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Volume 77, Number 7
July 18 - 24, 2007


Editorial/Op-Ed
Taking a hard look at Hudson Square
Hudson Square does not yet have the name recognition of its larger bordering neighborhoods — Soho, the Village and Tribeca — but this former printing district is rapidly developing with the stamp of high-profile architects like Winka Dubbeldam and the late Philip Johnson.

Letters to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook

TALKING POINT
An appeal to our new transportation commissioner
By Alan Jay Gerson
Janette Sadik-Khan, as the new Department of Transportation commissioner, you should take immediate action before it’s too late, to correct a major dangerous flaw in the Houston St. reconfiguration design: the narrowing of the mid-street traffic islands in order to accommodate new, southbound turning lanes at the intersections of W. Houston St. and LaGuardia Pl. and W. Houston and Mercer Sts.

Obituaries

Anthony Formato, 80, St. Vincent’s rheumatology chief

Richard Pionk, Salmagundi Club president, dies at 71

SPORTS
Gauchos ride roughshod over tournament competition
The 14-and-under Gauchos went to Middle Village, Queens, to enter the Greater New York Sandlot Athletic Alliance July 4 tournament earlier this month and the results were outstanding.



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David Reck, left, and others listened as Richard Barrett, right, described the area at the corner of Greenwich and Canal Sts. on a tour of Hudson Square on Tuesday.

Hudson where? Trying to shape a new identity for Hudson Square
By Lucas Mann
Erin Roeder, a Trinity Real Estate representative, sat on a panel of developers on the stage at Don Hill’s bar, on the corner of Spring and Greenwich Sts., trying to envision Hudson Square. She was looking for a way to explain the difficulties of that task.
NEWS
Re-present, yo; Washington Sq. plans go public again at hearing
By Lincoln Anderson
The Parks Department will re-present its Washington Square Park renovation designs to the public at a meeting of the Washington Square Task Force on Thurs., July 26, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at City Hall, in the Committee Room, just off the main chamber.

Better literacy opens the book to a whole new world of writing
By Audrey Tempelsman 
At the sound of his name, Omar Amparo, 24, rose to his feet and walked to the podium, his heart pounding. Daring a glimpse at the crowd gathered at Our Lady of Pompei Church for the annual Literacy Partners Student and Volunteer Recognition Celebration, he saw hundreds of unfamiliar faces staring back at him expectantly.

Hare Krishnas clash as eviction effort divides First Ave. building
By TIEN-SHUN LEE
It was supposed to be a spiritual place free from anxiety, but the Hare Krishnas’ East Village Sanctuary has become the target of an ugly legal battle between two groups of devotees.


VILLAGER ART & LIFESTYLE

Ron Colinear’s walks on the wild side
By David Callicott
Do you know which friends met on the stoop of the St. Mark’s building that Led Zeppelin photographed for the cover of Physical Graffiti?

Koch On Film

Dinner for one, with a side of hope
By Jaime Jordan
New York is a city full of dream-wielding transplants living in shoebox-sized apartments, who, by force of hunger or by choice, dine alone or cook for one — and not always successfully.

You only live twice
By WILL McKINLEY
What if there was more than one you?
That’s the thought-provoking premise of “Doppelganger,” the newest multimedia experiment at the 3LD Art and Technology Center.

Machers and shakers: Best Emerging Jewish Artists Show returns

Grover’s Corners: where time and memory intersect
By JERRY TALLMER
How young they all were! It’s almost Thornton Wilder’s extraordinary ambition — “to see through the two ends of the telescope at the same time” — come to pass before our eyes.


MEAT MARKET SPECIAL

More projects, lots more people are still to come
By Lincoln Anderson
The new Meat Market still has plenty of room to grow, and the foot traffic isn’t even 50 percent of what it will be in a few years, according to David Rabin, president of the Meatpacking District Initiative.

Disco’s arrow man is now aiming to be a developer
By Lincoln Anderson
In the wee hours one morning in the early 1980s, heading home after a euphoric night playing his congas at Crisco Disco in Chelsea, Novac Noury bought a newspaper.

Hot stores, boutiques and bistros keeping the Meat Market sizzling
By Audrey Tempelsman
Who says the trendy Meatpacking District is too well done and that its luster is starting to fade?

High Line, hotel, Whitney Museum: Big attractions coming down tracks
By Albert Amateau and Audrey Tempelsman
The preparatory work on section one of the High Line between Gansevoort and 20th Sts. is expected to be completed in September.

One-way is sure way to improve safety on Ninth Ave.
By Albert Amateau
The gateway to the Meatpacking District at 14th St. and Ninth Ave. is undergoing a long-awaited transformation .

Hookers have been replaced with hubbub and hype
By Lucas Mann
The Meatpacking District is awash with new business.


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