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C’est la vie: Florent packs it in; Adieu to Meatpacking
By Gabriel Zucker
“I realized a long time ago that being angry and staying angry only hurts oneself,” said Florent Morellet, speaking two days after his famed Florent diner closed in the Meat Market.
New nonprofit group is out to renovate playgrounds
From left, P.S 142 Principal Rhonda Levy and Out2Play Executive Director Andrea Wenner presented Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer on July 2 with thank you notes from P.S. 142 students grateful for their new playground.
Iraq War veteran is fighting to bring troops home
By Joy Wiltermuth
At 18, Fabian Bouthillette joined the Navy. In his words, he wanted to “do something good and decent.” He served for several years, but then as the Iraq War began and raged on, he found what he was doing was for all the wrong reasons.
After making a clean sweep, homeless are bagging jobs
By Lucas Mann
“We have just three conditions that a candidate needs to meet to be a part of Project Comeback,” said James Martin, executive director of the Association of Community Employment (A.C.E.) Programs for the Homeless, sitting in his Spring St. office. “They need to be recovering homeless, they need to show no recent violent history and they need to be willing to work.”
Artists aren’t sold on new vendors bill, residents, too
By Albert Amateau
Swarms of street vendors, legal and illegal, have been an issue for years in Downtown Manhattan neighborhoods, particularly in Soho and along Canal St. Vendors have also been the subject of criticism in Battery Park and, after 9/11, near the World Trade Center site.
Pier 40 plan shown; Event space makes some waves
By Lincoln Anderson
The Pier 40 Working Group got its first glimpse of the new proposal for Pier 40 last Wednesday morning.
City is ‘seriously examining’ 75 Morton St. for new school
By Gabriel Zucker
The outlook for middle schools in the West Village got significantly brighter last week when Assemblymember Deborah Glick convened a meeting with Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott, public school parents and Community Board 2 representatives to discuss overcrowding and the possibility of putting a new middle school at 75 Morton St.
Preservationists are alarmed, but fireboat house to be rebuilt
N.Y.U. and Polytechnic are finally technically affiliated
Internships and jobs for local NYCHA youth
City ‘liberates’ a daycare from its longtime home
|Villager Arts & Lifestyles
More than skin deep
By Adrienne Urbanski
Writer Neil Labute is known for depicting the cruelty and heartless nature of male sexuality in his work, as evidenced by the philandering and vengeful men in his screenplays “In the Company of Men” and “Your Friends and Neighbors.”
In the wake of Josephine Baker
By JERRY TALLMER
Claudie and Alphine, black and beautiful, rock stars in the makingClaudie is also a poethave been best friends all their lives, all but bedded lovers, though very different in temperament.
Koch On Film
“Brick Lane” (+) and “Elsa & Fred” (+)
Five years at the Phatory and still having phun
By Jeffrey Cyphers Wright
On 9/11 Sally Lelong lost her studio space near the World Trade Center. She found a new place on East 9th Street and eventually turned it into The Phatory.
Railing against a dark period of American politics
By Nicole Robson
As another Bush era draws to a close, Theodore “Ted” Hamm, founding editor of monthly paper “The Brooklyn Rail,” tracks the rise of liberal media in his new book, “The New Blue Media: How Michael Moore, MoveOn.org, Jon Stewart and Company are Transforming Progressive Politics.”
Memoir as country music album
By Lawrence Everett Forbes
Dana Jennings’ memoir, Sing Me Back Home: Love, Death, and Country Music, begins with a shotgunwedding, that is.
BY DAVID KENNERLEY
Those freshly hitched same-sex couples in California sure seem like a blissful bunch.
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