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The Paper of Record for Greenwich Village, East Village, Lower East Side, Soho, Union Square, Chinatown and Noho, Since 1933 November 21, 2013 • $1.00 Volume 83 • Number 25 Monument to machine politics, Tammany Hall is landmarked BY ALBERT AMATEAU N PHOTO BY SAM SPOKONY A memorial to George Taliferro was placed at the site where he was fatally shot in Smith Houses. A murder in public housing reveals both feuds and fears BY SAM SPOKONY A t Smith Houses, statistics can be deceiving. The New York City Housing Authority development, which includes 12 buildings and houses more than 4,000 residents, seems like a pretty quiet place to most passersby. Its Lower East Side loca- tion — bounded by St. James Place and Madison, Catherine and South Sts. — is just steps away from 1 Police Plaza, the headquarters of the New York Police Department. And according to figures put out by the N.Y.P.D., it might seem that relatively little violence — particularly gun violence — takes place at Smith Houses. The Fifth Precinct, which covers the complex, lists a total of only three reported shooting incidents in the entire precinct so far in 2013, according to reports published online. But that’s not what some residents of the public housing development say. This past week, one L.E.S. MURDER, continued on p. 6 ew York City’s rich history as the center of populist politics and of the immigrant experience came into the spotlight this fall. The former Tammany Hall building on Union Square East received the Landmark Preservation Commission’s unanimous designation on Oct. 29 as the city’s newest individual landmark. And on Sept. 24, the City Council approved the commission’s earlier landmark designation of the Seward Park Library on East Broadway in the heart TAMMANY, continued on p. 4 Light the Menurkey! Thanksgivukkah is rare holiday mash-up BY HEATHER DUBIN P ut on your Pilgrim hat and light your menorah. For the first time in 125 years, Thanksgiving and Hannukah, otherwise known as “Thanksgivukkah,” will fall on the same day. Since this is not slated to occur again until 76,695, or perhaps 2,070, according to other calculations, it might be a good idea to get your party on. Two Downtown locations are hosting events for families and the community on the Lower East Side this Sun., Nov. 24. The Museum at Eldridge HOLIDAYS, continued on p. 10 Sign up for our free The Villager e-newsletter at & enter to win a 1 year membership at the exclusive David Barton Gym

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