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0 15465 10500 9 The Paper of Record for Greenwich Village, East Village, Lower East Side, Soho, Union Square, Chinatown and Noho, Since 1933 April 24, 2014 • $1.00 Volume 83 • Number 47 Greenhouse landlord, passive about problem club, is on BID board BY SAM SPOKONY A PHOTO BY MILO HESS Not just on any given Sunday… . Elaborate “hats” were on display at the Easter Parade. See Page 15. Drawing strength from an idol, teen says she’s undocumented BY SAM SPOKONY A t a high-profile forum at the Lower Eastside Girls Club last Thursday, all eyes were initially on the organization’s featured guests, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, who were there speaking and taking questions as part of the Clinton Foundation’s “No Ceilings” initiative to empower girls across the world. But for one teen in attendance, the event’s Q&A period quickly became one of the most important moments of her life. Nova Bajamonti, 19, a student who began attending L.E.S. Girls Club programs several years ago and has now become a proud Girls Club employee, raised her hand, stood up and made an admission that drew gasps and applause from the crowd. “For the first time publicly, I want to say that I’m an undocumented SPEAKING OUT, continued on p. 14 lot of new tension has certainly risen around Greenhouse, the crime-plagued Hudson Square nightclub that has apparently shut down, for now, following recent violence and increased pressure from police. Party fiends and celebrities love it (unless they’re being injured there), neighboring residents hate it, and the club’s new management is, at this point, nowhere to be found. But there’s at least one person who doesn’t seem to be too worried about the situation at the 150 GREENHOUSE, continued on p. 6 Radical lawyer pleads guilty to tax evasion, calls it a ‘witch hunt’ BY SARAH FERGUSON H e’s defended everyone from Lower East Side squatters and the homeless denizens of Tompkins Square Park to the leaders of Hamas and most recently Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law. Now friends and sup- porters of radical attorney Stanley Cohen are coming to his defense in the wake of Cohen’s decision to plead guilty to felony charges of “impeding” the Internal Revenue Service by failing to file taxes from 2005 to 2010 and failing to report more than $35,000 in cash payments from cliCOHEN, continued on p. 13


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