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The Villager Newspaper The Villager is a weekly community newspaper serving New York City's West and East Villages, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown, Lower East Side, Union Square, Chelsea and Downtown Manhattan generally.

Since 1933. In print and online. The Villager is a weekly printed edition newspaper that has served New York City's East and West Village, Soho, Noho, Hudson Square, Little Italy, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side, since 1933. It is the leading local newspaper in these neighborthoods of Lower Manhattan. It has earned over one hundred awards for excellence from the New York Press Association, inc

Since 1933. In print and online. The Villager is a weekly printed edition newspaper that has served New York City's East and West Village, Soho, Noho, Hudson Square, Little Italy, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side, since 1933. It is the leading local newspaper in these neighborthoods of Lower Manhattan. It has earned over one hundred awards for excellence from the New York Press Association, inc

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The owners of the East Village shop Katinka created a GoFundMe page where individuals can donate and give support to ens...
04/27/2022
East Village shop launches GoFundMe to keep doors open | amNewYork

The owners of the East Village shop Katinka created a GoFundMe page where individuals can donate and give support to ensure the store's ongoing survival.

Perched along the idyllic tree-lined East 9th St, sits Katinka, the wildly eclectic clothing store/jewelry shop/home decor boutique that's become a fixture in

The changeable April weather cooperated this year during this year's Earth Day Friday and weekend allowing for earth eff...
04/26/2022
The Village celebrates Earth Day and weekend | amNewYork

The changeable April weather cooperated this year during this year's Earth Day Friday and weekend allowing for earth efforts such as a cleaning up Washington Square and Madison Square Parks.

Newly elected Councilman District 3 Erik Bottcher rarely turns down a chance to play the guitar, which he took up just a couple years back. When Westbeth

Outside of a Mobil Gas Station in the West Village on Sunday, Senator Chuck Schumer unveiled his plan to prevent gas pri...
04/24/2022
Sick of high gas prices? Schumer says new FTC appointment would help combat gouging at the pumps | amNewYork

Outside of a Mobil Gas Station in the West Village on Sunday, Senator Chuck Schumer unveiled his plan to prevent gas price gouging by filling the vacant Federal Trade Commission (FTC) seat this week, allowing for oversight over big oil companies.

Outside of a Mobil Gas Station in the West Village on Sunday, Senator Chuck Schumer unveiled his plan to prevent gas price gouging by filling the vacant

In 2014, the last location of Kim's Video joined its peers in falling victim to the almighty streaming service, marking ...
04/18/2022
Video treasures: How the iconic Kim’s Video returned to Manhattan | amNewYork

In 2014, the last location of Kim's Video joined its peers in falling victim to the almighty streaming service, marking the end to an East Village icon. However, nearly a decade later after an international journey, the collection is back and available to rent for free.

With Blockbuster already a memory in the late 2000s, Kim's Video retail store was the East Village's last bastion of physical, film media where Lower

"I've been a proud Villager since 1985, when my husband (then my boyfriend) and I moved from Morningside Heights to the ...
04/14/2022
Greenwich Village author Michele Herman talks new book ‘Save the Village’ | amNewYork

"I've been a proud Villager since 1985, when my husband (then my boyfriend) and I moved from Morningside Heights to the West Village," said Herman, "The novel is my homage to both the neighborhood itself and to Villagers."

While this may sound like a riveting profile story of a NYC resident, it is actually the plot of Save the Village, the newest literary work published by the

"We're trying to create a supportive, positive environment. We hear from the musicians and singers that they love coming...
04/13/2022
Jazz by Jorei bring jazz jam sessions to Sour Mouse in the Lower East Side | amNewYork

"We're trying to create a supportive, positive environment. We hear from the musicians and singers that they love coming here - that they don't get that support at other open mics."

The jazz jam session. If you know what that means, you're probably picturing a late-night back room where you don't even think about getting on stage without

Ukrainians from the metro area rallied at Times Square this past Saturday to protest what they are calling genocide perp...
04/13/2022
‘Stop the genocide’: Ukrainians rally at Times Square | amNewYork

Ukrainians from the metro area rallied at Times Square this past Saturday to protest what they are calling genocide perpetrated by Russian troops (and their hired mercenaries).

