Make bike lanes safe
Last Thursday’s horrific accident that saw Shami Chaikin, a 78-year-old actress, left in critical condition after being partially run over by a Parks Department garbage truck never should have happened. Chaikin was riding her motorized scooter in the protected Hudson St. bicycle lane.
Pass ‘Leandra’s Law’
Four children dead after a terrifying wrong-way collision in Westchester. Two children killed following a high-speed crash in Queens. Another young girl lost when a car careens off the West Side Highway.

Letters to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Talking Point

Adding to holdings, mayor buys City Hall, pays cash 
By Daniel Meltzer
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, having won his historic third term as New York City’s chief executive after the most expensive campaign in the city’s history, has taken a further step seen as an attempt to insure his permanent hold on the office.



Ira Blutreich

Mixed Use

The A List


Winifred Duane, 84, mother of state Senator Tom Duane
Winifred Duane, the mother of state Senator Tom Duane, died Thurs., Nov. 5, at age 84.




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Burning hope for marriage
At Union Square Monday evening, New Yorkers for Marriage Equality held a candlelight vigil in support of gay marriage. Governor Paterson last week called for a vote on the gay marriage bill in the state Senate on Tuesday. However, on Tuesday, as legislators counted potential yes and no votes — and some anxiously weighed the consequences of their vote on the hot-button issue — reports were the bill would not be brought up for a vote. But later Tuesday evening, Paterson, Empire State Pride Agenda’s director Alan Van Capelle and four Senate leaders, including Tom Duane and Eric Schneiderman, pledged there would be a vote before the end of this year.

Woman clings to life after city truck crushes her in bike lane
By Lincoln Anderson 
In a gruesome accident, an elderly actress from Westbeth was partially run over by a Parks Department garbage truck while riding her motorized scooter in what is supposed to be a protected bicycle lane last Thursday morning.

Public housing tenants demand repairs, full funding
By Lesley Sussman
Hundreds of residents who live in public housing throughout the city were expected to converge at City Hall on Thursday morning Nov. 12, along with politicians and organizers, to demand that Governor Paterson include ample funding for the New York City Housing Authority in the budget due for release in December.

Start of a sea change in the water-drilling debate 
By Albert Amateau 
The state Department of Environmental Conservation last week responded to demands by elected officials and environmental advocates for more time to comment on the proposal to allow drilling for natural gas Upstate — including in the New York City watershed.


Smaller turnout at school hearing, but lots of anger
By Albert Amateau
A second and final hearing last week on the Department of Education’s plan to relocate Greenwich Village Middle School from its crowded Village school building to a new Financial District home attracted even fewer people than the first sparsely attended hearing the previous week.

For Art D’Lugoff, at heaven’s gate
By Jerry Tallmer
He lit on me. “What kind of newspaperman are you?” he shouted. Said his name was D’Lugoff. An unlikely handle. What was that apostrophe doing there? A token of royalty?

Boba Fett busker reaps bounty

Lil’ recycling hobgoblins

Top preservation groups back St. Vincent’s lawsuit
By Albert Amateau 
The Municipal Art Society and seven other civic groups last week filed a “friend of the court” brief in support of a March 5 lawsuit challenging the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s approval of St. Vincent’s Hospital’s plan to demolish the quirky-looking O’Toole building to make way for a new hospital.

Benefit for E. 7th shooting victim
Friends and neighbors of Calvin Gibson, who survived being shot six times in July 2008 in front of his E. Seventh St. building, are holding a benefit for him from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sat., Nov. 14, at the Sixth St. Community Center, 638 E. Sixth St. near Avenue C.

Progress Report
A special Villager supplement

Union Square: A bright spot in New York’s economy
By Jennifer Falk 
This year has witnessed many milestones in the ongoing renaissance of the Union Square district. While New York City and the nation struggle to break free from this recession, Union Square stands as a rare bright spot and is poised to remain a vibrant neighborhood during these worrisome times.

