A job well done
Just a few years ago, Community Board 2 was an example of everything that possibly could be wrong with a community board. The volunteer, 50-member body was bitterly divided between business owners and residents, and the hostility was palpable and unconstructive. A low point came when it was revealed that the leading candidate for chairperson had hidden from his fellow board members a conflict-of-interest ruling about himself for almost a year and a half.
Letters to the Editor
I did it my way: Delayed gratification is so sweet
By Kate Walter
Dont hate me, but during this recession thats depressing everyone, Im rocking and rolling. Then again, Ive been out of sync all my life. I was slated to be born in December but I arrived two weeks late in January. In high school and college, I dated boys although I had crushes on the female cheerleaders. I tried unsuccessfully to fit into the prescribed boy-girl roles, and did not decipher my sexual orientation until after college graduation.
The July 8 article in The Villager on the Landmarks Preservation Commission approval of the residential side of the St. Vincents Hospital redevelopment misstated the L.P.C. vote. It was 9 to 1 for approval, not 10 to 1. The Villager regrets the error. One commission member, Roberta Brandes Gratz, did not attend the July 7 L.P.C. meeting and did not vote. She has been opposed to the project and said she would have voted against approval if she had attended.
Saul Lambert, 81, artist/illustrator
Saul Lambert, an illustrator and artist whose work appeared in Life magazine, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Playboy, Esquire, the Washington Post and The New York Times, died June 30 at his home on E. 13th St. at the age of 81.
Katharine Roberts, 83; She was an outspoken stickler
By Albert Amateau
Katharine Roberts, a former member of Community Board 4 and a Chelsea activist for peace, affordable housing and universal healthcare, died in St. Vincents Hospital on Sun., June 28, a day after her 83rd birthday after battling a short illness.
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Doris Diether, left, listened as Assemblymember Deborah Glick spoke at the dedication of Jane Jacobs Way on Monday. Diether fought with Jacobs against Robert Moses West Village slum-clearance plan.
Pols, protest, stuck string; Jacobs would have loved it
By Albert Amateau
Jane Jacobs, gone from Greenwich Village these 40 years and gone from this life three years ago, was celebrated anew on Monday morning when a crowd of West Village neighbors and public officials gathered in front of the White Horse Tavern to unveil a commemorative street sign, Jane Jacobs Way.
Landlord didnt make fixes at Essex St. building; Now displaced tenants are feeling the squeeze
By Julie Shapiro
At the center of an affordable housing battle in Chinatown is a crumbling five-story building that is tilting slowly but steadily into the street.
Rosenberg backers say, Case is still full of holes
By Mary Reinholz
For nearly six decades now, friends and sympathizers of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg have marched, picketed and petitioned the U.S. government, claiming that the Lower East Side couple were framed by prosecutors as atomic spies for Russia before they were unjustly executed in Sing Sings electric chair on June 19, 1953.
Haring mural gives way to Pandolfos Labyrinth
By Will Glovinsky
A window to a magical world is opening at the corner of East Houston St. and the Bowery: dreamlike, expansive, whimsical and most important yellow. Os Gemeos, the Brazilian graffiti muralists of world renown, have been invited by Goldman Properties and Deitch Projects to paint over the re-creation of Keith Harings 1982 mural that had adorned the wall since last fall.
Villager Arts & Lifestyles
Brisk, gabby 80 minutes reveals Village history, culture
By Jerry Tallmer
Those fierce Washington Square warriors of the 1950s Robert Moses, Jane Jacobs, and Shirley Hayes were still the best part of a century from being born when, in 1811, Greenwich Village rose up against topographical conformity with the rest of New York City.
Stand-up is no laughing matter for marathon surfer
By Jared T. Miller
Sheets of rain soaked Kevin Horgan as he paddled under the Brooklyn Bridge on his way up the East River. He had been going for just more than an hour, and had already seen some of the days extremes; blue skies and midday sunshine, dark clouds looming just beyond the Hudson as they rolled in from Jersey City, and a river current that fought continuously against him.
Four fleeting Chelsea art exhibits, to be seen soon
Introspection, satire, wit used to explore subject, form, self
By Stephanie Buhmann
Liao Yibai, Imaginary Enemy
Through August 15
At Mike Weiss Gallery,
520 West 24th Street
Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
Ed Koch is making progress in his recovery from heart surgery on June 19. We wish him well and hope to have him back praising and panning as soon as possible.
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