End-of-year thoughts
As the year draws to a close, we pause to reflect on some of the major local stories of 2009 and to look ahead to the new year and envision what we’d like to see happen with these ongoing issues that affect our neighborhoods so significantly.

Silent night and Frank won’t be calling this year
By Alphie McCourt
H.L. Mencken described a bar in a poor neighborhood as “a clean and well-lighted place.” For us, on Christmas morning, the church was all of that, and more. My father was forever gone and my two oldest brothers, Frank and Malachy, would soon emigrate.

Letters to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook


Musical Mezuzah Gate, or The Orrin Hatchberg Story
By Daniel Meltzer
So listen. Have you heard? Orrin Hatch wears a mezuzah. Emmis.* Around his neck on a chain under his shirt. It’s in the paper. Did you ever?

Ending the kindergarten shuffle, keeping continuity
By Daniel Squadron, Brian Kavanagh and Lisa Donlan
Unlike families in any other community school district in the city, families in District 1, which covers the Lower East Side and Chinatown, aren’t tied to catchment zones that dictate where their children go to school.


Police Blotter


Ira Blutreich

Mixed Use

The A-List


Mary Ann Michaels, 68, aide since ’95 at the Sixth Precinct
Mary Ann Michaels, senior police administrative aide at the Sixth Precinct in Greenwich Village, died suddenly Mon., Nov. 23, at her home in New Windsor, N.Y.





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Senior’s hip to climb Everest, after getting hip replacement
By Albert Amateau
Donald Healy first got into mountaineering about three years ago when he turned 61. He hopes to reach the summit of Mt. Everest by the time his 65th birthday rolls around in May of next year.

Winter bloom by Bowery

Clauses (and community council) deliver for kids

Carolers of Olde sang up quite a storm in the colde

Here’s looking at you, kid

Gerson wraps up farewell tour

New School building will have 600-bed dorm and auditorium
By Lincoln Anderson
Earlier this month, The New School gave a presentation of the updated design for its new building on Fifth Ave. between 13th and 14th Sts. at a meeting of stakeholders facilitated by City Councilmember Rosie Mendez.


Retail rent-control bill fades as Quinn queries its legality
By Patrick Hedlund
A proposed measure to require commercial landlords to enter arbitration with small business owners if they can’t agree on a fair rent has been effectively spiked from the City Council following the lead sponsor’s decision recently to back off the bill.

Many teams play, but one team keeps b’ball league rolling
By Patrick Bergman Clark
On a recent evening the men charged with making the ball bounce for the Greenwich Village Basketball League met at the Dapolito Recreation Center on Clarkson St. in anticipation of the winter 2010 season.

Getting teens to use their heads to save their lives
By Bernard Connaughton
Abe Markman’s volunteer work with teenagers in schools and community centers throughout New York City is as timely now as when it began in 1992. 

Margaret Chin gets sworn in

Lily Fund effort unites neighbors for a good cause 
By Fred Soffa
Recently East Villagers gathered twice to mark the beginning of The Lily Fund, Inc., a nonprofit group dedicated to providing hope and happiness to families living with pediatric brain tumors.

Activist refocuses on photography, starts new blog
By Patrick Hedlund
East Village rabble-rouser and “Slacktivist” leader John Penley recently launched a photo blog of his work comprised mainly of shots in and around Tompkins Square Park.


Villager Arts & Entertainment

The hard road towards ‘Gentle’
Current production percolating since 1985.

Times change, song remains the same
All-star CD pays tribute to 1960s Village music scene.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch

Holiday Oddities
Offbeat observations from our favorite neighborhood pundits.


Characters, audience and author are all orphans
Insights from Hallie Foote: Horton’s daughter, favorite actress

Thompson Street poet finally gets his due
Compositions are ‘compressed, crystallized, evocative and lyrical.’

Art museums offer holiday season exhibitions
Worthy works include Pakistani, Indian, Scandanavian, Neapolitan

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Volume 79, Number 29 | December 23 - 292009