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Volume 77, Number 18
October 3 - 9, 2007, 2007, 2007


SPECIAL SECTION

Editorial/Op-Ed
Garbage plan trashes Hudson Square’s future
When one mentions Hudson Square, many people, including even most New Yorkers, are at a loss.

Scoopy's Notebook

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point
MoveOn’s General Petraeus ad was a terrible move
By Ed Gold
MoveOn.org is a media and political phenomenon that prods nervous Democrats from the left and gives Bushies and other Republicans the shiv whenever possible.

Ira Blutreich

Police Blotter

Scene

Community Calendar

IN BRIEF

Setting sail on a two-hour tour

‘Dosa Man’ squashes competition


Pictures

A cry for safer streets

How sweet it wasCops are candid about camera


Sports
Squash hopes to get a bounce in interest in N.Y.C.
By Judith Stiles
Winning the $120,000 cash prize would be nice, but winning the 2007 U.S. Open Squash Championship is not just about money, glory and bragging rights.

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Obama mania hits the Village

Presidential candidate Barack Obama’s appearance in Washington Square Park for a campaign rally last Thursday drew a wildly enthusiastic crowd of thousands.

Thousands hear Obama speak in Washington Square
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke
“I love New York. I used to live in New York, hang out in Washington Square Park,” said Barack Obama last Thursday night at a rally in Washington Square Park. “I know Greenwich Village! I know…” he started to say, then tapped the microphone as if it had lost power.


Owner says family needs eclipsed moon-cake business
By Margarita Lopez
Workers diligently packed away baked and steamed delicacies in cardboard boxes at the end of last month during the last days of business of May May Chinese Gourmet Bakery.

Taylor promises to ‘talk to community’ on Pier 40
By Lincoln Anderson
With its new chairperson, Diana Taylor, firmly at the helm, the board of directors of the Hudson River Park Trust did not vote at their bimonthly meeting last Thursday on whether to select The Related Companies’ hotly debated Cirque du Soleil plan for Pier 40. However, in comments made after the meeting, Taylor said the Trust’s board will vote on the issue “sometime in the fall.”

‘Mosaic Man’ has meltdown, demands room, respect
By Lorcan Otway
In sections on the East Village in guidebooks on New York City, there are photographs of mosaic lampposts, a mosaic bus bench made from a broken planter and mosaic restaurant walls. These are all the work of Jim Power a.k.a. the “Mosaic Man.”


VILLAGER ART & LIFESTYLE

Flemish playwright no longer lost in translation
By JERRY TALLMER
There’s a crazy man — crazy with jealousy — walking the stage of the Connelly Theater on East 4th Street. His name is Bruno. What has he got to be jealous about? Why, his sweet, innocent, gorgeous, adoring young wife, untouched by any man but him. Stella’s her name, and Bruno is obsessively convinced not only that every male in the world — that cocky young rogue who tends the goats, for instance — is just aching to jump her bones, but that maybe his adoring young wife is just aching to have them do it.

Koch on Film

Joseph Solman: Still life at 98
BY ABBY LUBY
Veteran artist Joseph Solman sat in a worn recliner in his living room, its walls bedecked with richly colored portraits and street scenes that he’s painted over the last 80 years, many in the same sixth-floor apartment on 10th St. and Second Ave. where he’s lived and worked for the past five decades. Oddly out of place in his living room was a large, flat-screen TV.

NYMF takes on mental illness and murder — with music
By Rachel Fershleiser
ADD. OCD. Mass murder. Tap dancing? The fourth annual New York Musical Theatre Festival is underway, and it’s leaving no topic unturned. Fast becoming the Sundance of musicals, NYMF (affectionately pronounced “nymph”) is a clearinghouse for new voices both on stage and off. This year marked the debut of the program’s 100th show, and while many have never been heard from again, others, like Altar Boyz, Gutenberg! The Musical, and the clever meta-musical [title of show], have gone on to commercial runs, and even Broadway buzz.

