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Deutsche Bank answers
Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau gave us half a loaf last week in his report on the fire at the former Deutsche Bank building.

Letters to the Editor

Featured Columns

The A-List

Scoopy's Notebook

Mixed Use

Police Blotter

Ira Blutreich

A pause to remember Pinter — Rest without peace
Every great writer speaks in his own voice, invents his own language — not just his own language but the whole tone of that language — and Harold Pinter, who died in London at 78 on the day before Christmas 2008, after a long battle with cancer, was greater than most.

In Pictures

Music, munchies and evoking the mood of miracles

Ethnicity and religion are Thai recipe for violence

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Forget Santa’s elves, burlesque dancers work it at the pole


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Villager photo by J.B. Nicholas

Patricia Oltremare, who also goes by Soleil, stands in a renovated section of the Jane-West Hotel. She holds a photo showing conditions that long-term tenants living right next to this section had to endure during its renovation.

Jane-West tenants wage big fight to hold on to tiny rooms
By Roslyn Kramer
Another episode in the tumultuous riverfront history of the Jane-West Hotel is heading toward a resolution next month. Tenants of the ravaged building are defying a development scheme that would overhaul the landmarked, former sailors’ refuge into a tourist hotel and put present occupants out on the street.

Historic row houses are hit by Con Edison fire
By Albert Amateau
A fire that started in a Con Edison electrical cable under Sixth Ave. at W. 10th St. on Friday night Dec. 19 forced the evacuation of a row of 170-year-old, three-story buildings.


Former squats are worth lots, but residents can’t cash in
By Lincoln Anderson
Michael Shenker came to live in the East Village in 1970, a 15-year-old, half-Jewish kid from Long Island.

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Indian Jewish leader: Killers were ‘warped monsters’
By Lincoln Anderson
Three weeks after the deadly Mumbai terrorist attack, the leader of a group of Indian Jews came to the Village Temple.

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Avenue A church is officially designated a landmark

Villager Arts & Lifestyles


A bowl of rock candy
The newly christened Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex in Soho has the potential to establish itself as a lively alternative to the usual circuit of New York City tourist destinations.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch


In focus behind the camera
“Annie Leibovitz at Work,” a newly published retrospective of the iconic photographer’s 40-year career, is equal parts text and images.

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.

Perfection when we least expect it

Fantastic Mr. Brecht
On February 27, 1933, the Reichstag building in Berlin that housed the German Parliament was ravaged by fire.


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Volume 78, Number 31
Dec. 31, 2008 - Jan. 6, 2009


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