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How to use a crisis
 A recent comment by President Obama’s administration chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, on the global economic meltdown has been getting a lot of play in the media: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

Letters to the Editor


Horton Foote: No robots or caricatures, just humanity
By Jerry Tallmer
Some people get up in the morning and go to Wall Street. Or to their job in a department store. Or a supermarket. Or a newspaper office. Or to fly an airplane. Horton Foote gets up in the morning and writes plays.


Stefan Lutak, 89, owner of Holiday Cocktail Lounge
By Albert Amateau
Stefan Lutak, owner and guiding light of the gritty Holiday Cocktail Lounge on St. Mark’s Place near First Ave. for 43 years, died Feb. 3 at the age of 89.

Wilbert Tatum, 76, publisher, longtime East Villager
By Lincoln Anderson
Wilbert Tatum, who died Thurs., Feb. 26, at age 76, is most remembered for his tenure as the often provocative publisher of The New York Amsterdam News, the city’s oldest black newspaper.



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Jeffrey Ruhalter demonstrating butchering technique to his class last Saturday.

Cutting your own meat can cut costs, L.E.S. butcher says
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke
Jeffrey Ruhalter said there’s one, and only one, reason why he recently started offering classes on butchering.

G.V. Middle School might move to Battery Park City
By Julie Shapiro
A building many viewed as the solution to Battery Park City’s school overcrowding could become the solution to Greenwich Village’s school overcrowding, too.

New permits challenge rule is strongly challenged
By Albert Amateau
Representatives of elected officials and neighborhood groups had plenty to say last Friday — almost all of it negative — at the Department of Buildings hearing on proposed new rules for public review and challenges to applications for building permits.

P.S. 41 kids go to the drawing board for playground
By Albert Amateau
A bunch of third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students at P.S. 41 huddled around a table in the school library on a recent afternoon to plan the transformation of their big concrete schoolyard on Greenwich Ave. into an ideal neighborhood playground.

Soho’s Skyler, deputy mayor, tackles teen BlackBerry bandit
By J.B. Nicholas
As Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler, 35, who lives in Soho, was on his way to dinner in Midtown around 8 p.m. Tues., March 3, he heard a woman scream for help near the corner of the Sixth Ave. and 48th St. The woman, Victoria Kress, 41, of West Orange, N.J., had been typing an e-mail on her BlackBerry, when a teenaged mugger had snatched it out of her hands.

It’s time to ‘take back’ old P.S. 64, activists cry
By Lincoln Anderson
East Village activists and preservationists rallied outside the old P.S. 64 Monday afternoon, demanding that the Landmarks Preservation Commission save the neglected turn-of-the-century school from ruin.

Landmarks gives hospital tower clean bill of health
By Albert Amateau
The Landmarks Preservation Com-mission on Tuesday voted 8 to 3 to approve plans for a new St. Vincent’s Medical Center, reduced in height from 299 feet to 278 feet, to be built on the site of the hospital’s O’Toole Building on the west side of Seventh Ave. at 12th St.

Condo buyout plan building up support with builders
By Heather Murray
Ten months after City Council Speaker Christine Quinn convened an affordable housing task force charged with creating permanently affordable housing for middle-income New Yorkers, she recently unveiled a plan that could capitalize on the current condominium glut by converting thousands of vacant apartments into affordable units.

Environmental extravaganza’s new M.O.: ‘Take me to the river’

For the last 15 years, Earth Cele-brations has been known for its Rites of Spring and Rites of Winter colorful costumed parades through the East Village and Lower East Side community gardens. But now that the gardens are mostly safe, Earth Celebrations is moving its focus west, to the Hudson River.

She’s got l-e-e-e-egs!

N.Y.U. alumni and students shine at Oscars and Indie Spirit Awards
“Slumdog Millionaire” may have been the biggest winner at the Oscars, but New York University alumni and students also scored in Hollywood on Oscar weekend.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

The Inner Life of Dreamscapes
45 Greene Street Offers Rare Chance to View Six Decades of Gian Berto Vanni.

Broadway bids Bush a final farewell Ferrell’s rendering of 43: Dim and damned
By Scott Harrah
Former President George W. Bush gave America endless opportunities for parody, and Will Ferrell bushwhacks nearly every aspect of Dubya’s personality and presidency in the nonstop hilarious “You’re Welcome America. A Final Night With George Bush.”

Milquetoast guys & one-dimensional dolls
By Scott Harrah
“Guys and Dolls” should have everything going for it. It’s a classic American musical with a superlative score, but under the direction of Des McAnuff, this revival comes across as anemic and lifeless.

Stockard Channing: Life in renewal
By Jerry Tallmer
As a thousand theatergoers came pouring out of Broadway’s Studio 54 at the end of a Saturday matinee of “Pal Joey” a couple of weeks ago, one homebound customer — a woman of manifest means and breeding — said it all. “Wonderful!” she exclaimed to the world at large. “What an intelligent performance!”

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
Watchmen (-) Once again I did what I promised not to do: see a movie based on comic superheroes. A big mistake.
The film, directed by Zack Snyder, is based on a book by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

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Volume 78, Number 40
March 11 - 17, 2009


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