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Hospital’s 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. Vincent’s 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 year’s end, it will be a $145 million organization.

Letters to the Editor

Featured Columns

The A-List

Scoopy's Notebook

Mixed Use

Police Blotter

Ira Blutreich

alking Point
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 life’s 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.

In Pictures

Smoking a pipe and ‘laser light’ on Lower East Side


Marianne McCarty, 86, actress who had other careers
Marianne B. McCarty, a longtime resident of Greenwich Village, died Dec. 22 at St. Vincent’s Pax Christi Hospice. She was 86.

Emey Hoffmann, ‘the father of bicycles,’ dies at 63
By Albert Amateau
Emey Hoffmann, the bicycle expert who ran several bike shops on the East Side over the years, died unexpectedly at home on E. 17th St. on Jan. 7 at the age of 63.


Operation Pressure Point
Twenty-five years ago, The Villager reported in a front-page news story on Feb. 2, 1984, about the start of major police efforts to combat drugs in the area today known as the East Village.



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Police responded to the scene after a van backed over two preschool children in Chinatown last Thursday.

Grief and anger in Chinatown after van kills 2 preschoolers
By Julie Shapiro
The blood is cleaned from the sidewalk on East Broadway where a van plowed into a row of preschoolers last week, but for the family members of the two children killed, the tragedy is far from over.

Webb could be a shot in arm for St. Vincent’s rebuild plan
By Albert Amateau
With the signing of Arthur Webb as chief operating officer, St. Vincent’s Hospital took another step forward to meet the challenge of building a new 21st-century hospital in Greenwich Village.

Bad taste of Garlic Run lingers, but Board 2 gives its approval
By Albert Amateau
Little Italy’s traditional big street events, a boon to merchants and a trial to many residents, won conditional approval last week from Community Board 2.

Bollards and ‘breasts’ are still not fully embraced in the new Meat Market traffic-calming design
By Heather Murray
Meatpacking District residents and business owners turned out in force at the Jan. 13 Community Board 2 Traffic and Transportation Committee meeting to comment on the buxom-looking bollards and drab slabs in the temporary design of new pedestrian spaces along Gansevoort and Greenwich Sts. and the project as a whole.

P.S. 3 capsule deeded to society at historic moment
By Albert Amateau
Notebooks and pencils in hand, 50 students from P.S. 3 in Greenwich Village went uptown to the New-York Historical Society last week for the formal installation of the 1917 time capsule found in their school in November.

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 Quinn’s Office and city and state agencies discovered that developer Rockrose Corporation couldn’t legally raise the tenants’ rent without the state’s consent.

Temple wood like a crowd for the ‘Jewish Arbor Day’
Songs and drumming will mark the Shabbat service in celebration of Tu B’Shevat — the “New Year for Trees” — to be held at The Village Temple, at 33 E. 12th St.

A Landmark Inauguration at E. Houston movie theater
By Bonnie Rosenstock
Despite blustery mid-20s temperatures on Tues., Jan. 20, it was all sunshine and warmth on the blocks-long line at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on East Houston 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 (“Journey’s 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 that’s unfocused and unsatisfying for audiences.

Channeling icon’s 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-Broadway’s icons and its muse. With the ongoing attrition of the city’s avant-garde theater spaces, Frankel’s 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 world’s most powerful empire. The psychoanalyst associated the dream’s content—a flowering tree in the middle of the city square—with man’s 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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Volume 78, Number 35
Jan. 28 - Feb.03, 2009


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