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The A-List

Scoopy’s Notebook

Mixed Use

Police Blotter

Ira Blutreich

Time for rational rezoning is now
 Depending where one stands, the rezoning of two half-blocks in the southwest Village at Greenwich and Leroy Sts. to allow residential use is either a smashing victory or a bitter pill to swallow.

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point
AAFE: Why it’s wrong to call rezoning plan racist
By Chris Kui
Asian Americans for Equality supports the East Village/Lower East Side rezoning proposal, and joins the overwhelming majority of affordable housing advocates and organizations in the Lower East Side/East Village and Chinatown that feel that this is a positive step in stemming the rampant gentrification and out-of-context, luxury development in our mixed-income neighborhood. This process was conducted in a fair and open manner.


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Uplifting feeling at riots rockfest
Punk music fans crowd-surfed on Sunday in Tompkins Square Park on the 20th anniversary of the park riots. See Scoopy’s Notebook,.

‘Help us protect our streets,’ petition begs local officials
By Laurie Mittelmann
On the counter between a basket of jam-filled vegan cookies and the cash register at a coffee shop on Charles St. is a petition asking local politicians and the Sixth Precinct to help protect the streets from prostitutes, pimps and drug dealers.

No rerun of security search at Tompkins movie show
By Laurie Mittelmann
A potential confrontation between residents prepared to protest bag searches at a free Tompkins Square Park movie showing turned into a celebration when it became clear that security had been reduced to one guard, present only for emergencies.


Builder gives up a whole lot, but neighbors are still sore
By Lincoln Anderson
Though just a fraction of the size of the 111-block rezoning of the East Village and Lower East Side, approval of which is expected this November, the recent rezoning of two half-blocks in the southwest Village raised nearly as much concern and angst. In the end, though, it resulted in a pledge to create something not seen in the West Village in years: new affordable housing.

C.B. 2 report opens ideas for new open public spaces
By Albert Amateau
Community Board 2, which includes Greenwich Village, Soho, Noho, Little Italy and Hudson Square, has the second-lowest amount of open space of Manhattan’s 12 community board districts.

D.A. is investigating officer’s assault on cyclistBy Jefferson Siegel 
A videotape of a police officer knocking a bicyclist to the ground in Times Square during the July Critical Mass ride dominated local media for several days last week.

Villager ‘educates’ Connor on prison bill funding
By Josh Rogers
State Senator Martin Connor claimed falsely last week that a prison bill he voted for contained $643 million for New York City schools.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

Falling through the ice
By Steven Snyder
For writer and director Courtney Hunt, being awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival last January came as both a blessing and something of a short-lived curse. Taking the stage to accept the award for her first feature, “Frozen River,” she was heralded as perhaps one of the next great New York filmmakers.

Sol mates in southern Spain
By Bonnie Rosenstock
John Reoli didn’t start out to write a gay play or a love story. He says it just turned out that way. “To me, that’s part of the adventure of writing,” explained the actor/playwright. “It’s like being on a ship. You’re the one not driving it. You don’t necessarily know where you’re going.”

‘Admirer’ calibrates the edges of accord
By Jefffrey Cypyres Wright
31 Grand… at 143 Ludlow? What’s the story here? Gallerists Heather Stephens and Meghan Bush pulled up stakes from their gallery at 31 Grand in Williamsburg and moved to LES. Staying true to their indie spirit, the two also stayed true to their roots as evidenced by keeping the original name.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Brideshead Revisited” (+) This movie, based on a novel by Evelyn Waugh, was not well received by the critics, and they were right to pan it. I believe it is worth seeing, however, particularly if you enjoyed the 1981 British television series “Brideshead Revisited,” now almost 30 years old.

Volume 78, Number 10
August 6 - 12 , 2008


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