Playhouse hysterics
There’s no question New York University has done a great deal to reshape forever Downtown’s spatial landscape and that it has, in many instances, done so in a detrimental manner.

Letters to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Talking Point
It’s time to put the brakes on rogue bicycle riding
By Jack Brown
Residents are increasingly concerned about the epidemic of scofflaw cycling plaguing the city’s streets and sidewalks. The prevailing anarchy creates an ongoing sense of jeopardy for many that deprives us of peace of mind and jacks up the stress level in an already high-stress environment. 

Pope forgives Jews — and Putin apologizes for pact
By Jerry Tallmer
For sheer shocking irony, nothing much can beat the opening sentence of “The Man in the Glass Booth,” a novel by the actor Robert Shaw (subsequently made by him into a play).
Bugs in my bed and in my mind; E. 5th metamorphosis
By Marianne Landré Goldscheider
In Central Park the other day I was talking with an acquaintance about my recent visit to Vermont. The conversation shifted to an article on bedbugs that appeared in The New York Times real estate section on Sun., Aug. 23. 


Police Blotter

Ira Blutreich

Mixed Use

Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel 
Twisted sisters? Janis, Britney (and Che in middle)
Guerrilla art on a building wall on Broome St. by the Bowery made a connection — via Che Guevara — between boozing crooners Janis Joplin and Britney Spears.




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Villager photo by Jefferson Seigel

Margaret Chin got kisses from husband Alan Tung, left, and son Kevin Tung on election night.

Task force and Stringer hit the roof over playhouse wall
By Albert Amateau
The hole in the wall of the Provincetown Playhouse got bigger last week. And the resentment felt by preservation advocates and members of the Manhattan Borough President’s Task Force on New York University Development also got bigger.

Kurland, Passannante-Derr get FIERCE sans Quinn
By Paul Schindler
In a forum on Fri., Aug. 28, hosted by FIERCE, a Chelsea-based advocacy group for gay youth of color, District 3 City Council candidate Yetta Kurland repeatedly signaled her personal identification with the struggles those young people face.

Quinn opponents protest outside event at Jane St.
By Jefferson Siegel
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, whose district includes the West Village and Chelsea, was the target of a protest last Wednesday night when she arrived for a meet-and-greet at a Jane St. gathering.


‘We showed them!’ Chin topples Gerson; Quinn fends off Kurland
By Villager staff
In a historic upset, Margaret Chin defeated two-term Councilmember Alan Gerson in the Democratic primary Tuesday night making her the odds-on favorite to become the first Asian-American to represent Chinatown.

Commercial rent regulation bill is stuck in limbo
By Patrick Hedlund 
When a real-estate developer acquired a block-long residential complex on Ninth Ave. in Chelsea in 2007, he wasted no time in outlining plans to clear out the longtime mom-and-pop businesses on the ground floor in favor of high-end retail.

Slowly healing after a shooting,  glad to be alive
By Albert Amateau 
Calvin Gibson had an anniversary of sorts on July 24 — not a celebration exactly — but it marked an event that could have been his last.

Knickerbocker Village seniors take Brauhaus bus road trip; Das ist gut!

Merchants roll out complaints against Eighth Ave. bike lane
By Will Glovinsky
On one recent day last month a cyclist cruised northward past 11th St. along a major downtown avenue. His pace was leisurely, his manner relaxed. He did not swerve to avoid any jutting car doors or constantly jerk his head back to look out for taxis.

‘Stoppers’ stop skateboarders, but not Ian the dog

Victim’s friends: Wrong man in jail for ’91 killing
By Claude Solnik
When Raymond Blount was killed on 13th St. in the summer of 1991 after a fight in a Union Square nightclub, his friends were just a few feet away. Some helped whisk him off to a hospital, and one ended up hospitalized after being attacked.

‘Tearing down the wall’ along Chelsea’s waterfront
By Patrick Hedlund
Despite opening to the public back in April, Pier 64 celebrated its official coming-out party on Thurs., Aug. 20, with a cadre of local advocates and elected officials on hand to fete the new waterfront mall that spent more than two decades in the making.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

“A Short Wake” not here for long
By Jerry Tallmer
The two brothers, Teddy and Jimmy, have not seen or talked to one another for 33 years.
Jimmy went out to California and became a hotshot lawyer. Teddy, four years older, remained in New York City where they were born and hustled his way into his 40s as a fast-talking thief and gambler.

The A List

New York, New York: Read all about it
By Scott Stiffler
Books about, or set in, your patch of Gotham

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Extract” (-) My recollection of Labor Day weekends in the past is that they brought us several blockbuster films.

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Volume 79, Number 14 | September 9 - 15, 2009

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