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Editorial
Mos(que) hysteria
We’re having trouble understanding the hyperbolic outrage over the plan to open a community center and mosque two blocks from the World Trade Center. There has been a mosque in Tribeca four blocks away since before 9/11 and we’ve heard no objections to it, nor have we noticed any problems there.
So two blocks is an outrage, but four blocks is appropriate. Is three in the permissible zone for this misguided group of protesters in the media and on Facebook, or should the Islamic-free area they apparently desire extend another block?

Letters to the Editor

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FEATURED COLUMNS

NOTEBOOK
Farewell to Lena Horne and some songbirds of color
By JERRY TALLMER
Billie Holiday was the first to go. Of course, she would be. July 17, 1959. Handcuffed to her bed in Metropolitan Hospital, with a cop at the door in case she woke up and got away anyway. When I heard the news, I got drunk and wrote the best thing I’ve ever done. “Bye Bye Blackbird.” You could look it up.

Newark gangs (tried to) work it out on the court
By Clayton Patterson
In America, especially in the inner cities, we have a long history of gangs, clubs and cliques, which have formed for various reasons, including because the members have similar interests or want to define and protect certain areas for their businesses, legal and/or illegal. One of the negative manifestations of these collectives can be the creation of conflict.

IN PICTURES

They’re mad for veggies

New Hester outdoor market is a real breath of fresh air

Raging fire roars through retail strip on 14th St.

Baldwin’s a hit at N.Y.U. graduation in the Bronx

Religious leaders unite: East Village shows the way

It’s a win-Winnie situation at St. Mark’s in the Bowery




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Pavilion cafe R.F.P. is served
By Albert Amateau
The Department of Parks on Tuesday issued its long-awaited request for proposals to operate a seasonal cafe at the Union Square Park pavilion.

Riders on the corn: Cyclists raise alarm about gardens
By Jefferson Siegel 
Last Saturday, Time’s Up! held a Garden Bike Ride and Hoedown to raise awareness of an imminent threat to community gardens.  

 

News

From grassroots, with suit, fighting for a new hospital
By Lincoln Anderson and Roslyn Kramer
In the wake of St. Vincent’s Hospital’s closing, two local activist attorneys are spearheading efforts to create a replacement for it in Greenwich Village, but they’re taking divergent paths. 

Not dorm tower, but Tower School pitched on E. 9th
By Lincoln Anderson 
Kimber “Kim” Barton has a lifetime of experience in education coupled with a vision for the future: He hopes to transform the vacant old P.S. 64 on E. Ninth St. into the Tower School, a 600-student, nonprofit, independent school that could open next fall.

‘It’s an insult’; Mulry Sq. fan plan is really panned
By Albert Amateau
After three years and many community forums, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority last week presented its final plans for an emergency ventilation plant at Mulry Square for the Eighth Ave. and Seventh Ave. subway lines.


A SALUTE TO UNION SQUARE

End of north-end redesign project is finally here
By Albert Amateau
The $20 million redesign of the north end of Union Square Park, which began two years ago, is more than 98 percent complete this week and right on schedule for a formal opening in the next few weeks.

Family owners have always been hands-on at Strand

New stores, eateries heat up already-sizzling area
By Barbara Thau
The retail renaissance of Union Square continues to unfold.

Hole lotta Love at Best Buy

Family owners have always been hands-on at Strand
By Jane Flanagan
On any given day at the Strand Bookstore you will find proprietor Fred Bass, 81...

Who can make a huge mandala? The ‘sand man’ can

‘No Worker Is Illegal!’ A place to hold protests 1

Union square lawyer scores by funding b’ball league
By Amy Rosenbloom
“Push the ball!” “Take it to the hole!” “Press!” “We, not me!”

New School toxic avengers: A place for protests 2

Former BID president really wrote the book on Union Square

Artists add a stroke of creativity to park scene

Feldenkrais clinic is alternative-health hideaway
By Kathryn Adisman
You’re greeted by…silence. The only sound — breathing. Both clients lie on tables.



ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

On isle of mad dreams, Greece is the word
BY JERRY TALLMER 
Drama has ‘romantic, time-fracturing, novelistic feel.’

Godliness and memory on East 10th Street
BY STEPHEN WOLF 
A visit, in verse, to the Russian & Turkish Baths.

‘American Subversive’ delves into domestic terrorism
BY JOE ANTOL
Elusive author target of ‘crazy Tea-Bagger-type’ Email rants.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch

Naughtiness squared; or tripled; or quadrupled
BY JERRY TALLMER
‘666’ does devil’s work with ‘black humor that’s wild and extreme.’

All around Downtown with PT Walkley
BY PAULA ROSENBERG
Composer’s taste in music, food, film gives ‘eclectic’ a good name.

Amid Gardens and Ghosts
BY STEPHEN WOLF 
Get to know poet/performance artist Eve Packer.   

Look Ahead: Art
BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN
Noteworthy exhibits, now through July.

Starchitect on trial for creating monstrous ‘toaster on steroids’ 
BY JERRY TALLMER 
Safdie delivers ‘shrewd, intelligent’ examination of the WOW! factor. 



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