Greenwich Village Challenges Tammany:
Ethnic Politics and the New Reformers
GREENWICH VILLAGE and Tammany Hall are among the few social institutions still standing on our flat, gray, affluent landscape which lend themselves at all to romanticism. The Village and Tammany alike have been largely obscured by legend, and their not-so-Tromantic reality is rarely revealed. It recently was, for both of them at once-as an odd and unintended by-product of the Democratic primary elections in New York City this September, when a wave of mostly amateur politicians shook the sagging walls of Tammany and came close to toppling Carmine De Sapio, master of the Hall, from his key perch as district leader in Greenwich Village’s First Assembly District South. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the closeup view the campaign presented of the Village and Tammany was how much they both have changed. The wild old Village has reached respectable middle age; tough old Tammany is fast approaching respectable senility.
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