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Stairs are a good step
 The Public Theater’s plan to add a new staircase to the front of its Lafayette St. building provoked passionate reactions at last week’s Community Board 2 meeting. Brad Hoylman, the board’s chairperson, said afterward that he didn’t know whether the board would approve the proposal or not. In the end, C.B. 2 narrowly gave its O.K. for a revocable consent for the stairs and related elements.

Letters to the Editor

Mixed signals: A conflicted metaphor for New York
By Emily Voigt
Spring is here, which means that soon, I will be closing my bedroom window. I only sleep with it open during the coldest months, pushing it up against the grip of frost, despite the rumbling bellies of the delivery trucks that idle in front of the supermarket across the street. I do this because the heating system in my building is, like so many in New York, overzealous

Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel
Aqua-lujah!’ Green candidate Billy damns drilling
Performance-artist preacher Reverend Billy “baptized” 3-month-old Noah Salinger, held by his mother, Tracy Gary, on the Christopher St. Pier on Sunday, World Water Day.


Vivien Raynor, art writer and star of her stoop, 82
By Albert Amateau
Vivien Raynor, a writer on contemporary art whose work appeared in The New York Times and in art magazines, died Feb. 15 in the East Village, where her witty but combative conversation attracted a devoted circle of neighbors and friends. She was 82.

Romolo Marcucci, 86, W.W. II vet, lifelong Villager
By Albert Amateau
Romolo Marcucci, born and raised in the Village and a lifelong resident of the neighborhood, died March 9 in St. Vincent’s Hospital at the age of 86.


Natasha Richardson and the silent snow, deadly snow
By Jerry Tallmer
What good is sitting alone In your room? Come hear the music play. Life is a Cabaret, old chum, Come to the Cabaret. Put down the knitting, The book and the broom. Time for a holiday. Life is a Cabaret, old chum, Come to the Cabaret.

In Pictures

What a trip: Electric Acid Theatre is freak show 2.0
At the House of Yes, in Brooklyn, the Electric Acid Theatre presents a cutting-edge show that both lives up to the group’s name and has plenty of cutting edges.





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Villager photo by J.B. Nicholas

From left, Laurie Anderson, James Gandolfini and Lou Reed at Monday night’s Hudson Rise “picnic” event.

Stars add glitz to garbage garage and roof-park plan
By Josh Rogers
Maybe you can call it garbage chic.
Billed as a neighborhood “picnic” to rally for a scaled-back version of a proposed 120-foot-tall Sanitation garage on Spring St., a boldface-name event Monday night drew some of the most famous residents of Hudson Square and North Tribeca, who joined about 600 of their neighbors at the party space of one of the world’s most famous ad firms, Saatchi & Saatchi.

High Line, N.Y.U., museum, FAB, F.E.G.S. all request stimulus funds
By Heather Murray
Friends of the High Line has put in a $4.25 million request for federal stimulus funding, which if awarded by the state would cover costs of an elevator/stairway entrance to the High Line at W. 30th St. and two viewing areas in the High Line’s second section, between W. 20th and 30th Sts.

Man’s meltdown momentarily causes shutdown at 9th and C

Landmarks delays vote on Phase 2 of park renovation
By Albert Amateau
Washington Square neighbors had their say last week about the Department of Park’s revised plans for the music stage, pathways and seating alcoves in the southeast quadrant of Washington Square Park.

‘Little Mish’ to honor Dr. Dave

Kickers crunch competition, win coveted Cosmo indoor cup


No fracking way! C.B. 2 forum warns about water
By Albert Amateau
Worried about an imminent threat to the Catskill/Delaware watershed, which supplies New York City with 90 percent of its water, Community Board 2 last week voted unanimously to demand a ban on drilling for natural gas in New York State.

The Public’s stairs vote was hardly a cakewalk
By Lincoln Anderson
A plan to add a grand stairway to the Public Theater’s entrance took a major step forward last week when Community Board 2 narrowly voted in support of the idea.

Police warn: Watch bags in bars and clubs, laptops in coffee shops
The Police Department’s Crime Prevention Office is warning patrons of bars, restaurants, coffee shops and clubs, especially in the Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Precincts, about unattended-property crimes.

Friends recall Pagan and fight against ‘anarchists’
By Lincoln Anderson
Sam Turvey was starting to speak at a memorial for Antonio Pagan at Baruch College last Wednesday night, when Howard Hemsley shouted out from the back of the Engelman Recital Hall.

Beware Pies of March — don’t block lanes, bikers warn
By Jefferson Siegel
Cyclists are reveling in the addition of new bike lanes throughout the city. However, they are less than thrilled with the Police Department’s lack of enforcement to keep motor vehicles out of the lanes.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

Fear and loathing lurk in the forest
In the current economic climate, simplicity in theater is more than just a stylistic choice. Often, it’s a necessity. Such is the case with Here Art’s current production of “Thirst: a spell for Christabel” — whose design elements were put together on a $35,000 budget.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Sin Nombre” (+) This is a very powerful film on the subject of illegal immigrants crossing into the U.S. from the southern border of Texas.  Many of the individuals are Mexicans, but others enter that country from its southern border — seeking to avoid the border patrol and reach the Rio Grande.

Fonda is #1 reason to see 33 Variations
Seeing legendary actress Jane Fonda on the stage is certainly an event. The 71-year-old multiple Oscar winner is in top form in “33 Variations,” Moises Kaufman’s ambitious new drama about a musicologist suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Sublime ‘Blithe’ revival satisfies
It is rare indeed to see a Broadway revival of a classic play that satisfies on so many levels. Director Michael Blakemore’s production of the 1941 Noel Coward farce “Blithe Spirit” superbly assembles an all-star cast that is truly brilliant. Everything works here — from the lavish sets to the razor-sharp direction of the talented ensemble.

The United Nations, Barbie & I
This past March, I unintentionally celebrated Women’s History Month for the very first time, and between the ‘Barbie 50th Anniversary Beauty Pageant’ I entered and a ‘socio-political’ art exhibit I went to (UN-SCR-1325 at Chelsea Art Museum), I finally made up for decades of ignorance.

“Veil” offers glimpse into Smith’s work outside of music
Many consider Patti Smith one of the true poets of our time. And if trying to sum up her multi-faceted work with one general term, “Poet” may indeed be the most accurate.

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Volume 78, Number 42
March 25 - 31, 2009


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