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Volume 77, Number 48
April 30 - May 6, 2008


Scoopy's Notebook

Mixed Use

Police Blotter


The A List

School crowding crisis

There are school crowding problems all over the city but the problem is particularly acute in Downtown Manhattan and it may get worse faster than anywhere else.

Letters to the Editor

Ira Blutreich

How Bloomberg made Patricia Lancaster the fall gal

By Deborah Glick
Question: How do you change a flat tire on a car going 60 miles per hour?



Woman, 60, is killed by 18-wheeler on the Bowery
A tractor-trailer was making a turn at Bowery and Hester St. on Monday at 12:15 p.m. and hit a woman crossing the street. The victim, an Asian woman, 60, who was not identified by police, was declared dead at the scene. The driver remained at the scene and was not charged, but police are investigating the circumstances of the accident.

Alliance BID serves up ‘Taste’ funds for park rehab

‘Born to rock’ the subway, and hopefully beyond

Painter gets in the groove thanks to musical assist


Serving West and East Village, Chelsea, SoHo, NoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown and the Lower East Side


Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert

Bless you, my ratter
At St. John’s in the Village Church on W. 11th St. last Sunday, Reverend Lloyd Prator annointed Gyppy, 17, an American rat terrier, and his owner, Hector Rosado, not pictured. Most New York City churches bless animals on St. Francis Day in the fall. At St. John’s, animals are blessed on Rogation Sunday, formerly a day for sanctifying the fields for a good harvest.

N.Y.U. zeroes in on tower, plinth, ‘zipper’
By Albert Amateau and Lincoln Anderson
At the fifth open house presentation on April 23 of the long-range plans for New York University’s development in the Village and beyond, the reaction of visitors varied from relief to anxiety.

Met Food and N.Y.U. try to meet on lease renewal
By Clark Merrefield
For more than a decade, East and West Villagers have seen New York University snatch up land and existing buildings for new dorms and facilities. But, when the school tried to jack up a beloved supermarket’s rent in a building it owns on Second Ave., residents rebelled.

The kinks in Lola license continue

City must show restraint on pavilion, trees, W.C.
By Albert Amateau
The city can now go ahead with the renovation of Union Square’s north-end plaza, but work on the pavilion where the city plans to put a seasonal restaurant is still on hold, according to a ruling on Monday by State Supreme Court Justice Jane Solomon.

Auxiliaries’ families getting benefits
By Albert Amateau
The U.S. Department of Justice last week reversed its unpopular decision to deny federal benefits for the two Sixth Precinct auxiliary police officers who were killed on duty in March 2007 while patrolling the Village.



Around since ’33; Fighting good fight since circa ’60
You know how old-timers here tell you that the Village isn’t what it used to be.

SHEETFront-page news from back when The Villager was new
Front-page articles from The Villager’s early days show the paper was doing a lot more than just reporting on hokey happenings like flowerbox competitions and mass singalongs in Washington Square Park (even though the newspaper took great delight in organizing both of these).



They LOVE The Villager!
The front window of The Villager when it was located on E. Fourth St. between Second and Third Aves. in the late 1980s.

TERLetter from the Publisher
By John W. Sutter
In a changing world, The Villager is still here.

Keeping up highest standards and enjoying success
By Elizabeth Margaritis Butson
Publishing a newspaper for 75 years in New York City is an enormous achievement. Congratulations for continuing to publish a strong and independent voice in the community. In today's society of megamergers and conformity this is no small task.

A tale of two newspapers; Reflections of a writer
By Jerry Tallmer
The Villager, a weekly newspaper serving the people and businesses of Greenwich Village, was founded in 1933 by the brother-and-sister team of Walter and Isabel Bryan.

Through changes, Bryans’ baby is still going strong
By Albert Amateau
The Villager began 75 years ago on April 13, 1933, four years after Wall St. crashed and a few years into the Great Depression.

Honan changed game from ‘backgammon’ to politics
By Lincoln Anderson
In the late 1950s, The Villager, which had always prided itself on being the area’s genteel and “neighborly neighborhood newspaper,” took on a sharper edge under new editor William Honan, for the first time endorsing political candidates.

Readers purred over cat columnist

New York dubs Villager ‘greatest paper in world’

That ’70s paper: Nixon, gay rights, bounced checks
By Reed Ide
In 1973, Governor Nelson Rockefeller presides over the dedication of the newly completed World Trade Center. The U.S. and North Vietnam sign the Paris peace agreement. And Richard Nixon prevaricates through a year of Watergate investigations.

Lucille was a ball; You had to love her
By Reed Ide
Greenwich Village in the early 1970s was a forgiving place when it came to eccentrics and characters.

A weekly that makes top coverage its business
By Dirk McCall
I am delighted to congratulate the Villager on its 75th anniversary.

Cold waves, the fox trot and ‘Palooka’ at the RKO

In ’39, royal majesty was ‘very glad’ for guide

Newspaper was there at High Line’s birth and now its rebirth
By Albert Amateau
Since 1850, street-level railroad tracks ran down Manhattan’s West Side.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles


Finding the truth and then some
Janice Erlbaum is a lot of things, but she’s no liar.

Koch on Film

The Nuyorican celebrates poets aloud
By Svieta Reznik
Wanting to give a platform to underrepresented artists, writer Miguel Algarin co-founded the Nuyorican Poets Café in the living room of his East Village apartment in 1973. On May 3, the Nuyorican, the name of which refers to Puerto Ricans living in New York, will celebrate 35 years of poetry, theater, music, film, and visual arts innovation with a lineup of performers who launched their careers at the venerable institution.


Sound and fury resonates on stage
Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting. They were coming toward where the flag was and I went along the fence. Luster was hunting in the grass by the flower tree. They took the flag out, and they were hitting. Then they put the flag back and they went to the table and he hit and the other hit …They went away across the pasture. I held to the fence and watched them going away.

Fashion first: a spectacular art
By Talia Page
“What a stark contrast,” noted an observer looking out the gallery windows at throngs of people who were packed together like sardines, shoving their way into Chinatown’s cubicle-like market stalls. “It’s color without clutter,” agreed art enthusiast Ramine Narimani as he took a deep breath and contemplated Béatrice Kusiak’s graceful figures fluttering elegantly across clean, spacious canvases.

Embracing the underdogs
By Michael Rymer
Most independent filmmakers know how it feels to compete against established filmmakers with more experience and better funding. It’s not surprising, then, that when making films about sports, they’re often attracted to stories of overmatched and under-funded athletes. This year’s second annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival includes four documentaries centering around unlikely sports heroes.


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