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The Paper of Record for East and West Villages, Lower East Side, Soho, Noho, Little Italy and Chinatown

October 29, 2015 • FREE Volume 5 • Number 18

Praise for Stuy Town sale but also concern about use of air rights BY YANNIC RACK

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STUY TOWN continued on p. 8

E.V. school kids fuming over Styrofoam reversal BY YANNIC RACK

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hen a judge struck down the city’s ban on plastic foam food containers late last month, among the many environmentally conscious New Yorkers who disapproved were a group of East Village public school students who had cam-

PHOTO BY TEQUILA MINSKY

t didn’t take long for the much-heralded multibillion-dollar sale of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village to raise some official eyebrows. Comptroller Scott Stringer and other local politicians are already probing the “sweetener” of the deal — the right

to sell off the unused air rights of Manhattan’s largest apartment complex — days after it was announced that the Blackstone Group is paying $5.4 billion for the more than 11,000 units spread out across 80 acres east of First Ave., between 14th and 23rd Sts.

paigned for the ban as part of their mission to achieve zero-waste school cafeterias. “The students and teachers were so disappointed and shocked, because they had worked so hard on this. I don’t think anyone expected that this was not going to go through,” said Debby Lee STYROFOAM continued on p. 16

Dr. Lonnie Smith caressed the keys on his Hammond B3 organ at the Village Jazz Alive event last Thursday night. For more photos, see Page 10.

Police-brutality marchers demand a more just society BY ZACH WILLIAMS

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helsea resident Eileen Feldman was two blocks from home on Sat., Oct. 24 when hundreds of marching #BlackLivesMatter protesters blocked her path at the intersection of W. 23rd St. and Sixth Ave. The delay irritated her and she was not reluctant to say so out loud. Activist Hannah Raytaylor heard Feldman and confronted her. Protesters were about halfway through the

police-permitted march from Washington Square Park to W. 42nd St. as a small group of people stopped to watch Feldman and Raytaylor debate the merits of protesting police brutality on a sunny autumn afternoon. The hottest point of contention between them was whether the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and other people of color represented the mistakes of just a few police officers or whether law enforcement as a whole protected a

system of racial inequality. Neither convinced the other, but their conversation succinctly covered the ground that defines the ongoing national debate on how to address ongoing discrimination against people of color. “The country is more divided now than ever,” Feldman said about the #BlackLivesMatter movement in an interview. “Protesters are making it sound like cops are evil. ... There is so much PROTEST continued on p. 6

Joe Budnick, Wash. Sq. music man, 68..........page 12 Toledano tells ‘his side of the story’...............page 13 P.S. 110 kids strut for Givenchy bucks............page 23 He took me out to the ballgame..page 15 | May 14, 2014

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