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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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Letters, Week of Feb. 27, 2014

Villager scores! To The Editor: Re “Is it a 2-on-1 game again? City files notice on N.Y.U.” (news article, Feb. 20): Another excellent article covering the N.Y.U. plan and the community’s opposition. Thank you, Villager, for this, and for raising the question, “Where does the mayor stand?” Minerva Durham N.Y.U. cries foul To The Editor: read more here »

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Board 2 calls it right on garden and housing

Housing and open space are essential commodities. In New York City, especially, both can be extremely hard to come by — especially affordable housing. What’s going on right now in Community Board 2 is very encouraging on both fronts. In January, the board bucked both City Councilmember Margaret Chin and the Department of Housing Preservation and read more here »

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Letters, Week of Feb. 20, 2014

Where the beef was To The Editor: Re “Google wants cut of Meatpacking BID as residents stew” (news article, Feb. 13): Meat Market activities used to extend up Ninth Ave. to 15th St. There was a chicken wholesaler next door to what is now the Porter House, and the Wells Fargo bank space used to read more here »

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Taking another bite at the park conservancy

Members of the new Washington Square Park Conservancy were set to appear before Community Board 2’s Parks Committee earlier this month to give an update on what they’ve been up to since the organization launched this past summer. Based on what was learned at the meeting, the committee was not going to pass a resolution 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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Scene, Week of Feb. 13, 2014

About 50 gay activists protested outside the Russian Consulate, on E. 91st St., on Feb. 6, at the start of the Sochi Olympics. They were demonstrating against a Russian law passed last year restricting gay-rights activities performed around children, under which simply displaying a rainbow flag can result in jail time. Vladimir Putin, Russia’s macho, read more here »

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Letters, Week of Feb. 13, 2014

Doggone great! To The Editor: Re “Sidewalk danger: Dogs getting jolted by stray voltage” (news article, Feb. 6): I want once again to thank Susan Stetzer and Community Board 3 for their help with this persistent and dangerous problem. You are terrific. Thanks again. Garrett Rosso They’re work horses To The Editor: Re “Free the 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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Letters, Week of Feb. 6, 2014

Pete was good folks To The Editor: Re “Pete Seeger, folk singer, activist icon, dies at 94” (obituary, Jan. 30): I received this news with great sadness. People who are not for sale and stand by their convictions are a dying breed. Jo Ellen Cole De Blasio on N.Y.U. To The Editor: Re “ ‘End read more here »

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