Elite academy is now up to 25 students, and growing
By Stephanie Pedersen
Good things are happening at Academy of St. Joseph! A.O.S.J. began as a dream to combine high-caliber, gifted-level education with nurturing inspiration to help children develop high moral character, deep compassion and intellectual competence.

Locally and nationally, too, making our voices heard
By Arthur Z. Schwartz 
Assignment: Write a progress report about Village politics. Can that be done without first talking about what is going on in the world around us? No. Where do we start?

A university, doing its homework, charts a new path
By Alicia D. Hurley
In the first half of the 19th century — when New York University was founded — the connection between great universities and great cities was not a clear one in the United States For the next century and a half, a Jeffersonian vision of higher education largely prevailed: Colleges should be in pastoral settings, and the college experience should be removed from the hustle, bustle and temptations of urban settings. 

Why what we do matters; Giving the community a voice
By Jo Hamilton
Community Board 2 covers the area between 14th and Canal Sts., and between the Bowery and the Hudson River. There are 50 appointed members who serve two-year terms. All 50 are volunteers.

Why what we do matters; Giving the community a voice
By Jo Hamilton
Community Board 2 covers the area between 14th and Canal Sts., and between the Bowery and the Hudson River. There are 50 appointed members who serve two-year terms. All 50 are volunteers.

On the waterfront: Much progress, many challenges 
By Noreen Doyle 
Sometimes hard things look easy, and sometimes they look exactly as hard as they are. As we endeavor to implement the full vision of Hudson River Park promised by the park act, the Hudson River Park Trust faces these two realities every day.

Seward Park, Chinatown, bars, buses are on the C.B. 3 agenda
By Dominic Pisciotta and Susan Stetzer 
In the past year — Community Board 3 has continued to become busier and busier. The three years of work to pass a rezoning plan did not signal a time to rest and regroup — the success showed residents that it was up to them and within their ability to create more change to improve the community.

Progress is stalled on housing people with H.I.V.
By Charles King
New York in many ways correctly prides itself on its response to fighting against the AIDS epidemic. And the rest of the country looks to New York City, the epicenter of the epidemic, to take the lead on combating AIDS. 

Defend what’s yours, and save what’s left of L.E.S. 
By Susan Howard 
What is a neighborhood? A place where you feel a sense of belonging as you walk down the streets? Where you know your neighbors and local shopkeepers? Where your children go to school? Where you play, garden or just shoot the breeze? Where you can sit on the stoop, in the park or in a neighborhood hangout and listen to music, gossip and lore?

Soho square named for hero officer doubles in size
Last month, Parks Department Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Councilmember Alan Gerson joined with Italian Consulate General Francesco Maria Talo, N.Y.P.D. Organized Crime Control Bureau Chief Anthony Izzo, relatives of Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino, Community Board 2 members and the Friends of Petrosino Square to open the newly renovated Joseph Petrosino Square Park in Soho. 

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

Flower, on hero’s journey, seeks revenge
Mixed-stagecraft extravaganza boasts cast of 45 — plus you!
By Jerry Tallmer
Taylor Mac, who wrote it and now oversees it, doesn’t know how many roles there are, all told, in “The Lily’s Revenge” — his mixed-stagecraft extravaganza at HERE, in SoHo.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Precious” (+) This is an extraordinary story with an exceptional cast.  The painful life burdens of the movie’s main character, a teenager named Precious, will cause you to weep.
“The Men Who Stare at Goats” (-)
This absurd film, in my opinion, illustrates the contempt that Hollywood writers and producers have for the intelligence of their audiences.

Post-minimalism humor, vintage porn and subtle sculpture
Three art exhibits worth your time, effort
By Stephanie Buhmann
“Stephen Irwin: Sometimes When We Touch.” Through November 29, at Invisible-Exports (14A Orchard St., btw. Hester and Canal St.). Call 212-226-5447 or visit

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Volume 79, Number 23 | November 11 - 17 2009