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June 17, 2009 The Villager

June 17, 2009 The Villager

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BY LAURIE MITTELMANN
Perhaps you’ve noticed the boxesof rotting apples and black bananas upfor grabs outside the store, or walkedinside to use the bathroom and smelledcompost destined for the Lower EastSide Ecology Center in buckets next tothe toilet.Maybe you’ve popped in to pick upsome milk, and saw a girl crouched onthe floor eating spilled raisins becauseshe was hungry and wanted to makeuse of them.The 4th Street Food Co-op, asmall, nonprofit, vegetarian health-food store between the Bowery andSecond Ave. on E. Fourth St., sellsthe most local, inexpensive andorganic food possible. It’s also acommunity bound by ethics.There’s a small rainbow flag stickeron the door, and a sign propped on thesidewalk by the front window sayinganyone can shop there. There couldalso easily be a notice reading, “Nohierarchy, no transnational corpora-tions, no waste.” The co-op valuesdemocratic decision-making, fruits andvegetables from nearby farms, sustain-able practices and people helping andlearning from each other.The co-op is a means by which DanBiren, of Bushwick, Brooklyn, works“to change the world.” Members submita formal proposal to discuss and vote onany suggestion that’s controversial.“Change is not as efficient, but ittends to happen in a better way,” Birensaid of the co-op’s internal process.At a recent meeting, members dis-cussed a proposal for the co-op to acceptmembership dues through PayPal.Biren argued that they shouldn’t. Hesaid its parent company, eBay, had fro-zen the Leonard Peltier Defense Fund’saccount because of its activism.The majority of people backed theproposal to accept PayPal, however, soit passed.“I’m over it,” Biren said, shiftinghis body toward the bulk herbs sectionto his left as another member reached
BY LINCOLN ANDERSON
A few facts are clear:Responding to a call shortlybefore noon on Sat., May 9,police found Lesia Pupshaw,26, unconscious in her apart-ment at 202 E. Sixth St.;10 minutes later, Pupshawwas declared dead by emer-gency medical technicians;the night before, Pupshawreportedly had been attackedin Tompkins Square Parkby a group of local youths
Did attack or smack kill Tompkins Square ‘crusty’ woman, 26? 
Produce and politics mixat 4th Street Food Co-op
Villager photo by Helayne Seidman
A diverse group of members belong to the 4th Street Food Co-op.
BY ALBERT AMATEAU
Members of theLandmarks PreservationCommission said onTuesday they were near-ly ready to approve theresidential side of the St.Vincent’s Hospital rede-velopment project, butstill hoped for yet anotherreduction in the height of the proposed large apart-ment building at OneSeventh Ave.The commissionersspoke at the June 16 L.P.C.meeting that followed theweek after Dan Kaplan, of F.X. Fowle Architects, pre-sented the latest scaled-own version of the resi-dential complex that theRudin Organization hopeswill replace the currenthospital.Robert Tierney, L.P.C.chairperson, said the largeand complicated projecthas come a long way sinceit was introduced morethan a year ago. He addedthat by the adaptive reuseof four of the hospital’seight existing buildings,the project “adheres to thefundamental principles of preservation.”Tierney indicated thatthe commission wouldmeet to vote final approvalof the project early in July.The newest version, pre-sented on June 9, reducedthe height of the proposedSeventh Ave. building to218 feet, from the previ-ous height of 233 feet,which itself was a reduc-
Prognosis appears Landmarks will O.K.Rudin 7th Ave. tower 
Continued on page 16 
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GERSON RASHOMON:
Councilmember
Alan Gerson
not only lost Downtown Independent Democrats’ endorse-ment two weeks ago but he also had his cell phone thrownagainst the wall by club member
Gil Horowitz
after break-ing up an argument Horowitz was having with Gerson’smother,
Sophie
, 84. We’ve tried to get to the bottom of this to see what prompted Horowitz’s anger — was it anoverreaction to the councilmember’s justifiable defenseof his mother or was it physically aggressive behavioron Gerson’s part? After speaking to everyone involved,though, we feel like we’re in a remake of Kurosawa’s“Rashomon.” Horowitz, 72, says Gerson grabbed and heldhim while shoving him 20 feet. Then when Horowitz com-plained to Alan, the councilmember offered the cell phonein case Horowitz wanted to call the police. Horowitz wasso angered that he threw the phone across the large hallin St. Anthony’s Church on Sullivan St. There were fewwitnesses to the hullabaloo at the back of the room sincemost attention was directed toward the speakers up front.
Allan Horland
, a physician and Gerson friend who waskeeping his eye on Sophie at the request of her son, agreedGerson did grab Horowitz and move him away, but saidGerson reacted appropriately since Horowitz “was wavinghis finger, if not his fist” in the face of an elderly womanwho couldn’t easily get up and walk away. Sophie, wholives with Alan, has had two major surgeries in recentyears. Gerson said he would stand by Horland’s account,though he denies ever grabbing Horowitz. At varioustimes as we were trying to get to the bottom of this,Gerson said he “may have ruffled” Horowitz as he steppedin, that he “gently ushered” him away from his mother andthat he did what anyone would do to someone “threaten-ing” his or her ailing mother. Horowitz, a psychologistwho is
