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$127 Per Month West Village Renter is Blind Photographer

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In case you weren't feeling bad about all the obscenities you muttered under your breath when you read about the $127 per month rental in the West Village, this might do it. Turns out the occupant is John Dugdale, a blind photographer who gets around with the assistance of a seeing-eye dog. The wrench in this gentrification-defying tale might be the overhaul of rent laws in Albany, which would expire on June 15th if they're not renewed. There's proposed legislation which would protect people like Dugdale until 2014. He gently opined on his new fame by saying "I'm trying to make sure that I could stay here and [create my art] by not talking too much". Can we cut this guy a break? Or does nothing justify such a deal?

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