Re-elect Bloomberg
Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s push for the chance to run for re-election in defiance of two voter referenda on term limits was troubling and anti-democratic. But the courts upheld his move in the City Council, and as we have said before, we don’t think the term-limit issue is enough by itself to vote against a candidate. The bottom line is it would hurt the city not to vote for the best candidate.


Let us apologize for Goldman Sachs
Since Goldman Sachs has been a big part of the Lower Manhattan fabric for almost a century and a half, we’d like to take this opportunity to apologize to the rest of the country on behalf of our neighbor, a financial giant personifying much of what is wrong on Wall St.

Letters to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Talking Point

Personal touch is priceless in our consumer society
By Jane Flanagan  
The other day, I went shopping for a refrigerator. My favorite model was an Electrolux. “Don’t they make vacuums?” I also really liked another fridge, a Jenn-Air, but the salesman said that it was really made by Whirlpool. Whirlpool? Don’t they make washing machines?



Ira Blutreich

Mixed Use




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

Art cars are off the hook
Eddie Rivera and sons, Carlos, 8, and John, 7, who live at Second St. and Bowery, checked out a phone car over the weekend near the Anthology Film Archives on E. Second St., where the film “Automorphosis” was screening Sunday. The documentary depicts “eccentrics and visionaries who have transformed their autos into artworks.” For more photos click here.

Right has ACORN on ropes, but fight isn’t over: Attorney
By Lincoln Anderson
It’s like being in the middle of a “tsunami” or an “avalanche” — or maybe both at the same time. That’s how Arthur Schwartz described his experience as general counsel of ACORN amid the recent right-wing attacks and congressional caving that are bringing the national community-organizing network to its knees.

Another benchmark for Wash. Sq.

Obituary: Francis Mason, 88, dance critic and society figure
By Patricia Fieldsteel
Francis Mason, cultural ambassador, dance critic, radio personality and longtime resident of Morton St., died peacefully in his sleep at age 88 on Sept. 24.

MEMORIAL: N.Y.U. and Villagers remember Bob Cohen for years of service
By Albert Amateau
New York University officials led by university president John Sexton joined more than 200 Villagers, former Villagers and friends last week to honor Robert I. Cohen, a member of the N.Y.U. Government and Community Affairs staff, who died July 1.


Neighbors wrangle over angles of new hospital triangle
By Albert Amateau
The preliminary redesign of the St. Vincent’s Triangle, a Greenwich Village concern for decades, has won praise from leaders of the Community Board 2 St. Vincent’s Omnibus Committee, but has also raised anxious questions by some neighbors.

City is on track to acquire the last leg of High Line
By Albert Amateau
The city this week moved to take ownership of the northern third of the High Line.

East Meets East

East Village by any other name is L.E.S., or is it?

Through a glass colorfully, creating winning windows

Avenue B church, and theater, are being resurrected

The last Jews of Orchard St., hanging on by a thread

The new scene: Texting, talking, totally oblivious

Hoop ’n’ crew whoop it up for art-car extravaganza

‘Front Door Book’ offers window onto a community

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

She’s good. She’s Italian. She’s somebody’s daughter.
By Jerry Tallmer
Everybody has – or had — a mother; but as for mothers and daughters, only Antoinette LaVecchia has Antoinette LaVecchia’s mother. At the moment, LaVecchia is sitting alone in her apartment — her divorced apartment — trying to create a character named Professor Donna DiPippio, who has some advice on how to start being a good Italian (more precisely, good Italian-American) daughter.

Our advice? See Ivey as Landers.
By Scott Harrah
Ann Landers, who died in 2002, wasn’t the first newspaper columnist to give advice in print —but her open-minded views on everything from women’s rights to lighter topics like the proper way to hang toilet paper made her the most groundbreaking.

Long before Oprah, Ann Landers gave good advice
By Scott Harrah
Judith Ivey gives one of the best performances of her career as the late advice columnist Ann Landers. Although she superbly recreates the Chicago-based legend — from the nasal Midwestern accent to the elegant, ultra-feminine mannerisms —Ivey’s razor-sharp delivery of the columnist’s folksy one-liners makes this performance more than just one of skilled mimicry.

Book shines light on NYC’s underappriciated locales
By Paula Rosenberg
It’s fitting that Judith Stonehill lives in a historically protected house in the West Village. “New York’s Unique and Unexpected Places”— her latest book — hit the shelves last week. 

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“An Education” (+) On a Sunday afternoon, attending a 2:30 p.m. screening at the Regal Union Square Stadium 14, I found a near packed house that was sold out when the lights went down.
“The Damned United” (-) I was drawn to this movie primarily by the presence of the lead actor, Michael Sheen, who did such a wonderful job portraying Tony Blair in “The Queen,’ and David Frost in “Frost/Nixon.” 

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Volume 79, Number 20 | October 210-027, 2009