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The joy of sax: I busked without getting busted

The joy of sax: I busked without getting busted

BY DAVID SOBEL  |  On the Fourth of July, I arrived in Washington Square Park with my tenor saxophone in hand, but I wasn’t just another busker. I was there to get an insider’s account of the ongoing music noise debate for The Villager. A 44-year-old guy from the Upper East Side, I hadn’t played […]

Gussie’s hair; Grandma always knew who she was

Gussie’s hair; Grandma always knew who she was

BY CAROL RINZLER  |  The first thing my grandfather Sam did when he left Vienna and landed at Ellis Island in 1895 was to change his name from his father’s Dreier to his mother’s Rinzler. Then he made his way across town to 124 Ludlow St. where he slept “three in a bed” until he could afford his own room, […]

A changing of the guard at Christmas this year

A changing of the guard at Christmas this year

BY KATE WALTER  |  For the first time in six decades, I didn’t spend the holidays at my childhood home in Paterson, New Jersey. My 93-year-old mother recently fell and she was not up to hosting Christmas dinner. Last year, she made a big turkey with trimmings and served 25 people. My nieces set the table […]

The final lace-up: My last pair of high tops

The final lace-up: My last pair of high tops

BY SCOTT OGLESBY  |  They had to be plain, simple and white, like me. And my new high tops fit the bill — all leather, a discreet logo and a minimum of stitching. Not a whoosh in sight to remind me of sweatshop gals toiling in Bangladesh; and none of those trendy lime-green / hot-pink […]

From the Cliffs to L.E.S., an urban fish story

From the Cliffs to L.E.S., an urban fish story

BY ANDREW CASTRUCCI  |  I grew up on the lower Hudson River. I fished the piers from Hoboken and Edgewater to under the G.W.B. Fishing the Hudson River since I was 12 years old, I caught thousands of eels, hundreds of tommycods, shad, perch, snapper and cocktail blues, bullhead catfish, blue crabs — and my first […]

A beautiful day Upstate, and almost a victory…

BY TIM GAY  |  There we were, on June 14, a beautiful early summer afternoon, drinks in hand, small-talking and air-kissing on the manicured meadow rolling away from the great stone barn at Grasmere in Rhinebeck. This magnificent estate was built by Janet Livingston Montgomery, just after her husband, General Richard Montgomery, died in the […]

June 6, 1968: Deadlines and (another) dead Kennedy

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  At 3 a.m. on the 6th of June, 1968, then and now the anniversary of D-Day 1944, as I was collapsing atop our bed after nearly 24 hours of research into and then writing for the next day’s paper the life and times of Valerie Solanas, the Andy Warhol disciple who […]

Aren’t the millionaire landlords more the problem?

BY BRANDON KIELBASA   |  I’m always glad to see media coverage of housing issues that affect working-class New Yorkers. That said, it bothered me to see the off-base examination of rent stabilization put forth by a number of local media outlets within the last several weeks. Several articles reported that potentially thousands of millionaires […]

Finally! The full Feldman ‘String Quartet No. 2’

BY BOB KRASNER  |  There are a lot of things that you could do during six hours of a beautiful Saturday afternoon in New York. This writer chose to spend the time from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. planted firmly a few feet away from the Flux Quartet, which managed once again to perform, beautifully, […]

Clean for Gene, sorry for and sore at R.F.K. in ’68

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  By their hands ye shall know them, and I was at my desk in the City Room of the New York Post, typing away, when I became aware of a tall presence looming just to my left, and then of the large sweaty limp hand that grabbed my own hand off […]

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