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Volume 77, Number 49
May 7 - 13, 2008

FEATURED COLUMNS

Scoopy's Notebook

Mixed Use

Police Blotter

Scene

The A List


Editorial

O.K. rezoning as is
 On Monday, the city certified the uniform land use review procedure, or ULURP, for the 197c East Village/Lower East Side rezoning. The ULURP clock has started ticking. Community Board 3 now has less than 60 days for final review of and input on this sprawling rezoning, which encompasses 114 blocks. The whole ULURP process could take seven months. If the plan — which is supported by the Department of City Planning — wins City Council approval under ULURP, it basically would go into effect immediately.

Letters to the Editor

Ira Blutreich


Talking Point
N.Y.U. Sensitivity, First Act: O’Neill’s Playhouse
By Shirley Sealy
As a former longtime tenant of the Provincetown Apartments at 135 MacDougal St. — and one of the tenants there who were recently relocated to other N.Y.U.-owned buildings — I have a keen interest in N.Y.U. Law School’s redevelopment plans for the site.

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Many messages on May Day
On May Day, last Thursday, a rally at Union Square drew a mix of demonstrators advocating variously for rights for illegal immigrants, justice for police-shooting victim Sean Bell and an end to the Iraq War.


St. Vincent’s plan on life support as Landmarks cuts it down to size
By Albert Amateau
The Landmarks Preservation Comm-ission on Tuesday told St. Vincent’s Hospital and the hospital’s redevelopment partner, the Rudin Organization, to go back to the drawing board and come up with an entirely different project than the one submitted on Dec. 31.

Good bet Hudson Square BID will happen this time
By Albert Amateau
The steering committee of a proposed new Hudson Square business improvement district held its first public meeting last week to begin a nine-month-long approval process for a BID intended to improve the 22-block commercial area from Houston St. to Canal St. between Greenwich St. and Sixth Ave.

Chinatown rezoning call keeps resounding at C.B. 3
By Heather Murray
Although Community Board 3 Chairperson David McWater has said the board won’t ask the Department of Planning to expand a 114-block East Village/Lower East Side rezoning plan to include the Bowery and Chinatown, a coalition determined to expand the rezoning’s area is working to mobilize the community.

Bus beating, ‘crusty’ stabbing, pot bustin’

News

Whitney High Line branch is on track
By Albert Amateau
The Whitney Museum of American Art last week presented the design for a new Whitney branch to be built next year at the foot of the High Line in the Gansevoort Market District.

B.S.A. backs Trump Soho, setting stage for lawsuit
By Albert Amateau
The Board of Standards and Appeals on Tuesday unanimously voted to dismiss the Soho Alliance’s petition to revoke the Department of Buildings’ construction permit for the trouble-plagued Trump Soho condominium hotel.

Poly owners pitch ‘eco-manse’ or club, but are nailed on signs
By Bonnie Rosenstock
In less than two years, the former Cabrini Stuyvesant Polyclinic has more than tripled in value without having become anything but defaced. The building at 137 Second Ave. and Ninth St. has been vacant since August 2006 when Cabrini Medical Center sold it to a private developer for $4.8 million.

Worked up over museum dispute, Duane quits board
By Caroline N. Jackson
Costumed interpreters, tour guides and educators of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum waged a pickle protest last Thursday to inform the public of their charge that the museum is trying to block them from organizing a union.

Parks to topple Tower of Toys
By Lincoln Anderson
Almost a year to the date that Eddie Boros — the barefoot, pearl necklace-wearing creator of the Tower of Toys — died at age 74 comes word that his legendary landmark in 6th & B Garden is facing the ax.

It’s fun for Macho Man to help honor Y-M-C-Aaay!


Villager Arts & Lifestyles
Winsome take on a children’s classic
By Talia Page
The New Acting Company, a program for The Children’s Aid Society, features new talent and a fresh take on the old classic, “Alice in Wonderland.” For children, the play provides a colorful and cozy introduction to literature in the theater, and parents will no doubt find themselves amused, and carried away by moments of nostalgia.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Roman de Gare” (+) This French film noir held my attention from beginning to end. They do the genre best.
“Then She Found Me” (-) What a waste of talent. It’s difficult to believe that a film with a cast that includes Helen Hunt, Bette Midler, Colin Firth, Matthew Broderick, and Salman Rushdie could be so tedious. They are all flat in their roles and create no energy, synergy or a single memorable scene.

125 years of Chelsea mornings, days and nights
By Abby Luby
Artists and former residents of the embattled Chelsea Hotel are honoring the landmark as an established Mecca of creative energy in the photo exhibition “Chelsea Hotel Through the Eyes of Photographers.”

 


Appropriating stories of survival and loss
By Steven Snyder
Is Lukas a monster?
That is the question that pushes “The Memory Thief” towards its harrowing finale, as writer-director Gil Kofman holds this young man up to the light, twists him this way and that, and asks the audience to pass judgment. In the process, we find ourselves measuring our own morals and behaviors against his.

Mastering the art of reinvention
By Michael Rymer
Samuels’ first two books, “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” and “The Runner,” which are being published simultaneously, probe the theme of self-invention. In the preface to the former, a collection of his best magazine articles, Samuels, 41, describes his interest in the American “gift for self-delusion and for making ourselves up from scratch.”

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