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SERVING GREENWICH VILLAGE SINCE 1933 | Volume 73, Number 51 | April 21 - 27, 2004

The Villager’s First Annual Progress Report
 We are pleased to present to our readers our First Annual Progress Report, which you will find on Pages 15-38 of this issue. The Progress Report allows local leaders and the heads of community groups and institutions to, in their own words, give an update on what issues and concerns they’ve been focusing on recently and what they foresee for the near future.


New boutiques and bistros
Board 3 Politics
Hudson Guild

Letters to the Villager

Ira Blutreich


Patient art is worth the wait


Kerry campaign heats up

Hopes to stem hemorrhaging

Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert

A protester in front of Richard Meier’s new 16-story, luxury residential towers at Perry St. last Sunday.

Meier as the new Moses: Villagers ratchet up anti-development fight
By Lincoln Anderson
Vowing to stop the building juggernaut that seemingly overnight has reshaped the Far West Village waterfront into the new so-called “Gold Coast,” over 250 residents joined politicians and preservationists in a rally last Sunday against overdevelopment.

N.Y.U. adjuncts poised to strike amid final talks
By Elizabeth O’Brien
As The Villager went to press, most New York University part-time professors were set to strike on Wednesday morning if last-minute negotiations scheduled for Tuesday night did not produce a contract that the university and the union could agree upon.

City reverses its ruling on Market tower
By Lincoln Anderson
Thousands of protestors are expected to flood into New York when the Republican National Convention hits town Aug. 30-Sept. 2. The center of dissent will no doubt be around Madison Sq. Garden, but afterwards the protestors will need somewhere to stay. Some local activists think Tompkins Sq. would be the perfect spot to pitch tents and camp out.

Member banished from board over ‘Karan apple’ flap
By Melanie Wallis
A proposal to put a sculpture by the designer Donna Karan’s late husband has caused a stir, resulting in a public member being thrown off the Community Board 2 Arts Committee.

Officers are accused of parking violation at P.S. 64
By Elizabeth O’Brien
At the Robert Simon Educational Complex on Avenue B, recess is a highly regulated affair. That’s because the 800 children in the complex’s three schools must share a small playground, while their larger yard is filled with cars belonging to school safety agents.

Jane St. woman is recovering after savage attack
By Lincoln Anderson
A week later, the motive was still unclear for why a woman attacked a neighbor in a prominent Greenwich Village apartment building, viciously beating her with a hammer and vodka bottle, in an apparent attempt to kill her. Making the assault even more shocking, both women, who are acquaintances, are in their 60s.

Mayor likely unable to block bill on off-duty cops for bars
By Lincoln Anderson
Supporters of the plan to post off-duty uniformed police officers outside bars for noise control are confident a bill in the City Council authorizing the practice will pass easily. The Council’s Public Safety Committee will hold a hearing and vote on the bill — introduced by Brooklyn Councilmember David Yassky — on April 29, and the full Council is expected to vote on it the following Wednesday, May 3.

Westbeth residents demand administrative records
By Albert Amateau
A group of Westbeth residents is demanding all documents relating to the administration of the West Village artists’ complex, including commercial and residential leases, government subsidies and lists of residents.

New signs of a suburban Lower East Side?
By Albert Amateau
After a two-hour meeting on Tues. Feb. 24, negotiations between the Independence Plaza North Tenants Association and Laurence Gluck, owner of the 1,329-unit Tribeca complex, were about two weeks away from a make-or-break deadline.

Call for City Council review of appeals board’s variances
By Albert Amateau
Public officials and community representatives who have long-standing grievances with the Board of Standards and Appeals for granting variances that allow developers to build projects that exceed criteria mandated by the city zoning resolution welcomed a proposal on Monday that would give the City Council an option to review B.S.A. decisions.

Four-hundred films in two days
By Atticus Brady
It would seem that two or three world-famous magicians are all the world can stand. There is Lance Burton and the two Davids, Blaine and Copperfield, but magic has never been like Rock ‘N Roll where a hundred bands at a time can sell hit records. It is more than likely that when one of these performers fade from the spotlight someone else will come along to fill the vacancy.

Local author pens tale about an elf with attitude
By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
In Union Sq. Park, an elf and a rat conspire to pit park regulars against each other and return the square to the “bad old days,” when trash littered the lawn and residents refused to walk through the park at night. Or so the story goes in “The Elf of Union Square,” a new novel for young adults by Greenwich Village author Jan Carr.

Koch on film
By Ed Koch

Staying power and then some
By Davida Singer
Staying power is a prime attribute of writer/performance artist Deb Margolin. Since co-founding the acclaimed downtown performance group, Split Britches in 1979, Margolin has been a consistent force in avant-garde theater throughout the U.S. and abroad. With seven major solo shows under her belt, it’s not surprising she also nailed an Obie for Sustained Excellence of Performance in 2001.


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