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

Scoopy's Notebook

I did it my way: Delayed gratification is so sweet
By Kate Walter
Don’t hate me, but during this recession that’s depressing everyone, I’m rocking and rolling. Then again, I’ve 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 A-List

Police Blotter


Mixed Use

The July 8 article in The Villager on the Landmarks Preservation Commission approval of the residential side of the St. Vincent’s 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. Vincent’s Hospital on Sun., June 28, a day after her 83rd birthday after battling a short illness.




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Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert

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 didn’t 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 Sing’s 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 Haring’s 1982 mural that had adorned the wall since last fall.


High Line group hopes district will keep park on track
By Albert Amateau
Friends of the High Line is reaching out to property owners, commercial tenants and residents to establish a 37-block High Line Improvement District to help fund a high level of daily maintenance for the elevated park between Gansevoort and 30th Sts.

Parks nixes plan to put paid-detail police in Wash. Sq.
By Will Glovinsky
The Parks Department confirmed on Monday that it would not allow a coalition of Greenwich Village residents to hire off-duty uniformed police officers to patrol Washington Square Park. 

Sea of green rises against Iran violence

Preservation push to landmark last Tammany Hall
By Albert Amateau
Preservation advocates are renewing their 25-year campaign to get Tammany Hall, the Colonial revival-style building on E. 17th St. at Union Square East, built in 1928 for the New York City Democratic Party, designated as a city landmark.

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 day’s 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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Volume 79, Number 6 | July 15 - 21, 2009


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