Russian artillery, multiple rocket launchers and ballistic missiles have been shelling and destroying key infrastructure facilities and residential areas of

St. John's in the Village led off its Holy Week observances this Palm Sunday by the Blessing of the Palms, a procession,...
04/11/2022
Holy Week begins for St. John’s in the Village | amNewYork

St. John's in the Village led off its Holy Week observances this Palm Sunday by the Blessing of the Palms, a procession, and a beautiful Choral Eucharist by its choir with the Singing of the Passion.

St. John’s in the Village led off its Holy Week observances this Palm Sunday by the Blessing of the Palms, a procession, and a beautiful Choral Eucharist by

The collection of music publishers and songwriters responsible for vast contributions to the "great American songbook" j...
04/04/2022
Tin Pan Alley finds its place on Manhattan street sign | amNewYork

The collection of music publishers and songwriters responsible for vast contributions to the "great American songbook" just became part of the great New York cityscape.

Preservationists, historians and Manhattan officials came together on Saturday to unveil the official Tin Pan Alley street sign at West 28th Street and

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The Villager, founded in 1933, is an award-winning weekly newspaper serving residents of New York City's famous Greenwich Village neighborhood, as well as the East Village and Lower East Side, Soho and Noho, Hudson Square, Union Square, Little Italy and Chinatown. As of 2019, The Villager’s Web site also incorporates the content of its award-winning sister Manhattan community newspapers, Chelsea Now, Downtown Express, Manhattan Express and Villager Express.

