Volume 77, Number 43
March 26 - April 1, 2008

FEATURED COLUMNS

The A List

Scoopy's Notebook

Mixed Use

Police Blotter


EDITORIAL
Still time to salvage a bad garbage plan
The planned three-district Department of Sanitation garage in Hudson Square is a glaring example of planning that doesn’t consider the community’s opinion.

Letters to the Editor

Ira Blutreich

TALKING POINT
No 21st-century big chill in demographic forecast
By Ronald Bailey
Humanity will soon experience a “demographic winter.” So claims a new documentary that recently premiered at the conservative Heritage Foundation.


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Partnership and CampGroup eye a partnership at Pier 40
By Lincoln Anderson
With another benchmark date in the Pier 40 redevelopment process occurring this week, the Hudson River Park Trust appears to have radically changed its thinking on the critical Lower West Side pier.

Guides raise union awareness at Tenement Museum fundraiser
By Caroline N. Jackson
Decked out in 19th-century period costumes, paÅrt-time educators from the Lower East Side Tenement Museum descended on Chelsea Piers recently to educate attendees of the museum’s annual fundraiser about the museum’s resistance to their efforts to form a union.

Developers are the real Bowery bums, says new group
By Rebecca Harshbarger
“Peck Moss Group.” “Brack Capital.” “For Sale.” These are some of the signs — and new neighbors — that have been popping up along the Bowery, dismaying local residents, as a new boutique hotel district is burgeoning in a neighborhood rich with history.

St. Vincent’s does triage, but C.B. 2 reso. passes
By Lincoln Anderson
Saying a resolution by Community Board 2 on St. Vincent’s Hospital’s rebuilding plans amounted to “putting buildings over lives,” hospital officials and supporters were in full triage mode last Thursday evening, urging the board to soften its tough position. However, the board passed a rigorous resolution with very little wiggle room to accommodate St. Vincent’s modernization project.

Court rules old P.S. 64 dorm needs schools link
By Albert Amateau
The Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, on Tuesday unanimously ruled against Gregg Singer, the developer who sought to build a 19-story student dormitory on the site of the former P.S. 64, most recently home to the CHARAS/El Bohio cultural center.

Lola wants live music; S.L.A. sings different tune
By Barrett Zinn Gross 
It ain’t over till the fat lady sings, or so the saying goes. But is it over at Lola, the beleaguered Soho restaurant, without the fat lady — or any person of any size or gender, for that matter — ever having crooned a tune?

New Sixth top cop to target quality-of-life issues
By Albert Amateau
Captain Raymond Caroli, new commanding officer of the Sixth Precinct, is no stranger to the Village.


Villager Arts & Lifestyles
Wacky and strange, but true
By Todd Simmons
Never having heard her music, I went to see Baby Dee at Joe’s Pub out of sheer curiosity, my interest piqued by her bizarre résumé. A transsexual performance artist/songwriter/bear-suit wearing, Central Park-busking harpist/Coney Island sideshow attraction who later played piano in a church in the Bronx for a decade before returning to Cleveland to care for ailing parents and run a tree removal business?

Koch on Film

Broadway’s newest musical rocks
by Scott Harrah
“Passing Strange,” the new rock musical that recently transferred to Broadway after a successful run at the Public Theater, does not break the same theatrical ground as “Spring Awakening” and “Rent,” because it lacks the infectious scores and compelling stories that made those shows instant classics for the “twenty-something” crowd.


When does a bomb stop being symbolic?
By Jerry Tallmer
“As I walked in to rehearsals yesterday,” says Willy Holtzman on March 7, “somebody told me about the bomb that had gone off in the middle of the night at the recruiting station in Times Square. I was fascinated, to say the least. Events have overtaken art, once again.”

Smaller, more ambitious Tribeca Film Festival
By Steven Snyder
Last year marked a watershed for the Tribeca Film Festival. The number of features surged close to 160, three venues were added, as well as a series of sports films—not to mention events in outer boroughs, the debut of the ASCAP Music Lounge, and the “Tropfest” short film competition at Rockefeller Center last autumn, months after the festival proper wrapped.



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