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Scoopy's Notebook

Mixed Use

Police Blotter


The A List

Downtown’s health and safety abandoned
With a president who admits to breaking the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and who reserved his torture options while signing an anti-torture bill into law, perhaps it is no longer shocking to some when his government disregards the law. It is shocking, or at least it should be.

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point
Praying gay marriage will come someday in New York
By Reverend Donna Schaper
It was in 1990, late in the day at the First Congregational Church in Riverhead. Two women came in and looked me straight in the eye and said, “Can we get married?” I remember saying “No” much too quickly and with a touch of bitterness. It was my bitterness: Why had just a few weeks ago I agreed to a heterosexual marriage on the spot, with a woman nine-and-a-half months pregnant and a man who clearly had a metaphoric noose around his head?

In Brief

Green day for Prince St. lane

No curbing of enthusiasm for Woody Allen’s new film

The articulation of O’Neill Playhouse plans cometh

Regina Kellerman, 84, leading Village preservationist
By Albert Amateau
Regina Kellerman, an architectural historian who worked closely with the city during the founding of the Landmarks Preservation Commission and served as the first director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, died Tues., May 13, at age 84.

John Ranard, 56, social-documentary photographer
By Andrew Ranard and Lincoln Anderson
John Ranard, an East Village photographer known for his work documenting boxing, Russia during the period of perestroika and AIDS in Russia, died of liver cancer at Mt. Sinai Hospital on Wed., May 14. He was 56.


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Tower of Toys is torn down
On Monday, Parks Department workers started dismantling the late Eddie Boros’s tower of scavenged boards and toys in Sixth and B Garden. Parks had condemned the Avenue B structure as unsafe. See for article and more photos.

St. Vincent’s tries to resuscitate hospital project by scaling back
By Albert Amateau
Two weeks after the Landmarks Preservation Commission informally but definitely declared the proposed St. Vincent’s Hospital/Rudin redevelopment not appropriate for the Greenwich Village Historic District, the hospital and Rudin presented a brand-new, scaled-back plan.


Girls get Community Funds for their Community Center
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, back row, left, in photo above, and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, to the right of Silver, teamed up last Friday to present the Lower Eastside Girls Club — represented by several of its young members and its executive director, Lyn Pentecost, at right — with $500,000 in Community Capital Assistance Program Funds.

Youth frown as the Avenue B Toy Tower is taken down
By Lincoln Anderson
As Parks Department workers started dismantling the late Eddie Boros’s Tower of Toys in Sixth and B Garden on Monday, students from the school across the street posed one last time in front of the iconic structure.

A Salute to Union Square
A special Villager supplement

Renovation proceeds as restaurant dispute simmers
By Albert Amateau
The third and final phase of the Union Square Park reconstruction got underway last month when work began on the north end of the 1839 park.

For W Hotel manager, giving back is good business
By Bonnie Rosenstock
Edward Maynard, the general manager of the upscale W Hotel on the northeast corner of Union Square and 17th St., enjoys relating how in 1985 he got bounced from his first hotel job with the Stamford Marriot in Connecticut.

Magazine editor’s efforts for school are award-winning
By Joy Wiltermuth
In the mid-1990s, Washington Irving High School was racked by violence and believed to be a staging ground for gang activity. Area business proprietors wanted to close the school down, and Robert Walsh, then head of the 14th St.-Union Square Business Improvement District — today known as the Union Square Partnership — came looking for volunteers to tackle the problem.

Lines from Artichoke Pizza are choking E. 14th St.
By Joy Wiltermuth
“Everyone and their mamma” has been talking about Artichoke Basille’s Pizza & Brewery, wrote Jen “The Gijibej” D. in a post on

Big Onion’s walking tours reveal layers of history
By Bonnie Rosenstock
“Gonna take a walk down Union Square. You never know who you’re gonna find there,” sang Lou Reed (from the song, “Run, Run, Run” on “The Velvet Underground & Nico” album) back in the group’s drug-addled prime and when one incarnation of Andy Warhol’s The Factory was located at 860 Broadway on the west side of the square.

Frozen yogurt face-off becomes cold war of tartness
By Joy Wiltermuth
Rivalry? What rivalry?. Two hip frozen-yogurt companies share a clientele and an unloved corner near Union Square. Red Mango opened its mellow, chocolate-and-red-colored store at 63 W. 14th St. last December.

Virgin may give it up next year at megastore location
By William Sprouse
In a major retail change in Union Square, the Virgin Megastore could be departing One Union Square South in early 2009, according to sources.

Don’t ask names, just enjoy the meat at Mr. Skewer
By Joy Wiltermuth
It’s all about the meat, of large variety and portions.
A month ago, the elusive Mr. Skewer & Co. opened an affordable, fast and casual Brazilian grill at 43 W. 14th St.

He serves up potato peelers with a slice of style
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 
On any given sunny spring day at the Union Square Greenmarket, a large crowd gathers around Joseph Ades. Known as the “Gentleman Peeler,” Ades wears classic tweed suits and silk ties, sits in a low crouch and demonstrates slicing and peeling potatoes and carrots with an ordinary-looking peeler.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles
A quintessential 1960s Greenwich Village romance
By David Chiu
Among the denizens of Bob Dylan fans, Suze Rotolo gained fame in the 1960s for being his girlfriend. She offers an account of their quintessential Greenwich Village romance in her newly published memoir, “A Freewheelin’ Time,” which drew its name from Dylan’s second album, “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,” cover of which shows the lovers walking through in the middle of a Downtown street in 1963.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“The Visitor” (+) As I left the theater I heard someone say to his companion, “That isn’t just a movie; it’s a work of art.” He is absolutely correct.

Art of the artificial
By Stephanie Buhmann
Over the past 40 years, Lynn Hershman Leeson has explored empowerment and freedom of speech in a wide range of media, including photography, film, sculpture, performance, and installation.

Young dance makers break new ground
By Judith Stiles
With election politics heating up the airwaves, it is not surprising that hot topics such as the war in Iraq, race relations and gay rights are among the themes addressed by the recent works of young choreographers at Columbia University’s Miller Theater.

Volume 77, Number 51
May 21 - 27, 2008


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