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E-mail banter is great assist to the beautiful game

E-mail banter is great assist to the beautiful game

BY MICHELE HERMAN  |  Two years ago in these pages I published a story about my long-standing fandom/eavesdropping/spying on the entertaining e-mails of a group of guys who have been playing pickup soccer in East River Park for so long that when the group started there was no e-mail. My appreciation has little to do read more here »

My family tie to the Triangle Shirtwaist tragedy

BY ALEC PRUCHNICKI  |  Back in high school, I learned about the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, which occurred on March 25, 1911. This tragedy took the lives of 146 workers, mostly young Italian and Jewish women who lived in Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side and worked in the nearby garment factory on the corner read more here »

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A tale of two markets: Hard to stomach these changes

  BY ELISSA STEIN  | It is the best of times if you want to purchase an expensive condo in the Village loaded with amenities — or, on the other hand, a surprisingly deep selection of beef jerky. Meanwhile, it is the worst of times if you’re valiantly searching for sponges or Saran Wrap. The reinvention read more here »

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Birth of a Voice, Chapter 5: The 4 Voices — Dan Wolf

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  Dan Wolf, who, like me, had accomplished very little by way of a career — and was some years older than he ever admitted — wanted primarily to shake up the whole damned political establishment, Republican, Democratic, left, right, center. Nobody ever put it better than Dan Wolf himself in his read more here »

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Birth of a Voice, Chapter 4: The best job in the city

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  Jules Feiffer and Bill Manville not even didn’t get paid, they schlepped their weekly drawing and/or written contributions in by hand — their own hands and feet — every Sunday, to where I, all alone in the office, was preparing the next edition for the printer.  One such Sunday I looked read more here »

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Birth of a Voice, Chapter 3: Wooing the Naked Buddha

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  The first two paid employees of The Village Voice, back in the late summer of 1955, were Susan Ryan and Florence Ettenberg. Flo Ettenberg was a bright, cheerful, talky, left-leaning Brooklyn College-bred native New Yorker, while Sue Ryan, a good Republican — not a contradiction in those days — was not. read more here »

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Birth of a Voice, Chapter 2: Lunch and the 4 voices

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  The lunch at the Chinese restaurant on Eighth Street went on for a couple of hours. I liked Dan Wolf the moment I laid eyes on him. He looked like me, slim, dark, average height. And he thought like me, full of political skepticism, not to say sarcasm. I didn’t know read more here »

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When folk legend Pete Seeger played our fundraiser

BY MICHELE HERMAN  |  It was the fall of 1987. My husband, who was then merely my POSSLQ (Person of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters), and I had moved to the West Village a couple of years earlier and still couldn’t believe our good fortune. So we threw ourselves into neighborhood activities, including a meeting read more here »

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Healing and stretching out to embrace the future

BY KATE WALTER  |  The trouble started last winter when I woke up in the middle of the night with excruciating pain in my right elbow, which bent over my chest as I slept. I had to use my left hand to straighten out my arm. I took an Advil but had trouble falling back read more here »

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My table at the window: Llewyn Davis, Tony and me

BY ANN VOTAW  |  My heart ached when Carey Mulligan said, “Meet me at the Reggio,” the Village landmark featured in “Inside Llewyn Davis.” The scene reminded me of myself at 29, when I sat at the table by the window — the same one where Oscar Isaacs accuses Mulligan of being “square.” Like Llewyn Davis, I feared a conventional life of kids in the suburbs. I also worried about being poor and read more here »

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