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BY JOSH ROGERS
The City Council peppered ofﬁcialswith questionson the ChathamSquaretrafﬁc plan lastweek,exposing contradic-tionsin the efforttolessen the problemscaused by the security closuresnear PolicePlaza.The city willbegin looking for contrac-torsfor the $50 million projectin aweek,butlocalpoliticiansand the communityboardsare pressing for ahalttothe plan-ning in order tomake changes. The planwould increase the sidewalkand plazaspace in the dangeroussquare,and linethe streetsleading intoChathamin anefforttomake itlessconfusing,butmanyChinatown residentssay the proposalhasmany problems.Ofﬁcials from the mayor’s ofﬁce andthe city Dept. of Transportation evadedmany questions from CouncilmembersAlan Gerson and John Liu during athree-hour hearing ﬁlled with tensemoments Feb. 5.Liu, chairperson of the Council’sTransportation Committee,started things
Council pokesholes inChatham Sq. plan
BY LINCOLN ANDERSON
On abitter cold Thursday nightfourdays after former City CouncilmemberAntonioPagan died on Sun.,Jan.25,atage 50,hisfriendsand family gathered tohold amemorialfor him.Reportedly organized by hismother,theservice wasatSt.Emeric Church,hard bythe Con Edison power plantand near theJacob RiisHouses.Itwasastandard Catholic memorialMass.Pagan wasnotlying in state,andissaid tohave been cremated.There wasaportraitofhim,though notaparticu-larly good one,up in front.Among the roughly 75 people presentwere many ofhispoliticalallieswhohadhelped propelhimintoofﬁce:HowardHemsley; former Community Board3 Chairperson Susan Vaughn; formerDemocratic DistrictLeader LisaRamaci;Susan Leelike; Elizabeth Acevedo; for-mer Deputy Mayor NinfaSegarra;GeorgeRodriguez;hisformer chiefofstaffAnneHayes;ZulmaZayas,executive directorofLower EastSide Coalition Housing;and Diane Britt.RobertoCaballero,aformer districtleader and early ally ofPagan’swholaterhad afalling outwith him,said,“The mostemotionalwasRamaci.She looked like shewasstunned.I don’tknow ifitwasmorewith Steven — because Pagan and Stevenwere good friends.”Steven Vincent,Ramaci’shusband,wasone ofPagan’sbiggestboosters,playing acentralrole in Pagan’swinning hisﬁrstelection.Vincentwenton tobecome awarcorrespondentin Basra,Iraq,where hewaskidnapped and killed in 2005,mostlikely by Islamic extremists.There were nolengthy speechesatthetraditionalceremony.
Friends & foes reﬂecton Pagan’s complex legacy
BY JULIE SHAPIRO
After 20 yearsofserving the home-lessin Lower Manhattan,the John HeussHouse willclose itsdoorsfor good attheend ofJune.Thecityrecentlypulledfundingforthe24-hourdrop-incenterat42BeaverSt.aspartofabroaderphase-outofdrop-inpro-grams,saidRev.CanonAnneMalloneeof TrinityChurch,whichrunstheshelter.Theclosureofthecenterwillleavehundredsof homelesspeoplewithoutservicesandthecenter’s36staffmemberswithoutjobs.“Help us,”said Robert,53,whohasbeen homelessfor twomonths.“I wouldworkfor the city for nothing tohelp keepitopen,ifthat’swhatitwould take.”
City leavinghomeless centerout in the cold
VOLUME 21, NUMBER 40THE NEWSPAPER OFLOWER MANHATTAN
MARILYN FENG,KILLED ON WEST ST., P. 3
BY JOSH ROGERS
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.Billed asaneighborhood “picnic”torally for ascaled-backversion ofapro-posed 120-foot-tallSanitation garage onSpring St.,aboldface-name eventMondaynight drew some of the most famousresidentsofHudson Square and NorthTribeca,whojoined about600 oftheirneighborsatthe party space ofone oftheworld’smostfamousad ﬁrms,Saatchi&Saatchi.“Sopranos”star JamesGandolﬁni,nowacting in “God ofCarnage”on Broadway,explained toThe Villager why he came outon hisone nightoff.“I live down here,”he said.“I’d rathernothave allthese trucksthatare going tocome down here.I don’tthinkthey’re pay-ing attention towhatthey’re doing downhere,Mr.Bloomberg and the rest.”Mayor Bloomberg “seemslike averynice man,”he said.“I like alotofwhathe’sdoing for the city.Thisisaterribleidea.There are many,many better placestoputthis.”ButGandolﬁni,whohad received arave New YorkTimesreview thatmorn-ing,doesnotplan tobring the subjectupwith the mayor iftheir pathsshould crossagain:“No,I don’tknow himthatwell,”he said.Asked ifinvolving well-to-docelebritiesin the neighborhood ﬁghtcould end upbackﬁring,Gandolﬁni,said:“I’ve lived inNew Yorkfor how long — 24 years.Mostofthatwasbefore I wasarich celebrity.Thisisaterrible idea.It’sjustgoing tomake living in New Yorkharder asfar asI’mconcerned,especially down here.It’salready difﬁcultenough,even when youhave money.”Two married celebrity couples alsoattended — Jennifer Connelly and PaulBettany, and Lou Reed and LaurieAnderson — asdid Rain Phoenix and