La MaMa’s Mama
The theater world and the East Village lost a true luminary last week in Ellen Stewart.
Black must now lead

Much was made of new Schools Chancellor Cathie Black’s offhand birth control joke at last week’s School Overcrowding Task Force meeting, and for good reason. Lower Manhattan’s school-overcrowding crisis is no laughing matter.

Scoopy's Notebook

Letters to the Editor

Police Blotter

Evan Forsch


Hope for Humanities H.S.

Talking Point

Time for justice at Seward Park Urban Renewal Area
By Joel Feingold
On Monday, a Community Board 3 committee may vote on guidelines for the redevelopment of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) — the long-derelict blocks along Delancey, Broome and Grand Sts. at the lip of the Williamsburg Bridge.

Governor’s task force will work to improve Medicaid
By Tom Duane
On Jan. 5, 2011, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order creating the Medicaid Redesign Team. New York’s Medicaid program provides health insurance coverage to almost one in four New Yorkers, and costs more than $52 billion per year




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Ellen: The Mama of them all
It must be at least 30 years ago that I went to visit Ellen Stewart at N.Y.U. Hospital. She was all dolled up in bed in a fancy pink and yellow ruffled nightgown. “Hello, honey,” she said in that wonderful, inimitable, sharp-edged, soft-core Geechee English that now none of us will ever hear again. “I died twice since you saw me last.”

Ellen Stewart, 91, doyenne of La MaMa and all avant drama
By Wickham Boyle
Ellen Stewart, the mercurial, magical, inventive, prescient founder and longtime artistic director of the famed La MaMa Theatre, died in New York City on Jan. 13. Stewart was my mentor, my boss, my partner, the grandmother to my children — and to generations of us who worked in New York City or American or world theater, she was our mother.

In a first, Gottlieb Co. sells a building, markets another
By Albert Amateau
Real estate developers and brokers who were expecting a bonanza of opportunities when the estate of William Gottlieb began selling some of the 185 properties it owns, mostly in Greenwich Village and the Meatpacking District, were disappointed earlier this month.




Parents see red after Black makes abortion remark
By Aline Reynolds
Cathie Black, the city’s new schools chancellor, had little to say at last Thursday’s School Overcrowding Task Force meeting organized by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. But the little that she did say made headlines and sparked outrage around the city.

Nadler: Don’t repeal health act

Mendez’s asthma-free act is law

Clayton's Page
‘It had been empty…I just decided to take it over’

Nowadays, this wall at Bowery and East Houston St. is one of the city’s more high-profile showcases for street art — though to purists, it’s completely commercialized. Last spring, amid much hoopla, Shepard Fairey of Obama “HOPE” poster fame, threw up a wheat-paste work at the site, only to see graffiti heads savagely mutilate it.

Olindo Bruno, 88; Worked in the garment industry
By Albert Amateau
Olindo Bruno, who worked for many years in the garment industry and lived in the South Village most of his life, died Tues., Jan. 4, in Mercy Medical Center in Lynbrook, L.I., at the age of 88.


‘Men Go Down’ worth going Downtown for
Retelling of classic feels purposeful and relevant.

Living Theatre’s ‘quasi-biblical hymn’ to anarchy fights fair
Judith Malina: Horrifying with her politics since age 11.

Before Dick did waterboarding: What Houdini knew
Reconstructed Water Torture Cell part of exhibit’s bag of tricks

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

A slice of the future

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