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German Diez, 90, head of G.H.M.S. piano program

German Diez, 90, head of G.H.M.S. piano program

BY PARISA ESMAILI  |  The Greenwich House community is mourning the loss of its beloved teacher Maestro German Diez, chairperson of the piano department at Greenwich House Music School. For more than half a century, Diez, 90, made music an integral part of life in the West Village at Greenwich House Music School. First coming […]

Florence Otway, shoe designer, Theatre 80 co-founder

Florence Otway, shoe designer, Theatre 80 co-founder

BY ALBERT AMATEAU |  Florence Otway, a preeminent designer of women’s shoes who, with her husband, Howard, founded Theatre 80 St. Mark’s, died June 15 at the age of 94. At her July 15 memorial at Theatre 80, her son Lorcan screened a documentary film that he made three years ago about her. It was a […]

Stritch woke us up, and brought down the house

Stritch woke us up, and brought down the house

BY JERRY TALLMER   |  There was a time when the only thing I could tell you about Elaine Stritch was that she was a virgin perpetually on the verge. A professional virgin. You know, good, tall, clever, skinny Catholic girl out of Birmingham, Michigan. Goes with everybody (Marlon Brando, Ben Gazzara, etc.); sleeps with […]

Karen Kristal, 88, stern partner in CBGB with her ex, Hilly

Karen Kristal, 88, stern partner in CBGB with her ex, Hilly

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Karen Kristal, partner with her late husband Hilly Kristal in the renowned rock club CBGB in the East Village, died Tues., May 20, three weeks after being admitted to New York University Medical Center. She was 88. Although Hilly (short for Hillel) was the public face of the club that opened […]

Bill Silano, 80, cutting-edge fashion photographer

Bill Silano, 80, cutting-edge fashion photographer

BY SHARON WOOLUMS  |  Bill Silano, a world-renowned photographer, died April 14 at his home in Bridgehampton, Long Island. He was 80. Through the 1960s until the mid-’80s, Silano lived and worked at his studio above the Gramercy Arts Theater, at 138 E. 27th St. off Lexington Ave., where he often used the roof as […]

Friends go to Jersey to pay respects to Larry Selman

Friends go to Jersey to pay respects to Larry Selman

  BY MELINDA HOLM  |  Friends and neighbors of Larry Selman traveled to East Brunswick, N.J., last Wednesday to unveil his funeral stone. Selman, who was developmentally disabled, died on Jan. 20, 2013, at age 70. In Jewish tradition, the headstone is typically dedicated within about a year of the person’s death. He was considered by […]

Bill Honan, Villager editor who battled De Sapio, dies at 83

Bill Honan, Villager editor who battled De Sapio, dies at 83

BY ALBERT AMATEAU & LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  William H. Honan, a distinguished journalist who was editor of The Villager and an important force in the Reform movement’s toppling Carmine De Sapio from Democratic Party leadership, died Monday in Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut of cardiac arrest. He was 83. A correspondent and editor at The New York […]

Jean Kwok, 81, tai chi master, wife of Village preservationist

Jean Kwok, 81, tai chi master, wife of Village preservationist

Jean Gee-Hing Kwok, 81, passed away peacefully on Feb. 5, at the Village home she had shared with her late … …husband, Arnold Bergier. Jean was a devoted and loving wife to Arnold, whom she married in 1970.  He was a prominent sculptor and a founder in 1959 of the Save the Village Committee, which […]

Honoring Sophie Gerson and those who continue her work

Honoring Sophie Gerson and those who continue her work

BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  The evening was frigid, but the good feelings were very warm. Friends, family and a diverse array of those who worked with Sophie and Alan Gerson through the years found sanctuary in Henry Buhl’s Soho loft. They were there to pay tribute to Sophie Gerson and her championing of physical education, […]

Alfred Albrizio, jeweler to the stars, dies at 66

Alfred Albrizio, jeweler to the stars, dies at 66

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Alfred Albrizio, jewelry designer and owner of C’est Magnifique jewelry shop on MacDougal St., died Feb. 2 in Orange County Hospital. He was 66. He had lung disease that had been diagnosed as cancer in 2008, according to Catherine, his wife of 25 years. Located for many years on MacDougal St., […]

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