Volume 77, Number 47
April 23 - 29, 2008


Scoopy's Notebook

Mixed Use

Police Blotter


The A List

Green thoughts
Tuesday’s weather was simply beautiful, which was appropriate, since it was Earth Day.
Earth Day represents an opportunity to reflect on the local level and beyond about green initiatives in our neighborhoods, our country and our world. These creative ideas and programs are making our communities more environmentally sustainable, energy efficient, less polluted and more habitable for all forms of life.

Talking Point
Female bloggers are making campaign history, too
By Sheila Gibbons
The general election hasn’t even begun yet but already we’re getting early snippets of retrospection on the campaign coverage so far.

In Briefts
Gardening festival

Benefit for kids of Sixth sergeant

Meetings: Whitney massing, horn honking and arts on the pier


Julio Zito of former Zito & Sons Bakery dead at 83
By Albert Amateau
Julio Zito, born in the Bleecker St. apartment behind A. Zito & Sons Bakery, where the family business was located until it closed in 2004, died on April 15 in Dobbs Ferry Hospital at the age of 83.

Joseph Solman, 99, the last one of The Ten artists
By Albert Amateau
Joseph Solman, a painter and co-founder in 1935 of a group of artists that included Mark Rothko who broke from the mainstream of American scenic painters, died in his sleep at the age of 99 on Wed., April 16, in the apartment on E. 10th St. and Second Ave. where he lived and worked for 50 years.


Accelerating past 50: Sprinter’s taking it in stride
By Judith Stiles
As Frank Schiro hurries across the E. Sixth St. footbridge over the F.D.R. Drive, his long, breezy stride is the tip-off that he is a serious runner on his way to do laps at the track. The tattoos peeking out from beneath his sleeves and his signature scruffy ponytail are well known to most serious runners Downtown.


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Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

On Tuesday, Chelsea resident Jonathan Borock held a photo of his Montessori kindergarten class graduation taken in front of the Union Square pavilion. He is in the front row, second from left.

Union Square rehab on hold after opponents file lawsuit
By Jefferson Siegel 
Just weeks after the city closed off a large swath of the plaza north of Union Square Park and began tearing up the ground, a lawsuit filed by a parks group has brought work to a halt. 

Squadron is reinforced by heavy artillery, Schumer
By Josh Rogers
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer recently came to Tribeca to endorse Daniel Squadron, his former aide who is challenging State Senator Martin Connor in the Democratic primary this September.

Here comes the judge? Freed eyes Council run
By Josh Rogers
Downtown might have Kathryn Freed to kick around again.

N.Y.U. would drop curtain on O’Neill’s Playhouse
By Albert Amateau
New York University proposes to demolish the four-story buildings on MacDougal St. where the Provincetown Playhouse first produced the plays of Eugene O’Neill, and redevelop them to include new space for the university’s law school as well as a new theater.

Mendez mediates on Met Food
By Lincoln Anderson
Councilmember Rosie Mendez says she hopes to help broker an agreement between Met Foodmarket and New York University under which the university will renew the Second Ave. supermarket’s lease.

Community doesn’t want to be locked out of pavilions
By Clark Merrefield
Underneath the fume-laden F.D.R. Drive near Rutgers Slip, the city is planning two new pavilions where ping-pong, aerobics, tango and karate could become the norm. 

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

In others’ worlds, in other words
By David Callicott
By invoking the confessional, the theme of the 2008 PEN World Voices Festival—“Public Lives/Private Lives”—addresses the shifting boundaries in modern media, literature, and society, and the impact those limits have on free speech and human rights. This year’s festival, which takes place April 29 – May 4, hosts more than 50 authors from across the globe as they converge to discuss, among other issues, government surveillance in the U.S., the crisis in Darfur, and oppression in China.

The space between film and sound
By David Todd
It’s fitting that Text of Light perform with the avant-garde films of Stan Brakhage and Harry Smith as a backdrop, because the lineage among these experimental artists is so clear. In a sense, musicians like Lee Ranaldo (of Sonic Youth) and Alan Licht—the two constants in this otherwise-shifting ensemble—will always play with a series of scratches and blurs strobing across them from the heyday of the Anthology Film Archives.

For students, the power of collective witness
By Michael Rymer
Most high school students associate their cell phones with freedom. Their contact lists and photos are directories for their independent social lives. Next Wednesday, April 30, about 120 New York City high school students – most toting cell phones – will convene in the auditorium of the Instituto Cervantes to learn how to learn how cell phones are being used in the developing world to help fight for the kinds of social freedoms they enjoy.

Keith Haring’s nonstop pop
By Rania Richardson
Conjuring the excitement of an era through an artist’s work, “The Universe of Keith Haring” is as much a biopic of pop culture in the 1980s as it is a portrait of Haring himself. Set to the music of the B-52s, Devo, and other “new wave” bands, director Christina Clausen relays Haring’s artistic life in Manhattan and his influence around the world.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Shine A Light” (-) First an admission. I never really liked the Rolling Stones or understood their enormous hold on their audience. It isn’t a matter of a generation gap since I was once young. I simply preferred the music of The Beatles from the time they first appeared on the world stage and still do.

Drive-In thrills with family-friendly fun
By Lawrence Everett Forbes
Sports fans, music aficionados, and families alike are bound to find themselves parked up front and center at the North Cove of World Financial Plaza for the annual Tribeca Drive-In outdoor screenings. Last year’s three-night run drew 10,000 people.

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