Playhouse hysterics
Those who are loudly excoriating N.Y.U. on the Playhouse should choose their battles more wisely and refrain from knee-jerk attacks on the university whenever any opening arises. This behavior becomes akin to the Boy Who Cried Wolf — and only serves to diminish the impact of the watchdogs’ vital message.

Letters to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Taking Point

The Progressive Death Panel: Nadler, Maloney et al
By Cormac Flynn
Roughly 46 million Americans lack basic health insurance. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, some 30 million of them are in households with incomes less than double the official poverty level. These people live at the edge of a precipice, where a single bout of mild illness can start an avalanche that will bury their dreams and stunt the opportunities of their children.

In Provence, dark memories, but hope for the future
By Patricia Fieldsteel 
NYONS, France — September 1 holds a particular significance in Europe — the Nazi invasion of Poland. France and Britain declared war two days later, officially signalling the beginning of World War II. Here in this small corner of Provence, September 1 has a more personal meaning.


Police Blotter


Ira Blutreich

Mixed Use

Photo courtesy Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
While New York University says the grass at Silver Towers needs to be preserved from dogs, a dispute between the university and local preservationists is brewing over the signage used to convey the prohibition, as well as other signs and small fixtures installed on the grounds of the landmarked complex.




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

'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.

Kerrey: ‘Arranged marriage’ with provost is working
By Lincoln Anderson
Following a school year that was rocked by student protests, building occupations and demands for a change in the school’s leadership, The New School’s convocation on Sept. 3 was a placid, feel-good affair.

Presidents lunch, and a Clinton mystery is revealed


Bill says owners can take 1 unit, not whole building
By Lincoln Anderson 
A bill to end so-called “mass evictions” — employed to empty entire buildings, allegedly for landlords’ personal use — failed to come up for a vote in a special session of the state Senate last week.

83-year-olds hook up, find marriage (where else?) online
It was a whirlwind courtship. They met online in December and got married in August in the groom’s Greenwich Village apartment.

14th St. refugees still homeless four months later
By Patrick Hedlund 
Four months after the city evacuated a group of W. 14th St. tenants due to dangerous structural conditions at their building, many of them remain without permanent homes while awaiting the results of a lawsuit against their landlord.

Landlord broke building, should fix it, tenants say
By Julie Shapiro
A month after the city emptied a Chinatown tenement because it was in danger of collapsing, the fate of the building and its 60 tenants is still in limbo.

Working it in a window

Villager Arts & Lifestyles
Recalling violinist Lea Luboshutz becomes her
By Jerry Tallmer
You want to know from royalty?
This is royalty: Two ladies — grande dames — are strolling down the main street of Rockport, Maine. One is the world-famous violinist Lea Luboshutz, better known to headline writers and everybody else as “Lubo.” She owns a summer house in Rockport. The other lady is her dear friend, the Baroness de Rothschild. This is some years ago, you understand.

On Fourth Street, classic meets contemporary
By Bonnie Rosenstock
Teatro Círculo has been on the go ever since it was born fifteen years ago as a traveling company. It was the brainchild of a group of CUNY graduate students of Spanish literature, who mounted their first production (based on three interludes by Cervantes), as a homage to one of their retiring professors — a Cervantes specialist. As a result of the show’s success, they were asked to tour it around to the other CUNY colleges.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“The Baader Meinhof Complex” (+)
This terrorist gang, which operated in Germany in the 1970s, was very effective.
“Give Me Your Hand” (-)
There is such a dearth of good, interesting films that I find myself grabbing on to the slightest offering.  This film met my time requirement on a Friday night following my live Bloomberg radio program from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., 1130 AM on the dial. Further, it was playing at one of my favorite theaters, the Quad Cinema, located in the Village a few blocks from my home.

The A List

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Volume 79, Number 15 | September 16 -22, 2009

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