For borough president
As Election Day nears next Tuesday, one race that hasn’t received much attention is Manhattan borough president.
Scott Stringer, a Democrat, is running for re-election, and we think he has done a fine job and set the bar high by bringing a professional attitude to everything about the office.

Letters to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook


Koch campaigns for Congress
An article in the Oct. 31, 1968, issue of The Villager, on the congressional race between Democrat Ed Koch and Republican Whitney North Seymour, Jr., reported that the two candidates “amiably agree on most of the issues, differing mainly in personal style. …

Talking Point

The Olympics and the lie of conservative patriotism
By Markos Moulitsas
Who would’ve thought that rooting for America to host the Olympic Games could ever be controversial? Not only is hosting the Olympics a source of national pride, allowing the nation to showcase the best of America (as we’ve done recently with Salt Lake City and Atlanta), but it’s also a powerful economic driver and catalyst for redevelopment.



Ira Blutreich

Mixed Use

The A List

In Pictures

Villager photos by Jason B. Nicholas
Dogs on display dazzle at Tompkins Halloween Parade
The Tompkins Square Park Dog Halloween Parade on Saturday saw an impressive pack of costumed canines strut their stuff in the event’s 19th annual affair.




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Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

Frances Goldin, left, holding her award as an honoree at last Thursday’s Cooper Square Committee 50th anniversary gala, received congratulations after speaking.

‘Dammit, we won!’ Housing activists feeling golden at 50
By Lincoln Anderson
With defiant declarations of neighborhood empowerment, poetry, dance and some choice words, the Cooper Square Committee celebrated 50 years of community organizing and housing preservation at its golden anniversary gala last Thursday night. 

Stuy Town tenants may be owed millions by Tishman
By Albert Amateau
The State Court of Appeals decision last week that Tishman Speyer had improperly raised rents to market rate on thousands of regulated Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village apartments while participating in the state J-51 tax-break program was hailed as a victory for tenants and denounced as a mortal blow to the owners.

Jane Ballroom closes down after multi-agency sweep
By Roslyn Kramer
The high-spirited drinking crowd that ambled expectantly down Jane St. toward the Hudson River has fallen off considerably since the first days of October. The reason: The Jane Ballroom, their destination, had closed for several weeks. Not that the hotel management was admitting it.

Chico, ‘The Messenger,’ spreads message of peace back on L.E.S.
By Lincoln Anderson
Returning to his old Lower East Side stomping ground, Antonio “Chico” Garcia is back in town for a month and a half to work on some commissioned murals, on everything from peace to the Rat Pack.


Socialist owner, Living Theatre vet, bar rewrite book
By Kathryn Adisman
Carlo Altomare leaned out of the building’s top-floor window, counting, “One — two — three — four” empty storefronts. “How many more DVD stores can they open?” he asked.

Landmark South Village, before it’s too late: G.V.S.H.P.
By Albert Amateau
Six years after Village preservation advocates began urging the designation of a 30-block South Village Historic District, the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday held its first hearing on part of the proposal.

Tombstone turns up in Wash. Sq.
By Lincoln Anderson
With eerie pre-Halloween timing, an ancient tombstone has been unearthed in the second phase of the Washington Square Park renovation project.

Turning over a new leaf for good, nutritious food
Councilmember Christine Quinn, back row center, met with youths from the Robert Fulton Houses and executives and personalities from the Food Network at the recent New York City Wine and Food Festival to promote New York City’s first Good Food Garden.

More water worries over state’s drilling safeguards
By Albert Amateau
Elected officials joined city Department of Environmental Protection and local environmental advocates last Friday in denouncing the state proposal to allow drilling for natural gas in the six Upstate counties of the New York City watershed.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

On the Road (out of Los Angeles)
By David Todd
It’s in the rambler tradition of novelists and guitarists alike that writer Joseph Mattson and musician Ben Chasny come together in their new book-with-soundtrack, “Empty the Sun,” released November 3rd on A Barnacle Book and Drag City Records.

Embraced in ódz, shunned in NYC lobby
By Jerry Tallmer
The 60-point four- column headline in a newspaper called Dziennik ódzki, over a photograph of Bernard Aptekar and one of his machine gunners, reads “Sztuka wymierzona w wojne I inima wisc.”

Spirits are high in Village, ghosts’ favorite haunt
By Scott Stiffler
Steeped in history but burdened by poor feng shui, the Village is home to more ghosts than any neighborhood in Manhattan — offering paranormal enthusiasts a wealth of restaurants, museums and open spaces in which to possibly experience otherworldly frights and sightings. 

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Where the Wild Things Are” (-)
The minus I give this children’s story pains me.  As I have written many times, I don’t enjoy movies that can in any way be described as a cartoon/fable, which surely this film is.  So I went to this movie somewhat prejudiced against it.
“Killing Kasztner” (+)
This brilliant documentary seeks to establish the hero status of Rudolf Kasztner.  Kasztner bargained successfully with Adolf Eichmann to save the lives of 1,600 or more Jews, who were transported out of Hungary to Switzerland, and 19,000 Jews who were sent to work camps instead of death camps.

Arts Guide: October through December
By Stephanie Buhmann
Canada: “Michael Williams: Uncle Big.” This exhibition features ornate abstract paintings. Through Nov. 15 (55 Chrystie St., above Canal St.). Call 212-925-4631 or visit  

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Volume 79, Number 21 | October 28 -November 03, 2009