End-of-year thoughts
Continuing our last week’s theme, we’re taking this moment — in part two of our year-end thoughts — to pause and reflect on some of the major local stories and issues of 2009, and to envision what we hope happens in the new year with these ongoing matters that affect our neighborhoods so greatly.

Letters to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Talking Point
Sandwiched: Somewhere between home and abroad
By Alphie McCourt
It had been a hot June Saturday in New York City. This was the kind of weather which usually afflicts us in late August. In the early afternoon, Lynn, my wife, and I did some errands. At three o’clock we went to a deli up on Broadway. Lynn had a hot dog. I ordered a corned beef sandwich, ate half and brought the other half home.


Why? A flash of anger, then a youth’s light fades
By K Webster
In our neighborhood in November a teenager was fatally stabbed by another teen. It could have easily gone the other way, or the moment could have passed with just an exchange of harsh words. But a flash of anger/frustration/fear and one of them is dead and the other is left to live with that act. How did it get like this? How many years of discouragement about your chances to live a big life? How many times being humiliated?.


Police Blotter


Ira Blutreich

Mixed Use

The A-List


James Rossant, 81, designed iconic, modern Village building
By Albert amateau
James S. Rossant, the architect and planner who co-designed the 1962 Butterfield House in the Village and was involved in the 1966 master plan that led to the development of Battery Park City, died Tues., Dec. 15, of leukemia in his home in Normandy, France, at the age of 81.

In Pictures

Christmas ’09 at night
Seen on the Downtown Christmas scene, from above left: the window at Horseshoe Bar (a.k.a. Vazac’s), at Seventh St. and Avenue B.

It was a blue Christmas for ‘Arrow Keyboard Man’
First, during the weekend of the big snow, the Department of Buildings dragged Novac Noury’s music equipment out of his Little West 12th St. building — piling it under a tarp, which soon blew off.




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

Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert

For old time’s sake, Councilmember Alan Gerson sat for a photo in the front of the City Council Chamber on Tuesday with his nameplate for the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Committee, many meetings of which he chaired from that seat.

Gerson goes into overdrive before exit to pass key bills
By Julie Shapiro
Two days before Councilmember Alan Gerson’s term ended this week, he was still racing between his office and City Hall, attending transition meetings and approving press releases.

Beauty school offers jobs training that’s a cut above
By Helaina N. Hovitz 
It was a beautiful moment earlier this month on Clinton St., when Johanny Lugo and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez hosted the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Johanny’s Beauty School.

A full house watches Chin’s historic swearing-in
By Josh Rogers
More than 200 people packed City Hall’s City Council Chamber Tuesday night Dec. 22 to celebrate the swearing-in of City Councilmember-elect Margaret Chin, who will be the first Asian-American to represent Manhattan’s Chinatown.


C.B. 2 street fights with Stonewall Vets, trolley and Delta Phi
By Lincoln Anderson
Street fairs — with their funnel cakes, steroid-sized sausage sandwiches and tube socks sold by the six pack — are the farthest thing from most people’s minds right now, the city having just dug itself out from a bone-chilling blizzard.

St. Vincent’s study must be widened, critics tell Planning
By Albert Amateau
The proposed St. Vincent’s Hospital/Rudin residential redevelopment project drew a step closer to reality last month when the hospital submitted a blueprint for an environmental review to the Department of City Planning.

Theater could have second act as performance center
By Julie Shapiro
The long-shuttered Loew’s Canal Theater in Chinatown could get a new life as a performing arts center.
The proposal to fix up and reopen the 83-year-old theater is far from a done deal, but the space’s owner agreed last week to do a feasibility study.

Villager Arts & Entertainment

At home, the singular Stritch sings Sondheim
By Jerry Tallmer
Elaine Stritch wasn’t being coy. She is not the coy type. She’s the Take-No-Prisoners type. Take no prisoners and leave ’em laughing.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch

Get to know Kenkeleba and Kamoinge
Corrine Jennings came to New York from Rhode Island in the 1970s — armed with the drive and credentials to be a Broadway scenic designer.

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Volume 79, Number 30 | December 30 - January 5, 2009