Volume 77 / Number 40
March 5 - 11, 2008

FEATURED COLUMNS
Progress Report
A Special Villager Supplement

The A List

Scoopy's Notebook

Mixed Use

Police Blotter


EDITORIAL
Spitzer must fund Hudson River Park
When the governor and mayor agree, it’s usually good news and often jumpstarts a worthy project. Every rule has an exception.
Last week, Governor Eliot Spitzer agreed with Mayor Mike Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and backed off his push to sell land just north of the Javits Convention Center. Although the trio made the right decision, an unintended consequence is that, once again, delays and funding shortfalls are threatening Hudson River Park.

Letters to the Editor


TALKING POINT
The comfort level: What separates Obama and Clinton
By Ben Goddard
The favorite game of pundits recently was “Which Hillary will show up at the Ohio debate?” Even the very mainstream David Gregory got into that mode on MSNBC when a Clinton supporter predicted the candidate would “just be herself.” “I don’t mean to be cynical about this, but which self?” was Gregory’s response.

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Ira Blutreich

In Briefs

Villager photo by Shoshanna Bettencourt
Democratic dachshund
It seems everyone is getting into this year’s presidential race, like this dachshund outside P.S. 41 on W. 11th St. on primary night last month.

Prince pedestrian mall; Plan for enviro town hall

Monumental snow idea results in miniature park arch

Fontana and friends cobble together sweet farewell

The sweet sound of scissors at the Ear Institute


Obituaries

Mary Ellen Baldwin, 74, social activist since ’60s
Mary Ellen Baldwin, a longtime Village resident and social activist with her late husband Carl Rauschenbush Baldwin, died Feb. 10 at the age of 74.


Sports

Trainer preaches achievable steps, then runs 1,576
By Judith Stiles
A kettlebell, also known as a giryra in Russian, is a cast-iron weight that looks more like a medieval weapon than a popular workout tool. It has been used to build muscle mass and battle bulging waistlines since the porcine days of tsarist Russia.


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A young life cut short
A memorial to Tina Negron, 24, quickly grew outside the Key Food on Avenue A at Fourth St., after the young cashier was slain last Friday, allegedly by a co-worker whom she formerly dated. Negron lived on the Lower East Side.

Key Food stabbing rampage leaves 1 dead, 1 injured
By Jefferson Siegel 
A typically quiet afternoon at an East Village supermarket erupted into pandemonium last Friday when a part-time worker stabbed two employees, killing one and seriously injuring another. 

NEWS

Soho hotel is all Trumped-up, opponents cry at B.S.A. hearing
By Barrett Zinn Gross 
In a standing-room-only hearing before New York City’s Board of Standards and Appeals last week, community members implored the B.S.A. to revoke the construction permit for the Trump Soho hotel-condominium.

Cheap Charlies finds it’s now too expensive to stay on 14th
By Bonnie Rosenstock
Discount stores, ethnic restaurants and small local businesses line the south side of E. 14th St. along the stretch of Alphabet City. Many of these congenial mom-and-pop shops have been serving the lower- and middle-income Lower East Side and Stuyvesant Town communities for decades with their affordable prices and personal customer relationships.

Gottlieb tenants rail about rent, rats, no repairs
By Albert Amateau
More than 100 people — anxious residential and commercial tenants of the estate of the late Bill Gottlieb — met on Feb. 21 to complain to a citywide tenants group and an aide to State Senator Tom Duane about deplorable conditions, no repairs and notices of huge rent increases.


Progress Report
A Special Villager Supplement

Paths, plants, blogs: Working on the railroad park
By Katie Lorah
The public space on the High Line is now taking shape above the streets and sidewalks of the Meatpacking District and West Chelsea.

Advocating for old P.S. 64, bike kids, small stores
By Michael Rosen
Eight of the 11 tarps tied over the destruction of the landmarked terra-cotta dormers on the E. 10th St. face of the original P.S. 64, former El Bohio, are shredded. The 105-year-old, uneven brick and rough mortar below them — never intended to encounter and withstand weather — are now exposed to each rain and snow.

Community Board 2 turnaround; From divisiveness to decisiveness
By Brad Hoylman 
Not so long ago, mention to a neighbor that you were a member of the community board, and you might elicit a groan, a roll of the eyes or both. The popular perception of community boards was that they were insular, out-of-touch, minor fiefdoms controlled by a small handful.

Business improvement district’s work is paying off
By Jennifer Falk
For the dynamic Union Square district, 2007 marked another major leap forward for the neighborhood’s continuing revitalization. The eclectic energy along 14th St. and around Union Square Park is evident in the area’s rich mix of retail stores and restaurants, Off Broadway and multiplex theaters, museum and exhibition spaces, universities, hospitals and the city’s first and largest Greenmarket.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times
By Andrew Berman
The pace and scale of new development in our neighborhoods — proposed and actual — continue to grow at a phenomenal rate, making this the most challenging time for neighborhood preservation efforts since the days of Robert Moses. Many new plans and projects setting far-reaching precedents could shape our neighborhoods for years to come.

The state of the city’s streets: A year to remember?
By Graham T. Beck 
The year 2007 may prove to be one of the most important years in the storied history of New York City’s development. In a future timeline of urban advances, it might be printed in as big a font and as bold a type as 1811 — when the grid system was adopted — or 1904 — when the I.R.T. subway opened.

Tribeca and Chelsea sections starting to take shape
By Christopher W. Martin
Building toward the 10th anniversary of the Hudson River Park Act, 2007 witnessed several accomplishments in construction and park use that brought the vision of a completed and fully operational park one step closer to reality.

New schools, new president, new parks and, pretty soon, new voting machines
By Keen Berger
From this Democratic district leader’s perspective, the past year was not great, but not horrible either. Many disasters were dodged or stalled. All is in process, nothing finished.


Villager Arts & Lifestyles

Parsons celebrates new ‘urban quad’
By Stephanie Murg
On the corner of Fifth Avenue and 13th Street, a series of Jim Dine prints hangs in a gallery where a Dumpster used to be. A housekeeping closet has morphed into an airy white seminar room fitted out with the latest electronic gadgets.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch.
“The Counterfeiters” (+) This film is based on a true incident although it doesn’t pretend to be a documentary. It focuses on some of the Jewish prisoners in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp during the Holocaust.
“The Band’s Visit” (+) The story is banal but sweet. Eight members of an Egyptian band travel to Israel where they are scheduled to perform at an Arab cultural center. They arrive in the wrong Israeli city.

Starting from scratch
By Rania Richardson
“I’ve been flirting with modern art for awhile, and my music videos have played in a bunch of museums,” says Michel Gondry, the multitalented French director who gained prominence in 2004 with “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” He credits art dealer Jeffrey Deitch with encouraging the connection of his art to his films.

Pink Martini’s ‘mini-orchestra’ intoxicates listeners
By Todd Simmons
The dazzling 12-piece “mini-orchestra” Pink Martini headlines a show this weekend at Avery Fisher Hall. In the midst of a national tour promoting their eclectic new album, “Hey Eugene!,” the multicultural band from Portland, Oregon continues to be as entertaining as ever.

‘City of Men’ delivers emotional punches
By Steven Snyder
There’s no denying the similarities between the new “City of Men” and 2002’s “City of God,” the Oscar nominated sensation hailed by critic Roger Ebert as one of the best movies ever made. In large part, both films are the brainchild of filmmaker Fernando Meirelles, who became an international star with “God” and returns with “Men” as a producer.



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