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The Paper of Record for Greenwich Village, East Village, Lower East Side, Soho, Union Square, Chinatown and Noho, Since 1933 December 12, 2013 • $1.00 Volume 83 • Number 28 Cooper, community team up to create emergency system BY SAM SPOKONY PHOTO BY LINCOLN ANDERSON Bob Gruen in his Westbeth studio in front of silkscreen color prints of one of his famous photos of John Lennon. Rock photographer’s key to success: Just roll with it BY LINCOLN ANDERSON S id Vicious had cut himself. That was hardly unusual. He sliced himself all the time. But this wound was seriously deep and ugly, and it was festering. It was January 1978, and the Sex Pistols were on their headline-grabbing, beer-and-spit-spewing, 12-day tour of America. Riding along on their bus with them was top New York rock photographer Bob Gruen. Vicious had taken a knife from one of the band’s bodyguards and, apparently skeptical of its sharpness, drawn it across his arm. It turned out that, yes, in fact, it was sharp, very sharp. He was drinking steadily, which was probably numbing him to the pain from the now two-day-old, bloody gash, along with numbing him to whatever else was going on. In Atlanta, a hospital had refused to treat the surly English punk rocker, very likely because he was so difficult, Gruen speculates. Since no one else was doing anything about it, the photographer, a former Boy Scout, took it upon himself to clean out the GRUEN, continued on p. 8 A group of Cooper Union students will soon work to develop a unique new tool to help residents of the Lower East Side — and perhaps, someday, people all over the world — cope with the destructive impact of future storms like Hurricane Sandy. Under the direction of a longtime Cooper professor, and in association with Lower East Side neighborhood organizations, students from the university’s schools of art, architecture and engineering will collaborate to design a solarpowered product that can simultaneously provide LUMEN, continued on p. 20 Sad news on Astor Pl. as city shuts down longtime paper kiosk BY ALBERT AMATEAU W hen vendor Jerry Delakas arrived on Tuesday morning at the newsstand on Astor Place that he has been operating for 27 years, he found the padlock broken on the pavement and a new lock in its place. “I thought it was a breakin and the police had put on another lock, but then I spotted the sticker,” he told The Villager. “This establishment has been operating illegally without a license,” said the sticker posted by the city’s Department of Consumer Come to Village Prep! We excel in... ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (K-12): Tutoring (All Subjects) • SAT Prep Homework Help Gifted & Talented Prep (Pre-K) • Common Core Curriculum EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAMS (ALL AGES): Computer • Fitness • Tae Kwon Do Art • Piano • Learning Chinese A Center for Enriched Academic Programs | Kindergarten to 12th Grade 236 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003 | 212-780-0098 | DELAKAS, continued on p. 11


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