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Volume 77, Number 27
December. 05 - 11, 2007

Editorial/Op-Ed
High Line should be part of Hudson Yards
With the Hudson Yards bids now in, concerns about the future of the northern section of the High Line are once again thrust into focus. The High Line is a critical component of the Hudson Yards redevelopment project. Even the developers think so: The majority of them are supporting retention of the northern section of the High Line in their bids.

Notebook
Glamour and grit collide on Bowery at museum bash
By Melanie Schutt 
Paparazzi cameras flashed amid a sea of fur coats and Lincoln Town Cars on a block best known for its homeless shelter.
It was the Calvin Klein-sponsored First Look party at the New Museum of Contemporary Art on Nov. 28. Celebrities, donors and society insiders previewed the museum’s collection in advance of the public opening on Dec. 1.

Scoopy's Notebook

Letters to the Editor

Police Blotter

Mixed Use
By Patrick Hedlund

Scene

Meetings
S. Village district, New School mass, Cooper booze


In Friefs
Firefighters injured in Bowery blaze

Wheels of justice turn slowly

2 found dead in Village

You can’t keep a good wall down

Leadership, 650 arrests and one baby’s life saved


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From Skid Row to Sky Room
At the opening of the New Museum on the Bowery on Saturday, two men walked around the sleek rooftop terrace outside the seventh-floor Sky Room, their images reflected in the terrace’s glass wall.


Parks prevails: Wash. Sq. revamp to start this winter
By Lincoln Anderson
Clearing the way for the Washington Square Park renovation’s Phase I to begin, Supreme Court Justice Joan Madden on Monday ruled against two environmental lawsuits that had been lodged against the project by neighborhood residents.

City orders teen education program out of building
By Clark Merrefield
Loisaida, Inc., which for decades has provided teen education programs on the Lower East Side, is in danger of temporarily losing its building at 710 E. Ninth St.

Feeding-ban bill has pigeons on a wing and a prayer
By Kristen V. Brown
Scarce times may be ahead for New York City’s most prominent bird. In an effort to control the growing pigeon population, a new proposal by Brooklyn Councilmember Simcha Felder, if passed, will fine New Yorkers up to $1,000 for feeding their feathered friends.

Park hawks could be at risk for fatal food poisoning
By Lorcan Otway
For the second year in a row, a juvenile red-tailed hawk has visited Tompkins Square Park in search of rodents and the occasional pigeon. It may well be that this young visitor is just what the neighborhood is seeking, since the park has had problems with rat infestation.

NEWS

A bill backs fining owners who harass their tenants
By Joe Pompeo 
It was scalding water that prompted Susi Schropp to file a housing complaint with the city on Nov. 9.

City Council race heats up very early Downtown
By Josh Rogers
Councilmember Alan Gerson still has two years left in office but the candidates to replace him have begun to organize and are already turning to him for campaign advice.

Four Finest and hero auxiliaries are Cops of Year
At the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce’s Cop of the Year Awards on Nov. 28, the chamber honored the four Sixth Precinct officers who responded first on March 14 after crazed gunman David Garvin went on a deadly shooting rampage in the South Village.

The shul in the crown; Eldridge St. Synagogue is reborn
By Jefferson Siegel
After renovations that took almost 20 years and cost $20 million, the Eldridge Street Synagogue reopened to the public last Sunday. The 1887 building has been reborn as the Museum at Eldridge Street.


ARTS AND LIFESTYLE
Speak now or forever hold your popcorn
By Will McKinley
The posting on Craigslist said it all: “Get married for the price of a movie ticket at The IFC Center!” For Alain Alvarez, the opportunity was too good to pass up.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“Margot at the Wedding” (-) I went to see this film after reading A.O. Scott’s review in The New York Times who wrote that the picture is “often mercilessly, squirm-inducingly funny.” Regrettably, in advance of going, I did not read Lou Lumenick’s review in the New York Post who wrote, “You’d have more fun with a root canal than with this faux French flick.” I agree with his conclusion. “Margot at the Wedding” is a bomb.

Hope for Jim Power’s public works
By Abby Luby
There’s nothing quite like being on the streets of the East Village with art purveyor and Mosaic Man Jim Power. Every five minutes he is stopped by someone who wants to know how he is and what he’s up to.

The evolution of ‘Trumpery’
By Jerry Tallmer
Most people in so-called civilized countries have heard of Charles Darwin, even those who today wish to set the clock back to where there is no theory of evolution.

The rebirth of the New Museum
By Kelly Kingman
Walking up to the new New Museum’s entrance is a surprise on this gritty stretch of the Bowery. The cantilevered building — the first museum in the city to be built from the ground up below Houston — stands out like a luminous white prism amidst a line of restaurant supply shops. The location signals a shift east for the arts community, anchoring a growing number of galleries on the Lower East Side.



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