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Behind the bar, to serve and preserve

Behind the bar, to serve and preserve

BY NORMAN BORDEN  |  Chances are the Terminal Bar wasn’t what Frank Sinatra had in mind when he famously sang, “It’s quarter to three, there’s no one in the place except you and me.” Nah, the Terminal Bar was a dump, a real dive and a hell of a watering hole that some called “the […]

An unfolding awareness of psychic abilities

An unfolding awareness of psychic abilities

Linda Lauren brings mediumship into the mainstream BY CATHY TOWLE  |  Linda Lauren’s “Medium Rare: The Memoir of a Fourth Generation Psychic Medium” is another fine addition to the growing list of Spirit Medium literature. Chronicling her life from childhood to the present, Lauren tells the story through the lens of an unfolding awareness of […]

Former N.Y. Press editor covers Village, ‘A’ to ‘Z’

Former N.Y. Press editor covers Village, ‘A’ to ‘Z’

By JERRY TALLMER  |  Take a letter, any letter… . After all, there are only 26 of them in our language. Take the letter “K,” for instance — “K” as in King Street in Greenwich Village, where one evening six years ago I was knocked down by a car driven by a lively young woman who […]

When we were making ‘The Revolution of Every Day’

When we were making ‘The Revolution of Every Day’

BY CARI LUNA  |  Steve stares out the bedroom window. It’s cold — no way to totally draft-proof hundred-some-year-old frames — but he doesn’t mind. He had the same kind of tired tenement window in his room as a kid, across the street and up the block a ways. The cold never stopped him from […]

Peeling the layers of Tania Grossinger’s cocoon

Peeling the layers of Tania Grossinger’s cocoon

By JERRY TALLMER  |  The last four words of the Skyhorse Publishing press release on Tania Grossinger’s new book, “Memoir of an Independent Woman; An Unconventional Life Well Lived,” are: “She lives in Manhattan.” It might more precisely say: “She lives in Greenwich Village, New York City, and has for all the 54 years since — […]

On the hunt for fame in the new land of the ‘like’

On the hunt for fame in the new land of the ‘like’

BY SARAH HERRINGTON  |  Royal Young’s entertaining debut memoir, “Fame Shark: Tales of a Lower East Side Hustler” (Heliotrope Books), reads like a New York City neighborhood: fast, gritty, hungry. Young’s roots run deep on the Lower East Side: His grandparents lived there and it’s where his artistic parents raised him and his younger brother. Yet […]

Exploring L.E.S. Jewish history in all its facets

Exploring L.E.S. Jewish history in all its facets

“Jews: A People’s History of the Lower East Side” is a three-volume anthology. The first volume was edited by Clayton Patterson and Dr. Mareleyn Schneider. Volumes 2 and 3 were edited by Clayton Patterson. The first volume addresses the social history of Judaism in the neighborhood. The second and third volumes follow these threads into […]

New comics store is pretty sketchy — in a good way

New comics store is pretty sketchy — in a good way

The West Village recently welcomed Carmine Street Comics to the neighborhood. Co-owned by Mike Novo and Jonn Gorga, the city’s first comic book store that also houses an open comics studio. Every day, a different comic book illustrator sits at the storefront in a little “studio” of their own, and customers can commission them to […]

Hoping the scene isn’t beat — but it probably is

Hoping the scene isn’t beat — but it probably is

BY STEVEN WISHNIA  |  They recovered and reassembled the next afternoon for CBGB, pulling up on the Bowery at dusk. They barely recognized the block. In their time it had gone from winos drinking Night Train to crackheads smoking Red Tops; now it was yuppies drinking Grey Goose. The yuppies had conquered. They’d packed the […]

Poet riffs on life’s ironies in his ‘Divine Comedy’

Poet riffs on life’s ironies in his ‘Divine Comedy’

BY LAEL HINES  |  “I got stabbed. It was no big deal, small deal, small deal, small deal. It was stupid. “I was working at this bookstore on St. Mark’s Place near Second Ave. on the south side of the street,” Ron Kolm recalled. “I was up behind the register and we used to get […]

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