Thanks, Alan
After eight years in office serving Lower Manhattan, Alan Gerson is, as of this week, no longer the city councilmember for the First District. That honor now belongs to Margaret Chin, who defeated him in the primary election in the fall. Gerson voted to extend term limits without a voter referendum, the backlash over which undoubtedly partly contributed to his being unseated. Mayor Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn were able to weather that backlash, but Gerson could not.

Letters to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Talking Point

Mad memories of sexcapades of Mad Men and Women
By Dottie Wilson
News headlines about work-related romances only come out when it’s about some idiot celebrity — you hardly ever hear about the little people, the average employee. There’s massive coverage about Woods, Letterman, former governors and the like. Yet most crazy “crimes of the heart” go completely unreported. You’d think these kind of affairs only occurred with sports and media stars, or silly politicians, but this nonsense can take place in any field.


Police Blotter


Ira Blutreich

Mixed Use

The A-List


Max Eisen, a press agent to remember, and a mensch
By Jerry Tallmer
In the days when there was still some modicum of Yiddish theater at various venues south of 14th Street, there was also a culture of little old press agents who specialized in Yiddish shows.

In Pictures

A legend leaves office
On Dec. 31, Robert Morgenthau, Manhattan district attorney for the last 35 years, left the D.A.’s 1 Hogan Place office the last time as the borough’s top lawman.

The red menace: Cheap, broken umbrellas everywhere
Busted red umbrellas were all over recently in Lower Manhattan, clockwise from left, on John, Murray and Dey Sts.


Kennedy got new club’s nod;,Lee was doing the D.M.’s job
A Jan. 3, 1980, Villager article headlined “A Master Chef in a Bureaucratic Kitchen” profiled Rita Lee, Community Board 2’s district manager. Lee received calls on a daily basis from residents and businesspersons alike that consisted of complaints, questions and comments — but sometimes people just called to chat.




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Photo by Rebecca Pearson

Perusing paintings at the fall 2009 Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit.

Outdoor art show exhibits renewed sense of purpose
By Bonnie Rosenstock 
“One balmy spring day in 1931, in the heart of the Depression,” the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit Web site relates, Jackson Pollock, in dire financial straits and facing imminent eviction, schlepped some of his paintings down the stairs of his Greenwich Village apartment/studio and set them up on the sidewalk near Washington Square Park. He was joined by his equally desperate friend and fellow Villager Willem de Kooning.

Pols and enviros usher in new year, not with bubbly, but chilled H2O
By Albert Amateau
State and city elected officials joined environmental activists on the steps of City Hall on Monday braving subfreezing temperatures to demand that Governor Paterson scrap plans for hydrofracture drilling for natural gas in New York State’s Southern Tier.

Grace Church to add high school
Grace Church School has announced it will open a high school division in 2012. The school has leased space on the first and second floors of 38-50 Cooper Square, currently occupied by New York University, for the high school, which will have a capacity of 80 students per grade.

Horrible movie aims to be the new ‘Rocky Horror’
By Christopher F. Schuetze
Fans of “The Room,” who endure long lines outside the Village East Cinema, call the film the “Citizen Kane” of awful movies — and greet the low-budget flick with “Rocky Horror Picture Show”-like enthusiasm at monthly midnight showings. 


Developer on track with low-cost units at rail yards site
By Patrick Hedlund 
The city has sealed the deal on a development plan for the Hudson Yards that includes far more affordable housing than initially expected. In a near-unanimous vote, the City Council last month O.K.’d the revamped scheme to rezone the sprawling West Side rail yard.

Woman cyclist killed by bus
By Lincoln Anderson
A woman riding a bicycle was fatally struck by a school bus at Delancey and Ludlow Sts. late Tuesday afternoon. The cyclist and bus were on the eastbound side of Delancey St. The accident occurred just after 4 p.m., and the woman was declared dead at the scene by responders, police said.

A stroke of bad luck as kayakers might miss season
By Julie Shapiro
It looks like free kayaking on Pier 40 will not return next season. The wooden dock that Downtown Boathouse has been using for years to launch New Yorkers into the Hudson River is on its last legs, the boathouse’s founder Jim Wetteroth said.

Villager Arts & Entertainment

Trav S.D. on Downtown Theater
By Trav S. D.
Some people begin their New Year with prayers for world peace or solemn resolutions to stop overeating. Having little confidence in the success of either of those projects, I have merely committed to informing readers about the most interesting or notable (the two don’t always overlap) shows happening in downtown theatres.

Going wild on oft-told Wilde tale
By Jerry Tallmer
LADY BRACKNELL: Now to minor matters. Are your parents living?
JACK: I have lost both my parents.
LADY BRACKNELL: Both? To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, can be regarded as a misfortune; but to lose both — that seems like carelessness.


‘Look Ahead’ with Stephanie Buhmann
By Stephanie Buhmann
This January not only marks the start of a new year, but of the next decade. In the art world, the past ten years surely had their ups and downs.

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Volume 79, Number 31 | January 6 -12, 2009

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