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St. Vincent’s faces emergency situation
After a year and a half of public discussion of its rebuilding project, St. Vincent’s Hospital finds itself in a troubling bind. Namely, it’s become unclear whether St. Vincent’s will be able to construct the new, state-of-the-art hospital necessary to meet today’s and tomorrow’s Lower West Side healthcare needs.

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point
Rezoning isn’t perfect, but we’ve got to support it
By Valerio Orselli
The Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association wishes to express its strong, though qualified, support for the New York City Department of City Planning’s Lower East Side/East Village contextual rezoning proposal.


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Reverend Al’s Mass appeal
Despite reports he would ride in a pedicab, Reverend Al Sharpton pedaled a two-wheeler at Critical Mass last Friday. Cyclists and Sean Bell’s family members and supporters called for an end to police killing of innocent civilians like Bell and an end to the mass ticketing of Critical Mass bikers. Nicole Paultre Bell, Sean Bell’s fiancée, is at left. [Article]

Board 3 unanimously approves rezoning for East Village/L.E.S.
By Heather Murray
Community Board 3 voted unanimously to support the Department of City Planning’s East Village/Lower East Side rezoning plan at its May 27 full board meeting, which means it could go into effect in five months or less if approved by Borough President Scott Stringer, the City Planning Commission and the City Council.

St. Vincent’s says hospital, for its health, must rebuild
By Albert Amateau
The Landmarks Preservation Com-mission’s first official hearing on the revised, scaled-back St. Vincent’s Hospital/Rudin project concluded after an exhausting five hours on Monday.

Drama carries on over O’Neill theater’s future in N.Y.U. plans
By Albert Amateau
New York University’s revised plan to demolish and redevelop the four buildings where the Provincetown Playhouse is located provoked arguments among theater people, conflict among N.Y.U. faculty and opposition from preservation advocates last week.

Trust’s chairperson is ‘optimistic’ about Pier 40
By Lincoln Anderson
At a press conference last Thursday morning to mark the 10th anniversary of the Hudson River Park, Diana Taylor, the Hudson River Park Trust’s chairperson, seemed to indicate that there’s no way The Related Companies would come back into the picture as a possible developer of the 15-acre Pier 40 at W. Houston St.

Stars to shine for school in Comden & Green gala
Max Gordon said: “Come in, kids, let’s see what you can do.” The kids, calling themselves The Revuers, came in, did their stuff, delighted everybody, and three of them — Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Judy Holiday — started up the ladder to stardom.

Pedaling a new vision of a more bike-friendly city
By Laurie Mittelmann 
The space caught my eye before the building number. Large posters with pictures of people dancing around cars adorned the giant glass doors along with signs reading, “I don’t need a war to power my bicycle!”

Seniors helping each other on the Lower East Side
By Joy Wiltermuth
When it comes to elder care on the Lower East Side, seniors at the Grand Street Settlement say forget about business models and frozen meals, they prefer the old-fashioned way — community, home cooking and hugs.

Standing up for gay youth and combating prejudice
By Joy Wiltermuth
John Blasco, 19, is a gay youth living in the East Village. Through his work as a volunteer, and through a kind, humble approach, he has built relationships in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community that span the Downtown community and the city.

A spiritual awakening at the Village Nursing Home
By Patricia Fieldsteel
The Village Nursing Home was founded and saved by volunteers. In 1975, the city and state began a campaign to close down the then privately owned home because of gross mismanagement, poor maintenance, overcrowding, nursing violations and inadequate services and care

TimeBank users give as good
as they get on Lower East Side
By Julie Shapiro
Volunteering is usually a one-way street, with one group of people donating their time and another group receiving the services.

Writing pro helps get teen girls fired up in ‘Red’
By Joy Wiltermuth
The book is red, not pink, and has a purpose. Amy Goldwasser, a freelance editor and writer, has volunteered at the Lower Eastside Girls Club for nearly four years.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

Hot town, summer in the city
By Lee Ann Westover
Though all of New York City seems to ring with music in the summertime, Downtown is fast becoming the epicenter of a varied and vibrant outdoor concert scene.

Loisaida artists find inspiration close to home
By Bonnie Rosenstock
When one conjures images of the Lower East Side, wildlife probably isn’t the first picture that springs to mind. But for the Artistas de Loisaida, or the Artists of the Lower East Side, the neighborhood flora and fauna offer endless inspiration.

His mother’s son
Tom Kalin burst onto the film scene back in 1992 with the New Queer Cinema classic “Swoon,” about homosexual “thrill-killers” Leopold and Loeb. His latest film “Savage Grace” also deals with queer true crime in dramatizing the 1972 Baekeland murder case.

‘Cry-Baby’ belts out hysterical histrionics
By Scott Harrah
Cult filmmaker John Waters may be a pop icon, but it is impossible to think any adaptation of his films could be as colorful, powerful and seamless as the Tony-winning 2002 musical version of his 1988 magnum opus, “Hairspray.”

Volume 78, Number 1
June 4
- 10, 2008


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