Marriage stimulus is needed now
Liberty-loving Americans received good news when same-sex marriage became legal in Iowa and Vermont during the last week. We believe that a sense of fairness and equal protection under the law demands that lesbians and gays should be free to marry everywhere.

Taking a broader look at nightlife
While incidents of savage nightlife violence make good fodder for the city’s media machine, analyzing their root causes falls most heavily on the shoulders of our local community boards.

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point


Pat Monte, Rte. 9A project manager,‘key’ on Pier 40 roof field, dies at 81
By Albert Amateau
Pat C. Monte, the Vollmer Associates engineer in charge of the reconstruction of Route 9A along the Hudson River waterfront in Manhattan, and before that the project manager for Battery Park City, died Tues., April 7, at the age of 81.





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Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

On Friday at 10:45 p.m., after first rallying at Union Square, a crowd of 150 protesters started marching west on 14th St. They proceeded to New School president Bob Kerrey’s townhouse, then back to Fifth Ave., where police made several arrests.

Second New School occupation ends quickly, as police arrest all
By Jefferson Siegel
Early last Friday morning, for the second time in four months, students dissatisfied with the administration of The New School took over the school’s graduate faculty building on Fifth Ave. However, unlike December’s 32-hour occupation, last week’s occupiers were arrested within hours of entering the building.

The ‘war of the Rosie’ centers on pavilion’s use
By Jefferson Siegel and Lincoln Anderson
Back in the days of the singing telegram, a popular phrase was “Say it with flowers.” That’s what the group Union Square Not For Sale did last Wednesday, when it held a rally calling on City Councilmember Rosie Mendez to help keep the Union Square pavilion restaurant-free.

Seating alcoves doubled in Washington Square plan
By Albert Amateau
The Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved the Department of Parks plan for the redesign of the southeast quadrant of Washington Square Park that includes four alcove seating areas.

City’s signage restrictions upheld by federal judge
By Albert Amateau
Federal Judge Paul A. Crotty has ruled that city regulations dating back to 1940, limiting the size, location and lighting of advertising signs and billboards, do not violate the freedom of commercial speech provisions of the U.S. Constitution.

Power is regaining the power
Jim Power, the “Mosaic Man,” is out of the hospital after a serious accident in which he broke his shoulder and hand in a fall in the shower in his Bushwick apartment.

Trying to heal the horrors of Rwanda


Gay youth want seat at park table, as in appointing directors
By Albert Amateau
FIERCE, the organization of lesbian, gay and transgender youth who have traditionally found refuge on the West Village waterfront, delivered a strong message — backed up by a new report — to the Community Board 2 Waterfront Committee on Monday.

Chelsea businesses bitter about bike lane; Project keeps rolling
By Patrick Hedlund
With the first section of the new Eighth Ave. bike lane already open to cyclists in the West Village, work recently began to extend the project north through Chelsea as part of the city’s plan to separate bikes from traffic up to 23rd St.

Hudson’s hurting, but the explanations for why vary
By Rita Wu
The Meatpacking District’s transformation started in the late 1990s, as buildings formerly filled with refrigerated meat lockers became home to nightclubs and high-end retail stores.

Tweed unlikely for Village students; 75 kindergartners are still in limbo
By Julie Shapiro
The Department of Education is not likely to place kindergarten students from overcrowded Greenwich Village schools in Tweed Courthouse on Chambers St. next fall.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles
Some things for nothing
BY Steven Snyder
The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in the wake of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks, conceived with the mission of lifting up a devastated community. This spring, as the festival readies to kick off its eighth year, some members of its staff see parallels between the frayed nerves of 2009, and those of late 2001.

Making filmmakers out of the digital generation
By Elena Mancini
To many of its casual fans (and occasional attendees), the annual Tribeca Film Festival represents an occasion to view the latest indie and mainstream film productions — and the prospect to participate in a Q & A session with a famous or emerging film director.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” (+) 
I have visited the City of Pittsburgh on two or three occasions, and I always find the experience of exiting the tunnel and seeing the city before me to be a real treat.

Niece of Angela Davis is brains behind ‘Mixtape’
By Jerry Tallmer
Free Angela!  Free Angela! Free Angela!  There was a time — the 1970s — when that cry rang around the world, or to be more exact, that part of the world that wasn’t white and terrified by the image of the gorgeous Black Panther with a huge Afro hairdo, who was in jail right here in the Village at the Women’s House of Detention for events that had occurred 3,000 miles west, where George Jackson, founder of the Black Panther Party, had been in prison for a $70 robbery since age 18. 

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