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Remembering Larry, friend, neighbor, Village icon

BY LESLIE T. SHARPE  |  I first met Larry Selman when I moved to our neighborhood in 1978. Larry passed away peacefully, his great heart finally failing, last month. I would see him patrolling the streets, his close-cut, pebbly hair (I always teased him it was too long), thick glasses and rotund shape, reminiscent of […]

Sylvia Friedman, 74, a leader in East Side politics

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Sylvia Friedman, a leader for decades in East Side Democratic politics who served as district leader, as well as in the New York State Assembly, and was an intrepid advocate for the rights of  people with disabilities, died Feb. 3 at the age of 74. A member of the Gramercy Stuyvesant […]

Diane Wolkstein, 70, city’s storyteller, folklore historian

Photo by Jefferson Siegel Diane Wolkstein in her backyard on Patchin Place. BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Diane Wolkstein, the first full-time storyteller hired by the Department of Parks and Recreation 45 years ago, who became a folklore historian and the author of 23 books, died Jan. 31 in Taiwan at the age of 70. A […]

Ed Koch, Village pol who became mayor, dies at 88; A liberal turned centrist

Ed Koch, Village pol who became mayor, dies at 88;  A liberal turned centrist

BY ALBERT AMATEAU | Edward I. Koch, three-term mayor of New York City who began his political career in Greenwich Village and defeated Tammany chief Carmine DeSapio 50 years ago, died Feb. 1 at the age of 88. In and out of the hospital over the past few months, he died of pneumonia on the […]

Sophie Gerson, 88, former school board president, pol Alan’s mom

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Sophie Gerson, a beloved Greenwich Village neighbor and Democratic Party activist who served two terms on the local school board after retiring from a teaching career, died Saturday in Beth Israel Hospital at the age of 88. The cause of death was an infection. More than 200 mourners, including city councilmembers, […]

Marie Rose Doria, 94; Wed scion of princely Italian family

Marie Rose Doria, 94; Wed scion of princely Italian family

Marie Rose Doria died at Beth Israel Hospital after a brief illness on Dec. 20. She was 94 years old. She had lived on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village since 1956. She was born Marie Rose Stoisits in Buffalo on Dec. 6, 1918. The Stoisits family were of Croatian descent. They moved back […]

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