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A puzzling protest
In the 1960s and 1970s, when American college students were taking over campuses, they had clear goals. Their protests centered on ending the Vietnam War and, in that vein, severing their schools’ connection to the war machine through federal research funding and R.O.T.C. training.

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point
Bill could mean more billboards and sidewalk sheds
By Andrew Berman
Anyone walking around New York over the last several years has surely noticed the proliferation of billboards and sidewalk sheds. The latter are those ungainly metal-and-wooden structures you have to walk under surrounding buildings or construction sites.


Nonnie Moore, fashion editor, 87
By Albert Amateau
Nonnie Moore, an award-winning fashion editor, who retired in 1994 from GQ magazine after working previously at Mademoiselle and Harper’s Bazaar, died at St. Vincent’s Hospital on Thurs., Feb. 19, at age 87.

John Chandler, 88, V.I.D. stalwart
By Albert Amateau
John Edward Chandler, a longtime Village Independent Democrats member and activist, died Sun., Feb. 15, in Cabrini Hospice at 88.



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Students occupying the N.Y.U. Kimmel Center cafeteria on Thursday broke through onto the building’s balcony, which had been locked, and used an electric bullhorn to address supporters on the street below.

Takeover trend continues; Students occupy N.Y.U. cafeteria for two days
By Jefferson Siegel
Continuing the new building-occupation movement by Greenwich Village university students that started two months ago at The New School, last week New York University students barricaded themselves in the cafeteria of the Kimmel Center on Washington Square South for almost two full days. In December, New School students occupied the cafeteria at 65 Fifth Ave. for more than 30 hours.

Squadron says, ‘No mas’ to mass evictions by owners
By Lincoln Anderson and Robert Kreizel
State Senators Daniel Squadron and Liz Krueger and City Councilmember Rosie Mendez joined tenants on the stoop of 47 E. Third St. last Thursday to announce Squadron’s introduction of a new bill to stop the abuse of so-called “owner-occupancy” evictions of rent-regulated tenants.

Young students share Valentine’s love with seniors
By Albert Amateau
First graders from Little Red School House delivered their Valentine’s Day cards to Visiting Neighbors on Wednesday morning Feb. 11.

French food, historic mood at McNally’s new Minetta
By Patrick Hedlund
The Village’s historic Minetta Tavern will reopen Tues., March 10, following a renovation by renowned restaurateur Keith McNally, who bought the space last year to inject new life into the 72-year-old haunt.

Deadly speed racers revving on Houston, a study finds
By Heather Murray
Drivers are speeding on city streets as fast as 66 miles per hour in school zones and in areas with heavy pedestrian traffic, contributing to roughly 2,300 car crashes per year, a recently released Transportation Alternatives report on speeding found.

1 killed, 27 are injured in Chinatown tenement fire
By Albert Amateau
A fire that raged through a six-story Chinatown tenement on Tuesday morning Feb. 24 killed one man and injured 27 other residents.

Save the M8 or bus(t), marchers cry
By Jefferson Siegel
The twain did meet when two groups of marchers converged at The Cube on Astor Place Saturday afternoon.

All the world’s a stage’ again
On Feb. 13, City Councilmember Alan Gerson, at right, joined students, teachers and principals of the Seward Park High School Complex in dedicating the newly refurbished auditorium that serves the five high schools at 350 Grand St. on the Lower East Side.

Keeping Clash’s Joe looking cool
Dr. Revolt created the Joe Strummer wall mural on Seventh St. at Avenue A in 2003, shortly after the punk rock legend’s death.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles
Warming up for the Frigid Festival
By Steven Snyder
This may be the winter of America’s discontent, but don’t tell that to the organizers of the third annual FRIGID New York Festival, which is set to return to a trio of Downtown stages on Wednesday, Feb. 25. “We’ve had more submissions than ever, and I won’t really know until the festival starts, but we’ve started selling tickets earlier than ever before as we’ve noticed a growing interest in the event,” says organizer Erez Ziv, managing director of the Horse Trade Theater Group.

The book of French
By Jerry Tallmer
Eight times a week Arthur French recently had to die on stage – just lay down and die, in front of the dining table – as cranky 92-year-old Doug, a black man-servant embedded throughout life as quasi member of a white Texan family, in the fine Broadway production of Horton Foote’s “Dividing the Estate.”

Moving through grief
By Gus Solomons Jr
Long a Joyce Theater regular, Doug Varone and Dancers return there next week for the first time in quite a while. During a break in rehearsal recently, the prolific choreographer confessed, “I’m totally freaked out about coming back to New York.”

Atrocious fusion
By Dorothy A. Wilson
The first time I went to FusionArts Museum in the Lower East Side, I heard nothing but funny stories about artist Shalom Neuman, who’s new solo exhibition there is anything but.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Must Read After My Death” (+)
This is an interesting rather than enthralling documentary written, directed and edited by Morgan Dews.
“Man on Wire” (+) I avoided seeing this documentary about Philippe Petit’s 1974 walk on a cable between the Twin Towers. Since I knew the plot and the outcome, I didn’t see any thrill in the offing. I was wrong. It is an interesting and delightful picture.

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February 25 - March 3, 2009


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