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Volume 77, Number 6
July 11 - 17, 2007


Editorial/Op-Ed
It’s WIMBY, not NIMBY, on waste transfer station
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver put it aptly last month when, describing the marine transfer station Mayor Bloomberg seems determined to site on Gansevoort Peninsula, he called it a WIMBY.

Scoopy's Notebook

Letters to the Editor

TALKING POINT
Can Silver get us to promised land on congestion?
By Charles Komanoff
I’m not a Zionist, but if I were, I’d be giving thanks that Sheldon Silver wasn’t running the United Nations in 1947 when it voted to ratify the creation of Israel. Judging from his dithering over Mayor Bloomberg’s congestion pricing plan, Silver — who represents much of Lower Manhattan in the New York State Assembly and is in his 14th year as speaker — probably would have tabled the vote on Israeli nationhood until 1957, if not 2047.

Traffic tolling plan will keep transit rolling
By Paul Steely White
What if you had to pay $3 for a subway trip and $114 for a monthly unlimited-ride MetroCard? Straphangers may soon pay that much if Albany doesn’t pass a congestion pricing plan by July 16.


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IN BRIEF

A Net gain for kids

Piers staffer in river rescue
Two employees of the Chelsea Piers sports complex were instrumental in rescuing a drunken man who fell into the river at Pier 59 off W. 17th St. shortly after 3 a.m. Fri., July 6.

Wall Street, heal thyself



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Assemblymember Richard Brodsky, left, and former Councilmember Walter McCaffrey, now a lobbyist against congestion pricing, at City Hall on Monday when Brodsky announced his new report criticizing congestion pricing.

Mayor in race to ram traffic plan through Assembly jam
By Josh Rogers
Despite many Assembly Democrats opposing the mayor’s traffic pricing plan, Mayor Mike Bloomberg said Tuesday he was optimistic about the prospects of it passing Albany on July 16.

Demand for more police after shootings in proj
By Joe Orovic
A police captain told residents of the Lower East Side projects that even though four people have been shot there in the last two months, he would not put more cops on patrol in the area.

NEWS
Waterfront WIMBYs: Whirlybirds and waste
By Albert Amateau
The future of the Hudson River Park came into a double focus in the past week.

Pickle panic as rival Guss cukes duke in sour fight
By Audrey Tempelsman
On July 16, Andrew Leibowitz, principal of the United Pickle empire, and Patricia Fairhurst, owner of Orchard St.’s tiny Guss’ Pickles, return to court to battle over the city’s most controversial cucumbers. Both claim legal ownership of the world-renowned Guss’ Pickles brand.

Chumley’s owner says famed bar’s comeback is on
By Lucas Mann
After a collapse at 86 Bedford St. in April, the longtime home of Chumley’s bar and restaurant was in danger of staying a pile of rubble.

Healthcare ‘family’ helps woman, 106, stay at home
By Jennifer Milne
Juana Yulfo peered through her pale blue eyes at the photographer who was taking her birthday portrait. She folded her thin hands across her lap and cocked her head slightly to the side.


VILLAGER ART & LIFESTYLE

Christmas in July. And August. Ad infinitum.
By Scott Harrah
Philadelphia Inquirer classical-music critic David Patrick Stearns — who worked as the theater critic for USA Today for 17 years — never planned on being a journalist or a playwright. Stearns, whose dark comic farce “Addicted to Christmas” opens July 16 at the Midtown International Theatre Festival, originally wanted to be a singer.

A curtain (of netting) comes down on historic theater
By Lucas Mann
In late May, along with a new crop of movie titles on the marquee, something foreign appeared on the facade of the Village East Cinemas. Netting attached to the building’s exterior, held in place by metal bolts, was a giant red flag to longtime neighbors of the theater.


Koch in Film

Bless me father for I have shopped
By WILL McKINLEY
It’s a sultry summer Sunday and Reverend Billy is working his way through the congregation, hugging, kissing and shaking hands with parishioners of all ages. But this pompadoured preacher doesn’t conduct his services in a church. His pulpit is the stage of the Highline Ballroom, a stylish concert venue on W. 16th Street. And although he isn’t ordained by any organized religion, the congregants hang on his every word.

Super Camp
By JERRY TALLMER
You can drive a stake through the heart of Irma Vep, but the lady’s going to get out of the mummy case anyway.


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