Silver for Assembly
We share many of the oft-mentioned criticisms of Albany's 'three men in a room' system of government, and certainly one of the men, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, bears his share of responsibility for that. But Silver has also represented Lower Manhattan's and New York's interests very well. We understand the temptation to say, 'Throw him out and see what happens,' but the problem is that we think things would be worse without him.
Letters to the Editor
Greening Stuy Town, or sowing the seeds of luxury
By Sonya Sobieski
To outsiders, Stuyvesant Town is an ugly 80 acres of housing project abutting the F.D.R Drive, north of hipster East Village and west of tony Gramercy Park. For an eight-year-resident like myself, a 38-year-old playwright with husband, young daughter and two cats in a 700-square-foot, rent-stabilized one-bedroom, it is the only way to afford a life in New York.
Face of Georgian suffering under Russian occupation
All-Stars give it their all in Cooperstown tourney
Serving West and East Village, Chelsea, SoHo, NoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown and the Lower East Side
Villager Arts & Lifestyles
The view from a mango tree
By RANIA RICHARDSON
Director Chris Smith has the Sundance Film Festival to thank. Every one of his films made a debut there, including “The Pool,” which garnered a special jury award last year.
Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
Transsiberian (+) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (+)
Truffaut’s anarchic sleeper
By JERRY TALLMER
In “Breathless” (“A bout de soufflé”), made by 30-year-old Jean-Luc Godard in 1960, there is a fleeting moment when Jean-Paul Belmondo, as a magnetic Parisian nogoodnik named Michel Poccard, stands in front of a poster of Humphrey Bogart and worshipfully murmurs: “Buggee,” his approximation of Bogey.
Under the cover lovers
What topped New Yorkers’ summer reading lists?
The aroma of rising Dough
By SARAH NORRIS
One of the most surprising and touching memoirs I read last year, Mort Zachters Dough tells the story of how, at age 36, after taking out a second mortgage to support his family, Zachter discovered a family secret. His uncles, owners of a day-old bread store in the Lower East Side, lived in a decrepit housing project but had secretly managed to make millions of dollars.
Economic woes alight on makeshift stages
By JERRY TALLMER
Crystal Field, the prime mover of Theater for the New City, has been doing summertime street theater in these parts since God knows when 1976, actually and now God has come down from above (or wherever) to take part Himself in her bubbling, bouncing 2008 edition.
Transatlantic chase for money and love
By Michael Rymer
Sana Krasikovs stories may never have a following on Wall Street, but they should. One character in her debut short-story collection, One More Year is a former Morgan Stanley quantitative analyst who returns to his native Moscow with the dream of earning millions in Russias fledgling mortgage industry; he plans to pool and repackage cheap loans for investors in one massive turbine of debt and capital.
Society on stage
By JERRY TALLMER
Joseph Goebbels, who once or more than once declared: “Whenever I hear the word culture I reach for my revolver,” would have gone for his gat at least twice if he’d heard super prolific dramatist A.R. Gurney, now 78 years old, talk about two plays he’d written some 20 years apart.