Obama for president
In the end, it all comes down to character.
But there are other reasons, too, for The Villager to endorse Barack Obama for president of the United States of America.

Letters to the Editor

Why I voted for my term limit extension
By Alan Jay Gerson
I have always supported an extension of term limits to three terms through a public referendum held on a regular election day.

Hey Mr. President-to-be, get on board with this
By Sam Schwartz
Everyone uses one public service daily — transportation — but it barely gets mentioned by either presidential candidate. 


Downtown Giants battle Brooklyn across the river

Close matches in Major action Downtown
Saturday’s rains left patches of mud on the Battery Park City fields.


Halloween dog parade




obama gal

Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess

Obama revelers celebrated in Rockefeller Center, above, and all over Lower Manhattan Tuesday night after his presidential victory was announced.

A jubilant Downtown celebrates Barack Obama’s win

C.B. 1 to city: See the light and limit N. Tribeca affordable housing By Julie Shapiro
Community Board 1 chose light and air over affordable housing this week in its latest plan for North Tribeca.

C.B. 1 backs Landmarks approval for Seaport development

Cyclists: Bridge is a dream; Delancey’s a nightmare
By Jefferson Siegel
Every day, thousands of bicyclists commute to and from Manhattan via the Williamsburg Bridge. Getting to the bridge, though, is a hazardous journey.

Surgeon general goes to the M.A.T. against obesity

Garage opponents trying to get a Rise out of city
By Lincoln Anderson
Opponents of the Department of Sanitation’s planned, three-district garage on Spring St. have unveiled a revised alternative plan — complete with a sloping, rooftop park — and are now making a last-ditch pitch to the Bloomberg administration.

First lady and daughter tour L.E.S. Tenement Museum
By Lincoln Anderson
It was a far cry from their sprawling ranch in Crawford, as First Lady Laura Bush and daughter Barbara Bush got a private tour of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum last Friday.

Suddenly facing Gerson, Council candidates press on
By Julie Shapiro
Potential candidates for City Councilmember Alan Gerson’s seat now find themselves running against the man they had intended to replace.

Port to dress up the W.T.C. site for the rest of construction

A sober Wall St. talks about the market over drinks
By Julie Shapiro
In the midst of the greatest financial crisis of the decade, the 79th anniversary of 1929’s Black Thursday passed with little fanfare Downtown last Friday.

After shootings, call for cops, cameras, evictions
By Albert Amateau
Concerns about recent shootings in the Alfred E. Smith Houses on the Lower East Side.

B.P.C. seniors nearly go postal over online mail idea

Mr. Met recalls heady times as first Amazin’ mascot
Dozens of Mets legends were honored at Shea Stadium’s closing ceremony last month, from Tom Seaver to Mike Piazza and all the lesser lights in between.

G.O.P. candidate vies to stop Squadron in State Senate race

Campaigning doesn’t stop for a ‘principal for a day’
By Albert Amateau
Daniel Squadron last week sounded like he was in the middle of a tough campaign.

Neighbors raise the roof over proposed catering hall
By Julie Shapiro
Residents of northwest Tribeca delivered a strong message last week to Cheni Yerushalmi.


Gone with the woodwind
Like many young people, Rebekah Heller met her first love on summer vacation. Unlike many young people, the object of her affection was a bassoon.

To hell with humanity

A fairer house than prose

Live from New York, it’s the public library

Jumping off
Joining the ranks of the many new (and returning) performing arts executive directors around the city, Stanford Makishi quietly took over at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in January of 2008.

Under the spiegeltents, all the Seaport’s a stage


How’s he doing?
Performance Space 122’s freewheeling spirit has only been fast-forwarded by its newish artistic director Vallejo Gantner.

Martha Wainwright finds new confidence
As the daughter of musicians Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, Martha Wainwright spent her childhood in the shadow of the spotlight.

Under the cover lovers

The fashion queens of Christopher St.
By Laurie Mittelmann
On Staten Island, 20 wigs crowd the public housing unit of transgender model and prostitute Shawn Rachel, 28.


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