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The Paper of Record for Greenwich Village, East Village, Lower East Side, Soho, Union Square, Chinatown and Noho, Since 1933 November 14, 2013 • $1.00 Volume 83 • Number 24 Community confronts park air rights issue as Cuomo O.K.’s bill BY SAM SPOKONY AND LINCOLN ANDERSON PHOTO BY BYRON SMITH Teacher John Kaufmann working with first graders at Success Academy Union Square. Charter school is settling in at Washington Irving home BY HEATHER DUBIN T hree months into the school year, Success Academy’s Union Square location is beginning to smooth out some logistical kinks. The kindergarten and first-grade classes at the charter school are now able to walk to their recess destination from 40 Irving Place, at E. 16th St., to Union Square Park in six minutes flat. Success Academy has the second floor at the Washington Irving High School campus, as well as its own cafeteria and entrance, which is separate from the main lobby entrance, where there are metal detectors in place for the students from the six high schools that share the building. Success Academy was founded in 2006 by former City Councilmember Eva Moskowitz, who is the growing charter network’s C.E.O. On a recent tour of the new Union Square charter school with Principal Paola Zalkind and Ann Powell, senior managing director of communications for Success Academy charter schools, CHARTER SCHOOL, continued on p. 16 O n the same day that around 200 Lower West Side residents gathered to discuss their fears about a bill that would allow the transfer and sale of Hudson River Park’s air rights, Governor Andrew Cuomo finally signed the bill into law. Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, had just finished his introductory speech at Wednesday’s meeting, around 7 p.m., when word came that Cuomo had signed the AIR RIGHTS, continued on p. 5 Advocates file suit to stop NYCHA’s luxury infill plan BY SAM SPOKONY O pponents of the New York City Housing Authority’s plan to lease public land to private developers have filed a lawsuit against the agency in an attempt to stop the plan from moving forward. The Urban Justice Cen- ter and New York Environmental Law and Justice Project announced on Tuesday that they filed suit in State Supreme Court to prevent NYCHA from accepting any bids to construct primarily luxury residential buildings in five of the eight developments targeted for Come to Village Prep! We excel in... ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (K-12): Tutoring (All Subjects) • SAT Prep Homework Help Gifted & Talented Prep (Pre-K) • Common Core Curriculum EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAMS (ALL AGES): Computer • Fitness • Tae Kwon Do Art • Piano • Learning Chinese A Center for Enriched Academic Programs | Kindergarten to 12th Grade 236 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003 | 212-780-0098 | INFILL, continued on p. 18

November 14, 2013 The Villager

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