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Scoopy's Notebook

Mixed Use

Police Blotter


The A List

Provincetown project’s now about preservation
Passions are running high over New York University’s plan to demolish four joined 1840s buildings on MacDougal St. between W. Fourth and Third Sts., the southernmost of which contains the Provincetown Playhouse on its ground floor.

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point
MD/Rx Inc.; How going to the doctor became a luxury
By Dr. Charles Hesdorffer and Daniel Meltzer
Can a physician uphold the Hippocratic oath in America today and get rich at the same time? When did the practice of medicine morph from vital public service to a business?

In Brief

Chesnutt and Mendez are Partnership’s ’08 honorees

Ukrainian festival to rock Seventh St.

In Pictures
The architect cometh to describe Playhouse project

Bell protesters take a stand

Big night for Little Missionary


Serving West and East Village, Chelsea, SoHo, NoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown and the Lower East Side

Villager photo by Robert Kreizel

Raging against rezoning
Protesters at Community Board 3’s town hall meeting on the East Village/Lower East Side rezoning on Monday night angrily reacted to the PowerPoint presentation on the proposal, which doesn’t include Chinatown. [Article].

Meat Market plaza plan is not ‘breast’ idea, some say
By Katie DeWitt
Some are celebrating it as a reclaimed pedestrian space and a welcome amenity for local residents and tourists. Others, like longtime neighborhood resident Erik Wensburg, are questioning the “mammary motif” of the circular bollards. But everyone agrees that the once-chaotic and hazardous five-way intersection at Gansevoort St. and Ninth Ave. is no longer what it used to be.

John Jay Iselin, 74, headed Cooper Union and WNET
By Albert Amateau
John Jay Iselin, president of The Cooper Union from 1988 to 1998 after a distinguished career as president of the public television station WNET Channel 13, died Tues., May 6, of pneumonia at the age of 74.

Cicely Nichols, writer/editor, activist, dies at 70
By Albert Amateau
Cicely Nichols, who came to the Village from her native Seattle as a dancer to join the Robert Joffrey Ballet in the mid-1950s and went on to become a writer/editor and activist, died on April 5 at Cornell Hospital at the age of 70.


New school site is found in Foundling Hospital deal
By Albert Amateau
Village public school advocates who packed the May 8 Community Board 2 “Room to Learn” rally cheered at the announcement that a new elementary school is definitely planned for their overcrowded district and that more schools will follow.

Union Sq. work restart O.K.’d, but pavilion is on back burner
By Albert Amateau
The State Supreme Court last week modified its earlier decision and permitted the city to proceed with its plan to rehabilitate the Union Square pavilion, build the new comfort stations and begin work on the enlarged playground and the redesign of the Union Square north-end plaza.

Chinatown group brands East Side rezoning ‘racist’
Arthur Huh, a City Department of Planning district liaison, came to Community Board 3’s town hall meeting on the 197c East Village/Lower East Side Rezoning Plan on Monday prepared to showcase the plan’s highlights. The city had just certified the uniform land use review procedure, or ULURP, for the rezoning plan the previous Monday. C.B. 3 has 60 days from certification for final comments on the rezoning, which spans 111 blocks. If, over the next several months, the plan wins City Council approval, it will go into effect.

Veggie Pride Parade to sprout from meat mecca
By Albert Amateau
“We are the Woodstock of the 21st century,” said Pamela Rice, the enthusiastic organizer of what she claims will be the nation’s first Veggie Pride Parade on Sun., May 18, through the Village from the Gansevoort Meat Market to Washington Square Park.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

Noise fun at the No Fun Fest
By David Todd
One of the more impressive things about a good “noise” set is how intrusive traditional musical elements sound when they’re introduced to it. In the worlds of experimental musicians like ASTRO (Hiroshi Hasegawa) and Consumer Electronics (Philip Best), a conventional sense of music is subverted, and a proper melody or chord change can scrape the ear with its own brand of dissonance.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“Forgetting Sarah Marshall” (+) and “Redbelt” (-)

Saving the world from Parkerization one sip at a time
By Royal Young
“Go into wine stores and ask why all their wines are manipulated. Walk out, tell them you can’t drink it,” advises Alice Feiring, author of the new memoir “The Battle for Wine and Love or How I Saved the World from Parkerization” when asked what we can do to stop wineries from cramming their products with chemicals.

Terror and tough love
By Jennifer DeMeritt
How do you write and star in a play about self-indulgence being guilty of self-indulgence? In “Steve & Idi,” David Grimm gooses the story of a playwright’s nervous breakdown with the ghost of Idi Amin, the murderous ex-dictator of Uganda.

Rebellion of the quiet
By Adrienne Urbanski
In the 70s and 80s, as punk music electrified New York, the No Wave movement was invading the film world, transferring the punk philosophy of extremism and experimentation to the celluloid.

Oh, no! House of Yes, scene of hot hipster parties, is toast

Volume 77, Number 50
May 14 - 20, 2008


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