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On notification and designation
On Tuesday night, Landmarks Preservation Com-mission officials were giving an information meeting to hear concerns of property owners in what L.P.C. is calling an extension of the Greenwich Village Historic District.

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point
Obama’s trifecta: Supreme Court, Specter and AIPAC
By Ed Gold
Headaches keep popping up for President Obama, including issues that irritate, or seem like a crapshoot, or worse, appear intractable.
First, the retirement of Justice David Souter has kicked up a storm from the right wing, which is taking issue with Obama’s support of “the quality of empathy” in choosing a Souter replacement.


Obituaries

Frank Russo, 90, P.A. officer, active at St. Anthony
By Albert Amateau
Frank A. Russo, a lifelong resident of Thompson St. in the South Village who retired about 30 years ago as Port Authority police officer assigned to the Holland Tunnel, died in St. Vincent’s Hospital Wed., May 6, a week after his 90th birthday.

Barnacle Bill,’ the last sailor of Tompkins Square, dies at 44
By Lorcan Otway
William “Barnacle Bill” Scott died of an infection after suffering a stroke, last Saturday, May 2. He had been in a coma at Lincoln Hospital, in the Bronx, since March 8.


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Lisa Donlan, president of the District 1 Community Education Council, took her turn speaking with the bullhorn in front of P.S. 63 last Wednesday morning at a rally to save pre-kindergarten classes.

Overcrowding outrage erupts; Hundreds decry lack of seats
By Albert Amateau
The Department of Education last week addressed the lack of space for incoming students by proposing to eliminate existing pre-kindergarten classes and devoting those seats to new kindergarten students.


Meeting looks at all sides of St. Vincent’s Triangle
By Albert Amateau
Neighbors of St. Vincent’s Hospital came up with some basic ideas last week about what they want to see in the proposed park to be developed in the triangle across from the hospital.

Meat Market tower should be trimmed, Planning czar says
By Albert Amateau
The Meat Market property owners planning a 12-story glass office tower on a site partially beneath the High Line went to the Board of Standards and Appeals on April 28 for approval of a project larger than currently permitted at the location.

N.Y.U. says it can take four classes of pre-K children
By Albert Amateau
New York University President John Sexton told elected officials in a letter on Tuesday that he had good news for the parents of pre-kindergarten students in the neighborhood whom the Department of Education wants to displace in September to make room for incoming kindergarten children.

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Park and plaza renovations start to take final form
By Albert Amateau
The $20 million Union Square Park north-end renovation project is right on schedule for its intended completion and opening this fall.

Tommy Hilfiger said to have designs on Union Square
By William Sprouse
Tommy Hilfiger is the latest retailer rumored to be interested in moving to Union Square.

Migrating Greenmarket has moved back to the north end
By William Sprouse
William Kelley, director of economic development for the Union Square Partnership, confirmed that construction on the north end of the park and its adjacent plaza is nearly complete and that the Greenmarket farmers are back in the locations they will occupy until construction is completed.

Colorful free performances and events in the summer

High-end yoga shop stretches way beyond sweatpants
By Rita Wu
Chip Wilson opened his first lululemon athletica store nine years ago in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Surveys, solar bins, Wi-Fi and, but of course, flowers
By Rita Wu
Expect a few changes in Union Square in the coming months.

Action at Daryl Roth Theatre is like money in bank


Villager Arts & Lifestyles

‘Supreme’ romance blooms, amidst politics and law
By Jerry Tallmer
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“The Merry Gentleman” (+) Despite its title, this is not a merry movie.  It is a well-done film noir, but too much subject matter is left to conjecture for it to be a totally satisfying picture.  Nevertheless, if you are a Michael Keaton fan, and I am, you should see it. 
“Star Trek” (-) Three television programs that I particularly enjoyed over the years are “I, Claudius,” “The Twilight Zone” and “Star Trek.”  I’m not a Trekkie, but I enjoyed the series, which provided far more pleasure than this current film.  For me, this picture was a total bore.
“Rudo y Cursi” (-)Written and directed by Carlos Cuaron, the movie tells its story haphazardly but with a winning measure of swagger and style. 

1970s British satire ages poorly  
By Scott Harrah
Matthew Broderick is horribly miscast in this lifeless revival of Christopher Hampton’s 1970 British satire that puts a new spin on 17th century French playwright Moliere’s “The Misanthrope.”


Truly, deeply mad — or merely performing? 
By Elena Mancini
“Dark Spring” is the title of Unica Zürn’s first major North American exhibition of her drawing work. In addition to presenting ink and watercolor works on paper by the late — and largely unknown — German artist and writer (1916-1970), the gallery has also hosted talks and a panel to introduce the life and work of Zürn.

It rocks; but will it roll away with a Tony?
By Scott Harrah
If your fondest memories of the 1980s are of getting drunk while listening to heavy metal and rock, “Rock of Ages” is the show for you. This flashy but thematically hollow jukebox musical, a hit when it premiered off-Broadway last year, celebrates the music of Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Journey, Styx, and others. 


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