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‘RENT’ and ‘Hair’: How history repeats 
Two of the all-time, best-known musicals, “RENT” and “Hair,” made headlines this summer: The former because, after a monumental 12 years, it ended its historic run on Broadway two weeks ago. The latter, because it is being staged again for the 40th anniversary of its premiere on the Great White Way.

Letters to the Editor

TALKING POINT
Watching — and thinking about — history in Denver
By Arthur Z. Schwartz
History. Symbolism. There was plenty of both in Denver. A number of contrasting moments stand out in my mind about my experience at the recent Democratic National Convention.

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John Blasco, a member of FIERCE, advocated for a 24-hour, drop-in center for gay and lesbian youth at Pier 40 at Monday night’s public hearing.


Gay, gray and green color hearing on plan for Pier 40
By Lincoln Anderson
Wind turbines and solar panels, a round-the-clock, drop-in center for gay and lesbian youth, a middle school, a “new Caffe Cino,” a spot for community-based boating, more stuff for seniors and assurance that vintage cars won’t be dinged by parking lifts were among the many requests — in some cases, more like demands — by community members at the first full public hearing on the new Pier 40 redevelopment proposal on Monday evening.

Noho flophouse flap takes a twist with hotel plan
By Albert Amateau
The City Council gave final approval on Sept. 3 to the three-block extension of the Noho Historic District, including a four-story lodging house on the Bowery that dates from about 1916 and still has 22 permanent tenants.

Middle school in limbo as state drops develop plans
By Casey Samulski
After a brief period of uncertainty, it seems that there are still no plans for development for 75 Morton St., middle school or otherwise. On Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Empire State Development Corporation e-mailed a statement to The Villager, saying that the status quo will remain in effect at the property.

Jefferson Market stocks down but Met Food hopes up
By Albert Amateau
Jefferson Market, the food market that has been serving the Village under the same ownership for more than 40 years, has seen better days.

News
Box gets knocked by nabes for noise
By Albert Amateau
Neighborhood complaints about the frenzied pace of nightlife and liquor license applications on the Lower East Side and in the East Village attracted a packed house at the Monday meeting of Community Board 3’s S.L.A. Committee.

Elite tech school joins ‘F’ school in Soho
By Casey Samulski
Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School has a new neighbor. The NYCiSchool has started its first school year and operates in the same building at Broome St. and Sixth Ave.

Cyclist speaks, countering officer’s spin on slam
By Jefferson Siegel
A firestorm of protest erupted after a disturbing incident during the July Critical Mass bike ride, when a police officer, seemingly unprovoked, tackled a cyclist right off of his bike. A damning video of the event cost the officer his badge and gun and, advocates say, cast a harsh spotlight on police accountability. 

Voters face-off over questions about picking Palin

Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto: ‘Retail R2D2’ hits Soho shop
By Casey Samulski
The Uniqlo at Soho has a new employee in its ranks. He doesn’t breathe, he has no legs, and he can talk to you about the weather. He’ll shake your hand and greet you at the door. His name is Wakamaru. And he isn’t human.

Swiss solartaxi generates some heat at N.Y.U. stop
By Albert Amateau
It was not the ideal day for a solar-powered auto — clouds and a sprinkle of rain. But by 1:15 p.m. last Friday, a tall, bearded man pulled up in a small, blue-and-white, three-wheeled vehicle hauling a large flatbed covered with solar panels.


Villager Arts & Lifestyles

The new New Journalism
By Nicole Robson
In June 2003, 200 people converged in Macy’s home furnishing department claiming to be in search of a “love rug” for their Long Island City commune. Fifteen days later, a crowd of 200 flooded the lobby and mezzanine of the Grand Hyatt hotel, applauded for 15 seconds and then dispersed. Within weeks, these “flash mobs” began appearing all over the world, for no other reason than they received an email to do so.

Child’s play indeed
By Adrienne Urbanski
Centering on a grown-up woman still mooning over her high school sweetheart, Edith Freni’s new play is kid stuff indeed. While Eve may have chronologically hit the age of 30, she is still very much a girl of 17, unable to find any definite path or direction in life, pining for the boyfriend who cheated on her more than a decade ago, and moving across the stage with the self-conscious awkwardness of a girl still finishing puberty.


Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Mister Foe” (-)
Those who remember the wonderful film, “Billy Elliot” and Jamie Bell’s terrific performance in bringing that character to life, will be disappointed in this movie. What a pity.wer. It is good, but I would not rate it that highly.

Hate him (he wants you to)
By Jerry Tallmer
Such a nice boy. Such an evil part. The boy – well, he’s 27 actually – is Brian J. Smith. The part is that of Gordon in Nicky Silver’s “Three Changes,” opening September 16 at Playwrights Horizons.

Still controversial after all these years
By Matt Harvey
Asked to weigh in on the literary donnybrook that erupted over Nabokov’s salacious 1958 novel, comedian Groucho Marx quipped, “I’ve put off reading ‘Lolita’ for six years, till she’s 18.”

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