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Through the eras, The Villager has always been there

BY JOHN W. SUTTER  |  It’s been just over a year since I sold The Villager and its sister newspapers to NYC Community Media. After 25 years of publishing newspapers — I owned another Long Island group for 12 years before The Villager and Co. — I am still totally immersed in the news as read more here »

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Ten years later: The Meatpacking District would have been minced meat without landmarking

BY ANDREW BERMAN  |  Ten years ago this September, the Gansevoort Market Historic District was designated, granting landmark protections to about two-thirds of the Meatpacking District. The neighborhood has gone through an incredible amount of change during the past decade, but the type of change might have been completely different had it not been for read more here »

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Chess moves: Most players are now at Union Square

BY LAEL HINES  |  Attracting a wide variety of parkgoers, Washington Square is renowned for its diversity. The park welcomes offbeat street performers, bohemian musicians, young families, seniors, clean-cut yuppies, N.Y.U. students, and dogs and their owners, among others. In the park’s southwest corner, yet another well-known user group can be found: the chess players. read more here »

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Whitey Bulger to the cartels: The American Dream’s dark side

  BY JACK BROWN  |   “Whitey’s Payback and Other True Stories: Gangsterism, Murder, Corruption and Revenge” (Mysterious:Press.com) is crime journalist T.J English’s sixth book. It includes a collection of stories published in Playboy, Newsweek and the Village Voice and on Daily Beast Blog. It continues English’s exploration of the pursuit of the American Dream by read more here »

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‘Best of Punk’ packs a punch; Gabba gabba hey!

It might be a tad heavy, physically speaking, for summer beach reading, but “The Best of Punk Magazine” (HarperCollins, $30) is definitely a hot property. The 350-page, “coffee-table”-size book, which came out during last winter, was a labor of love for the East Village’s John Holmstrom. A cartoonist and writer, Holmstrom founded the iconoclastic Punk read more here »

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Poet riffs on life’s ironies in his ‘Divine Comedy’

BY LAEL HINES  |  “I got stabbed. It was no big deal, small deal, small deal, small deal. It was stupid. “I was working at this bookstore on St. Mark’s Place near Second Ave. on the south side of the street,” Ron Kolm recalled. “I was up behind the register and we used to get read more here »

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Hoping the scene isn’t beat — but it probably is

BY STEVEN WISHNIA  |  They recovered and reassembled the next afternoon for CBGB, pulling up on the Bowery at dusk. They barely recognized the block. In their time it had gone from winos drinking Night Train to crackheads smoking Red Tops; now it was yuppies drinking Grey Goose. The yuppies had conquered. They’d packed the read more here »

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New comics store is pretty sketchy — in a good way

The West Village recently welcomed Carmine Street Comics to the neighborhood. Co-owned by Mike Novo and Jonn Gorga, the city’s first comic book store that also houses an open comics studio. Every day, a different comic book illustrator sits at the storefront in a little “studio” of their own, and customers can commission them to read more here »

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Exploring L.E.S. Jewish history in all its facets

“Jews: A People’s History of the Lower East Side” is a three-volume anthology. The first volume was edited by Clayton Patterson and Dr. Mareleyn Schneider. Volumes 2 and 3 were edited by Clayton Patterson. The first volume addresses the social history of Judaism in the neighborhood. The second and third volumes follow these threads into read more here »

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On the hunt for fame in the new land of the ‘like’

BY SARAH HERRINGTON  |  Royal Young’s entertaining debut memoir, “Fame Shark: Tales of a Lower East Side Hustler” (Heliotrope Books), reads like a New York City neighborhood: fast, gritty, hungry. Young’s roots run deep on the Lower East Side: His grandparents lived there and it’s where his artistic parents raised him and his younger brother. Yet read more here »

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