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Focus on leicas, p. 4 Volume 82, Number 44 $1.00 West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Hudson Square, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933 April 4 - 10, 2013 Travelers trash C.B. 3 member’s ‘crusty proposal’ By lincoln anDerson They hadn’t yet read Chad Marlow’s controversial “A crusty proposal” talking point in last week’s Villager. But a group that the outspoken Community Board 3 member would deride as the “voluntary homeless” in Union Square Tuesday morning shrugged off his blistering critiques and defended their freewheeling lifestyle. About a half dozen youths Kickin’ it for loving moms Photo by Ali Smith Lower East Side musician Alyson Palmer, with her daughter, above, is profiled in Ali Smith’s “Momma Love; How the Mother Half Lives.” Smith is doing a Kickstarter campaign to publish the photo book, which was 12 years in the making. See Page 3. Charges over charters fly as Eva enters Wash. Irving By lincoln anDerson A new 500-seat charter school is planned to open this August in the Washington Irving High School building, and — as has frequently happened elsewhere when charter schools come in — a battle is brewing to block it. Arthur Schwartz, a Greenwich Village activist and attorney who has represented plaintiffs against other New York City charter schools, told The Villager he expects to file a class-action lawsuit that will include the planned Success Academy Union Square and also possibly a charter school slated for Tilden High School, in Brooklyn. “This is Eva Moskowitz’s beachhead in Lower Manhattan,” Schwartz said of the K-to-4 school in the Union Square/ Gramercy area. The school is actually K-to-8; the students will continue on through the middle-school grades, in their late teens and 20s, they were huddled together in the lee of the Union Square subway kiosk in the park’s southwestern corner. Some were slouched on the ground, partially covered by down sleeping bags in the unseasonably cold and windy weather. Others sat cross-legged on the pavement nearby. A hash pipe was passed and one of them Continued on page 7 Outrage over infill scheme at seniors housing complex By PaUl BUFano Seniors living in one East Village apartment building rely on its park to get fresh air and to enjoy playing chess in the shade, but the green space may soon be replaced by a seven-story development with a 99-year ground lease. The New York City Housing Authority is moving forward with a plan to allow private “infill development” on eight of its though at another, yet-to-be-determined location. Moskowitz, a former Upper East Side city councilmember, is the founder and C.E.O. of the Success Charter Network. Her first charter school, Success Academy Harlem 1, opened in 2006, and has since been recognized as a Blue Ribbon School, the federal Continued on page 2 5 15 C A N A L STREET • N YC 10 013 • C OPYRIG HT © 2013 N YC COMMU NITY M ED IA , LLC Manhattan sites, including one at Meltzer Tower, a 20-story building exclusively for seniors at 94 E. First St. The buildings would be rentals, with a mix of 80 percent market-rate units and 20 percent affordable units. At Meltzer, an outdoor seating area with trees and benches now used by the complex’s Continued on page 19 editoriAl, letters PAGE 8 rAVeN reAllY NAils it PAGE 16

The Villager, April 4, 2013

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