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Volume 76, Number 50
May 9 - 15, 2007

Ecosystematic is the way to go
Three development stories affecting Downtown’s future are coinciding right now. It’s instructive to consider them in relationship to each other for insight on how best to proceed in shaping our community’s future.

Talking Point
Farewell to Superior Inks and that old funky mix
By Kate Walter
I love my temporary river view now that I can see the Hudson from my desk. The large boxy obstruction is gone. That’s the only good thing I can say about the destruction of the Superior Inks building on the corner of Bethune and West Sts.

Letters to the editor

Police Blotter


Scoopy's Notebook

Ira Blutreich

Alex Szogyi, 77, polymath on chocolate to Chekhov
By Albert Amateau
Alex Szogyi, a retired professor and Village resident whose expertise and enthusiasms included French literature, theater, film, the plays of Anton Chekhov and Maxim Gorky, astrology and chocolate, died April 23 after six months of declining health at the age of 77.

Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert

A young actor wore a theatrical mask in support of Pier 40 becoming an arts complex while others hoisted signs in support of preserving the pier’s sports fields at last Thursday’s Pier 40 public hearing.

A massive turnout to save field of dreams, prevent pier of fears
By Lincoln Anderson
More than 1,500 parents, Little Leaguers and budding David Beckhams — plus a crew hauling a 14-foot-long Whitehall rowboat complete with a sail — mobbed P.S. 41 last Thursday evening for a public hearing on Pier 40’s future.

Amnesty push for illegal immigrants is unflagging
By Barry Paddock
Half the flags were America’s stars and stripes at the May 1 Union Square immigration rally, and half were from dozens of other countries, reflecting both the widespread origins of the thousands who attended and their common desire for full participation in American life.

Locked-out deliverymen turn up heat on Saigon Grill
By Jefferson Siegel
Thirty-six delivery men at the Saigon Grill restaurants on University Place and the Upper West Side say they were attempting to organize a union and preparing a lawsuit when, in March, management locked them out — suspending them from their jobs.

Le Souk is socked with closure
By Albert Amateau
Le Souk, the East Village club on Avenue B where hookahs are placed on the tables for smokers, got the hook recently from the State Liquor Authority.

A pirate garden invades a run-down ribbon of soil
By Lincoln Anderson
While an earthen strip held by a low retaining wall on Sullivan St. might have struck most as just a sorry sliver of dirt, Lynn Vaag always saw its potential. A few weeks ago, on the day before Earth Day, she started transforming it into what she calls a “guerilla garden.”

Hats off to reopened Liz Christy

Good acceptance for ‘Resistance’

Pot-legalization advocates march and get fired up
By Jefferson Siegel
On the nicest Saturday of the year so far — or was it just a hallucination? — several hundred marijuana activists gathered in Washington Square Park for the Global Marijuana March.

Arts and Entertainment
Capturing Nixon the man, not the national lampoon
By Scott Harrah
Former President Richard M. Nixon — for those of us old enough to remember — was a caricature of a man. The ill-fated president, derisively referred to by his detractors as “Tricky Dick,” disgraced America in the 1970s with the Watergate scandal.

Still high on the promise of freedom
By Jerry Tallmer
Raleigh, North Carolina, isn’t the Deep South, but it’s south enough for Adam Kraar to have asked himself why his grandmother — “a little old white lady” — was taking herself and him, then age 5, to a black church in Raleigh every Sunday.

A cure for multiple interest disorder
By Pamela Ryckman
Marci Alboher never thought her poker habit would help her freelance writing career. But when she couldn’t find a way to connect with an older editor, poker proved the solution. The editor learned Alboher was an avid player and invited her to join the regular game he played with other journalists.

Listen to The Villager on Internet Radio:
This week on The Villager radio show, our guests are David Kramer, principal of the Hudson Companies, and John Fout, community policy aide for Concilmember Rosie Menedez. Kramer's Hudson Companies is building the new 26-story dormitory for New York University on E. 12th between Third and Fourth Aves. Fout, speaking on behalf of Mendez, calls Kramer and the U.S. Postal Service to task over the questionable air-rights transfer that is allowing the dorm to be built 30 percent larger than normal. Kramer defends the air-rights transfer and slams a community lawsuit against it as "frivolous." Kramer also blasts The Villager for dubbing it a "mega-dorm." Only on The Villager radio show!
Trumped! Condo-hotel gets green light to build
By Albert Amateau
The Department of Buildings on Tuesday approved the plans and the application for a building permit for Donald Trump’s proposed 42-story condo-hotel on Spring St. in a manufacturing district in Hudson Square, a project that has roused intense opposition from preservation advocates.

Tenement guides learn from history form union
By Julie Shapiro and Alyssa Giachino
After years of educating tourists on the importance of unions, workers at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum are taking their own advice.

Feeling the flow at Demo

Daycare’s closing would be dark day for local kids
By Julie Shapiro
Last month’s Community Board 3 full board meeting brought out the neighborhood’s youngest constituents.

Hedge fund V.P., activists and pilot on C.B.s 2 & 3
By Lincoln Anderson
Community Board 2 received a strong infusion of change earlier this month, thanks to Borough President Scott Stringer, who, out of his 12 possible appointments, appointed 10 new members.

Tenants, bar owner, government types on C.B.s 4 & 5
By Albert Amateau
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s appointments to Community Board 4, which covers Chelsea and Clinton, includes a mix of people in business and in public and private social service agencies.

Cycle of paintings examines cyclist’s death on path
By Jefferson Siegel 
Seth Mulvey, a former special education teacher at a San Francisco elementary school, moved to New York two years ago and enrolled in the illustration program at the School of Visual Arts.
St. Brigid’s backers raise funds

Woman killed by truck on 9th Ave.

Silver shows shift on gay marriage

Festival to rock the High Line

Village garden of earthly delights

Koch on film
By Ed Koch
“The Valet” (-) Everything about this movie is ridiculous. It is cliché ridden, obvious in almost every scene, vacuous, and just plain silly. 

Doing the time warp again, this time with Buffy
By Michael Tedder
Like others, Clinton McClung watched the 1997 premiere episode of the television series “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.” It was cute, he thought, but not really worth his time.

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LES FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS 12th annual Lower East Side festival features a variety of entertainment including theater, musicals, films, dance and more. Kids shows on Saturday. Memorial Day weekend: Fri., May 25 from 6pm-1am; Sat., May 26 from 10am-1am; Sun., May 27 from 6pm-1am. In and around THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY, 155 1st Ave., bet E. 9th & 10th Sts. 212-254-1109. www.theaterforthenewcity.net. Free. Pictured above are Candice Burridge, Susan Gittens, Richard West, Lissa Moira, Suki Weston, Briana Bartenieff, Jushi and Barbara Kahn.

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