Volume 77 / Number 35
Jan. 30 - Feb. 6, 2008


SCOOPY'S NOTEBOOK

MIXED USE

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Ira Blutreich

POLICE BLOTTER

Scene
Heath Ledger’s dad in Soho

Talking Point
The time is right for a Pier 40 park conservancy
By Tobi Bergman
Thirty years ago, Central Park, a treasure of the city and a symbol of our civic pride, had fallen into ruin.

Obituaries
Boris Lurie, 83, a founder of the NO!art movement
By David H. Katz
Lower East Side resident, artist, writer and poet Boris Lurie, a founding member of the NO!art movement, died Jan. 7 in Manhattan of kidney failure brought on by complications of a stroke. He was 83.

Friends share ‘Eddie stories’ at memorial
Seventy-five people attended a memorial service for Edward Graham, the “Mayor of E. Fourth St.,” and shared their stories about him on Sunday at Peter Jarema Funeral Home on E. Seventh St.

Albert E. Gregory, 75, father of Villager retail ad manager
Albert E. Gregory, Jr. — father of Colin Gregory, The Villager’s retail ad manager — of Catskill, N.Y., died Sat., Jan. 19, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. He was 75.

Henry Twine, 80, artist active in his co-op

Drew Glackin, bass player with the Silos, dies at 44

Olga Ruber, 102, fled Fascists and found safety in the Village


Sports
Columbia players score with skills-building clinic
By Judith Stiles
The players in the Greenwich Village Youth Council’s Girls Basketball League recently enjoyed a welcome change of pace. There were no scores, no standings and everyone came out a winner on an evening of shooting hoops with the stars of the Columbia University women’s basketball team.

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Dem bones, dem bones Parks is gonna build around
By Lincoln Anderson
Test pits probing for the presence of human remains in Washington Square Park turned up a bumper crop of bones last week.

Group gets top attorney to help battle St. Vincent’s
By Albert Amateau
A new group opposed to the current St. Vincent’s/Rudin plan to redevelop the hospital campus in the Greenwich Village Historic District emerged last week at a Community Board 2 landmarks forum attended by more than 500 people.

Sound off on St. Vincent’s plan: New online survey seeks input

N.Y.U. agrees to new planning principles from B.P. task force


ARTS AND LIFESTYLE

Landslide for Lane
BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE
Politics, as anyone with access to a newspaper or television knows only too well, is a very, very messy business. A combination of naked aggression, manipulation, ego run rampant, and cynicism tricked out as humanity, this most ancient of arts is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.

Off the Grid
BY STEPHEN MUELLER
A new civilization of gallery life has sprung up in the immediate vicinity of the New Museum on the Bowery and along the blocks east of Ludlow Street. Reminiscent of the East Village scene of the '80s, the current gentrification, somewhat less funky, makes a viable alternative to the architectural statement of mega-galleries hugging the Hudson in Chelsea.

 

More than 1,000 pack pier rally against Related plan
By Lincoln Anderson
More than 1,000 kids and parents, one celebrity chef, local politicians and community leaders, L.G.B.T. waterfront activists and a rockin’ band of 12-year-old guitar heroes packed Pier 40 last Sunday afternoon.

Silver signals his support for the traffic pricing plan
By Josh Rogers with Julie Shapiro
Since the mayor began pushing for traffic pricing a year ago, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s skepticism has been one of the toughest roadblocks to passage, but Silver said last Wednesday he likes at least one of the suggested adjustments to the mayor’s plan.

For ‘two cacti’ taqueria, authenticity is the point
By Lisa Lacy
The name may be a little hard for gringos to pronounce, but El Maguey y La Tuna, a Mexican restaurant on the Lower East Side, strives to bring “a taste of Mexico” to Manhattan, regardless of whether or not locals know quite how to say it.

Dogfight over Seravalli run ends with antis on top
By Lincoln Anderson
A redesign for Seravalli Playground in the West Village was approved by Community Board 2 last week — and it does not include a dog run.

The ‘king of kosher bakeries’ celebrates 35 years


ARTS AND LIFESTYLE

Amidst the sands of Iraq, a spring of humanity
Thus the cadence count of two American soldiers dogtrotting through the sands surrounding one lone desolate gas pump that stands in the middle of nowhere like Beckett's tree.

The road to self-recovery
By SARAH NORRIS
Thirty-something Beth Lisick, writer, mother, and occasional purveyor of fruit, wakes up on New Year's Day, 2006, her leg in agonizing pain.

The material is the message
BY JEFFREY CYPHERS WRIGHT
Whether it's the pincushion of Charlotte Brontë or sheet music from the past, relics and reliquaries are fashionable this season.


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