Some signs of hope at the Trade Center
There is not a lot of good news about the World Trade Center site lately and, for that matter, there hasn’t been all that much for eight years. The stalled talks between the Port Authority and developer Larry Silverstein are the current source of most of the angst, but things might be ready to begin turning for the better.

Letters to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Talking Point
Why I hate Gay Pride Day, and always want to escape
By Kathryn Adisman
I know it’s not P.C. to say this, but I hate Gay Pride Day. It’s got nothing to do with Gay Pride; it’s the parade. I hate the Halloween Parade with an equal-opportunity vengeance. It makes some kind of twisted sense — thinking of the times I’d be holed up in Stonewall, birthplace of Gay Pride, waiting for that  parade to end, so it would be safe to “come out.” I’m talkin’ ’bout my neighborhood, the West Village, which might have been gay, once upon a time, when I moved here, back in the early ’80s.


The A-List

Police Blotter


Mixed Use


The way it was when Cronkite took off his glasses
By Jerry Tallmer
One thing I’ve learned about Walter Cronkite in the hours since he left us last Friday at 92. He hated his eyeglasses, as I do mine. In almost every and any occasion, but most notably the moment he had to inform the world of the death of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, the first thing he did was to remove his eyeglasses, start talking, and then after a few seconds, put them back on.



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Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert

At J.J. Walker Field on Tuesday, back row, from left, Joba Chamberlain, Andy Pettitte, Alex Rodriguez and Kevin Long; front row, from left, Richard Ellenson, Thomas Ellenson and Cameron Breen, Thomas’s cousin.

Yankees salute Little League’s M.V.P. — Most Valuable Person
By Lincoln Anderson
During this past Greenwich Village Little League season, Thomas Ellenson always led his Majors Division Athletics team onto J.J. Walker Field, proudly scooting ahead of them in his motorized wheelchair as they entered from the center-field gate.

Rescued from trash, ancient harp will trill again
By Will Glovinsky
For Lorcan Otway, a local balladeer, archivist and activist, it was the catch of a lifetime. On July 1, Otway’s friend Julie M. Finch was walking on W. 26th St. when she noticed some furniture in a dumpster. She peered closer to find the venerable curve of a harp piled amid the rubbish.

Velazquez: Sotomayor brings ‘a valuable perspective’
By Lincoln Anderson
On July 16, Congressmember Nydia Vel azquez testified during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing for Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Speaker reports for duty

The wheels are turning in bike pioneer’s head
By Harry Bartle
George Bliss, owner of the Hudson Urban Bicycle Station, a.k.a. the Hub Station, has a problem with today’s dominant perception of the bicycle.

Former students recall McCourt’s lasting influence
By Albert Amateau
A generation of writers who attended Frank McCourt’s English classes at Stuyvesant High School — then on E. 15th St — were harking back to their adolescence this week and thinking about McCourt, who died on Sunday at the age of 78.

Village laundromats are spinning toward extinction

L’s really clean, really crowded

Fire-act couple are incensed at Hasselhoff and NBC

Candidate was accused of harassment in custody case
By Josh Rogers
City Council candidate Pete Gleason was accused of harassment by the mother of his child soon after she gave birth to their son almost nine years ago.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

Four complex, collaborative Downtown projects
In “Wondermare,” Susan McIntosh and Albert Wilking present a world as un-settling as it is dizzyingly colorful. Costumes and animal-inspired masks are mixed in with a selection of films made in collaboration with various artists.

Two old friends who go great together  
By Scott Harrah
Comic writing, acting and directing legend Buck Henry had not done live theater since 2002, when he appeared on Broadway as a curmudgeonly professor in “Morning’s at Seven.”  But when he read the script for playwright Lisa Ebersole’s comedy-drama “Mother,” he jumped at the chance.

Family gathers, bickers with help of ‘Mother’ alcohol 
BY Scott Harrah
Buck Henry and Holland Taylor breathe badly needed life into Lisa Ebersole’s ambitious but flat one-act comedy-drama “Mother.”  The story of the Leroy family gathering at West Virginia resort a few days before New Year’s sees the two veteran actors play Kitty and Joseph — who endlessly quarrel with each other and their two children, Kate (played by playwright Lisa Ebersole) and Jackie (Haskell King). 

High above Tin Pan Alley, Joplin and Berlin meet
If you hear that music and those words, or approximately those words, come soaring in (or soaring up) toward the end of “The Tin Pan Alley Rag,” your heart should leap along with mine just thinking in cold print about the miracle of Izzy Baline.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
Ed Koch is making progress in his recovery from heart surgery on June 19. We wish him well and hope to have him back — praising and panning — as soon as possible.

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Volume 79, Number 6 | July 22 - 28, 2009


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