Volume 77, Number 46
April 16 - 22, 2008


Scoopy's Notebook

Mixed Use

Police Blotter


The A List

W.T.C. arts center remains right move
When New Yorkers started to think about what should replace the World Trade Center after the horrific attacks, there was almost universal support for a memorial to honor the 3,000 lives lost. Probably the second most popular idea voiced by the thousands who spoke during the public process was for a cultural center.

Talking Point
Quinn must answer: What did she know and when?
By Paul Schindler
In her years in public life, Christine Quinn has deservedly earned a reputation as a progressive, in politics, as an advocate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and as a tenant activist. Political reform is a cornerstone of progressive politics, and on that score, Quinn has provided leadership in her 27 months as City Council speaker.

Letters to the Editor

Ira Blutreich

In Briefts
Atlantis annual benefit makes a splash for P.S. 41

Meetings: Board 3 considers Chinatown rezoning

Passions flare at San Francisco Olympic torch relay

Gandhi’s message of peace blooms in Union Square

Ann Soboloff, 88, publicist for art, film and books
By Albert Amateau
Ann Soboloff, a publicist who promoted fine art, film and books and a Village activist for more than 60 years, died at St. Vincent’s Hospital after a short illness at the age of 88.

Ned Thompson, 39, a sergeant in Sixth Precinct narcotics unit
Sergeant Ned Thompson, who served in the Sixth Precinct and was a first responder from the Greenwich Village precinct to the World Trade Center attack on Sept. 11, 2001, died March 9 in Memorial Sloan Kettering Center of lung cancer at age 39.


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Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

Council Speaker Christine Quinn making announcement at press conference on budget reforms last Friday with, from left, Councilmember David Weprin, chairperson of the Council’s Finance Committee; Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union; Gene Russianoff, senior attorney for New York Public Interest Research Group, and Councilmembers Dan Garodnick and Robert Jackson.

Quinn would flush ‘slush fund’ in a budget overhaul proposal
By Paul Schindler
In a press conference aimed at turning the corner on the weeklong story about revelations that more than $17 million had been budgeted for fictitious organizations during the past eight years and then appropriated at the City Council speaker’s discretion to different, legitimate nonprofit organizations, Christine Quinn announced a series of budget process reforms.

Commissioners grill St. Vincent’s on rebuild plans
By Albert Amateau
The Landmarks Preservation Commission’s second round of hearings on the St. Vincent’s Hospital/Rudin redevelopment plan ended Tuesday after four a half hours with commissioners grilling hospital officials about many aspects of the project.
Seniors fear fewer centers, meal visits under revamp
By Albert Amateau
The men and women who belong to the city’s 329 senior centers and the thousands of homebound elderly people who receive Meals on Wheels five days a week are anxious about the city’s Department for the Aging restructuring plan.

Disco devotee developer vows Balazs will not break him
By Jefferson Siegel
As a musician, Novac Noury looked forward to “bringing down the house” with each performance. As the owner of a three-story building next to the nearly completed Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District, Noury said the hotel construction had left his property shaking all over. 

Bikes and ‘Brown’ hope to co-exist along the new Washington St. lane
By Caroline N. Jackson
A bike lane has been added to Washington St. despite neighbors’ worries that bikers might have collisions with UPS trucks entering and exiting the shipping company’s building along the street.

BID battle brews amid a changing Chinatown
By Rebecca Harshbarger 
Jan Lee loves to visit Mei Lei Wah, a coffee shop near his home that has been a Chinatown fixture for decades. Lee, who runs an antique shop called Sinotique, lives and works on Mott St. His father was born in the apartment building that Lee lives in now.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles
New York story visits global relations
By Rania Richardson
“I equate shooting in New York with living in New York,” says Soho resident Tom McCarthy, who wrote and directed “The Visitor.” “There are moments when I think I’m the luckiest man…and then sometimes I want to leave screaming.”

Not a lot of shows like this
By Jaime Jordan
The recent opening of “Lots of Things Like This,” an exhibition curated by Dave Eggers, much-loved author and founder of McSweeney’s literary journal, was mobbed with Fort Greene-esque hipsters in electric blue Keds and skinny jeans, nary a soul over 35.

Law and disorder
By Adrienne Urbanski
Before opening the KGB Bar, Denis Woychuk spent a decade defending the criminally insane, taking on pro bono clients. One of his most challenging cases involved an East Village man accused of dismembering his girlfriend.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“A Four Letter Word” (-) This film is modeled on the engaging and highly rated television series “Sex and the City,” but in this case the characters are overwhelmingly homosexual and the plot, dialogue and acting are not very good.

Topical (and/or) political
By Jeffrey Cyphers Wright
How we comment on the world round us… how we say our piece… how we struggle to improve the commonweal… these are the most-asked questions by most artists (if you ask me). Responding to both the ideal and the real, two current exhibitions share some high ground while inhabiting different worlds: the United States and the Middle East.

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