Chin deserves her win, and Gerson, our thanks
Last Tuesday, one of the largest Chinatowns in the country moved toward getting its first Chinese-American to represent them in a legislature. Margaret Chin’s Democratic primary win in the Lower Manhattan City Council race practically assures her of victory in November. Even some who didn’t support Chin have told us it is a good day for all of Downtown, and we agree.

Letters to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook


In the Village of ghosts: Seeing what isn’t there
By Jane Heil
When you have lived in Greenwich Village a long time/And walked in its neighborhoods for many years,
You see what isn’t there. You see
Bill Kunstler not sitting at the front table/At the Waverly Restaurant, thinking of ways to save.Hopeless cases.



Mary Travers, 72, a member of folk-singing supergroup
Mary Travers, of the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, who lived most of her life in Greenwich Village where her career in the famed group took off in the early 1960s, died Sept. 16 in Danbury Hospital in Connecticut at age 72.




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Villager photo by Clayton Patterson

Nathaniel Hunter III, a.k.a. Junior, in Tompkins Square Park in front of his tarped-over bench with one of his ground assemblages of detritus and found art circa 1989.

Remembering Junior, the ‘Mayor of Tompkins Square,’ 1939-2009
By Sarah Ferguson
I first met Nathaniel Hunter III in the midst of the Tompkins Square riot of 1988. I was writing for the now-defunct Downtown magazine (a spinoff of the East Village Eye), determined to uncover all the radical factions of the East Village and their blistering discontents, which had boiled over into this epic battle with the police.


Mounds, dog runs, stage… Wash. Sq. phase two begins
By Albert Amateau
Phase two of the reconstruction of Washington Square Park began Wed., Sept. 16, when chain-link fencing was erected around the northeast, southeast and southwest quadrants of the renowned park in the center of Greenwich Village.

Small stores key to ’hoods’ health, some tell hearing
By Albert Amateau
Small, family-owned stores are facing a host of threats in Manhattan, including high rents, national chains overwhelming neighborhoods, oppressive enforcement of city regulations and, of course, the economic downturn.

Duane decries dysfunction of Albany at town hall
By Patrick Hedlund 
After spending what he admitted was a “despicable” summer in Albany, state Senator Thomas Duane, speaking earlier this month, expressed confidence that votes on same-sex marriage and rent reforms could come as soon as the end of the month, despite the likely political wrangling that would occur when lawmakers returned to session.


Police Blotter


Ira Blutreich

Mixed Use

The A List


G.V. girls get set to hoop it up

New Year, purify on the pier 

Room for the new, and the ‘creaky charm’ in Hudson Square
By Josh Rogers
Hudson Square is a neighborhood of contrasts. Bordered by a state highway and one of the most congested streets in the city, it’s also home to Holland Tunnel entrances, making it difficult for pedestrians to navigate. Yet it is increasingly becoming the choice destination of creative and new media firms.

Sculpture garden spruces up Canal St. area
By Albert Amateau
A new temporary outdoor art space opened on Sept. 18 on the southwest corner of Hudson Sq., courtesy of Trinity Real Estate.

Breaking down art’s walls by building some
By Wickham Boyle
The newest walls north of Wall St. belie the Robert Frost quote, “ Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,” as these walls are art and intended to be loved or at least looked at with relish.

Jackie’s still on deck
The opening of the Jackie Robinson Museum has been delayed until 2011.

Be it Soho or the Square, it’s better than a doghouse
By Chelsea-Lyn Rudder
Sixteen years ago, Sherry Field-Almaraz decided to combine her passion for animals and her entrepreneurial spirit. The resulting business employed a different boarding technique. “I was the first in the city not to use cages,” said Field-Almaraz.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

Pan Asian Rep rips, reveals Marcos
By Jerry Tallmer
When the people of People Power — the masses of ordinary Filipinos who had finally had enough of the Marcos tyranny and his martial law — broke into the grandiose Malacañang Palace...

Best bets for Fall dance
By Brian McCormick
Dance is like bread, and such indispensable staples of humanity are not dispensed with when times are tough.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch

Fifth FAB! Fest fetes Fourth Street — for free!
By Steven Snyder
As the recession lingers and New Yorkers feel the pinch, various art groups that have come to call the East Village home are trying to entice reluctant consumers to take a gamble on Off-Off-Broadway productions.

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Volume 79, Number 16 | September 23 -29, 2009

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