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Special section A Salute TO U N I O N S Q U A R E pages 13 - 24 Volume 82, Number 48 $1.00 West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Hudson Square, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933 May 2 - 8, 2013 Bikes on the brain as cycle-share is about ready to roll BY LINCOLN ANDERSON New York is going completely bonkers over bikeshare — and the bicycles aren’t even here yet! But the bike-station docks are, and they’re sparking a million reactions — make that 8 million — from support to opposition and, in at least one case, a lawsuit. Residents of 99 Bank St. in the Village last week filed a lawsuit seeking the removal of a 31-bike dock in front A mosaic flag of many colors of their building, between Greenwich and Hudson Sts. The suit charges that the bike station violates the city’s own rules for placement of street furniture. But a judge rejected the 100-unit co-op’s plea for an injunction. However, early Tuesday morning, the city gave some ground — literally — removing a fourbike segment of the dock from the end closest to the Continued on page 4 Photo by Q. Sakamaki Ydanis Rodriguez, Northern Manhattan city councilmember, marched in Wednesday’s May Day parade, helping fly a mosaic flag representing some of the many countries from which immigrants to the U.S. hail. For more photos, see Page 2. Mayoral candidates make their case at Village forum BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL Four Democratic candidates for mayor were welcomed to the Village Monday night to offer their visions for the city. The forum, at the L.G.B.T. Center on W. 13th St., was sponsored by the Village Independent Democrats, Village Reform Democratic Club, Downtown Independent Democrats and several other clubs and groups. The candidates who participated — City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, former Councilmember Sal Albanese, Comptroller John Liu and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio — didn’t meet face to face. The format allowed each candidate 10 minutes to state his or her case, followed by a 15-minute Q&A before departing the meeting. Half an hour before the forum began, 10 Quinn supporters stood outside the Center holding signs and passing out fliers. Their presence foreshadowed the enthusiastic greeting Quinn would receive from a room filled with many longtime friends and supporters. Before the forum began, District Leader Keen Berger admitted she was excited. “I’m a political junkie,” she said. “The thing I care about and know the most about is education,” she noted, mention- ing one of the many topics the candidates would expound on. Other issues dominating the evening’s conversation included affordable housing, stop-and-frisk, hydrofracking and the Spectra pipeline. Several in the audience confessed to being undecided about whom to vote for. But West Village resident Ellen PetersonLewis had already made up her mind and was proudly sporting a “Christine Quinn” sticker on her dress. “She is on the right track on women’s issues, education, affordable housing,” Peterson-Lewis said. When asked about Photo by Tequila Minsky This new bike-share station for 40-plus bikes on West Broadway is planted next to a strip coveted by sidewalk artists on weekends. Continued on page 31 5 15 C A N A L STREET • N YC 10 013 • C OPYRIG HT © 2013 N YC COMMU NITY M ED IA , LLC editoRial, letteRS PAGE 10 cuMMinG SoloS in ‘Macbeth’ PAGE 25

The Villager, May 2, 2013

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