Pete Gleason
’s campaign “behavioral scientist,”says Gerson just snapped. Horowitz said he never shookhis finger at Sophie, although he does regret some of theharsh things he told her about her son. Two witnesses withstrong loyalties to Gleason, who beat Gerson for D.I.D.’sendorsement, said they saw Gerson take more aggres-sive action — one said the councilmember grabbed andshoved Horowitz about 7 feet, the other said it was morelike a pushing — but neither would speak for attribu-tion. Another witness who is a Gleason supporter,
AdamSilvera
, said he was right there and although each personinvaded the other’s personal space, he did not noticemuch, if any, contact. But Silvera also does not recallthe phone throw, which every other witness remembersclearly. Go figure.
PEDICAB RASHOMON:
At the end of the HudsonRiver Park Trust’s board of directors meeting last monththere was a lengthy discussion of pedicabs after
MarcAmeruso
, former chairperson of the Hudson River ParkAdvisory Council, mentioned that family members of 
Arthur Schwartz
, the advisory council’s current chairper-son, recently had been “hit by a pedicab” on the park’sbike path. Schwartz’s 5-year-old daughter, in fact, brokeher elbow in the collision. Pedicabs are only allowed onthe bike path if they’re not carrying passengers, and can’tpick up fares on the route, it was pointed out, since theyaren’t allowed to conduct business on the path. Pedicabshave been under renewed scrutiny lately, following a June10 incident when a pedicab went careening recklesslydown the Brooklyn-side ramp on the Williamsburg Bridge,then collided with a car, injuring the pedicab’s driver andtwo of his passengers. However, Schwartz, who cameto the Trust’s meeting at the last minute and missed thediscussion, later told us, “No, I
have
a pedicab — and Ithink they’re great.” He said his wife and daughter were
in
the custom-built tricycle (i.e., the “pedicab”) and thatthey were struck by a bicyclist on the path near ChambersSt. in such a way and at such an angle that it flipped themover. Also contributing to the accident, he said, was thepresence of pedestrians on the path at the spot where thebike and trike collided, which had caused the cyclists totake evasive maneuvers. Schwartz said his family’s trike— which he thinks is really cool — was built by
GeorgeBliss
, who, as Villager readers may recall, also built the“No Impact S.U.V.” tricycle for another Villager,
ColinBeavan
, a.k.a. No Impact Man. As for the bike path,Schwartz said he plans at some point to bring together thegovernment agencies involved with the path, basically thestate Department of Transportation and the Trust, to seeif some ideas like speed bumps and better signage can beimplemented to increase safety.
HUDSON FIREWORKS:
Speaking of Hudson RiverPark, that’s where the prime viewing area for this year’sFourth of July fireworks display will be — since the eventis moving from the East River to the Hudson River inhonor of the quadricentennial of Henry Hudson’s sailinginto the river that bears his name. Specifically, the mainviewing strip will be 24th to 50th Sts., where six bargespacked with colorful explosives will be floating offshore.However, the entire West Side Highway from 125th St. to just below Chelsea Piers will be closed off to accept thethronging masses. The Intrepid pier and the Intrepid itself 
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June 17 - 23, 2009
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St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan
St. Vincent’s. It’s your hospital.www.svcmc.org 212-604-8020
Hudson Guild Fulton Center
119 9
 th
Aveue (at 17
 th
Street)Tuesday, June 232:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
St. Vincent’s Manhattan - O’Toole Building
36 7
 th
Avenue (12
 th
and 13
 th
Street), 5
 th
FloorTuesday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 249:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
St. Vincent’s Comprehensive Cancer Center
325 West 15
 th
Street (8
 th
and 9
 th
Avenue)Wednesday, June 246:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Daily News Building
450 West 33
rd
Street (9
 th
and 10
 th
Avenue)Wednesday, June 2411:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Benevolence Association62 Mott StreetFriday, June 2610:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
RSVP to 1-800-CARE-421. Walk-ins will be welcome. Several convenient sites:
Church of the Village
201 West 13
 th
Street (Corner of 7
 th
Avenue)Saturday, June 2710:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
McBurney YMCA
125 West 14
 th
Street (6
 th
and 7
 th
Avenue)Sunday, June 281:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A Father’s Day Gift fromSt. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan
PROSTATE CANCER SCREENINGS

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