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Of Mice and Men By John Burl Smith author “The 400th From Slavery to Hip Hop” The phrase “The best laid schemes of mice and men” is found originally in Robert Burns’ poem “To a Mouse,” written in 1786. The poem is a response to the author’s careless destruction, while plowing, of a mouse's nest in a field. The resulting poem is Burns’ apology to the mouse. Robert Burns (1/25/1759–7/21/1796) was a Scottish poet and lyricist, universally regarded, as Scotland’s national poet. Burns, a cultural icon, is celebrated as a national charismatic cult leader, during the 19th and 20th centuries and pioneer of the “Romantic Movement.” Posthumously, he became the inspiration of both liberalism and socialism. On the other hand, John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (2/27/1902–12/20/1968) was a very prolific American author (33 books), which makes him a giant of American letters. Winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, Steinbeck is noted "for his realistic and imaginative writings, while combining sympathetic humor and keen social perception." One of his iconic works “Of Mice and Men,” published in 1937, is characterized as a detailed and intricate story set during America’s Great Depression, which began in 1929 and lasted into the late 1930s. Steinbeck wrote in various genres, and like Burns, uses the word “mouse” in one of his most significant works “Of Mice and Men.” Unlike Burns in his poem “To a Mouse,” Steinbeck’s mouse story has a different intent. For most readers Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” reflects America’s uncaring and total disregard for human life, as Burns plowman for the home of a rat. Steinbeck’s plot revolves around two nomadic farm workers, Lennie and George. George is a big strong man but mentally challenged, whereas Lennie is intelligent but uneducated, hence Lennie looks after his gentle-giant dimwitted friend. For me both stories are reflective of Burns immortal line “The best laid schemes of mice and men,” and is a prelude to where America finds itself today, as it struggles to survive the disastrous whirlwind of Donald Trump’s uncaring and destructive presidency. Cosigned in their book, “I Alone Can Fix It Donald J. Trump’s Final Catastrophic Year” Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, brilliantly describes Trumps “best laid plans and how he became a “rat,” with his 1/6 insurrection, which continues to ravish America’s democracy. Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men,” as “I Alone Can Fix It” details the odious impact and implications for America, as Trump’s stench hoovers over states like Georgia, Arizona and Florida smothering democracy, with Republican voter suppression. I use “The best laid plans of mice and men,” to segue a mice to a rat, which was revealed by “Tic Tokers,” which pulled the cover off of Trump’s scam, as president and re-election. Deploying a scam of their own they showed out of the gate, the “scammer-in-chief,” “orange hair and all, Tic Tokers convinced Trump, over a million MAGA lovers were headed for Tulsa. With dollar signs for eyeballs, Trump booked up all the hotels, and added overflow space for the giant arena, as well as an outdoor concert for his huge event. However, less than 6,000 MAGA fans showed up, as Tic Tokers punched holes in Trump’s invincibility. My point is kids figured out what grownups are still confused about today, which is “Trump is a RAT.” Moreover, I am convinced 11th and 12th graders and other young voters will be America democracy’s “saving grace!!” They are far smarter than they look and possess the voting power to prove it, while all Republicans have come up with are lies and voter suppression schemes in states like Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Texas and others. The fast forward to the present is prompted by last week’s 42nd Harvard Youth Poll (HYP), which showed young Americans are very much aware of the threat Republicans represent to democracy. Young Americans, in this latest survey, shared concerns for repercussions from the pandemic, democratic government, the Biden administration, and climate change among other things. The HYP found young Americans are worried about democracy. Even more striking, 35% of respondents anticipate a second civil war during their lifetimes, where 25% believe that at least one state will secede. More than half feel democracy is under attack, and at least half of all respondents struggled with feelings of hopelessness and depression. Even more alarming, 50% of young people polled said that COVID-19 has changed them, and 51% say the pandemic had a negative impact on their life. While, 51% felt down or depressed at several different instances two weeks before the survey. Additionally, young people felt strongly affected and worried about the threat of climate change. Significantly, 56% of young Americans expect climate change to have an impact on their future decisions and 45% already see it affecting their local communities. Moreover, large numbers of both Democrats and Republicans believe that individual changes in behavior can have the greatest positive impact addressing the climate change crisis. More than half of respondents believe the U.S. government is not doing enough to address climate change. In addition to addressing climate change, respondents see strengthening the economy, uniting the country, and improving health care as key issues for the Biden administration. The HYP spoke with 2,109 people 18 and 29 years of age, on various topics from across the country and found a striking lack of confidence in U.S. democracy among young Americans. Only 7% view it as a “healthy democracy,” and 52% believe that “democracy is either in trouble or failing.” Support for Pres. Biden has also dropped across the board since the last Harvard Youth Poll in the spring. A majority of respondents were unhappy with how the president and Congress do their jobs. Among young Democrats, approval for Biden stands at 75%, a drop of 10 points since the last survey in March. Republican approval continues to tank, slumping to 9%—a decrease of 13 points since the spring—while among independents it dropped to 39%, a 14-point decrease. IOP Director Mark Gearan stated, “Our political leaders on both sides of the aisle would benefit tremendously from listening to the concerns that our students and young voters have raised about the challenges facing our democracy and their genuine desire for political parties to stop attacks and find common ground.” This brings us back to where we began “the best laid schemes of mice and men” and Donald J. Trump face to face with his attempted insurrectionist on 1/6. The US census has been given Americans numbers that show young Americans between the ages of 18 to 29 constitute the largest voting demographic presently in America. Now, for the first time ever, the HYP has established through personal preferences expressed by young voters, older voters can longer force their demands down young voters’ throats. The older generation must finally admit its failure to give young people VOICE, created Donald Trump. Now that older voters are no longer the majority, high school 11th and 12th graders have the voting power at the polls to elect and defeat MAGA with their ballots. Young people no longer must take to the street, as the only way to be heard. This is the threat Republican voter suppression is aimed to stop. Consequently, high school, 11th and 12th graders must do for their rabid MAGA parents and grandparents, as Lennie (Of Mice and Men) did for his gentle-giant dimwitted friend, save them before Trump leads them over a cliff, like lemming or another kind of rodent, as part of his “RAT PACK!!!”
