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‘House of D’ concerns heated up back in July ’55

‘House of D’ concerns heated up back in July ’55

BY YANNIC RACK   |  Strolling through Jefferson Market Garden today, you would be forgiven to be oblivious to the history of this lush oasis in the heart of the Village — but the site once served a very different purpose. “The Women’s House of Detention […] is again the object of criticism and attack,” […]

Vet never fired a shot but his orders were always on target

BY HEATHER DUBIN   |  Warren Allen Smith made it through World War II in the Army without firing a rifle. Wearing a crisp yellow, collared shirt with brown slacks, the U.S. Army veteran, born Oct. 27, 1921, gave a riveting interview at his West Village apartment earlier this week about his eclectic past. Smith, […]

Shooting that shocked the Village and made headlines

FLASHBACK BY LORENZO LIGATO  |  Forty-one years ago, a shooting at Columbus Circle stunned the area’s Italian-American community. The lead headline on the front page of The Villager’s July 1, 1971, issue declared, “South Village Numbed Over Colombo; Gunman Lived Here.” Joe Colombo — the godfather of the Colombo Mafia crime family — was gunned […]

Pulling the plug on the Fillmore

Pulling the plug on the Fillmore

In a total bummer, man, for live-music fans, the July 1, 1971, issue of The Villager reported that Bill Graham was shutting down his renowned Fillmore East. The article’s punctuation-challenged headline, “Graham Closes Fillmore East, He Blames ‘Corporations’ ” made it clear how the rock impresario felt about things. A Yiddish theater transformed into a […]