Walter Bryan and Isabel Bryan were the brother-and-sister team from Missouri who founded The Villager four years after Wall St. crashed.
The Villager turned 80 earlier this year. The Village’s original weekly newspaper was born in April 1933, during the Great Depression, just as the High Line was being built — not as a chic elevated park, but as a heavily used working railway.
We’re planning to publish a special 80th anniversary commemorative issue soon, and we’re seeking readers’ anecdotes or stories (photos too, if they’re good ones) about their experiences with The Villager over the years.
Are you a Village native who has been reading The Villager since you were a kid? Or are you a longtime resident, or Village habitué, who has been getting The Villager for years?
How has the paper changed over time? How has it stayed the same? What did you like about it back then? What do you like about it now?
Maybe you used to deliver the paper back in the day — or even advertised in it, or liked to read the wedding announcements back when that was a regular feature in The Villager.
Or maybe you’re a newer reader and the paper has affected your understanding of local issues, like N.Y.U. development or St. Vincent’s or political races. Or you’ve been entertained by the likes of Reverend Jen’s ribald “Adventures of an Unemployed Elf.”
Did you write or photograph for the paper, and have some amazing stories from when you were on the beat?
Please be so kind as to share some of your memories of The Villager newspaper with us — “misty watercolored” or otherwise — and help us make this an even better anniversary issue.
E-mail to email@example.com, or call 646-452-2464 and ask for Lincoln Anderson. Or “snail mail” to The Villager, 515 Canal St., Attn. Lincoln Anderson, first floor, N.Y., N.Y. 10016. Deadline for submissions is Mon., Sept. 23. We cannot guarantee that all submissions will be published — at least not in full — but hope to publish as many as possible.