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Hospitals great catch
After 15 years at the helm of Village Care of New York, Arthur Webb is moving on to become chief operating officer of St. Vincents Hospital. When Webb arrived at V.C.N.Y. which operates the Village Nursing Home on Hudson St. and the Rivington House AIDS residence on the Lower East Side, among others it was an $18 million operation; by this years end, it will be a $145 million organization.
Letters to the Editor
Paying for Yankee Stadium is a major league error
By Deborah Glick
Tough financial times require tough choices. This is as true for the many New Yorkers who struggle to make ends meet at this time of record unemployment as it is for city and state government, each of which faces enormous budget gaps that must be closed. While each of us is tempted by luxuries, the more responsible individual prioritizes the use of scarce funding to first cover lifes necessities. Certainly, a family struggling to pay for care for an elderly parent would be wise to forgo purchasing a top-of-the-line, big-screen TV.
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Villager photo by J.B. Nicholas
Police responded to the scene after a van backed over two preschool children in Chinatown last Thursday.
Antonio Pagan, a former city councilmember, is dead at 50
By Lincoln Anderson
Antonio Pagan, the former East Village city councilmember, died at Beth Israel Hospital at 2:45 a.m. on Sunday. He was 50 years old. According to friends, the cause of death was kidney failure, although another friend said it might have been a stroke.
Rent drama at Archive has a surprising dénouement
By Heather Murray
Several months after a developer told its nonprofit tenants in the sprawling Archive Building that their rents would skyrocket by as much as 500 percent, City Council Speaker Christine Quinns Office and city and state agencies discovered that developer Rockrose Corporation couldnt legally raise the tenants rent without the states consent.
Temple wood like a crowd for the Jewish Arbor Day
Songs and drumming will mark the Shabbat service in celebration of Tu BShevat the New Year for Trees to be held at The Village Temple, at 33 E. 12th St.
Villager Arts & Lifestyles
Reflections of a 1960s radical
By Jericho Parms
From the abandoned squats and rundown tenements, a longhaired band of lost young souls roamed the streets of the Lower East Side.
Dollars, discord and broken dreams
By Scott Harrah
This drama by Richard Greenberg, the Tony-winning playwright of Take Me Out, and the Tony-winning director David Grindley (Journeys End) is a disappointment on so many levels. What starts out as a simple, touching story about a German-Jewish immigrant mother, Eva Adler (the always marvelous Mercedes Ruehl), and her slightly neurotic daughter, Lily (Lili Rabe), spending a summer in the Catskills circa 1960 ends up being a convoluted mess, with an awkward narrative thats unfocused and unsatisfying for audiences.
Channeling icons spirit while trying to pay the rent
By Monica Uszerowicz
To worry is to use the imagination wastefully: This was the philosophy of Gene Frankel, one of Off-Broadways icons and its muse. With the ongoing attrition of the citys avant-garde theater spaces, Frankels story has become the already-wrought tale of the unsung hero. Better remembered are his contemporaries, though it was his spirit that helped set all of them into collective motion.
Remembrance of things past
By Matt Harvey
In the late1920s Carl Jung had a dream about Liverpool, then the second busiest port of the worlds most powerful empire. The psychoanalyst associated the dreams contenta flowering tree in the middle of the city squarewith mans unconscious relationship to an ancient cosmology.
Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
Defiance (-) Regrettably, this is not a very good film. Defiance recounts the true story of the Bielski brothers who were Polish Jews living in the ghetto of Belarus.
Notorious (-) Notorious tells the story of the talented rapper Christopher Wallace, aka The Notorious B.I.G. and Biggie Smalls, who was murdered in 1997 at the age of 24.
The Class graduates
By Steve Erickson
Is there any cinematic sub-genre more abject than the tales of inspirational teachers who save their students lives? Despite good intentions, such films invariably wind up implying that poverty can be overcome if only a superhero teacher is present to inspire his or her students.
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