Viable transit answers
The current high-pitched discussions about the M.T.A.’s proposed transit cuts are putting this much-criticized agency once again under a glaring spotlight. Struggling to address a nearly $800 million budget gap, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is considering cutting essential service that city residents depend on, and also slashing free student MetroCards to half-fare, and later eliminating them.

Letters to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook


Adventures in unemployment; References available 
By Jenny Klion
“What gives you pleasure?” the state unemployment counselor asked me as we were wrapping up the meeting, which went totally bust.

Why stabilizing St. Vincent’s is something that has to be done
By Alan Sager, Ph.D 
Without help, St. Vincent’s Hospital in the West Village could soon be forced to close or radically downsize.




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

Save Ray’s benefit cooks up $3K for Avenue A fries king
By Lincoln Anderson
With a series of Save Ray’s benefit concerts, a Facebook site, a new line of snazzy “Ray wear,” cash donations and, as always, a steady chowing down of Ray’s golden Belgian fries, East Villagers are doing whatever it takes to help beloved small business owner Ray Alvarez keep open his Ray’s Candy Store on Avenue A.

Grace Church will open Cooper Square high school by ’12
By Albert Amateau
In a neighborhood where classroom space is a top priority, Grace Church School plans to open a new high school, one grade at a time, starting in 2012 in a four-story building where New York University now has classrooms on the west side of Cooper Square.

City seeks designs for Gansevoort transfer station
By Albert Amateau
The Department of Sanitation’s hold on the Lower West Side’s Hudson River waterfront was flexed anew on Monday when the department issued a request for proposals, or R.F.P., to design a marine transfer station for recyclable trash on the Gansevoort Peninsula.

Thompson’s set to lead Battery Park City Authority
By Julie Shapiro 
Bill Thompson moved one step closer to taking over the Battery Park City Authority last week when the state Senate approved his appointment to the authority’s board.

Moynihan Station gets $83M boost

Trying to rebuild: Among the survivors in Pont-Rouge

Chico keeps the flame burning for Mom on Avenue B



Students, Villagers ride M.T.A. board, trying to derail cuts
By Albert Amateau
The M.T.A.’s Manhattan hearing last week went on for six hours, and took testimony from 99 speakers, including angry high school students, transit workers, local elected officials and residents, who denounced the agency for proposing wide-ranging service cuts.

St. Mark’s gangster museum shoots for spring opening
The gray-colored tenement at 80 St. Mark’s Place has always been a local curiosity.

Literary rebels, the Unbearables rewrite the rules
By John Bayles 
Times have changed for the Unbearables, a loose group of writers, poets and artists that have been a fixture in the underground New York City literary scene since the mid-1980’s. Back then they would gather in bars for “collating” parties, where each person would bring 100 or so Xerox copies of a single work and they would spend the night binding them all into a magazine called “The Unbearables Assembly Magazine.”

Welcoming Thrive into The Villager
March 2010

Letter from the Editor

A New Leash on Life
By Janel Bladow
Volunteers help seniors care for their furry friends.

Be A Pet Volunteer

Money Game
A fun way to beat cheats, scammers & crooks who want to steal your money!

Marci’s Medicare Answers March 2010



Villager Arts & Entertainment

‘Brainwave’ fuses art, science, philosophy
N.Y.’s most contemplative museum considers the mind’s ‘limitless capabilities.’

Saga of Pentagon Papers recalls ‘pivotal moment for journalism’
Drama aplenty, direct from Ben Bradlee’s living room.

The Oldest Spot in Town 
Time stands still at First Cemetery (1656-1833).




Trav S.D. on Theater
By Trav S.S.
Our Mr. S.D. contemplates March’s lion/lamb conundrum.

Carradine climbs deep inside the mind of Shepard
Revival contemplates life ‘as a waking sleep.’

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch

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