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The Paper of Record for Greenwich Village, East Village, Lower East Side, Soho, Union Square, Chinatown and Noho, Since 1933 February 13, 2014 • $1.00 Volume 83 • Number 37 C.B. 2 votes to save garden, plus focus on affordable housing BY LINCOLN ANDERSON A PHOTO BY TEQUILA MINSKY A city bus driver died and several people were injured when the bus and a stolen truck collided early Wednesday morning on W. 14th St. See article, Page 13. Weisbrod named Planning czar BY LINCOLN ANDERSON C alling it “very, very personal” and “a particularly moving day” for him, Mayor de Blasio last Friday appointed his friend Carl Weisbrod chairperson of the City Planning Commission. As Planning chief, the mayor said, Weisbrod “will have a huge positive impact on the future of this city.” That’s because Weisbrod will be a key partner in helping the mayor realize his vision of reshaping the “tale of two cities” into a new narra- tive of a unified, more equitable city. “We see the City Planning Commission as a central piece of a strategy to change this city’s reality,” de Blasio declared, “to make sure that people can afford to live here and have jobs that they can feed a family on.” The two men have been friends since first working together back in the Dinkins administration in the early 1990s. The new mayor’s confidence in Weisbrod was evident when he tapped him as co-chairperson of his transition team, helping de Blasio select many of his top administration appointments. Now, in turn, Weisbrod himself has been chosen to be one of the mayor’s most crucial agency chiefs. In his remarks announcing the news, de Blasio repeatedly characterized it as one of the most essential appointments in his administration. Whereas the Planning Commission under former Mayors Bloomberg and Giuliani was largely concerned with aesthetics, de Blasio said, under his administration the position will be more wide-ranging, helping shape the overall direction greeing with about 150 passionate, green-T-shirtwearing adults and kids who filled the auditorium at its recent full board meeting, Community Board 2 voted to recommend preserving the Elizabeth St. Garden as permanent public, open green space. The city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development is considering the site — a 20,000-square-foot, through lot from Elizabeth to Mott Sts. between Spring and Prince Sts. — as a spot for an affordablehousing development with 60 or 70 units. The garden GARDEN, continued on p. 23 Of ice and men: Can the police clear their own sidewalks? BY SARAH FERGUSON N ow is the winter of our discontent. The onslaught of snow — once a delight — has become an endless slog of winter storms and polar vortexes. And the ice — what’s up with all the ice? Some streets and side- walks resemble bobsled courses due to all the thaw and refreeze. Emergency room visits for slip and falls are up 300 percent. I should know. Two weeks ago, I wiped out on a treacherous set of stairs in Tompkins Square Park that were coated in black ice. I flipped up into the air like an Olympic snowBLUE ICE, continued on p. 12 WEISBROD, continued on p. 10 Google wants cut of Meatpacking 2 Tallmer and Voice founders do 9 Putin’ on a 8


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