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The High Line factor
 The Romanoff family’s proposal for a 12-story, glass-facade office building in the Meat Market raises many issues. But the most important is whether this project qualifies for variances based on financial hardship, as the Romanoffs claim.

Letters to the Editor

Featured Columns

The A-List

Scoopy's Notebook

Mixed Use

Police Blotter

Talking Point

So much rides on Israeli prime minister election
By Ed Gold
Israel’s election results on Feb. 10 may help determine whether the Obama-Clinton-Mitchell diplomatic effort can enhance the slimming chances for peace in the Middle East.


Evelyn Strouse, 92, feisty doyenne of Union Square
By Albert Amateau
Evelyn Strouse, the diminutive woman who exerted enormous influence on neighborhood preservation as a leader of the Union Square Community Coalition for 20 years, died on Jan. 15 in an assisted-living residence in Oakland, Cal. She was 92.

Richard Leck, 75, poet and part of bohemian scene
Richard Leck — a longtime Villager, poet, verbose observer of daily life and Army veteran — died Dec. 19 at the age of 75.




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New Black Panther Party for Self Defense members demonstrated outside Lafayette French Pastry bakery on Saturday from around 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Panthers vow to shut down ‘Negro Head’ cookie baker
By Lincoln Anderson
Could the cookie be crumbling for Lafayette French Pastry bakery owner Ted Kefalnios? After concocting a bizarre batch of “Drunken Negro Face” cookies allegedly “in honor” of President Barack Obama, Kefalnios has been receiving death threats, and now a group of militant black activists is vowing to “shut him down” for good.

The youngest of McCourts pitches his own memoir
By Jerry Tallmer
Alphie McCourt gives away the game right at the beginning — well, on page 20 — of his beautifully titled and, in fact, altogether quite beautiful 269-page remembrance and reverie, “A Long Stone’s Throw.”

Free St. Mark’s flea market may have to hop elsewhere
By Mary Reinholz
A Brooklyn anarchist network that has long held “really really free” flea markets at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery got an unexpected lesson in pay-to-play capitalism late last month: Leaders at the iconic Episcopal house of worship — which is known for its embrace of counterculture gurus and goblins.

Silver says L.E.S. business still hurting from 9/11
By Albert Amateau
State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver assured members of the Lower East Side Business Improvement District last week of his commitment to help small businesses of the Lower East Side, Chinatown and Little Italy weather the current recession.

Committee celebrates the salvation of St. Brigid’s
By Albert Amateau
Neighbors, elected officials and friends from near and far gathered on Feb. 1, the Feast of St. Brigid, to celebrate the victory of the Committee to Save St. Brigid’s in the group’s long struggle to prevent the demolition of the 1849 church on Tompkins Square Park.


New exhibit’s old goal is to spur on SPURA
By Heather Murray
A woman visiting the Visualizing Seward Park Urban Renewal Area exhibit’s opening reception Thursday night gingerly picked up a cube velcroed to the wall in front of her.

First section, and new BID, on track for High Line
By Albert Amateau
The Friends of the High Line — established a decade ago to advance the creation of the High Line Park — are getting ready for a gala opening of the park’s first section in less than five months, as construction on the elevated West Side railroad continues.

Old P.S. 64 owner now just trying to rent building
By Lincoln Anderson
A rumor was recently circulating in the East Village that developer Gregg Singer had leased the old P.S. 64 building on E. Ninth St. to the Art Institute of New York City for dormitory use.

Variance by High Line is a meaty issue at C.B. 2
By Lincoln Anderson
Dealing a blow to a family development team’s vision of a signature, glass-sheathed office tower with large-scale retail in the Meat Market, Community Board 2 recently shot down their request for extra height to allow a 12-story building.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles
There’s a g-g-ghost in Soho!
By Will McKinley
Fifteen years ago, Casper the Friendly Ghost disappeared from newsstands. Harvey Comics, based in New York City for nearly half a century, stopped the presses in 1994 and a wealth of delightfully analog children’s entertainment seemed doomed to recede into history -- until Mark Arnold sprang to the rescue.

Reading between races
By Jerry Tallmer
Lorraine Hansberry, who at 29 broke through insurmountable barriers as the first black woman ever to write a play that reached -- burst upon -- Broadway, did more than even she knew with her 1959 “A Raisin in the Sun.”

The Americanization of ‘Hedda Gabler’
By Scott Harrah
Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” is a theatrical staple worldwide, revived as often as any classic by Shakespeare or the ancient Greek playwrights. Because “Hedda Gabler” has been performed so many times, it’s always open to new interpretations. Roundabout’s latest version features “Weeds” star Mary-Louise Parker as Hedda, and an updated script by Christopher Shinn that often dilutes or totally alters Ibsen’s elegant dialogue.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Serbis” (-) Looking through The New York Times I came across a review of this film which intrigued me. In her review, Manohla Dargis wrote, “Gentle, bawdy and at times rambunctiously, ticklishly rude, the Filipino movie Serbis opens with the camera ogling a naked woman preening before a mirror.
“The Class” (+) A very good picture, particularly during a period when there are so few good movies to see. People leaving an earlier show repeatedly described the film to me as “fabulous.” Take it from me. While it is very good and held my attention, it is far from fabulous.


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Volume 78, Number 35
Feb. 04 - 10, 2009


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