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Letter M.T.A. fixes
The subway’s bad old days of frequent breakdowns, rare air conditioning, dirty cars and too much crime remain vivid memories to us and many of you. Albany is finally waking up to the fact that the 1970s and ’80s are in danger of returning underground.

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The A-List

Scoopy's Notebook

Mixed Use

Police Blotter

Ira Blutreich

What a (bad) trip: Love Saves the Day is closing

By Dottie Wilson
When I used to live in a fifth-floor walkup in the East Village, the original St. Mark’s Bookshop occupied the first floor of my apartment building and Love Saves the Day, an equally absorbing neighborhood “institution,” was just around the corner.

Christopher Webb, a composer for theater and film, dies at 35

Florence Rush, 90, feminist author who focused on child sexual abuse


Virginia of ‘Is there a Santa?’ fame was a Villager

In Pictures

Photo flashback, Yiddish, too, at Eldridge Street anniversary

Pet’s park pick-me-up

C.L. beats the Drom smoothly


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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

At 3:40 a.m. on Friday, after an agreement had been signed by New School President Bob Kerrey, students who had been occupying the Albert List building’s cafeteria emerged through a side entrance to hugs and cheers from the waiting crowd.

New School in turmoil; Students occupy building, tell Kerrey, ‘Quit!’
By Jefferson Siegel
Weeks of mounting tension at The New School erupted last Wednesday as a group of students took over the Greenwich Village university’s largest cafeteria and barricaded themselves inside, while calling for the resignation of the school’s president, Bob Kerrey, among a litany of other demands.

Pulling together the memories of a progressive life
Memories… memories… . “Who was the mayor at that time?” she said. “I’m not very good at remembering names.”

C.B. 3 now says Chatham Square redesign is a no-go

Fire Department is taking heat over Governors Island closing


Quinn assures seniors, plans for centers will retain services
By Albert Amateau
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn on Monday told seniors at the Our Lady of Pompeii Senior Center in the Village that their concerns about the city’s previous plans to centralize and reduce the number of senior centers and meal home deliveries have been heard.

Tisches’ grant is masterstroke for high school art program
By Isabel Wilkinson
East Side Community High School’s auditorium buzzed with excitement early Wednesday evening during a gallery opening. Before the evening was over, the energy and emotions would explode into sheer euphoria.

3 indicted in firefighters’ deaths in Deutsche blaze
By Albert Amateau
Three construction supervisors were indicted Monday for manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment in the deaths of two firefighters in the August 2007 fire in the Deutsche Bank building next to the World Trade Center site.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

The man who gave Betty her boop-oop-a-doop
In the spring of 1992, the city of Scranton paid tribute to a kindly old musician who had relocated from Manhattan in the late 1950s. Sadly, it turned out to be a requiem. A few months later, Sammy Timberg was dead at the age of 89, and the accomplishments of a life deeply intertwined in the history of American popular entertainment seemed destined to be forgotten – until his daughter decided to do something about that.

Through the needle darkly
On a recent cold, gray, afternoon, Michael Largo, a late-middle-aged author of three encyclopedias on death and madness, took a walking tour of sorts around the East Village. “Genius and Heroin,” his latest volume of a loose trilogy on the two titled themes, was inspired by the years he lived in the neighborhood, hanging out with Gregory Corso and other protégés of beat eminence, William Burroughs.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Gran Torino” (-) and “Doubt” (+)

Perfection when we least expect it
Like the photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lisa Young is a collector of moments. But for Young, however, all moments are decisive, the magical and the “mundane” are inseparable and hence, equal.


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Volume 78, Number 30
December 24 - 30, 2008


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