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The Remarkable Last Column of Village Voice Founding Editor Jerry Tallmer

TheVillagerLogoFrom his room at the DeWitt Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on the Upper East Side in late October, Jerry Tallmer filed a typically frank essay to The Villager. Titled “Blue Moon Johnny; I Wasn’t My Brother’s Keeper,” it now reads, in the wake of the author’s death Sunday at age 93, as a vivid and painful reminder of the fractured family circumstances that the Village Voice founding editor was able to overcome.

From the column:

My mother, Ilona Lowenthal Tallmer Müller-Munk, never really liked my brother, equating him with my father — Johnny’s and my father — whom she had run away from in the 1930s to go live in a flat on Third Avenue, next to the roaring rattletrap Third Avenue el, with Berlin-born artist and silversmith Peter Müller-Munk. I have sharp memories of aristocratic PMM ducking out a window to an adjacent rooftop to comply with a court order whenever Johnny or I came in sight…

The remainder of my memory of Jonathan Tallmer is bathed in tears — his tears — whenever, in or out of public places (like restaurants), he’d have news for me about his starting a new career, getting a job or losing one, and that continued off and on for a few years until the fateful Sunday in 1967 when my mother ran out of things to read, or thought she did, which adds up to the same terrible thing.

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Yippie Journalist Surrounded by Yuppie Gyms

BillWeinbergPicFrom his longtime, rent-stabilized perch in the East Village, Bill Weinberg has been watching the inexorable dollar-per-square-foot squeeze. But as he writes in The Villager, even he was taken aback when three familiar pit stops – a laundromat, a check-cashing place and Plantworks – closed their doors within the same month because of spiraling rents.

Weinberg wonders why the area needs yet another fancy gym (Plantworks is to be replaced by one). The one-time Youth International Party-involved journalist goes on to detail the ultimate personal insult – the name of another gym rising from the ashes of the Yippie Cafe/Museum on Bleecker Street:

The cafe had been closed for several months, as creditors repossessed the building and evicted Yippie Holdings — a surviving fragment of the Yippie radical youth movement of the 1960s. I spent much of my own youth among the latter-day Yips at the notoriously malodorous hangout that we called “Number 9″ back in the early ’80s.

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The Villager, Gay City News, Among Papers Sold

Community Media LLC, the parent company of The Villager, Gay City News, Downtown Express, East Villager and Chelsea Now has been sold. The buyer, according to The Villager, is Jennifer Goodstein, a former MetLife executive. She is also the wife of Les Goodstein, a senior vice president at News Corporation.

Goodstein purchased the company from John Sutter, who owned the newspapers since 1999. Sutter will stay on as publisher emeritus.

Anyone worried that Goodstein’s purchase signals the beginning of the end for the weeklies can relax. “They will absolutely stay in print,” Goodstein told The New York Post.

The new company will be called NYC Community Media.

[Image via The Villager]