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Pax in the Pet set, p. 29 Volume 82, Number 43 $1.00 West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Hudson Square, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933 March 28 - April 3, 2013 NID critics poke holes in ‘unfair’ tax plan for park By eiLeen sTUKAne The Hudson River Park Trust encountered stiff opposition to its hope for creating the city’s first neighborhood improvement district, or NID, at its final public meeting in February. Following the guidelines used to create a business improvement district, or BID, the Trust was required to hold public meetings for community feedback. During the first round of hearings there wasn’t Seek and you Sal find Photo by Jefferson Siegel Mayoral candidate Sal Albanese pointed to a Parks Department sign at Mercer Playground that clearly states the site was “formally transferred” from the Department of Transportation to the Parks Department in 1997. A spokesperson for the city’s Law Department, however, told The Villager the sign was “a mistake.” See Page 2. Youth leagues on march for more fields at Pier 40 By LincoLn Anderson Local youth leagues recently struck out with their plan to build twin 22-story luxury towers on the Hudson to finance the preservation and expansion of their “field of dreams” at Pier 40. The leagues, as a coalition called Pier 40 Champions, funded their own feasibility study and even hired their own architect to design the plan. Led by Tobi Bergman, head of P3 (Pier Park & Playground Association), they lobbied aggressively, with thousands of sports parents signing electronic petitions for the plan, the petitions then immediately being automatically forwarded to all the local elected officials. They packed a Pier 40 forum last month. Nevertheless, there was staunch local political opposition to the Champs’ concept plan, and then much ado, but during the second round, some significant resistance emerged. The proposed NID area includes the 5-mile-long park, plus a two-to-three-block-wide strip bordering the park’s eastern edge, extending from Hell’s Kitchen, through Chelsea and Greenwich Village, down to Tribeca. Initially, meetings for residents in the proposed Continued on page 9 Another supermarket will be checking out; Walgreens coming in By eLissA sTein Hidden behind the shopping carts, so as not to upset customers, are stacks of bold “STORE CLOSING” signs, to be hung in windows this weekend at the Food Emporium, at 12th St. and Sixth Ave. Food Emporium, which has been at the location for more than 50 years, will be shutting its doors in early May. Permanently. Along with the Greenwich Village outpost, the Food Emporium at 68th St. and — like Mariano Rivera coming in to close out a ball game in the ninth inning — City Council Speaker Christine Quinn fired a fastball of a statement in to The Villager saying she has “a commitment to no residential development at Pier 40.” Game over. After Quinn’s strong statement, Continued on page 4 5 15 C A N A L STREET • N YC 10 013 • C OPYRIG HT © 2013 N YC COMMU NITY M ED IA , LLC Broadway will be closing as well. A&P, Food Emporium’s parent company, emerged from bankruptcy last year. It was still trying to sell its Manhattan locations, when it was announced in March that Madison Capital, a private investment group specializing in real estate, was purchasing the leases to both supermarket sites. When asked for more information about what will happen to the Downtown store, a Madison Continued on page 11 editorial, letterS PAGE 12 occupy Fair For HealtHcare PAGE 16

The Villager, March 28, 2013

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