Volume 77 / Number 34
Jan. 23- 29, 2008

The W.T.C. deadlines must be met — quietly!
The Port Authority’s New Year’s Eve admission that it would miss the Jan. 1 deadline to finish preparing two World Trade Center office sites can be seen several ways.





Talking Point
Trust must reject Related, give Partnership a chance
By Deborah J. Glick 
In joining together to fight for the creation of Hudson River Park just over 10 years ago, the community and its elected officials made substantial efforts to ensure that the park would not be overdeveloped.

Ira Blutreich

News Briefs
Fountain feud goes on, but fountain’s going, gone

Keep our trees alive

Community Boards 2 and 3 meetings

Beverly Ann Hill, ‘Mayor of Grove St.,’ dies at 70
By Rina DePaoli Austin
Beverly Ann Hill, longtime resident of Grove St., owner of Beverly Hill’s Launder Mutt on Grove St. from 1993 to 2004 and community activist in the Grove Street Block Association, died Christmas morning at the Veterans Affairs Hospital on E. 23rd St. from complications from kidney disease. She was 70 years old.

Edward L. Graham, 62, the ‘Mayor of E. Fourth St.’
By Tine Kindermann
Edward L. Graham, known to all as Eddie, was homeless, but for the last 13 years the block of E. Fourth St. between Avenues A and B was his home, and the people on the block his family. They fed him. They gave him clothes and invited him for barbecues.


On steely steeds, whacking Lower East Side style
By Judith Stiles
Passing by the corner of Chrystie and Broome Sts., one could easily miss the hottest new sporting event in town.


Serving West and East Village, Chelsea, SoHo, NoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown and the Lower East Side"

Villager photo by Shoshanna Bettencourt

‘Brokeback’ star dies in Soho
About 150 people gathered on Broome St. in Soho yesterday as the body of actor Heath Ledger, 28, was loaded into a city Medical Examiner’s van. (story)

Pier pressure builds as vote on Pier 40 proposals nears
By Lincoln Anderson
As anticipation continued to ratchet up for a critical vote later this month on Pier 40’s future, more than 80 community members and Hudson River Park users packed Our Lady of Pompei Church’s basement Wednesday night to hear more about a late-entry, community-based proposal for the pier that has been fast gaining support.

Taking a dive to protect the East River promenade
By Lorcan Otway
Last week, as dive flags snapped in the breeze, W. Stuart Lewis, an engineer diver with Ocean and Coastal Consultants, above right, was submerging south of the Department of Sanitation pier on the Lower East Side to examine the supports for the East River promenade’s platform.

District isn’t making grade on creating new schools
By Albert Amateau
Parents from Village elementary and middle schools and local elected officials are demanding that the city Department of Education create new schools for elementary, middle and high school grades in the Village, where existing schools are severely overcrowded.

Two classic dive bars may be going down for the last time
By Patrick Hedlund
There are two realities: The reality of the outside world and the reality in here. In order to understand the one in here you have to look at the outside world, and to get a perspective on the outside world you have to come in here.

Former Schumer aide challenges Connor in Senate
By Josh Rogers
A former aide to Senator Chuck Schumer is taking on State Senator Martin Connor in the September ’08 Democratic primary and has already raised over $200,000.

As pantry program’s need increases, funding is cut
By Caroline N. Jackson
An East Village food pantry may be forced to shut down and discontinue providing meals to 450 people every Saturday if it can’t find the funds to pay for the program.


Bucharest, bleak but honest
By Leonard Quart
The best film I got to see at the New York Film Festival last fall was the Cannes award-winning “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” directed by Critsian Mungiu.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“Starting Out in the Evening” I saw this film with PT who said she loved it. As we left the theater, I met a woman who told me that she enjoys reading my movie reviews.

From wampum to Bloomberg terminals
By Stephanie Murg
Weekends are usually quiet on Wall Street, but on Saturday, Jan. 12, an excited crowd there gathered around a $10,000 bill, scrutinizing the unfamiliar face of Salmon P. Chase, while others listened to jetBlue founder David Neeleman give pointers on starting a company.

Re-examining the life of Doc Humes
By Kathi Berke
The question running throughout Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Immy Humes’ portrait of her father, “Doc,” is this: Was Doc (Harold L. Humes) a visionary or a madman? Or both?

Second Coming
By Brian McCormick
When ex-pat Karole Armitage returned to New York in 2004 with a new company and new work, she was greeted with hyperbolic praise that echoed the reception she had received from major critics in the ’80s.

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NATIONAL BLACK FINE ART SHOW A selection of original artwork by African, African American and Caribbean artists in a range of media including painting, photography, mixed media and sculpture. Thurs. – Sun., Feb. 14–17. Preview party on Wed., Feb. 13 to benefit the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. THE PUCK BUILDING, 295 Lafayette St., bet Houston & Lafayette Sts. 212-925-5257. www.blackfineartshow.com. $15. Pictured above is “Three Women of America” by Elizabeth Catlett.


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