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A time for change at the Chelsea Hotel
Another manager at the historic Chelsea Hotel gets run out of town, and the future of the bohemian landmark is once again called into question. Since longtime manager Stanley Bard’s ouster in 2007, the Chelsea has endured a turbulent existence: A strident resistance to new management by a very vocal contingent of permanent residents has escalated into an all-out war with the administration — with seemingly no end in sight.

Letters to the Editor

Mayday! Dog down in a high-rise construction zone
By Michele Herman
Everything was fine one minute. It was midday Wednesday, and my dachshund and I returned from a visit to his dachshund girlfriend down the hall, who was recuperating from a pinched nerve. We came back to our apartment and, being the healthy ones, went off to our respective work — I to the desk to write and he to the kitchen to sniff.


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Villager photo by Lincoln Anderson

Members of the New School in Exile read a statement on Thursday saying they will make the university “halt” on April 1 if Bob Kerrey doesn’t resign as the school’s president by then.

Students vow to ‘shut down’ New School, but is threat real? 
By Lincoln Anderson
Two months after New School students dramatically took over one of the university’s buildings and held it for 32 hours, last Thursday, a group of masked graduate students announced that if university president Bob Kerrey doesn’t resign by April 1, they will “shut down the functions of the university.”

Cooper Union engineers 150th anniversary celebration
By Albert Amateau
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding on Feb. 12 when more than 200 alumni, students and faculty members crowded into the plaza south of the Foundation Building on Cooper Square.

L.P.C. electrified by Con Ed ‘commanding presence’
By Albert Amateau
The Landmarks Preservation Commission last week designated the 26-story Consolidated Edison building and tower, built in stages between 1910 and 1929, at 4 Irving Place on E. 14th St., as a city landmark.


Film fests, park, marinas are floated for Pier 57
By Albert Amateau
West Side neighbors and waterfront activists had mostly good things to say last week about the three competing proposals for developing Pier 57.

The crazy face cookie that launched 1,000 howls
By Lincoln Anderson
Hoping to stave off further protests over the inflammatory “Drunken Negro Head” cookies he whipped up last month, the owner of Lafayette French Pastry last week posted an apology in his store’s window.

Union Square Web is resolved by settlement
By Heather Murray
Several months after the Union Square Partnership sued activist Savitri Durkee in an attempt to shut down a fake Union Square Partnership Web site she created, Durkee and the Partnership reached a settlement in which she can continue to publish her parody site with some restrictions.

Starbucks union whips up protest over fired barista

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

Exploratory territories
By Stephanie Buhmann
Over the past three decades, sculptor John Newman has explored a wide range of materials, which he has formed, shaped and re-assembled into works that are exquisitely mysterious and hard to categorize.

Aritsts in the court of Obamalot
By Jeffrey Cyphers Wright
“This whole thing’s a fairy tale.” Who can forget those ill-chosen words sputtered by former President Clinton about Barack Obama’s win in the South Carolina primary.


Harmonious twinspeak
By Lee Ann Westover
The Watson Twins made a name for themselves singing backup for Jenny Lewis on the critically acclaimed album “Rabbit Fur Coat.”

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Gomorrah” (+) The title of this film refers to the Neapolitan organized crime group featured in the movie which controls the pickup of garbage and the disposal of material into landfill operations.
“Two Lovers” (+) The movie, which is really the story of four lovers, is a downer in terms of its effect on the audience.

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Volume 78, Number 37
February 18 - 24, 2009


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