Gennaro cool-down
On Tuesday, Mayor Bloomberg announced that the city will grant the annual Feast of San Gennaro in September the right to extend on Mulberry St. all the way from Canal St. to Houston St

Scoopy's Notebook

Letters to the Editor

Police Blotter

Evan Forsch


Clayton's Page

Who is LA II, and why can’t he get any recognition?
By Clayton Patterson, Edited by Margaret Santangelo
In writing this article I have but one goal: to set the record straight about Puerto Rican Lower East Side-based artist Angel Ortiz. Keith Haring expert, Jeffery Deitch, director of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), refuses to recognize Angel Ortiz’s place in art history.


Apoplectic about abortion: My emotional roller coaster
By Reverend Donna Schaper
I used to be angry, now I am apoplectic. I also used to be fraulein and now I am a frau. I used to be a mademoiselle and now I am a madame, a senorita and now a senora. In other words, I am a mature woman, whose human rights are vanishing before her very eyes. For a long time, I have confused myself with a man and a human and become habituated to freedom. I don’t like it when Congress treats me like a girl by hacking away at abortion rights and thinking about eliminating funds for family planning.





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

Photo by Greg Mango

Dana Beal, right, leading a medical marijuana rally at City Hall last summer.

Pot activist still in the joint:‘It was all medical marijuana’
By Lincoln Anderson
Dana Beal would rather be smoking a joint — but he’s in the joint.

Man sues city for $30 million for wrongful, 18-year jailing
By Jefferson Siegel 
Twenty years ago, a fight that took place in the Marc Ballroom on Union Square would forever change the life of Fernando Bermudez. 

Activists get primed for projects at ‘Land Use 101’
By Albert Amateau
With environmental reviews of major land-use changes by New York University in Greenwich Village and by Trinity Real Estate in Hudson Square coming up this year, neighborhood activists filled a Community Board 2 forum last week to get information — and to get ready for battle.

Mega-garage stop-work


Anne Compoccia, former Downtown leader, dies at 62
By Albert Amateau
The Church of the Most Precious Blood in Little Italy was filled to capacity on Saturday with community leaders and friends of Anne Compoccia, the brash, fearless and compassionate fighter for her Downtown neighborhood who died Thurs., Feb. 24, at the age of 62. The cause of death was reportedly cancer.

Soho ad aborted amid angry cries that it was racist
By Aline Reynolds
A contentious anti-abortion billboard on a Soho building was taken down last Thursday after employees of the building’s ground-floor restaurant reportedly were harassed by protesters.

Continental is picketed again; ‘Neutral’ meeting site sought
By Jefferson Siegel
Last Saturday night saw the third protest in as many months at the East Village’s Continental bar. The protests, organized by the ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition, are critical of what they claim is the bar’s racist door policy.

SPURA design will try to ‘maximize light and air
By Lesley Sussman
Lower East Siders got a preview of the shape of things to come regarding the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, or SPURA, on Mon., Feb. 28, as a newly hired urban designer outlined various ideas for the site’s future use.


What is Vandal Expressionism?
Meloy’s debut solo exhibit is manifesto-friendly.

In theaters, no need to beware the Ides of March
Groundhogs predict six more weeks of fresh outrages.

Three rounds of boxing
TV show, play, tournament might hook you on the sweet science.

Dead loved ones and lost kin at the dinner table
“Tropical Malady” director takes you on another dreamy trip..


Papp vs. Moses at the Players
There are tears of sorrow, tears of joy, tears of anger, and then there’s another kind: tears of memory

Galleries offer reasons to come in from cold
Cuban cars, post-apartheid identity & film are hot prospects.

Once we were young, radical, beautiful and in love
Hay’s play contemplates marriage amidst political differences.



The Villager is published by Community Media LLC. 145 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 229-1890 | Fax: (212) 229-2790 | Advertising: 646-452-2496 | © 2011 Community Media, LLC

Volume 80, Number 40 | March 3 - 9, 2011
1 1

Archive Search


NEW! Our favorite Restaurants