Save our Ray
One would think that one type of business that would be able to weather the current economic downturn would be a place selling fast food, coffee and soft-serve ice cream — like Ray’s Candy Store on Avenue A. People can always spare a couple of bucks for a hot dog and an egg cream or lime rickey, the thinking goes; we still have to eat, right?

Letters to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Talking Point

As Ray receives ultimatum, nabe rallies around him
By Chris Flash
Last Thursday night, Ray Alvarez, the proprietor of Ray’s Candy Store, at 113 Avenue A, was confronted in his store by the managing agent of the building that houses Ray’s store. Accompanied by her bodyguard, agent Barbara Chupa threatened to lock Ray out of his store in 24 hours with “a padlock and chain” unless Ray paid two months of back rent that she claims he owes the landlord, by Fri., Jan. 8.

The craziest tax; Unemployed just can’t get a break
By Ted Rall
NEW YORK — My friend was a survivor. Until she wasn’t. She’d made it through 14 rounds of layoffs at her accounting firm.


Police Blotter

Ira Blutreich

Mixed Use

The A-List


Peter J. Flanagan, a leader in New York life insurance

Albert Lisi, Latin rainforest photographer/explorer, 80


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.




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

Villager photo by J.B. Nicholas

Clergy and church lay members blocked traffic at Varick and Houston Sts. on Jan. 5, as they demanded the release of immigrant activist Jean Montrevil from jail in Pennsylvania.

Clergy members get collared calling for release of activist

Mayor wants Governors Island, and Silver says he can have it
By Julie Shapiro
The city’s move to take over Governors Island appears to be gaining momentum.

Peter Frampton, Leary, come alive at Varvatos store
Designer John Varvatos hosted a benefit concert on Jan. 7 with Peter Frampton, plus Denis Leary and his band, The Enablers. Proceeds went to the nonprofit organization Road Recovery.

After committee ‘musical chairs,’ Squadron chairs Social Services
State Senator Daniel Squadron was named chairperson of the Senate Committee on Social Services last week, a sizeable appointment for the freshman senator.

Chin begins: School zoning, stop signs and traffic on agenda

A bit of housecleaning at Soho’s local hellhole?

Girls Prep is set to expand, but Shuang Wen space safe
By Albert Amateau
Girls Preparatory Charter School, with 261 elementary school students in its Lower East Side building, will expand over the next three years to accommodate between 200 and 250 new middle school students, according to a Jan. 8 decision by the Department of Education.

‘Ice water, anyone?’

Dried-out Christmas trees give the gift of mulch

Protesters launch offensive against new recruiting center

Straphangers let it all hang out on No Pants Ride

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 32 | January 13 - 19, 2010

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