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Volume 76, Number 42
March 14 - 20, 2007

N.Y.U. needs not justa plan, but an epiphany
It came as surprising but welcome news to learn that New York University is moving toward a master plan. Last month, the university issued a request for qualifications for developers, seeking a “design partner” to craft a long-range strategic plan for its physical growth over the next 25 to 30 years.

Talking Point
Forward and united on Washington Square renovation
By Alan Jay Gerson
Now is the time for all sectors of the Washington Square Park community to come together. We need to unite to insist that the Parks Department move forward in accordance with the City Council (“Gerson-Quinn”) agreement.

Anne Frank as posthumous scapegoat and immigrant
By Andrei Codrescu
A U.S. lawmaker has submitted a bill seeking honorary citizenship for Anne Frank, to make up, presumably, for the grave sin of refusing her and her family entry to the U.S. when it could have meant saving their lives.

Letters to the editor

Police Blotter


Scoopy's Notebook

Ira Blutreich

S. Ted Antholis, 67, leading advocate for disabled
S. Ted Antholis, a fighter for disabled rights, died Sun. Feb. 25, in New York City. He was 67. The cause was complications from decades of having multiple sclerosis, his brother, Ernest Antholis, said.

Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

Ari Harry of Coney Island, left, and Peter Bud of Yonkers performed Hank Williams’s “Hey, Good Looking” in Washington Square Park on Sunday.

Court sinks fountain case, says Wash. Sq. renovation can start
By Albert Amateau
The Appellate Division last week dealt a nearly fatal blow to the group seeking to stop the Department of Parks and Recreation proposal to redesign Washington Square Park.

St. Brigid’s protection is extended
By Albert Amateau
St. Brigid’s Church received another reprieve last week from the wrecker’s ball when the Appellate Division extended a temporary restraining order barring the Catholic Archdiocese of New York from demolishing the 1849 church building.

Soho club’s a grand headache for upstairs neighbors
By Brooke Edwards
For residents living above the nightclub 46 Grand, life has been anything but.

With a new team now in Albany, Knickerbocker tenants rebound
By Chris Bragg
With a new governor, the state’s housing agency has reportedly abandoned landlords at Knickerbocker Village who want to privatize the rent-controlled complex. In a battle between landlords and tenants, the Lower East Side complex’s tenants are now closer to ensuring they have affordable housing.

Flatiron folks pressed by club noise and violence
By Albert Amateau
A standing-room-only crowd of Flatiron District residents told state and city officials on March 1 about their long siege by noise, filth and violence from bars and clubs concentrated on a few blocks between Fifth and Sixth Aves.

Arts and Entertainment
Tennessee to the rescue of 13th Street Rep
By Jerry Tallmer
Gunpowder and Poetry. Sounds like a rock group. It also sounds like Tennessee Williams, who put those two disparate words into two adjacent sentences circa 1939, when he was in his late 20s, long before rock-and-roll had been invented, though not high explosives.

Cartoons stripped from print
By Nicole Davis
Until cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed appeared in the Dutch newspaper Jyllands-Posten two years ago, most Americans probably underestimated the power of editorial art.

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Velazquez tries to solve Puerto Rico status limbo
By Julie Shapiro
Congressmember Nydia Velazquez wants to put decisions about Puerto Rico’s future back in the hands of Puerto Ricans. A commonwealth — neither a state nor an independent country — Puerto Rico is often caught in the middle of a heated debate about its identity.

N.Y.U. women are shooting for Final Four win in Mass.
By Judith Stiles
Janice Quinn began her Friday night dressed to the nines in a sharp-looking black suit, sporting patent-leather low spike heels that sparkled from across the room, along with a jewel on her hand that twinkled with every gesture.

Henry St. Settlement puts out call for firehouse
By Brooke Edwards
Though the closing of a firehouse on Henry St. on the Lower East Side stirred little controversy, what to do with the property next has gotten the attention of city councilmembers and congressmembers alike.

After-school program on Soho’s edge, The Door is opening doors for youth who are on the edge
By Brooke Edwards
Growing up in a rough part of Harlem, Steven Batista saw violence outside his door every day. As a kid, he recalls just coasting by in school and being uncomfortable talking to adults, including his own parents. And Batista never dreamed he would get out.

KFC/Taco Bell fallout spreads

Rock the chamber
By Michael Clive
Caffé Vivaldi, which hosted the four young musicians comprising Chiara for a 7:30 set last Thursday evening, is tucked away in a cozy storefront on Jones Street off Bleecker.

No place like home
By Nicholas Luckenbaugh
The Rapture has arrived. In a post-apocalyptic Kansas, the three Springer children are left orphaned after a massive storm, which they interpret as the second coming of Christ.

Koch on film
By Ed Koch
“Zodiac” (-)
Although this docudrama is interesting and at times gripping, and the performances are excellent, in its totality it is disappointing. 

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