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The A-List

Mixed Use

Scoopy’s Notebook

Police Blotter


Ira Blutreich

Seaport plan is a good first draft
After nearly three decades of failure at the South Street Seaport mall, the firm now in charge proposes a grand plan in the billion-dollar range to revamp the area with hotels and better retail just as Wall Street’s shockwaves nearby are being felt everywhere. When you consider the long list of agencies at all government levels needed to approve the plan and you throw in the early opposition from vocal members of Community Board 1, there’s ample reason to dismiss General Growth Properties’ proposal as a fantasy.

Letters to the Editor

The silent young man with the blue eyes at Downey’s
By Jerry Tallmer
In the very early 1950s I had a friend who hung out at Downey’s, Eighth Avenue and 44th Street, and I would sometimes hang there with her. In the next booth there was often a cluster of aspiring actors around a rising star named Joanne Woodward, who was making it big on this new thing called television.


Pickle-icious performers had Lower East Side flavor

Cream of the crop at Harvest

Racking up support for cycling

Guac and roll! Taste of Village satisfies buds, raises bucks

‘Take Your Best Shot,’ Gouverneur

Parade riders, start your bikes!


Margot Gayle, 100, led effort to landmark Soho, ‘Old Jeff’
By Albert Amateau
Margot Gayle, one of the city’s most successful preservation advocates, who mobilized the Village to save the Jefferson Market Courthouse and spearheaded the preservation of the Soho Cast-Iron Historic district, died Sun., Sept. 28, a few months after her 100th birthday.


Pharma-guru preaches the healthy way to get an edge
By Judith Stiles
It seems that personal pledges for fitness are renewed at the beginning of every season, and September is here. Recreational runners flank lower Manhattan as they jog in droves along the paths of the F.D.R. Drive and the West Side Highway. Some are running to become more fit, while many are jockeying in the lanes and dodging cyclists to improve their time for upcoming competitions. And like many sports nuts, most of them wonder just what supplements, vitamins or nutritional shakes they can safely use to enhance their performance.






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

Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

Viewed from Eighth St. to the south, East Village resident Juan Reyes, right, cast his line from East River Park’s newly renovated esplanade section as he hoped for striped bass and bluefish Monday.

Park possibly sliding into river; Work definitely behind schedule
By Julie Shapiro
New Yorkers will be waiting another year for East River Park to be complete — and maybe more if a state agency succeeds in halting the project.

Major makeover for Gouverneur during next 4 years
Local elected officials and Health and Hospitals Corporation representatives joined Gouverneur Healthcare Services administrators last week in breaking ground at 227 Madison St. on Gouverneur’s four-year, $180 million modernization project.

New buildings are Kryptonite to superblock dwellers
By Albert Amateau
Village residents spoke up at a Community Board 2 committee forum last week about the future of open public space in the two New York University-owned superblocks south of Washington Square.

Pier 40 plan sinks again; Trust seeks longer lease
By Lincoln Anderson
For the second time in five years, the Hudson River Park Trust’s efforts to find a private developer to renovate and operate Pier 40 have gone down to a watery grave.

As lawsuit looms, no end to talk on rezoning
By Casey Samulski
As the East Village/Lower East Side rezoning — the third largest rezoning in New York City’s history — works its way through its final rounds of review, a new report offers grounds that opponents may use to try to file a lawsuit against the plan.

Joe Jr.’s ‘big, fat Greek wedding’ sees ‘Soso’ marry
By Ed Gold
The popular luncheonette Joe Jr., at 12th St. and Sixth Ave., lost one of its regular staffers when Soteria Kontis, known to everyone as “Soso,” married Andreas Tsoukalas on Sat., Sept. 12.

Protest money pasted up on ‘pop-up’ gallery windows
By Jefferson Siegel
Noted London gallery owner Steve Lazarides opening a “pop-up” gallery on Friday night in a former restaurant supply store on the Bowery and Houston Sts. got not props but a protest from the L.E.S. Slacktiv.

A smarter way to park gets started
PARK Smart, a new program developed by the city’s Department of Transportation with the community, will start a six-month trial on Oct. 6 in Greenwich Village

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

Healing the spirit through dance
By Ruth Vincent
In her recently published memoir, “Skin of Glass: Finding Spirit in the Flesh,” ballerina-turned-Sufi Dunya Dianne McPherson, explores dance as a spiritual practice. McPherson, 55, a longtime resident of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, was compared to a modern-day Isadora Duncan, but ditched dance fame to become a bellydancer, a Sufi mystic, and the creator of Dancemeditation, a spiritual practice of awareness movement in which the body is viewed as a teacher. This is her first book.

Local playwright Michael Weller’s portrait of a marriage
By Jerry Tallmer
In “Fifty Words,” the new play by Michael Weller at the Lortel on Christopher Street, the crunch comes toward the end of a difficult day in a long, difficult marriage, when the wife icily demands that the husband write down the phone number of the old flame he’s been having an affair with for some years.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Appaloosa” (-) This Western, set in the 19th Century and based on a novel by Robert B. Parker, is not very good. Occasionally it is boring, and everyone I talked to agreed it was too long (1 hour 47 minutes).

So many songs, so little plot
By Scott Harrah
Anyone who has read the Charles Dickens novel “A Tale of Two Cities” is familiar with its famous opening sentence, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” So one might think a musical adaptation of such a beloved piece of literature would make the best of musicals, right? Unfortunately, one never experiences “the best of times” while watching this misguided production from book, music and lyric writer Jill Santoriello and director/choreographer Warren Carlyle.

Unpacking the past
By Stacy Coburn
More than six decades after Russian-born Jewish author Irène Némirovsky perished at Auschwitz, the Museum of Jewish History hosts the first museum show dedicated to her work and life. Némirovsky’s eldest daughter, Denise Epstein, carried the manuscript in her mother’s boxy brown leather suitcase for half a century before garnering the courage to read it.

Volume 78, Number 18
October 1 - 7, 2008


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Discover Hudson Square

Feeding a Growing Nabe
In our second annual look at Hudson Square, the new neighborhood just west of Soho, we focus on the growing number of small restaurants in the area and profile Great Performances catering, above, which also runs a daytime cafe . Tribeca celebrity chef David Bouley (not shown) has also signed a lease for an eatery in the Square.

We profile the new Four Points hotel which will be near the towering Trump Soho under construction, left.

Hudson Square veterans chew over what's going on

Cuisine from the world's 4 corners in the Square

Catering to the hoity-toity & serving lunch to the New Media

Be it Soho or the Square, the nabe has room for inns

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