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From the archives? Villager reader Robert Reiss reports that he was at a flea market on 25th St. between Fifth and Sixth Aves. last week and saw some old bound volumes of The Villager for sale. There had been four, circa 1960 to 1963, but two had already been sold, he said. They were going for a nice sum — $50 each. He picked up the 1961 volume and flicked it open to a page showing “Mrs. Doris Diether” being presented with an award for her group Save the Village. The volumes “look a little moldy,” the former Occupy Wall Streeter told us, and he wondered if these were from our former office archives. We had previously told Reiss after Hurricane Sandy, that our basement, on the west end of Canal St., had been flooded to the ceiling and that most of our bound volumes, which were unfortunately stored down there, had to be thrown out. Only a handful were saved. Luckily, New York University’s Bobst Library and the New York Public Library (42nd St. main branch and Jefferson Market Library branch) do have a complete archive of The Villager dating back to 1933. Ideally, we’d love to get all our archives up online, but that will be a big project for down the road.
Master of puppets: Ricky Syers has been invited by Brandon Stanton to the release event for his new Humans of New York book at the Union Square Barnes and Noble bookstore, at 33 E. 17th St., on Tues., Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. Stanton had photographed Syers with Doris Diether and “Little Doris,” the latest marionette Syers made, and it got 70,000 hits online. Syers will be taking Big Doris to B & N as his date. Last Tuesday, Syers was at in Washington Square Park, as usual. He was working with his buddy Stix, who was twerking! “Oh no you don’t! You’re twerking!” Syers scolded Stix as he deftly manipulated the boozy marionette to get him to go all Miley Cyrus as onlookers chuckled. Meanwhile, Little Doris, whose dress was wet, was hanging up nearby on a line to dry, as Syers explained to one curious tot — or maybe Syers was just joking, because he later took Little Doris down to feed a peanut to a hungry squirrel.
How tweet it is: Mike Allen, the chief White House correspondent of Politico, is now following us on Twitter, we were pleased to see. We better ratchet up our Washington coverage.