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Talking Point

Beyond the media hype: Cronkite and the Vietnam War
By Norman Solomon
Media eulogies for Walter Cronkite, who died on July 17, rarely talk about his coverage of the Vietnam War before 1968. This obit omit is essential to the myth of Cronkite as a courageous truth-teller.

Cyrus and the lion: Banner day for Iran opposition 


The A-List

Police Blotter


Mixed Use

Urban evolution
As it seems to do yearly, the Meat Market has undergone another transformation. This time, the most noticeable new ingredients are the High Line park and the Standard Hotel, which spans the High Line between 13th and Little W. 12th Sts. These two projects — the High Line, in particular, which is attracting thousands of visitors daily — have brought new life to the area along Washington St..

Letters to the Editor



Serving West and East Village, Chelsea, SoHo, NoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown and the Lower East Side

Villager photo by J.B. Nicholas

‘Mosaic Man’ out on the tiles
Jim Power, the “Mosaic Man,” recently fixed up some of his planters on Avenue A encrusted with his signature mix of fragments of tiles, pieces of broken plates and glass beads. for more photos.

Women are working it at W.T.C.
By Julie Shapiro
Ashia Johns goes to work every day wearing a white hard hat on her head and a flashy white-gold diamond ring on her left hand.

Part of L.E.S./Chinatown zone, science park’s sited at 30th St.

Nadler nets millions for the arts
More than 50 city arts organizations will receive a total of $2.4 million in federal stimulus money, Congressmember Jerrold Nadler announced earlier this month.


‘Hey, Momofuku, the pâté’s over!’ foie gras foes warn
By Jefferson Siegel
For the second time in recent months, the Animal Protection & Rescue League held a protest at the East Village restaurant Momofuku, calling on the popular eatery, as well as other restaurants, to stop serving foie gras.

8 years later, push to put a new 9/11 probe on the ballot
By Will Glovinsky
Supporters of a ballot initiative that would create a second, independent 9/11 investigative commission are awaiting the City Clerk’s certification of 52,000 signatures submitted on June 24 by the New York City Coalition for Accountability Now, or NYC CAN.

Wind, lightning: Sunday was a tough day to be a tree

Advocates make a temporary ‘home’ to make a point

East Villager will lead Historic Districts Council
By Albert Amateau
Leo J. Blackman, preservationist, architect and East Village resident, was recently elected president of the Historic Districts Council, the citywide advocacy organization for historic neighborhoods.

The Meat Market
A special Villager supplement
Photo by Lincoln Anderson, a cow graffiti mural by Antonio “Chico” Garcia on the former Premier Veal building at Washington and Gansevoort Sts. Photo by Elisabeth Robert, the outdoor dining space of The Living Room at the Standard Hotel on Washington St.

Restaurants, fresh food and pizza are on the menu
By Barbara Thau 
Amid the fresh buzz of the completed High Line park, the Meatpacking District is ushering in a new wave of eateries brushed with a tony sheen, and headlined by star chefs befitting the hyper-chic, upscale neighborhood.

Watermelon, engineer caps:High times by the High Line

Film has the dish on Florent and diner’s last days
By Albert Amateau
Florent, the Meat Market restaurant on Gansevoort St. that served meatpackers, club kids, drag queens, celebrities and just plain folks for 23 years before it closed last year, is re-created in David Sigal’s new documentary “Florent: Queen of the Meat Market.”

Hotel straddles cutting-edge design, affordability
By Lincoln Anderson
A towering new presence in the Meat Market on Washington St., spanning the newly opened High Line, the Standard Hotel has ratcheted up the district’s glitz factor to new heights. Yet, for all its sleek design and glamour, the hotel is all about “affordability,” according to a spokesperson.

Traffic-calming plan will be getting some tweaking
By Gabriel Zucker
In the little more than a year since six plazas were carved out of the street bed in the Meatpacking District, the installations have polarized public opinion in the area.

Whitney Museum is still on track for 2012 opening
By Albert Amateau 
The Whitney Museum of American Art’s proposed Downtown branch, designed by Renzo Piano, to be built at the south end of the High Line park on Gansevoort St., was assured last month when Mayor Bloomberg confirmed that part of a city-owned Meat Market site would be sold to the Whitney.

New visions: Stylish retail and a ‘Titanic mini-inn’
By Lincoln Anderson
On the site of a current car wash and gas station underneath the High Line at 14th St. and Tenth Ave., plans are to create a new, 33,000-square-foot, all-glass-enclosed retail space.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

Annual street theater show tackles present by looking to past
By Jerry Tallmer
HISTORY speaks: “You are back in the 1930s, the days of the Great Depression. I’m going to give you a lesson from those days of struggle, to teach you how to Navigate the Future…”

Village author mines humor from misery
By Paula Rosenberg
“Writing teachers are like psychoanalysts — only they’re paid less,” jokes Susan Shapiro. Her debut novel, “Speed Shrinking” (St. Martin’s Press) hits bookstores in August.

Not Enough Body
By Gary M. Kramer
Monika Treut’s intriguing film “Ghosted,” about a lesbian video artist coping with the loss of her lover, intertwines issues of sexuality, nationality, and identity with decidedly mixed results. Despite a promising conceit — how love is most deeply felt when it is gone — this multicultural romance shaded by a mystery is surprisingly un-engaging.

Still Waters Run Deep
By David Kennerly
“Lake Overturn,” the generous debut novel by Vestal McIntyre, is an extraordinarily rendered narrative about ordinary people. Set in Eula, Idaho, a quasi-fictional desert town on the edge of a big lake, the work traces the lives of more than a dozen characters who are swimming against the crosscurrents of family, class, race, organized religion, peer pressure, and thwarted sexuality.

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Volume 79, Number 8 | July 29 - August 04, 2009



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