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A park is reborn
After a process that took years — from wrangling over the design to community lawsuits to drawn-out construction work — phase one of Washington Square Park’s renovation was finally reopened Tuesday morning.

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point
Why we fight: Making Afghanistan safe for rapists
By Ted Rall
American soldiers serving in Vietnam wondered what they were fighting for. U.S. troops in Afghanistan don’t have that problem.

Clinton to grads: ‘You’ve made it to big leagues’


Lois Fisher, 72, worked at A.A.and active in Cherry Grove, F.I.
By Albert Amateau
Lois D. Fisher, a Village resident for more than 30 years and an active member of Fire Island’s Cherry Grove community, died Mon., May 11, in Pax Christi Hospice on E. 19th St. after a 10-year struggle with breast cancer. She was 72.



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Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

On Tuesday afternoon a youngster waded in the renovated Washington Square Park fountain amid the spray of its new, more powerful water jets.

Fountain flowing, flowers blooming, restored square bursts back to life
By Albert Amateau and Lincoln Anderson
The chain-link fences came down without any fanfare and with minimal public notice around 6 a.m. Tuesday. But it did not take long for Villagers and visitors to find their way into the new, redesigned northwest quadrant of Washington Square Park.

Landmarks to Rudin: Lower too-tall 7th Ave. tower
By Albert Amateau
The Landmarks Preservation Commission on May 12 looked at the residential side of the St. Vincent’s Hospital redevelopment project and found it better than it was a year ago. But commissioners still said the proposed Seventh Ave. apartment tower was too tall.

Friends rock rent for a couple who were on the ropes
By Lincoln Anderson
After a landlord-tenant dispute that turned ugly, Matt Metzgar and Victoria Linchong were in dire need of financial assistance.

Police say E. 6th St. woman did not die from injuries from attack
By Lincoln Anderson
The cause of death of an East Village woman on the morning of Sat., May 9, in her apartment is still undetermined, according to the city’s medical examiner.

WNYC tunes into the neighborhood with new Greene Space
Creating a physical connection with its new Hudson Square neighborhood, WNYC on April 28 opened its new state-of-the art, street-level Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at 44 Charlton St. off of Varick St.

Sun never sets on defunct New York Sun news boxes
By Rita Wu
The New York Sun bowed out with its last issue on Sept. 30 of last year.

Pre-K kids mightgo to Barrow St., not to Balducci’s
By Albert Amateau
The Department of Edu-cation was negotiating with Greenwich House last week for space that could temporarily relieve the overcrowding that has resulted in a waiting list for kindergarten seats in Greenwich Village’s two public elementary schools in September.

The High Line park is steaming quickly toward grand debut
By Patrick Hedlund
A decade-long local effort to transform a derelict former West Side railway into a public park-in-the-sky will finally be realized next month with the debut of the High Line’s first section in Chelsea.

Hudson Square BID focusing on marketing, traffic
By Josh Rogers
She doesn’t yet have a staff, a budget, an organizational bank account or even an office, but Ellen Baer started earlier this month as the first president of the Hudson Square Business Improvement District.

Bar threatens to call the police on L.E.S. Girls Club
By Lincoln Anderson
In the East Village equivalent of “man bites dog,” a club is accused of being a quality of life nuisance, but the club is actually the Lower Eastside Girls Club, and the accuser is a restaurant/bar, which threatened to call the police on the girls.

From ’80s dream, pier’s a reality for advocate, 80
By Patrick Hedlund
The first of a trio of renovated piers in Chelsea, Pier 64, recently opened to the public, marking the halfway point for construction of the 5-mile-long Hudson River Park.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles
Playwright Sherman mines the ‘Rashomon’ effect
By Jerry Tallmer
Anybody who was ever one-and-twenty can relate to the rueful young cynical idealists in Jonathan Marc Sherman’s “Sophistry,” though it helps if you were also in those years a junior or senior at that prototypical “small New England college” where so many plays and novels and movies nowadays take place.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Angels & Demons” (-) Much of this film is incomprehensible and a lot of what is understandable is ridiculous. 
“Next Day Air” (-) The cast of this film, directed by music video executive Benny Boom, is made up of blacks and Hispanics. 

Another anemic, flat, mediocre revival
By Scott Harrah
David Hyde Pierce is the only noteworthy aspect of this otherwise mediocre revival of Samson Raphaelson’s 1934 play. Pierce is playwright Steven Gaye, a 50-something man with a string of hit comedies who is struggling to write his first drama and falling for his young assistant, Linda Brown (Mary Catherine Garrison).

Tumultuous landscapes reveal full force of nature
By Stephanie Buhmann
Born in New Zealand and currently based in Brooklyn, Louise Guerin is known for her portraits and still lifes. Her third New York solo exhibition, currently on display at Blue Mountain Gallery, offers the public a chance to see a collection of recent works primarily featuring impressively tumultuous landscapes.

Inside View
By Brian McCormick
When audiences walk into the space at PS122 to see Megan Sprenger’s new work “…within us.,” they will find nowhere to sit. Dancers, who may or may not enter along with viewers, may not be immediately identifiable.

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Volume 78, Number 50 | May 20 - 26, 2009


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