Players celebrates ‘Founder’s Day’

A member of The Players Club looks at the Booth statue after laying a wreath on the side. (Photo by Michael Gerbino)

A member of The Players Club looks at the Booth statue after laying a wreath on the side. (Photo by Michael Gerbino)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Members of the Players got a unique opportunity on Monday night when Gramercy Park opened its gates for the annual celebration of Edwin Booth’s birthday. The occasion, known as Founder’s Day because of Booth’s role in establishing the club, is one of the park’s oldest traditions and is one of the rare times of year when park-goers are allowed inside after dark.

The celebration for the actor’s 183rd birthday started inside the Players along Gramercy Park, with readings from members about Booth and his contribution to the arts. A group of members also performed a piece of a musical they’ve been working on about Booth’s life. The musical, called “Edwin, The Story of Edwin Booth,” debuted off-Broadway this summer.

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New Yorkers protest election results at Union Square

Protesters made their way to midtown, starting from Union Square. (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Protesters made their way to midtown, starting from Union Square. (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Steady rain didn’t keep protesters out of Union Square Park last Wednesday evening, with the results of the presidential election drawing crowds of New Yorkers opposed to President-elect Donald Trump. Many gathered in the north plaza of the park held signs that both protested the outcome of the election and called for unity, and protesters started various chants throughout while on their way to Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue just south of Central Park.

The crowds of people walked from Union Square towards Madison Square Park and up Fifth Avenue, at one point being diverted to Broadway by police but remaining peaceful. Gothamist reported that there were 65 arrests as a result of the protests, with most receiving desk appearance tickets for charges like disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstruction.

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Internet trolls accuse Hoylman of lying about swastika

State Senator Brad Hoylman with other elected officials representing the Greenwich Village area, the heads of two universities and local clergy members (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

State Senator Brad Hoylman with other elected officials representing the Greenwich Village area, the heads of two universities and local clergy members (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Meanwhile, pols denounce hate crime in Village

By Sabina Mollot

Following State Senator Brad Hoylman’s posting of a swastika found in his building on Twitter, which was picked up by a few news outlets, Hoylman’s Twitter was been hit with a number of trolling tweets, including a few that called the senator a liar.

“It is obvious who is facilitating this nonsense. When we find the evidence, you will be replaced for #LYING,” wrote one.

User “Slavic Harvest” wrote, “You carved it yourself you Jew hahahahaha.”

A user with the handle “Otto Hofler” chimed in, “Probably your local rabbi did it.”

When another user shot back at this comment to say, “It makes me happy my atheist dad killed so many Nazis,” “Hofler” tweeted, “Sad? We in the White House now.”

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