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Process at Pier 40
Over the years we’ve repeatedly called for the Hudson River Park Trust to work more closely with the community, no more so than on the intractable, yet critical, issue of Pier 40.

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point
9/11 Truth comes home; Pols back new investigation
By Frank Morales
It’s spring 2009 in New York City and an unannounced U.S. government plane streaks across town. Recollecting the horrors of 9/11, the incident scares the heebie-jeebies out of the citizenry. Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, while attending an April 18 “Tour of the Battenkill” annual bicycle race in Cambridge, N.Y., responds to a question regarding efforts here to establish a new 9/11 investigation.

Villager photo by Tequila Minsky
All aboard the High Line
First graders from P.S. 11 in Chelsea helped with the ribbon cutting for the opening of the High Line park’s first section Monday.

Something for everyone in the new High Line park


Bridgetta Sweeney, 91, mother of head of Soho Alliance, D.I.D.
By Albert Amateau
Bridgetta Sweeney, the mother of Sean Sweeney, executive director of the Soho Alliance and a member of Community Board 2, died June 1 of complications of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 91.

Robert Healy, 67, font of local political history
By Albert Amateau
Robert J. Healy, whose knowledge of political lore and gift for gab were legendary in Democratic Party circles in Manhattan and beyond, died on Sat., May 30, at Calvary Hospice in the Bronx at 67.


Little Leaguer loves the game and loves a challenge
By Rita Wu
Gabrielle Brown started playing baseball at age 7. She tried her hand at fencing, ballet and other activities. But “only baseball really worked” for her, she said. Now 15, Gabrielle plays for the Jazz in the Greenwich Village Little League’s Senior Division.

An article in the June 3 issue of The Villager erred in stating that the Greenwich Village Historic District was the city’s first historic district. Simeon Bankoff, executive director of the Historic Districts Council, e-mailed The Villager to say the first historic district was Brooklyn Heights, designated in 1965. The Greenwich Village district was the 11th district designated in New York City, although it is the largest. The Villager regrets the error.



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Villager photos by Q. Sakamaki

A Saturday night on Christopher St. and the Christopher St. Pier.

Crackdown on Christopher St. after string of violent incidents
By Lincoln Anderson
It was a recent Saturday night shortly after 10 p.m. in Greenwich Village and two police officers were sitting astride their horses, George and Billy, on Greenwich St. just south of Christopher St. They were part of a unit of five mounted officers who have been assigned to help patrol the Christopher St. area on weekends in the wake of a recent rash of violent assaults. A pair of tourists were petting either George or Billy on his forehead.

Rudin does some surgery, chopping off another story
By Albert Amateau
The Rudin Organization showed the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday the newest version of the residential side of the St. Vincent’s redevelopment project with a scaled-down Seventh Ave. apartment building.

Dolan celebrates ‘200 years of love’ at Old St. Pat’s
By Lincoln Anderson
Archbishop Timothy Dolan led Mass at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral on Mott St. on Sunday, kicking off a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the historic house of worship.

St. Mark’s Greenmarket grows
The St. Mark’s Church Greenmarket, which opened on May 26, this year boasts new farmers and expanded space onto Second Ave. 

Silver proclaims The Villager’s ‘doing a wonderful job’
In recognition of the Better Newspaper Contest 2008 awards recently won by The Villager and its sister paper Downtown Express and the two papers’ ongoing coverage of the community, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on June 5 issued an Assembly proclamation for each paper. Silver presented the official framed documents to Publisher John W. Sutter at Community Media’s offices last Friday.

Chinatown traffic project now appears to be stalled

Soho bouncer is found guilty of murder in St. Guillen case
By Albert Amateau
A Brooklyn jury of seven men and seven women last week found Darryl Littlejohn guilty of first-degree murder for killing Imette St. Guillen, 24, a John Jay College student, after abducting her from a Soho bar on Feb. 25, 2006.


High Line opens; Greenway raises parks to a new level
By Albert Amateau and Patrick Hedlund
The first segment of the High Line park opened on Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony including Mayor Bloomberg and other officials, along with Joshua David and Robert Hammond, who 10 years ago began promoting the idea of converting a derelict, elevated railroad into a park-in-the sky.

With longer lease at Pier 40, would Related re-emerge?
By Lincoln Anderson
Concern is brewing over Pier 40 once more, after the Hudson River Park Trust passed a resolution to ask the state Legislature to extend the lease term for the huge W. Houston St. pier from 30 years to 50 years.

Public housing tenants vow a dogfight over pet rules
By Rita Wu
A petition against the New York City Housing Authority’s new ban of dogs weighing above 25 pounds and three breeds — pit bulls, Rottweilers and Doberman pinschers — is now online, and public housing residents who love their pooches are rallying around the cause.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

The A-List
Select Arts and Events Listings by Scott Stiffler

Russian artist: cartoons are protest, not pop 
By Stephanie Buhmann
Claire Oliver Gallery is currently featuring a site-specific installation by the Russian artist Georgii “Gosha” Ostretsov — who has been part of the Moscow art scene since the mid-1980s. Eclectic, and as visually overwhelming as it is enticing, “Coolville” is comprised of painted, mural-sized canvas comic strips that sparkle through vivid color and form.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“The Art of Being Straight” “Away We Go”

Talking about the Tonys, two weeks before
By David Noh
The New Dramatists’ lunch (May 19) at the Marriott Marquis paid touching tribute to the late Horton Foote (1916-2009). Present at the event were his children, Hallie, Daisy and Walter, who, when their father died last March, were the first to call New Dramatists to tell them they wanted the show to go on, regardless.

A ‘good, tough, poetic fictional take’ on traumatic slaughter
By Jerry Tallmer
Jessica Dickey was on a treadmill and watching television when word of the Amish murders broke on the screen; right in front of her nose and across the nation.

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Volume 79, Number 01 | June 10 - 16, 2009


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