Toward a greener city, and world

This Wednesday is an Earth Day with a difference. Our country and world are in the worst economic recession since the Depression, while, at the same time, global warming continues to be the biggest threat to our planet, other than nuclear war. It’s a double whammy of epic proportions.

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point
My recovery prediction: G.O.P. can’t stymie stimulus

By Robert B. Reich
I’ve got something of a reputation as an economic soothsayer. Last March I predicted the economy would slide off a cliff in six months. Six months later, it did. How did I know? I’ll get to that later. Now, I’m predicting the economy will start to recover in the second quarter of next year.





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Preoccupied with protests
New School and New York University students rallied outside The New School’s 55 W. 13th St. last Thursday, demanding charges be dropped against the students who had briefly occupied the school’s 65 Fifth Ave. the previous Friday. They later blocked Fifth Ave. and three were arrested.

Village tots in tough spot; Kindergarten seats scarce
By Albert Amateau
Despite assurances by the Department of Education, many Village parents feared this week that they would not have an acceptable option to get their 5-year-olds into kindergarten in neighborhood public schools in September.

Message to Postal Service: Keep Soho’s branch open
By Patrick Hedlund
About 75 Soho residents joined with local activists and elected officials to protest the planned closing of the Prince St. post office last Wednesday, the same day crowds queued up to mail their tax forms by the April 15 deadline.

Students preoccupied with protests and occupation
By Lincoln Anderson
A rally outside The New School’s building at 55 W. 13th St. last Thursday afternoon, protesting the arrest of students who had occupied 65 Fifth Ave. the previous Friday, spontaneously turned into a march through the Village that ended with three arrests.


No Impact Man tries to widen his message’s impact
By Lincoln Anderson
Sitting on the table in front of Colin Beavan was a glass jar with a bit of water in the bottom of it and the word “Natural” on its brown lid. Once, it contained natural peanut butter; but for the past few years, it’s been Beavan’s omnipresent portable cup.

At New York University, green is the new violet
By Christopher James and Alicia D. Hurley
It started with one of the nation’s largest wind purchases and a university making a decision to invest in a new green cogeneration plant. Now, New York University’s greening agenda has become a major focus throughout the university.

Funding growing for P.S. 41 roof
By Jill Stern
Major news about additional funding support for P.S. 41’s green roof project is expected any day now. However, the school isn’t saying anything until it’s official and is made public.

Girls Club goes greener with new Avenue D building
By Ellen Keohane
Lyn Pentecost, the executive director of the Lower Eastside Girls Club, opened the back door of the club’s offices on E. First St. on a drizzly Tuesday afternoon and pointed to a small flat of sedum outside.

Cooper Union engineers energy-efficient lab building
By Ronni Denes
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art has been a force for change and critical thinking in education, art, engineering and architecture for 150 years. As a cornerstone of the East Village for a century and a half, the college provides every accepted student with a full-tuition scholarship

A makeover for the malls along Allen and Pike Sts.
By Bonnie Rosenstock
The pedestrian malls along Allen and Pike Sts. have got to be the most depressing islands on lower Manhattan Island. City Councilmember Alan Gerson, who represents Lower Manhattan’s District 1, described the malls as “dangerous, decrepit, disgusting and a detriment to the community.

Turning bits of waste into beautiful things to wear
By Rita Wu
Globalcoolo was started after Patrizia Iacino came home to find that her apartment had been broken into.


Paterson intro’s  gay nups bill...but Malcolm’s missing
By Paul Schindler
As he introduced a bill for gay marriage in New York last Thursday, Governor David Paterson pointedly cited what he described as the “complete confusion and stunned disbelief” that marriage-equality advocates nationwide experienced in November in the wake of Proposition 8’s passage.

Advocate and mayoral candidates take pops at Bloomberg at V.I.D.
By Ed Gold
Four Democratic candidates running for public advocate promised to hold the next mayor’s feet to the fire, with several focusing their ire on Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

Fear of landlord demo’s before district’s calendared
By Albert Amateau
The Landmarks Preservation Commission and local elected officials are co-sponsoring an information meeting next month to hear the concerns of property owners in a part of the proposed South Village Historic District that the commission is considering.

Local nonprofit says reuse better than recycling
By John Bayles
The Lower East Side Ecology Center is known for its composting, but Executive Director Christine Datz-Romero is promoting a new message: Reuse is the best thing we can do.

Government is starting to get with green program
By Matt Townsend
As New Yorkers have become more concerned about global warming, pollution and sustainability, their elected officials have started to get the message.

Not pulp fiction: 1 million trees
By Rita Wu
Under Million Trees NYC, the city has set out to plant and care for 1 million trees by 2017. That number would amount to a 20 percent increase throughout the five boroughs. So far, the city has already planted 174,189 new trees.

Change minds, change fuel, change New York City
By John Bayles
Brent Baker has been called the Johnny Appleseed of Bio-Diesel, and it all began right in the East Village.

Bowery bistro puts a new spin on ‘locally grown’  
By Rita Wu
Anne Apparu has her finger in a number of pies.
She runs Alexandre Catering, the 18th Restaurant — a monthly dinner event held at various locations — and Lunch Box Chelsea, a service that provides freshly made and personally delivered lunches

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

TFF selections skewer towards lighter tone
By Travs.D.
Like a New York version of a Phoenix, the Tribeca Film Festival was born out of the ashes of a Tribeca that is no more. Located just yards from the pile of rubble that had once been the World Trade Center, seven years ago Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Film Center was uniquely positioned to be an economic engine in a neighborhood that was dangerously adrift. This year, as the Festival prepares to launch its eighth incarnation, it does so at a time when the entire country is once again operating under a cloud — this time a fiscal one.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“American Violet” (+) This film, based on a true incident, is well worth seeing.
“State of Play” (-) Like the film “Duplicity,” which was terrible, this picture received a lot of hype.  Roger Ebert gave “State of Play” three stars.  In my opinion, it doesn’t deserve any.  It is an uninteresting and poorly-acted movie.

Female voyeur turns table on Times Square pervs
A vast catalogue of psychoanalytic feminist literature exists elaborating on the thesis that all cinema (in particular film noir and the work of Alfred Hitchcock) objectifies women — owing to the fact that it was made by and for “the male gaze.”


Those Temperamental, difficult homosexuals 
By Jerry Tallmer
Two men who barely know one another strike up a conversation — in a joint called The Chuckwagon that looks like a John Wayne hangout in the Wild West of the late 1880s. But this isn’t John Wayne’s Wild West of the late 1880s. It’s Los Angeles, and the year is 1950.

Forty years on, age of Aquarius still dawning 
BY Scott Harrah
“Hair” truly changed the American musical in so many ways.  First produced on Broadway in 1968, it was the ebullient voice of the hippie and flower child generation, and its anti-war message and in-your-face countercultural zeal made all the classic musicals that preceded it seem irrelevant and anachronistic.

Score, dances are best reasons to see ‘Story’
More than 50 years after it first premiered on Broadway, “West Side Story” still resonates with 21st century audiences thanks to its venerable songbook. Leonard Bernstein’s timeless music and Stephen Sondheim’s classic lyrics shine in this mostly reverent revival.

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