and involve the community," he says. In addition to painting watercolor
portraits on paper (for which a $100 donation is suggested), Zito is
also painting with acrylic on found objects that people walk into
Gallery Bar with. At the opening, he painted portraits on a program
from the play "Jesus Christ Superstar" (it takes a special person to
ask to see his head superimposed on an image of Christ), a fan, a
mirror, and a washboard. The watercolors and various painted-on
ephemera become a part of the show for the duration, so the
"Personalities" coninue to evolve.
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