Village Independent Democrats

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    The Outsider: Zephyr Teachout Will Never Be Governor, So Why is Andrew Cuomo Worried?

    It was a strange July morning in Lower Manhattan, and getting stranger by the minute. On the Brooklyn Bridge, sometime during the night, someone had swapped all the American flags for bleached white ones. As police and reporters swarmed the bridge, less than a mile away, in front of the 150-year-old ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    O Cuomo, All Ye Faithful

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 28, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 52 O Cuomo, all ye faithful by Joanna Mermey "This guy's the hottest piece of flesh in town," political pundit Doug Ireland informed a crowd at the Lion's Head after Mario Cuomo had mesmerized the Vil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    Bella Abzug Helps Quixotic NYC Attempt to Divorce Itself From Albany

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. September 9, 1971, Vol. XVI, No. 36 The divorce proceedings for the 51st State By Robin Reisig In a room improbably decorated with six huge maps of Staten Island, an American flag, a photograph of Richard Nixon, the would-be founding f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Vietnam 1969: The Moratorium Movement!

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. October 9, 1969, Vol. XIV, No. 52 Plans Set For Viet Moratorium Plans were revealed Friday for massive New York City participation in the nationwide Vietnam Moratorium on October 15 which will seek to "end business as usual" on that da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    Clip Job: Koch Finally Slays DeSapio For Good

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. September 23, 1965, Vol. X, No. 49 Koch: The Night the Nice Guy Finished First By Jack Newfield A few minutes before the polls closed on primary night Edward Koch not only appeared to be the most relaxed person in the clubhouse of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    Clip Job: Newfield -- MacDougal at Midnight

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives April 8, 1965, Vol. X, No. 25 McDougal at Midnight: A Street Under Pressure By Jack Newfield MacDougal Street at midnight. Homosexuals cruising, pill-buyers waiting, transvestites parading, and tourists watching. Aging Kerouac heroe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    Primary Culler: Snyder and Vance Spar in Manhattan D.A. Race; Might Aborn Be the Odd Man In?

    ​The Manhattan D.A. primary race is a big deal; for the first time since 1975, Robert Morgenthau is not in it, and the three contenders are sprinting hard for the finish line: Richard Aborn brought back former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and a chainsaw attack victim for his "closing argum ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    Primary Culler: Incumbent Gerson Battered in Council District 1

    The primary's a week away -- we know, it snuck up on us too -- so we figured we'd look at the state of play in some of the races. Today it's the 1st City Council District. Incumbent Alan Gerson is back on the ballot after a petition snafu. He's got a ton of endorsements, including those of Sheldon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    Lone Poll Surprise Shows Melinda Katz Neck-in-Neck with Liu for Comptroller

    ​WABC commissioned a poll on some local races, and found things as expected, with a few surprises. Bill Thompson mops the floor with Tony Avella for the Democratic Mayoral nomination, 52-11 percent, and Mark Green, the only public advocate candidate most people have heard of, takes 47 percent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    Clip Job: Schlesinger Vs. Vidal

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesOctober 15, 1964, Vol. IX, No. 52Schlesinger vs. VidalBy Mary Perot NicholsArthur Schlesinger, Jr., liberal historian-cum-political pamphleteer, touched base at the Village Independent Democrats last week. And like his mission in behalf of Jac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    Clip Job: Harlem Riots, 1964

    Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesJuly 23, 1964, Vol. IX, No. 40'Tear Down the Ghetto'The weekend riots in Harlem produced no discernible "white backlash" in Greenwich Village. Members of the Village Independent Democrats managed to raise more than $1000 on street corners and in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Former Mayor Ed Koch Hospitalized

    Look through the Voice's back issues (and Wayne Barrett's and Jack Newfield's City for Sale) and you will see our authors have not been kind to Ed Koch's mayoralty. But we are not complete monsters, and wish him well on his recent hospitalization. Koch, who rose from Village Independent Democrats me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    Clip Job: Tammany Finally Tamed in the Village

    Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesSeptember 12, 1963, Vol. VIII, No. 47Last Hurrah for Tamawa! Village is Reform Country!By Susan GoodmanA margin of 41 votes marked finis to any dreams of renewed glory Carmine G. DeSapio might have been nurturing. The victor was Edward I. Koch, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    VID for Siegel, NARAL for Gillibrand, Johnson for Bloomberg (and Unemployment)

    The Village Independent Democrats just announced their endorsements for the primaries. It's not the biggest Democratic club, but it's influential around these parts. The VID made mostly expected choices, among them Bill Thompson for Mayor, John Liu for Comptroller, and Richard Aborn for Manhattan D. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Candidates for Council, Comptroller, DA Pitch at VID

    Democratic candidates for city council seats in districts 1, 2, and 3, district attorney, and comptroller came to the Village Independent Democrats last night to make their cases, under strict time limits and with screened questioning, for the venerable club's endorsement. In District 1: Pete Gle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    Obama told Chrysler and GM to get their shit straight or go bankrupt. The new head of GM said that was okay with him. (Aren't they supposed to whine and resign in the Times?) This of course made Obama a fascist. Rightbloggers were also mad when Obama went to Europe and wasn't nice enough to the Quee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    Villagers To Blame for America's Godlessness

    Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. June 28, 1962, Vol. VII, No. 36 School Prayer Unconstitutional Monday's Supreme Court decision declaring recitation of the New York State Regents' prayer in the public schools unconstitutional was largely due to the efforts of two Villagers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2008
  • Blogs

    July 17, 2008

    Eleanor Roosevelt Supports the Fight Against Carmine DeSapio

    The Democratic voters of Greenwich Village were told last Thursday night that "millions of people throughout the nation" were watching them.

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2008

    Juvenile Delinquents, and Wilhelm Reich

    Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. November 13, 1957, Vol. III, No. 3 Panel to Discuss Delinquency A panel of speakers headed by the Reverend Howard R. Moody, of the Judson Memorial Church, will discuss next week the problem of curbing juvenile delinquency in Greenwich Villa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2008

    Village Independent Democrats Stage a Coup

    Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. April 24, 1957, Vol. II, No. 26 Independent Democrats May Challenge DeSapio Leadership in Village Well-founded rumors that the Village Independent Democrats would try to unseat -- and in his own bailiwick -- the number-one leader in New Yo ... More >>

  • News

    January 1, 2008

    Nat Hentoff's Greatest Hits

    Excerpts from his first 50 years at the Voice

  • News

    December 6, 2005

    Hillary's New Haters

    Anti-war lefties have had it with Clinton. Now they don't have to take it anymore.

  • Specials

    October 18, 2005
  • News

    February 1, 2000

    Edifice Wrecked

    Villagers file lawsuits against NYU over new student center