Cleaning up Albany
Earlier this year, when former Mayor Ed Koch launched his New York Uprising effort to reform Albany, some people didn’t appear to be taking him seriously.

Scoopy's Notebook

Letters to the Editor

Evan Forsch

Police Blotter

Talking Point

Assange and the ever-expanding definitions of rape
By Cathy Young
One unexpected consequence of the WikiLeaks saga has been to turn the spotlight on the debate over rape, sex and consent. Julian Assange, journalism’s misbegotten enfant terrible, has been hounded by accusations of sex crimes after he vaulted to fame by releasing leaked classified documents on the Internet.


EXTRA! Our Company holiday party

Another tree-mendous lighting, with a special meaning

The latest cool thing in the Meatpacking District

Santa comes from Ninth, not North, bearing goodies




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

Photo by Robert Kreizel

Meow wow! Santa really delivers
The N.Y.U. bobcat joined in on the fun as hundreds of East Side kids got free gifts and met the Clauses on Saturday. See photos.

Clean sweep in bitter BID battle as 3 boards say O.K.
BY Lesley Sussman
Supporters of a business improvement district (BID) for the Chinatown area came a step closer this week to having their dream realized at a stormy meeting of Community Board 3.

Koch and senators say Albany reform must be the priority
BY Lincoln Anderson
A dozen state Senate Democrats joined former Mayor Ed Koch on Monday to unveil a package of bills that would fulfill Koch’s “New York Uprising Heroes of Reform” pledge, and called on the Senate to make passing the comprehensive legislation its top concern in January.   

Mirel Bercovici; Westbeth artist and poet dies at 93
By Albert Amateau
Mirel Bercovici, a Westbeth painter who once sat in the Philharmonic orchestra pit during rehearsals to capture the image and spirit of Leonard Bernstein, died Sunday at home two weeks after her 93rd birthday.

Tom Butler, 74, LifeThyme founder

Soho House suspect indicted in girlfriend’s death
BY Albert Amateau
Nicholas Brooks, arrested in connection with the death of swimwear designer Sylvie Cachay, whose body was found in a bathtub in Soho House, an exclusive hotel club in the Meatpacking district, was indicted by a grand jury on Dec. 10.

M.E. gives cause of death for East Village’s Markey
By Lincoln Anderson
Markey Hayden Bena died in late July at age 54 two days after being found unconscious on E. Seventh St. near Avenue C. Descended from Hollywood royalty, he was homeless, and lived on the street near where he was found, on some raised grates that were known as his “office.”

Children’s Aid mom sues to keep kids’programs running
BY Albert Amateau
The Children’s Aid Society’s board of trustees made it official last week, voting to sell its three Sullivan St. buildings and close its model children’s programs by June 2012.

Whitney eyes spring groundbreak
BY Albert Amateau
The Whitney Museum’s executive director gave Community Board 2’s Institutions and Art Committee an updated look Monday at designs for the new museum planned for Gansevoort St. at the High Line’s south end.

A gallery you can’t refuse
By Lincoln Anderson
In a blast from Little Italy’s notorious past, a new exhibit space is aiming to blow gallerygoers away with Mafia-related exhibits. Mob Scene, 396 Broome St. between Mulberry St. and Centre Market Place, is a partnership between collector Arthur Nash and local actor Vinny Vella, whose specialty is portraying “goodfellas” onscreen.

Gay bar calls it quits, saying it was ‘targeted'
A West Village bar that caters to a gay and transgender African-American clientele and was sued this year by the city and the State Liquor Authority will close within two weeks.

Tompkins Square Park dog owners get some training
By Terese Loeb Kreuzer
In the wake of heightened focus on pit bull problems in the Tompkins Square Park dog run, the East Village dog park’s board of directors invited Drayton Michaels, a pit bull guru from Red Bank, N.J., to tell dog owners what to do — and what not to do — to prevent future dust-ups.


Baby, it’s Hot Inside
Downtown theater brims with ideas brought to boiling point.

Stoppard’s spy thriller: Who’s got the briefcase?
‘Staggeringly brainy play’ stirs together physics, espionage, love

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer” (+)...“Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench” (-)...“The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” (+)

In November, galleries offer darkness & enchantment
Matisse, Madonna, Mutu vie for your attention.

What’s Been Happening to Baby Jane?
Dexter sings with ‘terrifying lion-like power’


Ms. Jones becomes an assertive ‘Mrs.’
Tony winner crafts a ‘full, courageous, thinking, complex human being.’

A slice of the future

Nine railroaded men (not boys) hit Broadway
John Kander on the making of ‘Scottsboro.’

Give thanks for November Downtown theater
Castratos, cabins, electric sheep & Christmas among the meaty offerings.

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