Volume 80, Number 38 | February 17 - 24, 2011
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933
Moose does Sinatra for Doris:
Friends threw Doris Diether of Community Board 2 a party for her 82nd birthday earlier this month at fellow board member Keen Berger’s home in the West Village. The highlight was David Marin and his Moose puppet serenading Diether with Frank Sinatra’s “Witchcraft.” The veteran community activist loves watching Marin perform with his “Castle Critters” puppets in Washington Square Park, the Moose being her favorite. On C.B. 2 since 1964, Diether is Manhattan’s longest-serving community board member. Sharon Woolums organized the party.
Boyz ’n’ Girlz n the hood(s):
The hot item at this year’s Greenwich Village Little League Opening Day on Sat., April 9, at Pier 40 will be new official G.V.L.L. hoodies. Thanks to sponsorship that has gone through the roof for this year’s season, Dan Miller, the league’s president tells us, everyone will be sporting a cool hoodie.
Oops! The Web address given in our issue two weeks ago for people to vote for the Lower Eastside Girls Club to win $50,000 in the DVF Foundation’s People’s Choice Awards, unfortunately, did not go to the right page, but to a porn chat room! We’re sure that someone we spoke to at the girls club over the phone gave us that address, but whatever. Predictably, the blooper produced a mixture of shock and hilarity. The last day of voting was Feb. 15.
In the zone:
Our breaking-news story about Trinity Real Estate’s plans to rezone Hudson Square in last week’s issue should have noted that the 3,000 to 3,500 new residents Trinity predicts will be added to the neighborhood under the rezoning would be over a 10-year period. In addition, residential projects would get a bonus of F.A.R. (floor area ratio) for adding affordable housing, but would not get extra height, since building heights would be capped. Also, while building heights would be capped on both narrow streets and midblocks at 185 feet, or about 18 stories, the F.A.R. would be lower on the midblocks. Finally, the article should have stated that Hudson Square’s retail — not commercial — vacancy rate is 30 percent. … Interesting to note, at last Thursday’s presentation of the plan to Community Board 2’s Land Use and Business Development Committee, the slide showing the rendering of the school to be included in the tower Trinity hopes to build at Duarte Square was renamed P.S. 100. The tower would be 429 feet tall, and the school’s previous name on the rendering we had seen was P.S. 429 — apparently, a sort of architects’ inside joke.