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Volume 76, Number 41
March 7 - 13, 2007


Editorial/Op-Ed
A convenient idea, an inconvenient spot
A cornerstone of New York University’s new Green Action Plan is the expansion and upgrading of its 30-year-old co-generation plant. Recently, N.Y.U. became one of the nation’s largest institutional purchasers of wind energy, and the co-generation project is in this same green vein.

Talking Point
Low funds, spaces at risk: It’s no walk in the park
By Arthur Z. Schwartz
There are two ways to look at the situation in our local parks and playgrounds. Compared to 13 years ago, at the beginning of Rudy Giuliani’s mayoralty, our parks and playgrounds are in far, far better shape. A majority have undergone major renovation, and several more are slated for renovation in the next year or two.

Letters to the editor

Police Blotter

Scene

Scoopy's Notebook

Ira Blutreich

Surreality

Sports
Village girls teams give it their all at futsal tourney
By Judith Stiles
The Greenwich Village girls went “over the river and through the woods” all the way to Marine Park in Brooklyn. They skipped old “Grandma’s house,” as they headed straight for the annual Girls Indoor Futsal Tournament for a fun-filled day of glorious soccer.

Obituary
Gary Azon, 57, Downtown photojournalist, art critic
By Randi Hoffman
Photojournalist and art critic Gary Azon died in his sleep of a heart attack and complications of diabetes at his home in Brooklyn on Feb. 14 at the age of 57.

Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

Stop pedestrian deaths!
Holding cutouts of white hands, symbolizing their call for a stop to pedestrian injuries and fatalities, more than 100 people rallied for safer streets at City Hall on Sunday. Organized by Transportation Alternatives, the event highlighted that half of pedestrian injuries and fatalities occur at 10 percent of the city’s intersections, including 16th St. and Ninth Ave., where an elderly woman was killed last month. They called on the mayor to improve safety at dangerous intersections and to criminalize and prosecute traffic fatalities.


N.Y.U. commits to creating a master plan for its growth
By Lincoln Anderson
For years, community members and local politicians have called on New York University, one of the nation’s largest private universities — yet lacking a clearly defined campus — to produce a master plan outlining its future growth. But never was a plan forthcoming.

Don’t Trump Soho, condo-hotel protesters beg city
By Lincoln Anderson
Chanting “Trump’s gotta go!” 150 hearty Soho and Hudson Square residents braved the cold and wind last Sunday to raise their voices against against Donald Trump’s Soho Condo-Hotel.

It’s looking bleak for Death & Co.
By Julie Shapiro
Community Board 3 dealt another blow to bar and restaurant Death & Co. last week. The embattled lounge at 433 E. Sixth St. has come under fire from neighbors who oppose everything from its appetizer-stocked menu to its dark facade.

Council approves more bar, club security measures
By Albert Amateau
The City Council passed three measures last week to make nightlife safer and one resolution calling on the State Legislature to regulate bottle service in nightclubs.

Denaro is eager to lead, and learn, at St. Mark’s
By Albert Amateau
Father John Denaro, who became pastor of St. Mark’s Church-in-the Bowery two weeks ago, is a nontraditional priest of a nontraditional parish.

Wireless co.: We’re a latte cheaper than Starbucks
By Julie Shapiro
Enterprising New Yorkers who want to make some fast cash need look no farther than the nearest Starbucks. FON, an international wireless Internet company, is giving free wireless routers to anyone who lives near a Starbucks.

Super-luxe hotel is being erected on Cooper Square
By Lincoln Anderson
A hotel under construction on the East Village’s edge will embody a new concept of “Downtown Luxury,” according to its developers.


Arts and Entertainment

Crafting art out of tradition
By Kaija Helmetag
Sabrina Gschwandtner fits none of the stereotypes that one associates with a New York artist who keeps a studio in Chelsea. Seated on a recent afternoon at a large table in her white-walled space on West 26 Street, she flipped through a spray-painted copy of the limited edition craft magazine that she publishes and chatted about conceptual art and knitting without a hint of pretension.

How Woody Allen set Jeff Daniels on the wing
By Jerry Tallmer
The blackbird sings to him,“Brother, brother,If this be the last song you shall sing,Sing well, for you may not sing another;Brother, sing.”


Listen to The Villager on Internet Radio:
Associate editor Lincoln Anderson and reporter Albert Amateau host guests Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation, and David McWater, chairperson of Community Board 3, on The Villager's pilot radio show on Tribecaradio.net. Zoning, preservation and future political aspirations (?) top the list of discussion topics on this 44-minute premiere.

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NEWS

Billboard food fight in Market gets hot
By Julie Shapiro
Guests of the Hotel Gansevoort are running out of places to eat. If they ask the hotel for reservations at casual French restaurant Florent, the hotel will tell them it’s not possible. What about the intimate Cafe Cluny? Nope. Or Asian eatery Spice Market? Sorry.

Chick eggs in demand at N.Y.U.’s fertility clinic
By Brooke Edwards
For more than a decade, C.C. Village East Cinemas at 12th St. and Second Ave. has run an advertisement before the coming attractions asking women to donate their eggs.

Board backs union in hotel flap
By Julie Shapiro
A vocal and fired-up group of New York City District Council of Carpenters members attended the Feb. 27 Community Board 3 meeting to advocate higher wages and benefits for nonunion workers employed by The Pomeranc Group. The nonunion workers are building a 20-story hotel for Pomeranc at 200 Allen St.

Bill would make it easier to close violent nightspots
By Albert Amateau
The Police Department went to the City Council on Feb. 13 to support a bill to give the department’s Civil Enforcement Unit expanded powers under the Nuisance Abatement Law to close businesses where violent crimes have occurred.

N.Y.U. finding little cooperation on co-generation
By Lincoln Anderson
The key project in New York University’s Green Action Plan, or GAP — upgrading its co-generation plant — has some neighbors seeing red, at least those who feel they would be severely impacted by the construction. As a result, N.Y.U. now appears to be moving toward a new configuration for the project that it hopes will be more acceptable to the community.

Glowing over growth, New School plans new building
By Lincoln Anderson
Saying its student population is steadily growing and that better facilities are needed, The New School is planning a new, bigger building at 14th St. and Fifth Ave.



The bad luck of the Irish
By Leonard Quart
The British director Ken Loach is an unabashedly, politically radical, social-realist filmmaker, committed to depicting working class lives.

Koch on film
By Ed Koch
“Amazing Grace” (-) This film tells the story of how a small group of men dedicated to ending slavery in the British Empire circa 1880 accomplished their goal.
“Days of Glory” (“Indigenes”) (+)
The battle scenes in this marvelous World War II movie rival those in “Band of Brothers,” which in my opinion is the best film ever made about World War II. 

East Village Idol
By Sarah Elizabeth Feldman
It’s open mike night — “antihoot,” as the regulars call it at the Sidewalk Café on Avenue A, and Lach, the café’s proprietor, is in high spirits.


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