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Firehouses matter
Many New Yorkers feel an emotional pull to their neighborhood firehouses, and with good reason. Quite simply, our Bravest protect us. It is understandable why any cuts to the Fire Department trigger alarms and resistance.

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point
The missing generation; Lost in the alphabet soup 
By Daniel Meltzer
If Generation Y is with us now, with the treads of Gen X still visible in our rearview mirror, can Gen Z be far ahead? Around the next curve, perhaps? At the start of the next decade? Will it/they be funkier, brighter, hipper than the whole alphabet before them? Where will they take the lingo, the music, the art, fashion, politics, us? Will high tech reach higher yet? Or, with the cold winds of recession and energy crises shivering our spines, will the Luddites prevail and haul us back? Will gray be the new black? And, after Generation Z has come and gone, what then?  

Featured Columns

The A-List

Scoopy's Notebook

Mixed Use

Police Blotter

Not exactly a pipe dream
A dispute Sunday afternoon in Chinatown at the corner of Forsyth and Eldridge Sts. left two men bloodied, one worse than the other. The man seated above, who came out the loser in the altercation, was handcuffed. He had apparently attacked another man with a pipe, but the victim responded by seizing the weapon and turning it on him. The other man was not arrested.


Robert Aronson, 73, a longtime Democratic activist, copy editor
By Ed Gold
Robert Aronson, a longtime activist in reform Democratic politics in Greenwich Village who also served on Community Board 2, died of an apparent heart attack on Dec. 30, according to his brother, Richard. Aronson, a Villager for more than 45 years, was 73.


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Christina Maile sitting in front of her paintings in her apartment in the Westbeth Artists’ Housing complex.

Westbeth comes of age: A unique artists’complex tries to stay afloat
By Bonnie Rosenstock 
Westbeth is the largest living and working facility for artists in the world. The 13-floor complex is located at the confluence of West, Washington, Bank and Bethune Sts. in the Far West Village within earshot of the West Side Highway, eyeshot of the Hudson River and on the flanks of the now-upscale Meat Market.

Cyclists read roll of fallen on a rolling memorial
By Jefferson Siegel
Cyclists gathered to remember their own at the Fourth Annual Bike Memorial Ride & Walk on Sunday.

‘Sand writing’ and the sands of time: P.S. 3 capsule found
By Albert Amateau
History came alive at P.S. 3 in Greenwich Village in November when workers who were renovating the school auditorium removed a bronze plaque from a wall and found a flat copper box with printed programs, songs and narratives about the school as it was 90 years ago.

Parking tickets way down in 4 of Downtown’s 6 precincts
By J.B. Nicholas
New York City’s deficit is the largest in years, yet city traffic agents issued far fewer parking tickets in 2008 than they did the previous year. In all, millions of dollars in revenue may have been lost.

Still pumping the squeezebox after all these years
By Lesley Sussman
You know what the difference is between an accordion and a cat?
Only the cost: They both make the same sounds when you squeeze them.

Trump Soho hotel’s foes lose a round, but will continue fight

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

The greatest story never told
By Will McKinley
A year ago, three days after Christmas, my mother died at the age of 72. Since then, like the reporter in “Citizen Kane,” I’ve been trying to piece together the story of her life through pictures, home movies, letters, yellowing scrapbooks and hazy recollections of friends and family.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (+) If I had left the movie house after the first hour of this film, which runs almost 3 hours, I would have given it a minus.
“The Wrestler” (-) If judged on acting performances, this film deserves a plus. There is much more to a movie experience, however, than good acting. When I left the theater after seeing “The Wrestler,” I felt depressed and wondered why I had decided to see this picture. It was a wrenching experience.
“Pageant” (+) Of all the theaters in Greenwich Village, Cinema Village has the most varied fare. This documentary, the subject of which is cross-dressing, is one of them.


Stage without walls
By Lori Ortiz
Italian choreographer Luca Veggetti called his new “memory/measure” an abstract dance-play. The same could be said for the other works in Cedar Lake’s 10-day winter season, which opens on January 8th,  2009. Nederlander Didy Veldman’s “frame of view” premieres.

The world comes to Webster Hall
By Lee Ann Westover
On Sunday, Jan. 11, as hundreds of booking agents and arts presenters converge in midtown for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference (APAP), the sixth annual globalFEST takes place at Webster Hall, and will feature over a dozen international bands.


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