Volume 77 / Number 41
March 12 - 18, 2008

FEATURED COLUMNS

The A List

Scoopy's Notebook

Mixed Use

Police Blotter


EDITORIAL
Mall idea is a step in the right direction
A Department of Transportation proposal to make Prince St. in Soho into a pedestrian mall on Sundays in the warm weather has opened up a fierce local debate.

Letters to the Editor


NOTEBOOK
Back in the pew again: Finding a church that fit
By Kate Walter
“I like being pastor of a church that is being disciplined for its positions,” Reverend Dr. Jacqueline Lewis recently announced from the pulpit of Middle Collegiate Church.
The minister was referring to the fact her congregation was under fire from members of its parent denomination, the Reformed Church of America, because Middle Collegiate came out publicly in support of gay marriage in New York State.

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Ira Blutreich

In Briefs

New ambulances are just what the doctor ordered

Major drama for Pier 40-based kids’ acting troupe

Doris Diether decodes zoning in five sessions

Landmarked old P.S. 64 left exposed to the elements

Meetings: Taxi-horn lights, public market at old Fulton Fish Market


Obituaries
Richard Cordtz, ‘The King of Lights,’ is dead at 55
A Lower East Side resident for the past 30 years, Richard Cordtz died March 2 at St. Luke’s Hospital at age 55. He had suffered a massive stroke at his home 18 days earlier.

Irving Hunter, 91, singer and vocal music teacher
Irving Hunter, a singer and for many years a teacher of vocal music at the Henry Street Arts for Living Center on the Lower East Side, died at Beth Israel Medical Center on Feb. 19 at the age of 91.


Sports/Fitness

Lean Apple training team help peel off the pounds
By Judith Stiles
Spring is around the corner, and while most people look forward to shedding winter coats and layers of clothing, people who suffer from being obese dread the warm weather when they can no longer hide under bulky winter clothes.


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To catch a rapist
Last Thursday morning, Councilmember Christine Quinn, center, helped hand out “Wanted” fliers outside the Sheridan Square subway station seeking information on an attempted-rape suspect responsible for two attacks on women on Greenwich Village streets around 2 a.m. on Sun., March 2. Hundreds of fliers were distributed. See Police Blotter.


What’s blocking Alan Gerson on backing congestion pricing?
By Josh Rogers
One-word answers are not Alan Gerson’s forte.
Gerson, Lower Manhattan’s councilmember, often speaks at length to community groups, expanding on bullet points to his ideas with even more bullet points.

Police aren’t playing with chess-table ‘loiterers’
By Lincoln Anderson
Police reportedly weren’t playing any games with alleged loiterers hanging out around the Washington Square Park chess tables one day last week — telling them they had to play chess or checkers or beat it.

NEWS
Prince St.mall plan provokes road rage
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke
A Department of Transportation proposal to close six blocks of Prince St. in Soho to car traffic on Sundays is steering proponents and opponents on a collision course, as they paint vastly different portraits of what will transpire if the plan is enacted.

In high winds, Trump project rains glass down on Soho
By Albert Amateau
Winds gusting nearly 50 miles per hour on Saturday night played hell with Manhattan construction projects, including the accident-prone Trump Soho hotel condominium and The Related Companies’ residential project on the site of the former Superior Ink factory on the West Village waterfront.

Cavett and chess buffs replay Bobby Fischer’s story
By Caroline N. Jackson
A memorial for Bobby Fischer at the Marshall Chess Club last Sunday drew a standing-room-only crowd and Dick Cavett, the former TV talk-show host, who had some of the most memorable interviews of the enigmatic chess champion. Fischer died earlier this year in Iceland.

Slow but steady, AARP free Friday tax clinics are well worth the wait
By Mary Reinholz
As the April 15 deadline for filing tax returns looms, it’s nice to know there are accounting services that don’t exact a pound of flesh for help establishing your annual earnings and expenses with the Internal Revenue Service and New York State.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles
Made by hand (and out to grab you!)
By Jeffrey Cyphers Wright
There is no big club in the art world today. No single, overriding movement prevails. Artists are like sled dogs pulling in lots of directions at once—and this is a good thing. It means there’s room for everyone to explore their own inner compass.

Treble clef in a Soviet asylum
By Jerry Tallmer
Every good boy deserves to see “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour” at least once. So does every good girl. And now they can, for the first time in New York City since Lincoln Center, 1979.

Pretty pictures reflect a world in crisis
By Dorothy A. Wilson
Committed to showcasing art that mirrors life in the 21st century, the nonprofit FusionArts Museum has spent two decades promoting ‘fusion art’ as a genre of its own.


Stoking the anxieties of adolescence
By Steven Snyder
Throughout his career, director Gus Van Sant has made a name for himself by stoking the anxieties of adolescence. It all started in 1985 with “Mala Noche,” a recently revived road romance about a gay teenager incapable of connecting with the Mexican immigrant he loves.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch.
“Un Secret” (+) This extraordinarily poignant film, based on an eponymous novel by Philippe Grimbert, depicts the Nazi victory over France and its effect on the French Jews living in Paris and occupied France.



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