U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, left, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney spoke in favor of building the Second Ave. subway line last Friday.
The Second Ave. subway: To build or not to build it?
By Josh Rogers
East Side politicians from Harlem to Lower Manhattan came to City Hall last week to show their support for building a full-length Second Ave. subway and to counter a recent business report suggesting the project is not worth doing because it will take too long to construct.
Mayor says loud nightclub music is way off bass
By Elizabeth OBrien
If a noise is loud enough to hear without straining, never mind the decibel level or sound meters the mayor says hes going to do something about it.
Mayor Mike Bloomberg has recommended an overhaul of the way the city defines and prosecutes noise, which will affect everything from wailing car alarms to pumping bass music and clattering air conditioners. The modifications would change the current standard of unreasonable noise to plainly audible, the Daily News first reported last Sunday.
Lopez gives $500,000 for Wash. Sq.
By Lincoln Anderson
Saying shes doing it because she treasures the historic symbol of the Washington Sq. Arch and because she also wants to help out her brother, Councilmember Alan Gerson, whose district includes Washington Sq. Park, Councilmember Margarita Lopez recently allocated $500,000 for the renovation of Greenwich Villages landmark greensward.
Trust assailed on finances, closed process
By Albert Amateau
An Assembly committee pressed the Hudson River Park Trust last week about the Trusts progress in building the 5-mile-long park along Manhattans West Side waterfront.
Community center to have pool, gym, cardio, rooms
By Lincoln Anderson
Representatives of the YMCA and University Settlement presented plans on Dec. 15 for a new Lower East Side community center and recreational facility to be located in the residential building being built on the south side of E. Houston St. in the Cooper Sq. Urban Renewal Area.
The Alfred S. Pell Memorial Elm; not Hangmans Elm
By Luther S. Harris
One tiny change need not wait for Washington Sq.s projected renovation (as reported in The Villagers Dec. 10 issue). Among the signage in the square, nothing cries out more for replacement than the small plaque on the great English elm at the squares northwest corner, long misnamed the Hangmans Elm. It should be named instead for the man who long ago saved it, one Alfred S. Pell.
A family affair at the Center For Architecture
By JERRY TALLMER
The private jokes in Private Jokes, Public Places are those perpetrated by a couple of intellectual snobs one German, one British at the expense of a young woman named Margaret whom they are grilling about her schematics and scale model for a public swimming pool. The public place is, ergo here, in miniature, and in her head that swimming pool.
Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
Somethings Gotta Give (+)
This is an old-fashioned film brought up to date with sexuality front and center.
The Last Samurai
I had to see this flick even though PT and AT told me it was a great disappointment. It is even worse than they led me to believe.
Role of American jews in World War II
By Sharon Hartwick
Ours to Fight For is the first exhibition to take an in-depth look at the role Jewish men and women played on and off the battlefield during World War II. Its a fitting choice to celebrate the opening of the new Robert M. Morgenthau Wing at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. The 82,000 square foot addition to the six-year old museum includes a gallery with dramatic views of New York harbor and the Statue of Liberty.
Tribeca art space with a big vision
By Tanya Alina G. Warren
The brand-new Gigantic Art Space (GAS) is not all that gigantic. But what GAS lacks in square footage, it more than makes up for in concept. This multi-discipline art gallery encompasses film, video, music, and interactive multimedia. GAS founders will focus on the intersection between music, politics, pop and international cultures, according to the gallerys mission statement
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