For the First Time Ever!!! By John Burl Smith author “The 400th From Slavery to Hip Hop The question, “What does it mean to be author of ‘The 400th From Slavery to Hip Hop,” I can speak to young Voters about things older Americans do not want them to know. I believe 11th and 12th graders need to know a story of American history that goes beyond white America that is not based on myths and conjecture. The real story is about how descendants of American slavery became the unique people they are! As a descendant of “The 400th From Slavery to Hip Hop” which is a family narrative, I bring a unique perspective to any discussion related to this topic. Understanding the impact on America and the world, is intimately bound to the fact that descendants of American slavery were kidnapped from all along the West African coastline, as individuals, but over “The 400th” they have come to see themselves as one people. Consequently, they are unique because they survived the “longest running instance of genocide in the history of humankind.” What is even more miraculous, after surviving the horrors and terror of those 400 years, they still reside peaceful in the nation and among the ancestor of those who enslaved their ancestors and currently continue genocide against them. “The 400th” is verifiable in the historical record even though most young Americans, white or black still ask “How and why did that happen?” Answering their quandary, I begin this history long before the “Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade” and the “Middle Passage,” long before Europeans could imagine the wealth slavery would pour into their treasuries. So, comprehending that the wealth Europeans and Americans lavish on themselves and enjoy today, readers must understand the poverty they endured before slavery. Ipso Facto, American and European wealth was gained from the blood, lives and deaths of descendants of slavery. My role in this family narrative began, as an activist, in 1967. One of the most important facts about my history is that I was part of the contingent Rev. Hosea Williams and the Mayor of Gary, Indiana, Richard Hatcher, brought together for the first black political convention, since 1831, in 1972. Rev. Williams’ Convention nominated the first and only descendant of American slavery for president of the United States of America, US Rep. Shirley A. Chisholm. Not only did activists push through Rep. Chisholm’s nomination for President at the Democratic Nominating convention in Miami FL against the opposition of candidate George McGovern, supported by Rev. Jesse Jackson, but we organized, for the first time ever, a “black caucus” within the Democratic Party. Rev. Williams’ efforts, for the first time ever, gave descendants of American slavery, a real voice in the Democratic Party, because of the delegates that joined party to support Rep. Chisholm’s nomination. I look back at that period now, because of delegates we witnessed black Democrats standing firm against white conservatives Democrats for the first time ever. Secondly, it was the first-time black delegates wheeled real power on the Rules Committee, which gave blacks leverage, along with Latinos, Indigenous People, Asians, women and physically impaired individuals, as Democrats Party members. Fast forward to 2019, the “Black Lives Matter” protests following the death of George Floyd brought many young people into the streets of America and around the world, supporting black activists. These overwhelming numbers shocked most White Americans. They did not understand the process that brought young black and white activists together, most thought it was for the first time. They were oblivious of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he came out against the Vietnam War. Simultaneously, black power’s impact on 11th and 12th graders, during the 1960s and 70s taught young protesters to “turn their street protests into street politics.” Over the period following Dr. King’s assassination I’ve come to understand, “politics is the art of the possible.” Accordingly, during the 2020 presidential campaign, I advised young activists to join Joe Biden’s campaign, rather than sitting on the sideline, once Sen. Sanders left the race. The lesson of “half-a-loaf is better than no bread” became my basic strategy. My efforts were to bring the two sides together in a face-to-face, trust the other side meeting. I tell the story of the development of the modern progressive movement in “The 400th”, so readers understand that today’s young white progressives and other activists began with the “beatnik” in the early 1940s and beatniks became “hippies or peace-loving flower children” of the 1960s and 70s. These same young people joined Dr. King and Students for A Democratic Society SDS) to begin the modern progressive movement. That progressive coalition was a major part of the “hope revolution” and Barack H. Obama’s campaign to become the first black President of the United States. The “hope revolution” is what brings us here today. The election of 2008 showed, for the first time, the real changes which took place in the American electorate since 1960, as a result of one event, namely “The 26th Amendment.” The 26th Amendment to the US Constitution was the event that gave 18-year-old the right to vote. That fact is the one thing Republicans could not circumvent with their voter suppression laws. Consequently, 18-year-old voters may be the very force, which saves American democracy from Republican insurrectionists. The escape hatch for American democracy opened because most 18 -ear-old are high school students, and beyond Republicans’ voter intimidation restrictions to affect them. Their ID information is valid, and Republicans cannot deny them access to the ballot box. Here’s the problem for Republicans, young voters see Donald Trump as a “crook that should be in jail” for trying to overthrow the US government, with his January 6 insurrection riot, at the Capitol. Young voters oppose Republican efforts to cheat to win elections, as well as trying to block anything Pres. Biden attempts to mitigate the impact of global warming. Young voters want help getting education, a good job, after high school. But most importantly, some young girls are already mothers and are in dire need of healthcare and childcare, so they can get jobs. Moderate Democrats like Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema do not care that most high school age girls face many systemic huddles, trying to get an education and a job that will allow them to care for families. Young high school voters see Pres. Joe Biden’s progressive efforts, as an effort to stand up for young people. The thing young voters look at is democrats, like Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are great at making promises, but block efforts in Congress to tax rich people, like them, who refuse to pay their fair share. But, for the first time ever, 11th and 12th graders, with their votes, can elect a government that will work for them. Young voters along with other progressives are the only voters between the destruction of American democracy by Republican autocrats. For the first time ever, “The 400th From Slavery to Hip Hop is a book written especially for 11th and 12th graders to help them understand that they are responsible for what happens to their world going forward. They have the voting power needed to save American democracy, and stop the rich autocratic Republicans' efforts to re-elect a “crook,” Donald Trump, whose insurrection failed to keep him in office. America’s future belongs to young voters because they will be the ones around to deal with whatever is done today!!!