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albee’s intoxicating ‘Woolf,’ p. 19 Volume 82, Number 36 $1.00 West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Hudson Square, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933 February 7 - 13, 2013 Gristedes owner tosses his hat into mayor’s race By LincoLn anderSon John Catsimatidis, the billionaire owner of the Gristedes supermarket chain, announced his entrance into the race for mayor of New York City last week, running as a Republican. A main platform of Catsimatidis’s campaign is to bring the World’s Fair back to New York City — to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, where it occurred in 1939 and 1964. As a youngster who grew up poor, Catsimatidis attended the ’64 fair and was awestruck by it, and he wants others to share that experience. He immigrated to America from Greece at 6 months old and grew up in Harlem on 135th St., going on to attend Brooklyn Tech High School. Today, he’s worth $3 billion, Continued on page 18 Hundreds march against violence ‘King of the hill, top of the heap’ and guns on L.E.S. Photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio Ed Koch’s casket was borne out of Temple Emanu-El on Monday to the jaunty strains of “New York, New York” on the synagogue’s organ and a standing ovation by the 2,000 people in attendance. It certainly was a fitting tune for the colorful, larger-than-life former mayor. See inside for extensive coverage on Koch. City plans to lease nYCHA sites for luxury development By Sam Spokony In an attempt to generate millions of dollars in revenue desperately needed to fill a budget gap and fund more than 400,000 stalled building repair orders, the New York City Housing Authority plans to lease land within some of its Manhattan developments to private developers, who would be able to build luxury apartments on those lots. Five of the potential lease sites are in the East Village and Lower East Side, according to sources who have been briefed on the plans. Those sites include parking lots and/or recreational areas within Campos Plaza, Baruch Houses, Smith Houses, LaGuardia Houses and Meltzer Tower (a building exclusively for senior citizens). NYCHA bluntly ignored this newspaper’s request for more — or even any — specific details on the plans, instead sending a statement saying that strategies like this leasing idea are “vital to improving the circumstances of NYCHA’s residents and buildings.” But according to “internal documents” obtained by the Daily News and published on Wednesday, the authority’s entire eight-development scheme would allow private develop- By Sam Spokony Just after hundreds of Lower East Side parents and children walked together in an emotional rally against gun and youth violence, the mother of Raphael Ward — the 16-year-old Baruch Houses resident who was shot and killed on Jan. 4 — spoke candidly and forcefully to that crowd. Though she never would have asked to Continued on page 28 5 15 C A N A L STREET • N YC 10 013 • C OPYRIG HT © 2013 N YC COMMU NITY M ED IA , LLC be placed upon this pedestal of grief, Arlene Delgado knew that the happy memories of her child might just be enough to spur the change her neighborhood needs. “I’m strong because of the kids,” said Delgado, who didn’t shed a tear until after she stepped away from the microphone. “If Continued on page 5 edITORIAl, leTTeRs PAGE 12 TAllmeR’s kOch mOVIe mOmeNT PAGE 13

The Villager, Feb. 7, 2013

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