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Chico says, ‘Make right choice’
Antonio Garcia, better known as Chico, painted a new mural of presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain at Sixth St. and Avenue C on Saturday. Above is Obama, though with his black hair not painted in yet, he was looking a bit like McCain at this stage. While it may seem Chico’s mural doesn’t overtly endorse either candidate, the message written on it subtly gives the artist’s opinion: “America, make the right choice — and vote.” Obama is on the right in the piece, thus, Chico explained, “When I say ‘the right choice,’ I’m saying Obama.” Also, behind McCain there is an oil spill, while behind Obama there is a supportive crowd. “He’s younger,” Chico said of Obama. “He’s not the same thing back in the White House for another eight years. I believe he can win. I have faith in him.”
A business improvement district for a park? Hey, it just might work
By Lincoln Anderson
Hudson River Park has plenty of new public-use piers and lawns and splendid views of the river and harbor. But one thing it needs more of is money.
Guns drawn, doors knocked down, police hounded video group at R.N.C.
By Casey Samulski
On Sat., Aug. 30, at 11 a.m. a Wisconsin sheriff and an F.B.I. agent showed up at the door of a small townhouse on 949 Iglehart St., in Minneapolis, Minn. They claimed to be searching for someone who might have lived there some years ago. For Eileen Clancy, it was the first indication that she and her colleagues were being targeted by the F.B.I. and police.
Abu Dhabi campus has N.Y.U. thinking, acting globally
By Albert Amateau
Alfred H. Bloom, 62, president of Swarthmore College, was appointed at the end of last month as vice chancellor of New York University’s new campus in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, which is scheduled to open for classes in 2010.
With vote, City Council primes site for new Whitney
By Albert Amateau
The new Downtown Whitney Museum of American Art to be built in the Gansevoort Market District at the foot of the High Line won the unanimous approval of the City Council and the praise of neighborhood leaders and election officials.
Mayor salutes La Salle
Liquor fuels heated debates at full board meeting
By Lincoln Anderson
There were fears, jeers and, finally, tears of joy at Community Board 2 last month as residents and nightlife operators squared off on three hotly contested liquor license applications.
Villager Arts & Lifestyles
Not your average Joe
By Lee Ann Westover
Ten years ago, downtown Manhattan’s venerable Public Theater transformed a corner of their grand Lafayette Street edifice into a glamorous music club, bar and restaurant.
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 Manhattans 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 Wellers 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 hes been having an affair with for some years.
Live from New York, it’s the public library
By DAVID CALLICOTT
This Friday night, a few New Yorkers will have a chance to spend the evening with one of the most sought after men in the world, in one of the most historic edifices in our great city. The man in question is not the Dalai Lama, Barack Obama or Bono, but Spanish chef Ferran Adrià; the building is not the Empire State or Carnegie Hall, but the New York Public Library.
A fairer house than prose
By RUTH VINCENT
When poet Stanley Kunitz founded Poets House, a 50,000-volume poetry library and literary center, with arts administrator Elizabeth Kray, he envisioned it as a “house of hospitality, as well as a house of books.” Since opening in 1986, Poets House has grown from makeshift locations in home economics classrooms to the sunny, quiet Spring Street loft it inhabited for over a decade. Now Poets House will have a permanent home: a brand new, eco-friendly, purpose-built poetry space at 10 River Terrace, in Battery Park City, guaranteed rent-free until 2069 by the Battery Park City Authority.