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Progress and projects
As would be expected, our annual Progress Report in this week’s issue reflects the state of the economy. From businesses to community activists, individuals and organizations are feeling the impact, and figuring out what it all means for their goals and expectations.

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point

New St. Brigid’s must be more than a ‘vanilla box’
By Roland Legiardi-Laura
Like many people in our community I was ecstatic last spring when I learned that after years of confrontational struggle between the archdiocese and the neighborhood, St. Brigid’s Church had finally been saved.


Dave Smith, 90, Penn South leader, co-op housing advocate
By Albert Amateau
David L. Smith, a leader in the nation’s co-operative housing movement and locally in the Penn South co-op, where he lived for 46 years and served as president and chairman for more than two decades, died Sat., March 14, at age 90.





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Hero officers are honored
Family and friends of Auxiliary Officers Eugene Marshalik and Nicholas Pekearo gathered with community members and more than 100 regular police and auxiliary officers at Sullivan and Bleecker Sts. Saturday to unveil honorary street signs for the heroic volunteer patrol partners. Marshalik, 19, an N.Y.U. sophomore, and Pekearo, 28, a fiction writer and native Villager, were slain two years ago near the intersection by a disturbed gunman who had just killed a restaurant worker nearby on Houston St. Above, Marshalik’s parents, Boris, second from left, and Maya — his mother looking up at her son’s new sign while holding one they were given to keep. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Councilmember Chris Quinn spoke at the unveiling, which was also attended by Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler. Kelly said the signs will ensure that “millions” will never forget the two men’s bravery.

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Park has come a long way, but we’re not done yet
By Noreen Doyle
I wore a fish costume on my first day of work. It was Halloween in 1994, and I had just left my job at Community Board 4...

All the world is watching New York City’s streets 
By Paul Steely White and Wiley Norvell
Last year was the first time New Yorkers finally got a glimpse of what 21st-century streets look like.

We won White House, but challenges remain at home
By Keen Berger
We did it! We elected Barack Obama our 44th president. We voted for immigration reform, healthcare for everyone and the end of the Iraq War...

You are here! Chinese language Signs, markers to make it clear
By Michael Moi
“How do I get to Chinatown?” is a question asked frequently by new visitors to New York City and even longtime natives.

Development slows, but vigilance is still needed
By Andrew Berman
The current financial crisis is deeply affecting all aspects of life in our city, and preservation is no exception. 

Post-zoning, issues remain, but it’s been a Net gain
By Dominic Pisciotta and Susan Stetzer
Community Board 3 has been extremely busy over the last year...

Finding, and keeping, affordable housing gets harder
Thousands of working-class families all across New York City are affected by the economic downturn.and individuals.

BID is building momentum and is delivering results
By Jennifer Falk
Union Square is New York’s ultimate neighborhood destination, home to the city’s oldest Greenmarket, the best restaurants and shops and a historic park that serves as an oasis in the midst of a bustling metropolis. 

Reinvention is the name of the game in new economy
By Roberto Ragone
When it comes to survival — and reinvention — the Lower East Side has more than persevered.

sMoving forward with moves for attracting more shoppers
By Honi Klein
No doubt 2009 is shaping up as a very challenging year for all businesses...

Trump Soho will open April 1; Former foes are hired as staff 

Trust seeks stimulus cash for Pier 40 repair work
By Heather Murray
The Hudson River Park Trust has applied for $57 million in federal stimulus money to fund “shovel-ready” projects at Pier 40.

Tompkins‘roots man’ is hanging up his spade
By Bonnie Rosenstock 
Right around the time the spring bulbs bloom, Michael S. Lytle will be hanging up his tools and putting his job to bed.

C.B. 3 approves 4 of 6 street closings along Allen/Pike mall
By Albert Amateau
The Transportation Committee of Community Board 3 last week voted a qualified approval of a Department of Transportation initiative to connect the Allen and Pike St. malls and prohibit vehicle crossing at four intersections to make pedestrians safer.

New School building will be smaller, and is barely an idea
By Lincoln Anderson
A plan by The New School to construct Greenwich Village’s largest building, dreaded by many neighbors, has been scrapped, university officials recently revealed at a meeting with local elected officials.


‘Park in sky’ chugging along toward June opening
By Katie Lorah
In just a few months, the first section of the High Line will open to the public. Section 1 of the park runs through the Meatpacking District and the southernmost blocks of Chelsea...

Fighting on many fronts to protect our neighborhood
By Michael Rosen
These days, on the surface, the concerns facing our Lower East Side/East Village neighborhood are those facing all neighborhoods in New York, the state, the nation and beyond.

Gaining ground for Lower East Side’s many communities
By Joel Feingold and Damaris Reyes
After a string of victories, Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) is forging ahead in new directions.

Keep complaining, it’s working; Survey backs it up
By Brad Hoylman
For a community board chairperson like me, it was the equivalent of the knock at the door from the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes people.

By working together, businesses are staying strong
By Dirk McCall
Over the last year the Greenwich Village – Chelsea Chamber of Commerce has had a great number of successes.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

The Inner Life of Dreamscapes
By Stephanie Buhmann
45 Greene Street Offers Rare Chance to View Six Decades of Gian Berto Vanni.

Beethoven & Kaufman: Six Degrees, 33 Variations
By Jerry Tallmer
In history-rich Bonn, Germany, the voluminous archives of native son Ludwig Van Beethoven — letters, diaries, manuscripts, ledgers, payments, receipts, and above all, miles and miles of scribbled over sheet music — are sternly kept under lock and key in the Beethoven-haus.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
The Cake Eaters (+)

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Volume 78, Number 41
March 18 - 24, 2009


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