Take back the stage
By Adrienne Urbanski
Bothered by how few opportunities exist for women in theater, producer and writer Fiona Jones decided to launch a festival showcasing the underused female talent around her. The result was the Estrogenius Festival, which spotlights female actors, writers, directors, artists, dancers, and musicians. Now in its eighth season, the festival has expanded its offerings to include a rotation of 19 short plays; “Girl Power,” performances written by and for teens; and “Voices of Africa,” a collaboration with Peace Corps Niger, in which pieces penned by girls from Niger are performed, with all proceeds funding the girls’ educations.

NEWS
Parents group means business on Pier 40’s future
By Lincoln Anderson
When the Pier 40 Working Group recently proposed that public funds — instead of monies generated by large-scale private development on Pier 40 — be used to maintain Hudson River Park, Henry Stern, a member of the Hudson River Park Trust’s board of trustees, blasted the idea as “socialist.”

St. Vincent’s calls on Koch to make calls for expansion
By Albert Amateau and Lincoln Anderson
Former Mayor Ed Koch has been tapped to be co-chairperson of Friends of the New St. Vincent’s, a new group supporting St. Vincent’s plans for a new hospital on the west side of Seventh Ave. and residential buildings on the east side of the avenue.

Roto-robbers clean out seniors with plumbers scam
BY RAPHAEL AHREN and STEPHANIE CAIN
“I am so stupid,” the 81-year-old woman told the police officer hunting the two men who had pretended to be plumbers and stole more than $300 from her bedroom.

Bloomberg Great Hall appearance keeps ’em guessing
By Gerard Flynn and Lorcan Otway
Comments made by Tom Brokaw following his interview with Mike Bloomberg at The Cooper Union last week may cast doubt on the billionaire mayor’s claims that he has no intention of running for president.

Kane teases whether he’ll drop striptease club bid
By Albert Amateau
An online report on Sept. 28 that Ivan Kane has decided not to open his Forty Deuce burlesque club at 19 Kenmare St. has proved to be premature, but it’s still a possibility that Kane may bail out.


Discovering Hudson Square
Hudson Square, a neighborhood which some residents think doesn’t exist, actually has its origins from two centuries ago as we report in this special section. Local residents and developers are fighting a city plan to build a 140-foot parking garage for garbage trucks and they commissioned five architectural firms to come up with ideas for the area.

Ink is not dry as Hudson Square defines itself
By Patrick Hedlund
Over the many decades it spent struggling to secure an identity, the neighborhood of Hudson Square has always meant different things to different people.

The Square’s lines are not straightforward
By Josh Rogers
I work in Hudson Sq. or at least I say I do. But I don’t actually say it — mainly because many New Yorkers have never heard of it, and some that have don’t believe it exists. Why bring confusion or an argument to a party? The truth is I feel I work in Hudson Sq.

Weisbrod makes his BID for Trinity & Hudson Square
By Josh Rogers
Transform a commercial area into a mixed-use neighborhood with more residents. In one sense Carl Weisbrod has been there and done that, but he said it’s different each time it happens.

Nabe fights plan to dump garbage trucks
By Patrick Hedlund
When Nancy Miller envisions the construction of a proposed sanitation facility in Hudson Square, the executive director of a local vision rehabilitation center fears for the safety of the visually impaired clients making their way to her office each day.

Architects brainstorm ways to add park space
By Patrick Hedlund
The future of Manhattan’s West Side lies in an area some still can’t find on a map, and it contains some of the most developable land on the island, though many might have trouble recognizing the neighborhood’s name.

Extra! Extra! Media firms move to Hudson Square
By Patrick Hedlund
While the days of Hudson Square as a hub for the city’s printing industry have faded like yesterday’s news, a crop of new media companies has begun setting up shop in the neighborhood to breath new life into the former publishing center.



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