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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

TALKING POINT
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.


WORLD

Face of Georgian suffering under Russian occupation

SPORTS

All-Stars give it their all in Cooperstown tourney


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75THLOGO

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


Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert

Richie Gamba makes a point.


Mass bike riders convene on convention anniversary
By Jefferson Siegel
Last Friday was a night of milestones for the monthly Critical Mass ride.

Centenarian Gayle honored at The Century Association
Margot Gayle, a leader in the efforts to save the Jefferson Market Courthouse at Sixth Ave. and W. 10th St., celebrated her 100th birthday on May 14.

Memorial for preservationist

News

Silver opponent admits false endorsement claim
By Josh Rogers
Paul Newell, who is challenging Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, admitted to falsely claiming editorial endorsements from Downtown Express and The Villager.

Richie the Mayor's still there, but Spring Street has changed

By Lucas Mann
Maybe you've seen him. The Mayor of Spring Street. Seventy-two years after he was born on this same block, Richie Gamba still does not seem in any hurry to leave.

Burden piles on questions about hefty megagarage
By Albert Amateau
The chairperson of the City Planning Commission zeroed in on a few issues toward the end of an all-day hearing last week on the Department of Sanitation's proposal for a $429 million garage for three sanitation districts on the UPS parking lot at Spring and Washington Sts. in Hudson Square.

Placing cats and critters is his lifelong pet project

Eco ideas include commuter ferries, cool streets
Gabriel Zucker
East River ferries used as public transportation, a state-of-the-future eco-village at the Seward Park Urban Reneweal Area, tax breaks for green roofs and vertical agriculture and cooling.

He feeds shoppers food facts and his chickens mushrooms

Lending a (huge) hand at YMCA


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 Zachter’s 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 Krasikov’s 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 Russia’s 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.

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