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Helping small stores
A main victim of the city’s development boom has inarguably been the small businessperson, as mom-and-pop shops struggle to operate in a dense metropolis increasingly driven by real estate interests.

Letters to the Editor


The A-List

Mixed Use

Scoopy’s Notebook

Police Blotter

Ira Blutreich



How eating New Zealand apples can save the planet
By Ronald Bailey
I stopped by my favorite boutique grocery store to pick up a red onion today. The young clerk running the cash register wore a T-shirt with the slogan “Eat Local.”



Good news, for a ‘change’

West Broadway ‘wind power’

Avenue A way to cope with the economy: $1 specials

News flash: Sanzes and Rule are among the ‘Legends’

‘Guitar’ strikes a chord on E. Houston

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

Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel 
Cyclists pedaling in the new, protected Grand St. bike lane near Lafayette St. on the “border” between Soho and Little Italy.

The new Grand bike lane isn’t, Little Italy merchants complain
By Jefferson Siegel
A new, green-hued bike lane traversing Soho, Chinatown and Little Italy has many storeowners seeing red, fearful the lane’s presence will hurt business and create a dangerous situation.

After terms turmoil, two candidates say they’ll take on Quinn
By Lincoln Anderson
After the City Council voted last month to extend term limits to three terms, Council Speaker Christine Quinn was serenaded with a chorus of jeers from spectators in the Council Chamber balcony: “Sell out!”…“Quinn, you sold out the city!”

Parents’ beef with mayor: Kids aren’t ‘sausages’
By Lincoln Anderson
A forum on mayoral control of New
York City’s public schools at The Cooper Union on E. Seventh St. last week saw parents turn out in numbers to demand a greater voice in their children’s education.

Vendors don’t buy Gerson’s arguments on new bills
By Albert Amateau
Vendors who sell everything from hot dogs to handicrafts filled the City Council Chamber last week at the council’s hearing on proposed new rules on how and where vendors may do business on the sidewalks of New York.

Considering commercial diversity and Union Square
By Jefferson Siegel
When Danny Meyer opened the Union Square Cafe 24 years ago, area rents hovered around $8 per square foot. Today comparable space could rent for up to $400 per square foot.

High Line fans ‘spurred’ to action


New private high school finds home in Soho on Vandam St.
By Patrick Hedlund
The Greenwich Village High School’s hunt for a Downtown home has led the fledgling private school to Soho, where it will open next year in a loft building on Vandam St.

Trash talking over megagarage goes down to the wire
By Albert Amateau
Five days before the embattled three-district Department of Sanitation garage on Spring St. was scheduled to go before the City Council for final approval, the council’s Public Siting Subcommittee held the last hearing on the project.

All of Silver Towers complex is golden in the view of Landmarks
By Albert Amateau
The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to designate the I.M. Pei-designed Silver Towers complex of three high-rise residential buildings and its central plaza with its 36-foot-tall sculpture of Picasso’s “Portrait of Sylvette.”

Change-allelujah! Rev Billy gives hosannas to Obama
By Mary Reinholz and Lincoln Anderson
Pompadoured anti-consumer prankster Reverend Billy strode onstage at the Highline Ballroom in Chelsea’s Meatpacking District the Sunday after the election, delivering hosannas to President-elect Barack Obama, backed up by his Stop Shopping Gospel Choir and a brass band

Charges keep zinging, but zoning approval expected
By Albert Amateau
Supporters of the proposed East Village/Lower East Side rezoning told the City Council Zoning Subcommittee last week that the changes are desperately needed to control rampant high-rise development in the 111-block area.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

Yippies and Young Lords, Weathermen and Yes Men
If you’re a campaign junky suffering from withdrawal, there are three shows in town where you can get a post-election fix.

‘Godot’ takes center stage
ESTRAGON:  (turning to look at the boots)...


Ferrets, lies and that Mac guy
The former editor of the New York Times Magazine’s “True Life Tales” column, John Hodgman is the author of a recently released book filled with fake entries covering everything from mice to the Electoral College. Written in the form of an almanac,

Underdog kills on guitar
Marnie Stern converses a bit like an elderly woman (“I’m always leaving things places”), but she sings like a siren dishing out exclamations (“Keep at it!”) and threats (“Defenders get onto your knees”).


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Volume 78, Number 25
November 19 - 25, 2008


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