Giving thanks
Many of us do not think enough about how much there is to be thankful for. So, right before Thanksgiving last week, we asked the people who work here at Community Media to tell us some of the things they are grateful for. Here are their responses:

Letters to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Talking Point

The root of the matter at Washington Square Park
By Sharon Woolums
Two down and six to go. Those Zelkova elms around the — “Tsk Tsk” — Tisch Fountain of the new Washington Square Park may go the way of the two recently replaced that didn’t make the transplant — a very expensive proposition. Chopping down trees costs mucho dinero and even more to transplant. I found out this and more after a walking tour in early September with a tree expert, Richard Hawthorne of Hawthorne Bros.





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Robert Lederman being arrested at a speech by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani at The Cooper Union in 1998.

High Line arrest takes art argument to another level
By Lincoln Anderson
Following his arrest on the High Line for selling art without a permit on Nov. 21, street-artist activist Robert Lederman is now working on his latest creation — a lawsuit for millions in damages that he plans to file against the Friends of the High Line and the city. 

That 1798 fever was grave may unravel stone riddle
By Kim Velsey
Many New Yorkers know about the bodies buried beneath Washington Square Park — remains belonging to thousands of impoverished residents who died more than two centuries ago. But when archaeologists and construction workers discovered a 210-year-old headstone while digging in late October, it presented a mystery.

Rare-books shop’s owner is hoping it’s not final chapter
By Roslyn Kramer
A hole-in-the-wall W. Fourth St. rare-books store will close Jan. 31, another victim of a landlord seeking the kind of higher rents and glitz that are killing what’s left of the small, independent stores and variety in the Village.

Chad, ‘The Gourmet Bachelor,’ is keeping it local
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 
“This is Greenwich Village, and I am the Gourmet Bachelor, a local cookbook author,” replied Chad Carns when asked for directions by a visiting British couple.

They’re pining for a great holiday season at the Seaport


Village Gate stars thank D’Lugoff for faith in them
By Lincoln Anderson
Legendary impresario Art D’Lugoff was remembered with warm tributes, music and comedy performances and pledges to fulfill his dream — to create a Greenwich Village Folk Music Museum — at a memorial on Sun., Nov. 22.

Being blind is no handicap for great teaching, he shows
By Helaina N. Hovitz
Though the Yankee parade was in full swing right outside the window, the High School of Economics and Finance’s marine biology class began without any hesitation. Homer Panteloglou, 38, paced up and down the aisle of his classroom.

Judge in Stewart case urged to rethink his ‘slap on wrist’
By Mary Reinholz 
Lynne Stewart, the leftist ex-lawyer now behind bars at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, at 150 Park Row, is scheduled to appear Dec. 2 in U.S. District Court, where her trial judge may possibly consider lengthening her 28-month sentence for passing messages from an imprisoned terrorist client to his extremist followers in Egypt.

‘Hoppening’ book reading with gay activist at Strand

Word on the street

Young stair masters just took it one step at a time

Village Holiday Roundup
Best bets for Yuletide activities

Village Holiday Roundup
Best bets for Yuletide activities
By Scott Stifler
Christmas in the Village is always cause for celebration — unless you’re Jewish; or Muslim; or agnostic; or atheist; or don’t particularly care for festive wreaths and trees. But who among us doesn’t like to receive presents — and get December 25 off of work — and set aside one time of the year when we can spread glad tidings of comfort and joy in a manner befitting H1N1?

Villager Arts & Entertainment

A bloody, naked take on ‘Romeo and Juliet’
By Jerry Tallmer
O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
— Romeo, Act I, Scene 5
No, ’tis not so deep as a well nor so wide as a church door; but ’tis enough, ’twill serve: ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man. I am peppered. I warrant, for this world. A plague o’ both your houses
— Mercutio. Act III, Scene 3

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Volume 79, Number 26 | December 2 - 8 2009