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Art has a part to play in Market
Ever since the Jeffrey store and Pastis opened in the Meat Market 10 years ago, we’ve keenly watched the ongoing evolution of this unique district. Many Downtown neighborhoods are being transformed before our eyes literally overnight, it seems, but few have changed so dramatically as the Gansevoort Market.

Letters to the Editor


Adela and the woman who sold out her sister-in-law
Ever since The New York Times, in its infinite wisdom, dropped the lonely little line at the bottom of every day’s Page 1 that told you where the newest dead were, I’ve been missing a good many obituaries.

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Jury verdict hits home
On Monday, following a grand jury’s decision not to indict Police Officer Sean Sawyer in the shooting death of Jayson Tirado, 25, last year, Tirado’s family and friends held a protest march near the Jacob Riis Houses on E. 10th St., where he lived. Above, Irene Tirado, Jayson Tirado’s distraught mother, right, was comforted by William Bell, father of Sean Bell, who was also fatally shot by police in 2006. At left is East Harlem Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito. Sawyer was off-duty when he killed Tirado, who was unarmed, in Harlem after a road-rage dispute. Bell was also unarmed, in Queens on the eve of his wedding, when he was shot by undercover officers, who were also found not guilty.

City rolls out bike-share program on European model
By Laurie Mittelmann
Bicycles available for free rides up to one hour long lined the sidewalks outside four different Downtown storefronts Thursday through Monday, with banners reading “Free Bikes.”

Parking-meter pilot program in south part of West Village
By Gabriel Zucker
Community Board 2’s Traffic and Transportation Committee voted last week to participate in a Department of Transportation pilot program to raise rates on parking meters during periods when the department determines there is higher demand for spaces.

Police: Don’t keep on trucking on Broome St.

City and electeds put on pressure for a new school
By Gabriel Zucker
In another step toward creating a new public middle school at 75 Morton St., Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott reported that the Department of Education has spoken with the Empire State Development Corporation to retract the request for proposals the state agency issued last week.

Community must have a stronger voice on nightlife
By Daniel Squadron
There’s no question that community boards in Lower Manhattan know how to make their voices heard. In boards 1, 2 and 3, some of the most active and engaged folks in all of New York work together to fight for community priorities. 

Transportation Dept. gets moving on new program for public plazas
By Gabriel Zucker
The Department of Transportation is kicking off an initiative to increase the number of public plazas.

‘Die Hard yuppie scum’ protesters persist, now want letter from Willis

Community’s ship finally comes in on pier walkway
By Albert Amateau
Lower East Side residents and visitors have a new waterfront promenade and event space with spectacular views.


Local pols take their medicine, support St. Vincent’s to jeers
By Albert Amateau

Elected officials on Tuesday reluctantly supported the St. Vincent’s Hospital hardship application for Landmarks Preservation Commission permission to demolish the eccentric O’Toole Building in order to develop its proposed 299-foot-tall new hospital in the Greenwich Village Historic District.

Streets are on track for safer bike lanes
By Gabriel Zucker
Kojo Gamor, who was cycling along Grand St.’s narrow bike lane on a recent Monday, had only five words to offer on the city’s bike lanes.

For ‘Plant Man,’ parks are botanic free buffet
By Laurie Mittelmann
When Nat Bletter doesn’t have a paycheck to buy pastries or his favorite Thai soup, he hits East River Park across from his apartment for lamb’s-quarters, pineapple weed and Juneberries.

Meat Market Special

Exitement’s high as High Line chugs toward opening
By Albert Amateau
Things are coming together on the High Line project.
The transformation of the first section of the old elevated railroad into a park in the sky is in its final phase, and Friends of the High Line expect the first section, between Gansevoort and W. 20th Sts., to open by December of this year.

Mini-inn/mystery museum’ dream still alive; Develop partner needed
By Laurie Mittelmann
Novac Noury, 62, inventor of the wireless, arrow-shaped keyboard, is certainly a visionary.

As rents climb, boutiques are bumping out bistros

New local BID will have its business cut out for it
By Albert Amateau
A new business improvement district is being planned for the fast-changing Meatpacking District between Gansevoort and W. 15th Sts. west of Hudson St.

Art is taking the (new) edge off the Meat Market

Hanging in there, real Meat Market not cooked yet
By Lincoln Anderson
Change is going on all over the Meat Market, but some things stay the same — for the most part. That is, namely, the meat businesses.

New traffic-calming structures cause traffic and non-calm reactions, but are a ‘work in progress’

‘The Mayor’ sounds off on noise and nightlife
By Gabriel Zucker
“My nickname has been The Mayor for years,” said Michael Bloomberg.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

‘Rules’ aren’t meant to be broken, but explored
By Sandra Larriva
During her time as a student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Lynn Silver was often called Olympia, a reference to her teacher and award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis. Nearly 30 years later, Silver still finds many similarities between herself and her mentor.

Stitching up a torn relationship
By Adrienne Urbanski
“Stiching” is remarkable for its astonishingly honest depiction of human sexuality and the constant contradiction of the male desire for both purity and depravity.

Topiary pearls of wisdom
Pearl Fryar, 68, never preaches the gospel of love, peace and goodwill from a pulpit. Instead, in his beautiful garden in Bishopville, South Carolina, he uses his hands and hedge-clippers to sculpt magnificent topiary shrubs in the shape of words that spread this message.

Twilight romance
I just thought you might want to know how Corporal Klinger’s doing these days. He’s doing fine, and what’s more, he’s finally playing Off-Broadway—unless you count Overland Park, Kansas, where he’s been appearing at the New Theater every year for the past six years, as Off-Broadway.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Wall-E” (-) and “Finding Amanda” (-)

Volume 78, Number 7
JULY 16 -22, 2008


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