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gardens, candidates...Pete! p. 2 Volume 82, Number 49 $1.00 West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Hudson Square, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933 May 9 - 15, 2013 Three key sites are added to proposed historic district By LInCoLn anDerSon Andrew Berman told The Villager late last Friday afternoon May 3 that three important sites — including two owned by N.Y.U. on the edge of Washington Square Park — that had previously been left out of the proposed South Village Historic District “Phase II” have now been included in it by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, said he received word earlier on Friday from both L.P.C. and Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s Office that the three sites are now in the proposed district. The sites most notably include N.Y.U. Law School’s Vanderbilt Hall. A low-scale, Italianate-style building, it Continued on page 13 ‘Clarified’ park rules for artists, buskers still called unclear Photo by Jefferson Siegel Councilmember Margaret Chin, flanked by Congressmember Nydia Velazquez, left, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, at her May 4 campaign announcement in Tribeca. Chin’s all in: Silver, Nydia back bid for a second term By JeFFerSon SIegeL On Sunday morning, Margaret Chin formally announced her campaign for a second term. Dozens of supporters, including local activists and powerhouse political allies like Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Congressmember Nydia Velazquez, filled the steps of Independence Plaza North in Tribeca to show their support for the First District’s first Asian-American councilmember. “Councilmember Chin has been one of our community’s staunchest advocates, making sure that as we continue to rebuild, Lower Manhattan receives its fair share,” said Silver, offering Chin his “strong endorsement.” Velazquez also praised Chin’s commitment, saying the district By TereSe LoeB KreuZer Puppeteer Ronny Wasserstrom and artist David Evirett-Carlson were nervous. They had just emerged from a Community Board 2 Parks and Waterfront Committee meeting on May 1 where Manhattan Borough Parks Commissioner Bill Castro had faced a room full of expressive-matter vendors who were not shy about expressing their needs someone to “stand up for small businesses, working families, affordable housing and access to better education and childcare.” Chin, who seemed to know every supporter personally, took pride in recounting the accomplishments over her past four years, including gaining protected affordable housing Continued on page 7 5 15 C A N A L STREET • N YC 10 013 • C OPYRIG HT © 2013 N YC COMMU NITY M ED IA , LLC questions and grievances with the city’s parks rules and regulations. Castro wanted to allay their fears about the “clarified” rules issued by the Parks Department on April 2. This clarification stated that as of May 8, musicians and other performers in parks would have to abide by the same rules as expressive-matter vendors Continued on page 27 edItoRIAl, letteRS PAGE 10 lUcky RhythM MAchIne PAGE 17


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