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Yes, They Can

The economic tribulations of 2008 and beyond devastated not only Wall Street but the uptown bastions of opera in Manhattan as well.. Last season, the New York City Opera shut itself down while its home theater underwent renovations, and chaos reigned in the boardroom with the sudden departure of Gerard Mortier and abrupt hiring of George Steel. The Metropolitan Opera season started out badly this fall, with a disastrously received new production of “Tosca” provoking questions about Peter Gelb’s leadership. Comment
Crime

Slain Puerto Rican Teen Mourned

More than 400 New Yorkers turned out at the Christopher Street piers on Sunday evening, November 22, to mourn Jorge Steven López Mercado, 19, who was beheaded and dismembered in Cidra, Puerto Rico, on November 13, allegedly for being gay. Juan Martínez Matos, 26, has been charged with first-degree murder, and many of the speakers called for prosecuting the case as a hate crime, though there was some dissent about that in the crowd. Comment
News

‘Leandra’s Law’ a reality, thanks to father’s crusade

The state adopted the harshest penalties in the nation for drunk drivers who operate vehicles with children in the car thanks to pressure from a group of hardy local advocates spurred to action following a tragic crash that took the life of a young Chelsea resident. Comment
New York State

Pols, water activists pour it on for drilling ban

A hostile crowd of about 800 people, including city officials, filled the Stuyvesant High School auditorium on Tues., Nov. 10, at a hearing on New York State’s plan to permit gas drilling in the state’s Southern Tier, including the six counties of the New York City watershed. Comment
New York State

Reds in the red at radical-run indy bookstore

The revolution must be funded—at least until our society achieves socialism, which is what Revolution Books on W. 26th St. would prefer. Many a revolution, however, has been stymied by the frustratingly capitalistic need for cash flow. To that end, the independent bookstore between Sixth and Seventh Aves. is in the midst of a drive to raise $100,000 before the end of the year. Comments (2)
New York City

Empire strikes out: New tenant for 10th Ave. diner

The team behind the popular Coffee Shop restaurant in Union Square will take over the lease at Chelsea’s Empire Diner, with plans to revamp the menu and rename the iconic railcar-style eatery. Comment
New York City

Popular pizzeria gets the go-ahead in West Chelsea

West Chelsea will add a new pizzeria to the growing gang of nightlife destinations on W. 17th St. after the local community board approved an application for a popular slice joint at the corner of 10th Ave. Comment
News

Trans Petitioner’s Identity Protected in Name-Change Case

Finding that transsexuals are at risk of being victimized by hate crimes, New York Supreme Court Justice William J. Giacomo, in Westchester County, has granted a transsexual man’s request that the usual requirement that a name-change notice be published in a local newspaper be waived, and that his court files be sealed. Comment
Theater

Dixon Place rides (and reads, and performs) again

Dixon Place has been a downtown fixture ever since 1986 — when founder and artistic director Ellie Covan began inviting strangers into her Alphabet City apartment to watch performances and poetry readings. In the 23 years since then, the organization has gone through four different locations and presented hundreds of performers — including Ethyl Eichelberger, Reno, John Leguizamo, Frank Maya, Holly Hughes, and even your own humble correspondent. Comment
Books

Queer Studies’ Essential Man

Martin Duberman — Marty to his legions of fans, friends, and former students — is a national queer treasure. Comment

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