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Editorial
A man of his times
From the late 1980s to mid-1990s, Antonio Pagan was a ubiquitous and influential presence in the East Village. First as a community activist, then as a Community Board 3 member, then for six years as the district’s city councilmember, Pagan was involved to one degree or another in every major issue and struggle.

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Police Blotter

Ira Blutreich


Talking Point

Obama must roll back creeping domestic militarism
By Frank Morales
As signs of the economic meltdown begin to be felt
across Europe, the number of industrial protests over job cuts and low prices is growing. From Greece to Russia, France to Britain, from Iceland to Latvia and Bulgaria, a wave of protests and demonstrations are targeting governments responsible, or so it’s felt, for the deepening economic crisis.


Matzo mania at Souper Bowl III

‘We must…begin again the work of remaking America’

Youth

DUSC U8’s are great at tourney at Soccer Coliseum

Sol Lain ‘Super Bowl’: Ruiz run wins it for Local
By Edward Garcia
Thanks to a lot of outreach to bring in new players this year, by the season opener the Sol Lain Flag Football League had enough players for four teams. The season ran from October until Dec. 20, when the league held its Championship Game.

 

 


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Groups file zoning suit; Blast city’s ‘racist policy’
By Albert Amateau
The Chinatown groups and their Lower East Side supporters who denounced the East Village/Lower East Side rezoning approved in October as “racist,” went to court last week to annul the environmental impact statement for the 111-block land-use measure.

Roll it! Films on bicycles and streets offer ideas
By Heather Murray
Members of Community Boards 2 and 4, West Siders and transportation advocates came out to New York Univeristy last Tuesday to view a series of short films celebrating innovative techniques that cities around the world are using to make their streets safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.

New, smaller stage strikes wrong note with festival
By Lincoln Anderson
If the size of Washington Square Park’s stage isn’t increased in phase two of the park’s renovation plan, it will seriously hamper the festival’s ability to keep putting on high-quality, free performances.

Opponents dump a lawsuit on Spring St. megagarage
By Albert Amateau
The neighborhood groups opposed to the Department of Sanitation’s proposed three-district garage on Spring St. filed a lawsuit on Feb. 3 to block the $500 million project proposed for the UPS property between Washington and West Sts.

Report finds small businesses are facing very big challenges
By Heather Murray
Children’s clothing outlet Bunnys, Gems discount store, Bates Records, the East Village Laundromat, Gregory’s Party Supply and Ratners are just a few of the Lower East Side stores that Good Old Lower East Side executive director Damaris Reyes has watched close up shop in the past decade.

The Secret Service grills baker
By Lincoln Anderson
Take one kooky baker who made a racially offensive cookie, 20 indignant, yelling New Black Panthers, a horn-tooting “Bugle Lady,” leaven generously with local outrage, but also a dash of support, and what have you got?

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A complex legacy: Friends and foes reflect on Pagan
By Lincoln Anderson
On a bitter cold Thursday night four days after former City Councilmember Antonio Pagan died on Sun., Jan. 25, at age 50, his friends and family gathered to hold a memorial for him.

Opponents dump a lawsuit on Spring St. megagarage
By Albert Amateau
The neighborhood groups opposed to the Department of Sanitation’s proposed three-district garage on Spring St. filed a lawsuit on Feb. 3 to block the $500 million project proposed for the UPS property between Washington and West Sts.

Report finds small businesses are facing very big challenges
By Heather Murray
Children’s clothing outlet Bunnys, Gems discount store, Bates Records, the East Village Laundromat, Gregory’s Party Supply and Ratners are just a few of the Lower East Side stores that Good Old Lower East Side executive director Damaris Reyes has watched close up shop in the past decade.

The Secret Service grills baker
By Lincoln Anderson
Take one kooky baker who made a racially offensive cookie, 20 indignant, yelling New Black Panthers, a horn-tooting “Bugle Lady,” leaven generously with local outrage, but also a dash of support, and what have you got?

With peeler’s passing, a slice of life is missing
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 
Joseph Ades, known as the “Gentleman Peeler,” was a fixture at the Union Square Greenmarket for more than a decade. He was always at the northwest corner of the square, where, clad in his signature three-piece suit and silk tie, he sat in a low crouch and demonstrated a superior type of Swiss peeler. Ades’s British-accented sales pitch could be heard from across the street.  

With peeler’s passing, a slice of life is missing
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 
Joseph Ades, known as the “Gentleman Peeler,” was a fixture at the Union Square Greenmarket for more than a decade.



Villager Arts & Lifestyles

Live from New York, it’s Al Jolson!
By WILL McKINLEY
In the early years of the 20th Century, New York City was the Vaudeville capital of America, with a pantheon of popular — and often peculiar — performers plying their trade live on stage. A few stars of that era found fame in other mediums, but most were swept away by the technological tidal wave known as “talking pictures.” End of story. Or, maybe not.

Connections to a classic
By JERRY TALLMER
Irony is a big part of Denis O’Hare’s life and work, and the current kicker is that he has never played any Chekhov before, anywhere, much less the exquisitely complex, troubled, sensitive role of Uncle Vanya that he now fulfills with the Classic Stage Company on East 13th Street.

 


Camp queen on the loose
By SCOTT HARRAH
The satirical comedy of veteran drag performer/playwright Charles Busch is either totally on-target (such as 2007’s hilarious “Die Mommy Die!” and 2000’s Broadway hit “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife”) or ambitious but misses the mark.

Lies, sweetly disguised
By ELENA MANCINI
Pushcart Prize-winning author Paul Maliszewski has written a fascinating social history of faking that spans from the truth excesses of Swiftian satire to the recent fake-memoir bombshells in the publishing world. In addition to chronicling some of the most virtuosic feats of lying in the past three centuries, “Fakers” raises thought-provoking philosophical questions about truth and fiction.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch

 


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Volume 78, Number 36
February 11 - 17, 2009

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