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Obama for president
In the end, it all comes down to character. But there are other reasons, too, for The Villager to endorse Barack Obama for president of the United States of America.

Letters to the Editor


The A-List

Mixed Use

Scoopy’s Notebook

Police Blotter


Ira Blutreich

Protecting the right to vote in extraordinary times 
By Alan jay Gerson
I have always supported an extension of term limits to three terms through a public referendum held on a regular Election Day.



A change of posters, and soon a change for America?

New Nets star’s a tall order

Kids are pressed into action on Apple Day

Zombies work out kinks before the Halloween Parade

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Actress Rosario Dawson speaking at the Power of Peace Coalition conference at City Hall on Monday.

Actors, activists ask students to help end cycle of violence
By Casey Samulski
When Angel Seda asked the room, mostly young students, to stand up if they knew someone who had experienced violence, nearly the whole place was on its feet. Most were still out of their seats when he asked if it was a young person.

Future fest grows awareness of green-roof project
By Jill Stern
P.S. 41, The Greenwich Village School, recently held its first Futurehood block party in the W. 11th St.’s school’s courtyard. One of a planned series of events, it was a fundraiser and awareness raiser for GELL, or Greenroof Environmental Literacy Laboratory, the elementary school’s green-roof project.

Cyclists: Bridge is a dream; Delancey’s a nightmare
By Jefferson Siegel
Every day, thousands of bicyclists commute to and from Manhattan via the Williamsburg Bridge. Getting to the bridge, though, is a hazardous journey. The feeder route to the bridge, Delancey St., is a busy, traffic-filled thoroughfare that makes cyclists run a daily obstacle course just to get to work or home.

Bansky’s British invasion: Ironic rats, weird pets
By AnnMarie Costella 
Banksy, a British graffiti artist known for lampooning politics, culture and ethics, has created a disturbing animatronic world in which chicken nuggets dip themselves, hot dogs copulate and rabbits wear makeup. His powerful juxtaposition of animal and human behaviors will leave viewers questioning their consumer habits.

Recalling square’s history, fearing for its future


St. Vincent’s gets approval to demolish landmark site
By Albert Amateau
The Landmarks Preservation Com-mission voted 6 to 4 on Tuesday in favor of the St. Vincent’s Hospital hardship application to demolish the quirky O’Toole Building to make way for a new hospital.

Mr. Met recalls heady times as first mascot for Amazin’s
Dozens of Mets legends were honored at Shea Stadium’s closing ceremony last month, from Tom Seaver to Mike Piazza and all the lesser lights in between. But one seminal figure in the team’s history was conspicuous by his absence.

First lady and daughter tour L.E.S. Tenement Museum
By Lincoln Anderson
It was a far cry from their sprawling ranch in Crawford, as First Lady Laura Bush and daughter Barbara Bush got a private tour of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum last Friday.

After shootings, calls for cops, cameras, evictions
By Albert Amateau
Concerns about recent shootings in the Alfred E. Smith Houses on the Lower East Side brought more than 100 neighbors to a town hall meeting last week called by City Councilmember Alan Gerson and attended by police, New York City Housing Authority executives and staff members of elected officials.

G.O.P. candidate Chromczak vies with Squadron in state Senate race
By Josh Rogers
Republicans are scarce Downtown, so it’s never easy when they run for office. Yet John Chromczak can’t even rely on the famous line of G.O.P. hero Ronald Reagan: “Are you better off than you were four years now?”

Garage opponents trying to get a Rise! out of city
By Lincoln Anderson
Opponents of the Department of Sanitation’s planned, three-district garage on Spring St. have unveiled a revised alternative plan — complete with a sloping, rooftop park — and are now making a last-ditch pitch to the Bloomberg administration.

High school raises the roof with graffiti program

Campaigning doesn’t stop for a ‘principal for a day’

Villager Arts & Lifestyles


What I learned from ‘Rosemary’s Baby’
You can learn a lot from “Rosemary’s Baby,” which begins a weeklong run at Film Forum on Halloween night.

Boots, bras and boxers
On a recent Tuesday night at the Ripley-Grier Dance studios in Chelsea, five men in dark wash blue jeans cat-walked across the hardwood floor.

The lost art of letter-writing

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
Watch out George Bush! Ed Koch reviews "W."

Volume 78, Number 22
October 29 - November 4, 2008


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