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The Paper of Record for Greenwich Village, East Village, Lower East Side, Soho, Union Square, Chinatown and Noho, Since 1933

January 28, 2016 • $1.00 Volume 86 • Number 4

City readies to request developers’ proposals for Elizabeth St. Garden BY ALBERT AMATEAU


he city Department of Housing Preservation and Development presented its plan to build affordable senior housing on the site of the much-loved Elizabeth St. Garden at a Community Board 2 working group forum last week. Most of the nearly 300

people who filled the auditorium of the Scholastic Building in Soho on Wed., Jan. 20, were with Friends of Elizabeth St. Garden and demanded saving the 20,265-square-foot oasis between Prince and Spring Sts. and building much-needed affordable housing for seGARDEN continued on p. 24

Neighbors demand input on Triangle Fire memorial, fearing its negative impact BY YANNIC RACK


he group planning a memorial for the site of one of the most devastating industrial tragedies in the country’s history has secured the support of local elected officials and even the governor — but they made their pitch without consulting the community.

The Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, a group of labor advocates and volunteers, wants to build a permanent memorial at the corner of Washington Place and Greene St., where 146 workers died in an infamous factory fire in 1911. But some local residents TRIANGLE continued on p. 4


Looking like Cam Newton pitching a football, a dad gave his son a push down the hill on Saturday at The Mounds ropes-course area in Washington Square Park.

Purple: Paragon or pariah? BY LINCOLN ANDERSON In the center of Adam Purple’s magnificent Garden of Eden — amid its concentric circles of flowers, fruits, vegetables and trees — on Eldridge St. there was a double yin-yang symbol. In Chinese philosophy, yang represents light while yin represents darkness. …


ollowing The Villager’s recent exposés about Adam Purple’s stunning history of sexually abusing his own daugh-

ters and stepdaughters, the newspaper asked community activists for their reaction to the revelations. Not surprisingly, the responses ran the gamut from anger and denial to support and praise for the paper’s bringing the disturbing story to light. Adam Purple, real name David Lloyd Wilkie, died in September at age 84 while biking over the Williamsburg Bridge. Following The Villager’s breaking the news of the legendary gardener’s death, his two daughters

came forward to share their experiences of growing up in a sexually abusive household and of Wilkie’s serving up to two years in prison in Australia for child molestation. Subsequently, his two former stepdaughters also told The Villager their stories — with the older one, Dorothy, revealing that Wilkie sexually abused her nightly for years and finally raped her when she was 12, for which he was arrested and went to jail. Meanwhile, his youngest PURPLE continued on p. 9

Whoa! Carriage horse plan lacks 5 Slashings from sidewalk to the 12 Once upon a time at 19


The Villager • Jan. 28, 2016  


The Villager • Jan. 28, 2016