Happy birthday…to us

This artwork by Edward C. Caswell, which graced the front page of the premiere issue of T&V, depicts the construction of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village

Sixty-four years ago today, as World War II servicemen and women and their families were still moving into Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village, newsman Charles Hagedorn realized the new community would need a newspaper, and published the first issue of Town & Village on November 7, 1947.

Delivered to about 800 households, that first issue included local interest stories such as “First Baby Born in Stuyvesant,” “Edison Co. Plans to Eliminate Smoke Nuisance,” and “No Phones Til Early ’48, Says Phone Company.”

The paper, which has come out every Thursday since then, has steadily chronicled the events, both large and small, in the community, from tenants’ early battle to end segregation to more recent battles aimed at protecting stability and affordability.