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Arnold Warwick, 82, real estate broker, ‘Mayor of Commerce St.’

Arnold Warwick, 82, real estate broker, ‘Mayor of Commerce St.’

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Arnold S. Warwick, a real estate broker known as the “Mayor of Commerce St.,” where he lived for more than 50 years above the Cherry Lane Theatre, died at New York Presbyterian Hospital on Jan. 21 at the age of 82. He died a short time after being admitted to the […]

‘Mayor of Chinatown,’ Paul Lee, dies at 63; An outspoken leader

‘Mayor of Chinatown,’ Paul Lee, dies at 63; An outspoken leader

A 38-year-old Paul Lee in his Mott St. store in 1988. Photo by Corky Lee BY JOSH ROGERS  |  Paul J.Q. Lee, a Chinatown small business owner and activist who seemed to revel in uphill fights against the establishment, died Jan. 18 at age 63. Lee suffered a heart attack in the subway on the […]

Helen Libutti, 91, ‘Zeppole Lady’

Helen Libutti, 91, ‘Zeppole Lady’

Helen Libutti. BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Helen Libutti, known for years as “The Zeppole Lady” because she sold the delicacy at the San Gennaro and St. Anthony festivals in Greenwich Village, died Nov. 22 at the age of 91. Born and raised in the Village, she was for the last four months of her life […]

Al Goldstein, 77, porn pioneer, free-speech advocate

Al Goldstein. BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Al Goldstein, who pioneered the commercialization of pornography with Screw magazine, which he co-founded in 1968, died Dec. 19 in a Brooklyn nursing home where he spent the last several months of his life. Goldstein was 77. By the time Screw folded in 2003, pornography was a $10 billion […]

M.E.’s finding: L.E.S. Jewels died of head injuries

M.E.’s finding: L.E.S. Jewels died of head injuries

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  The city’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner has completed its investigation into the death of Joel Pakela, a.k.a. L.E.S. Jewels — and, despite Jewels’s well-known abuse of alcohol and drugs, neither was the cause of his death. A charismatic and exhibitionistic, but sometimes violent, homeless punk who hung around Tompkins Square […]

Jim Hall, 83, top jazz guitarist, longtime Villager

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Legendary jazz guitarist and longtime Greenwich Village resident Jim Hall died on Dec. 10, at age 83. Hall was widely regarded by both players and critics as a true master of the instrument, and his influence as a keenly melodic and modern guitarist continues to be felt throughout the jazz world. […]

James Gallagher, 61, Downtown actor turned therapist

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  James Gallagher, who attracted a legion of devoted friends during his years as an actor in the Theatre of the Ridiculous         in the 1970s and later as a psychotherapist, was finally laid to rest Thurs., Nov. 21, a year after he was found dead at the age […]

Mayer Vishner, 64, Yippie, antiwar activist, editor

Mayer Vishner, 64, Yippie, antiwar activist, editor

Mayer Vishner. BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Mayer Vishner, antiwar activist, editor and cultural critic, died Aug. 22 at the age of 64 in the MacDougal St. apartment where he made his home for more than 30 years. His death, for which he had long planned and called his “Existential Project,” came after he took an […]

Carmen Vega Greiss, 91, dancer, singer, Jacobs ally

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Carmen Vega Greiss, dancer, singer and community activist, who fought to preserve the Village alongside her late husband, the artist Abe Greiss, and neighbors like Jane Jacobs, died Aug. 14 in her home on Greenwich St. She was 91. She sustained a stroke in April and had been confined to home […]

Artist recalls her brief marriage with crusty rebel

Artist recalls her brief marriage with crusty rebel

Photo by John Penley Amy Sanchez, who married L.E.S. Jewels when she was an 18-year-old School of Visual Art student, read some of his poetry at Friday night’s memorial. BY GERARD FLYNN  |  For close to three and a half years, Amy Sanchez, 25, a soft-spoken artist from North Carolina, was married to Joel Pakela, […]

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