Some advice for Quinn
While City Council Speaker Christine Quinn unsurprisingly won the Democratic primary race on Sept. 15,her less-than-impressive margin of victory over two first-time candidates hinted at a growing discontent among voters in the Third Council District. 

Letters to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Talking the talk: The play’s the thing… Or is it?
By Daniel Meltzer
A kiss may still be a kiss and a sigh just a sigh, but a play, to New York theater folk, isn’t a play at all. Disrespectful as it may sound, to those in the know, it’s a “piece.” Especially before it’s been staged, or “mounted.” 


Clifton Maloney, 71, died on one of highest peaks
Clifton H.W. Maloney, husband of Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, died in his sleep on Fri., Sept. 25, in a base camp on Cho Oyu mountain in the Himalayas a day after having reached the summit of the 27,000-foot-high peak. He was 71.




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

Photo by William Alatriste, NYC Council

Serenity Warner of P.S. 3, looking at camera, along with other students signed a giant-sized postcard to Governor David Paterson, telling him that 75 Morton St. should be a school.

New school year — renewed call for Morton middle school
By Albert Amateau
Kids on stilts and balloons galore made it look like a circus last Thursday in front of 75 Morton St. But the crowd of about 200 Greenwich Village, Chelsea and Tribeca neighbors and elected officials were seriously renewing demands for middle-school space in the state-owned building.

Jane ‘living room’ is a living hell, neighbors say
By Roslyn Kramer
Everyone on Jane St. west of Washington St. remembers the idyllic, genteel hotel the new management promised two years ago: Chic tourists sleeping off hectic days in small, charming, inexpensive rooms; during waking hours immersing themselves in the background music, eclectic menu and cocktails.

With art, music, history, mission marks milestone
By Albert Amateau 
Serving homeless and derelict men since 1879, the Bowery Mission is getting ready for the 100th anniversary of the opening of its chapel at 227 Bowery with a free Anniversary Art Series every Thursday evening in October.


Looking at Pier 40 with a fresh eye, group seeks uses
By Lincoln Anderson
A new ad hoc committee on Pier 40 has been formed at the Hudson River Park Trust to come up with ideas to renovate and redevelop the critical but crumbling 14-acre pier.

Nader’s novel idea: Only the filthy rich can save us now
By Mary Reinholz
Embodying geezer power at full throttle, veteran consumer advocate and corporate critic Ralph Nader came to Union Square last week.

Any way you spell it, Scrabble tournament is a hit

Victim of false gay prostitution arrests sues city
By Duncan Osborne
Charging that his constitutional rights were violated, a gay man busted for prostitution last year by city vice police in an East Village porn shop has sued the city in federal court.

L.E.S. ‘beach pier’ won’t see use for W.T.C. steel storage

9th community affairs officer gets royal treatment

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

Faith, fundamentalism, and Middle America
By Jerry Tallmer
Time and place are tennis balls to playwright Tim Blake Nelson. Back and forth, back and forth — volley, volley, volley, volley — oops! That one hit the chalk line and bounced back before the one three scenes earlier.

Welcome Home, Poets House
By Marcella Veneziale
After years in a cramped SoHo office, one of the country’s premiere poetry organizations has finally moved into its new home in Battery Park City.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Paris” (-) The film, written and directed by Cedric Klapisch, received excellent reviews. My expectation was that the City of Lights would be displayed in an exceptional manner.
“Coco Before Chanel” (+) The film is about the two Chanel sisters — Gabrielle (Audrey Tautou) and Adrienne (Marie Gillain) — who at a young age were placed in an orphanage by their father.

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Volume 79, Number 16 | September 30 - October 6, 2009