The Villager is one of our city’s crown jewels. Its hyperlocal news and arts coverage and independent-minded editorials are an antidote to a lot of the homogenized media elsewhere in New York. And where would any of us be without a weekly dose of Scoopy’s?
State senator, former chairperson of Community Board 2
I love The Villager. I read it online. Even the Pet Set — it’s hilarious.
City councilmember, Democratic nominee for Manhattan borough president
The Villager has an especially deep-rooted awareness of our community that helps it tell our local stories right, quickly and well! No newcomer or corporate media can compete with such an indispensable East Village treasure! Many thanks and congratulations on your 80th!
Community Board 3 member, president of the All the Way East Fourth St. Block Association, co-president Coalition for a District Alternative (CoDA), member of Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens (LUNGS), former member of the social-justice, a cappella singing group Sweet Honey in the Rock
I really love The Villager. And my wife loves it as much as me — she’s always picking it up.
Legendary punk photographer
The Voice has turned into such a piece of s— that The Villager is like Hemingway. And Scoopy is a pretty good little gossip column. It’s about real Village people. The Voice started thinking of themselves as a national paper and they lost touch with New York, and The Villager has always been New York.
Founding editor of Punk magazine, underground cartoonist, writer
The Villager is not only an outstanding source of local news coverage, it is also a formidable advocacy tool for local activists. When I needed citywide and national press attention to shame the Parks Department into taking the Tompkins Square Park playground rat problem seriously, my press outreach started with The Villager. When I wanted to raise funds for a seriously injured local resident, The Villager helped me reach out to the community. To kick off my effort to protect East Village pedestrians from speeding motor vehicles by creating a Slow Zone, I wrote a Villager talking point. And when I needed to communicate to the crusties community that they needed to rein in their unlawful behavior or risk a potential crackdown, The Villager enabled me to send that message, again through a talking point. I could not have succeeded in each of these efforts without the help of The Villager.
(holding $18,000 crowdsourced check for injured florist)
Founding member of Tompkins Square Park & Playground Parents’ Association (TSP3A), Community Board 3 member
The Villager has provided substantive, bottom-up, community-based journalism for our communities on the West Side. Who doesn’t open up to Scoopy’s every week to get the latest local flavor on the Lower West Side? I wish everyone on the team a happy 80th birthday and many, many more to come. Congratulations to Jennifer, Lincoln, Scott, Paul, Troy and the rest of the NYC Community Media family.
Community Board 4 chairperson, Democratic nominee for City Council District 3