Term-Limits: How Your New York City Councilperson Voted.

Again, let voters decide on limits
We attended almost all of the full two days — plus most of one night — of hearings last week on the critical issue of whether term limits in New York City should be extended. What we saw and heard basically reinforced our already-held view — that without a voter referendum, term limits must not be extended.

Gerson and Mendez must now hold the line
Three weeks ago, in this space, we stated our position on term limits. Since that time, there have been major developments on the issue at City Hall, yet our position has remained resolute: Yes, we think three terms are better than two for city officials, because it allows them to learn the ropes and bring their full expertise to bear; and because being limited to only two terms causes politicians to constantly scramble just to hold a job, instead of focusing on the real issues that need their attention.

Imagining Joe the Plumber strategy
By Josh Rogers
Barack Obama’s campaign moved swiftly to mobilize forces in Toledo Thursday after Joe the Plumber said he was speaking for 30 swing voters in Battleground Ohio and perhaps many more across the state and the country.

Letters to the Editor

Mixed Use

Under Cover

Police Blotter



A bad dream with Sarah Palin & Dr. Stangelove
3 a.m. The telephone rings. The red telephone. “Madame President? I’m sorry to wake you.  This is General Buck Turgison, chairman of your Joint Chiefs of Staff … ”

Chromczak doesn’t back ban on all abortions


SOHO Lantern



The bards come early
Poets House, which is moving to Battery Park City in the spring, staged a series of readings and events in the neighborhood on Saturday. See article.

The kids are alright, so Tribeca Y goes for connections w/20-somethings
By Julie Shapiro
This isn’t your Aunt Hilde’s community center.

The poets drop in to check out B.P.C. digs
Five poets read their favorite odes to New York City Saturday on a sunny lawn in Battery Park City’s Rockefeller Park.

VISTA volunteer who helped kids hopes for rendezvous
Call him crazy or a dreamer, but when Michael Gaines arrives in New York on the 23rd of this month on a vacation, he’s gambling on the chance he can reunite with some of the kids he came to know 40 years ago. Only now, of course, they would be middle-aged adults.

Allen St. ‘Champs-Élysées’ starting to take shape
By Matt Townsend 
The city calls the 25-foot-wide slabs of concrete that divide the north- and southbound lanes of Allen St. on the Lower East Side a pedestrian mall. But these wouldn’t remind anyone of the grassy fields between the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument or the landscaped islands in the middle of Park Ave. 

Feeding the Lower East Side’s sweet tooth
By Casey Samulski
Economy Candy is a store as honest as its name, devoted to selling good candy at a good price. When it comes to candy, as owner Jerry Cohen says, “We’ve seen everything and done everything.”

From lemonade stand to sweet boutique, success story unfolds
By Matt Townsend
A lemonade stand, her grandmother’s shoe closet and a music industry in decline all led Erin Whelan to leap from her comfortable life.

L.E.S. hats wear well on Stanton St.
By Casey Samulski
Casa de Rodriguez is a hat lover’s dream. The styles on the walls are broad-ranging from new to old, funky to somber, and no two are alike.


Credit crunch begins to hit B.P.C. condos
By Julie Shapiro
Some Lower Manhattan condo owners who are hot to sell their property are turning to an unconventional strategy in the face of a faltering economy: The sellers are loaning the buyers the money to make the purchase.

Tears and joy as island lovers witness demolition
By Josh Rogers
Theresa Petersen took pictures and cried as she watched her old small village be destroyed. She and her husband traveled from Michigan to see Governors Island because they knew that Liberty Village was going to be demolished soon, but they did not know it was going to start that day.

Billionaires crash Quinn’s term limit presser
By Jefferson Siegel
On Sunday afternoon in the middle of a three-day weekend, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn held a press conference to announce her support of legislation extending term limits to three terms.

City reps all prescribe O’Toole site as St. V’s best option
By Albert Amateau
The Landmarks Preservation Com-mission last week heard city and state officials testify in favor of St. Vincent’s Hospital’s hardship application for permission to demolish the quirky O’Toole Building and replace it with a 299-foot-tall new hospital tower in the Greenwich Village Historic District.

Perennial G.O.P. candidate challenging Shelly Silver
By Julie Shapiro
Danniel Maio is hoping the eighth time will be the charm.

Personal 9/11 accounts performed by survivors

Without Seaport consensus, C.B. 1 shouts

Seaport Report


A fairer house than prose
When poet Stanley Kunitz founded Poets House, a 50,000-volume poetry library and literary center, with arts administrator Elizabeth Kray, he envisioned it as a “house of hospitality, as well as a house of books.”

Live from New York, it’s the public library
This Friday night, a few New Yorkers will have a chance to spend the evening with one of the most sought after men in the world, in one of the most historic edifices in our great city. The man in question is not the Dalai Lama, Barack Obama or Bono, but Spanish chef Ferran Adrià; the building is not the Empire State or Carnegie Hall, but the New York Public Library.

Jumping off
Joining the ranks of the many new (and returning) performing arts executive directors around the city, Stanford Makishi quietly took over at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in January of 2008.


How’s he doing?
Performance Space 122’s freewheeling spirit has only been fast-forwarded by its newish artistic director Vallejo Gantner.

Martha Wainwright finds new confidence
As the daughter of musicians Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, Martha Wainwright spent her childhood in the shadow of the spotlight.

Under the cover lovers

The fashion queens of Christopher St.
By Laurie Mittelmann
On Staten Island, 20 wigs crowd the public housing unit of transgender model and prostitute Shawn Rachel, 28.

Under the spiegeltents, all the Seaport’s a stage


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