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The Paper of Record for Greenwich Village, East Village, Lower East Side, Soho, Union Square, Chinatown and Noho, Since 1933 October 24, 2013 • $1.00 Volume 83 • Number 22 Saying it saved her, Abate brings holistic healthcare to L.E.S. BY HEATHER DUBIN A PHOTO BY TEQUILA MINSKY To remind the city that many are still suffering from Sandy’s impact, hundreds of New Yorkers — carrying wave-shaped signs — held a “Turn the Tide” rally Sunday by City Hall. Many had marched there through hurricane-ravaged neighborhoods. Waves of pain haven’t receded lternative medicine is gaining increasing acceptance in the Western world. In the case of Catherine Abate, president and C.E.O. of Community Healthcare Network, she not only accepts alternative medicine — she F our months ago, a bill allowing the transfer of unused development rights from Hudson River Park one block inland of the West Side Highway was suddenly and quietly introduced at the end of the Albany legislative session. The Assembly passed the bill on June 15 by a vote of 96 to 5. Then, after a marathon all-night session, the state Senate brought the bill up for a vote on Sat., June 17, and passed it unanimously at 5:18 in the morning by a vote of 57 to 0. Yet, today, the bill — an amendment to the Hudson River Park Act of 1998 — still has not gone into effect because it hasn’t been signed by Governor Cuomo. At the time the Legislature passed the bill, there were many unanswered questions about exactly how the transfer of development rights — also known as air rights — would work. For example, how many available air rights does the park actually have? Where can ABATE, continued on p. 6 Girls Club is aiming for the stars, and also hoping to make them BY HEATHER DUBIN Park bill still up in the air, H forum to consider air rights BY LINCOLN ANDERSON firmly believes it helped save her life. Diagnosed with stagefour uterine cancer in May 2012, Abate’s positive experience with holistic medical practices prompted her to bring these same modalities to Community Healthcare Network’s Downtown ula-hooping on a Friday afternoon at The Lower Eastside Girls Club is not a bad way to end your week. Especially if you are a Girls Club member in the East Village, with access to its brand new $20 mil- lion facility, located on E. Eighth St. near Avenue D. Last Friday, at The Lower Eastside Girls Club Center for Community, 23 girls, ages 11 to 18, were tossing balloons to each other as they twirled a hula hoop round and round in Baker Hall, a mirror-lined, sunny, GIRLS CLUB, continued on p. 28 AIR RIGHTS, continued on p. 4 Dwellers to C.B. 3: ‘Please work with us’ 13 Halloween kids and canines on parade...pages 16-17 Art in a new 2

The Villager, Oct. 31, 2013

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