January 20 - 26, 2011
GO DOGS GO — ALL NIGHT LONG!
New York famous-ly has 24-hour diners and delis, overnight pharmacies andnumerous other round-the-clock spots. Now, for the NewYork dog that has everything, there will also be a 24-hourdog run — at Washington Square Park. We were tippedoff by
, a disabled activist from Westbeth,who sent us a letter last week complaining that while analcove she used to enjoy sitting in in her wheelchair is beingreduced in size in the park’s renovation, the new dog runfor large dogs is going to be going, in the words of
, “all night long” from now on.
,a Parks Department spokesperson, conﬁrmed to us in ane-mail: “There will be an entrance to the large dog run on Washington Square South which will allow the dog runto be open overnight while the rest of the park is closed.It was requested by the local dog owners who would usethe run. This is part of the renovation’s Phase III, whichincludes the park house/comfort station. We hope to startconstruction in late spring/early summer and ﬁnish one yearlater.” Asked if it was the ﬁrst all-hours dog run in one of the city’s public parks, Abramson said, “I believe so.” Manyquestions remain unanswered, though, about “Club Canine.” Will small dogs from the nearby small dog run try to crashthe pooch party? Will there be a V.I.P. area for the hot dogs(and we’re not talking dachshunds)? Will a pit bull be thebouncer at the gate?
said that his formerGreenwich Village co-district leader from the 1960’s,
, recently sent him an old newspaper clipping fromMarch 11, 1965, reporting on his talk at a meeting of theGreenwich Village Association. The article, by Mary Nichols,quoted Koch as saying that all legislative reapportionment —i.e. redistricting — at the city, state and federal levels, shouldbe done by a bipartisan commission. Ironically, it’s the samecause Koch is still pushing today — nearly 45 years later! — aspart of his New York Uprising initiative. “She said, ‘Becauseit’s what you’re currently involved with, I thought you’d beinterested,’ ” Koch said Greitzer wrote in a note she enclosedwith the old paper. “It’s ﬂaky, you have to be careful whenyou handle it. It falls apart,” he said of the aged article, whichran in another Village paper. “Regrettably, it was the VillageVoice,” Koch said, “I was hoping it would be The Villager.”
left her jobearlier this month as senior policy analyst in N.Y.U.’s Ofﬁceof Government and Community Affairs, and is now in KualaLumpur, Malaysia. She’s volunteering there with a groupcalled eHomemakers — urban women who make baskets outof discarded newspapers and magazines and sell them to sup-port their families. Skouras, who is also an N.Y.U. graduate,will be in Malaysia from Jan. 15 to June to record the women’sstories and help ﬁnd U.S. markets to sell their baskets. Whenshe wasn’t analyzing policy, Skouras was pitching in to helpat community events.
, community director of the Poe Room at N.Y.U. School of Law, said, “Maria was my‘go-to person’ and liaison for the Poe Room events. Whenthe Poe Room was celebrating Edgar’s birthday, I wanted abirthday cake for him. Maria got a bakery to put Edgar’s faceon the birthday cake. Maria helped the Washington SquareMusic Festival on behalf of N.Y.U. Maria coordinated N.Y.U.’sChildren’s Halloween Parade. She dressed as a princess. Mariais a fascinating, beautiful person inside and out. She is knownfor brain, charm and glamour, hairstyles and high stylishdress, silks, satins and velvets. She told me she will be wearinglong sleeves and a headcovering because the females she willbe working with in Malaysia are Muslim.”
FREEDOM TO LEAK:
has reserved the City Hall steps for April 7 at 3 p.m. for apress conference in support of Private
and WikiLeaks. Manning is currently being held in “maximumcustody” in a Marine Corps brig, facing court martial forpassing classiﬁed U.S. military documents to WikiLeaks’
Assange is on bail and under house arrestin England pending an extradition hearing on two rapeshe allegedly committed in Sweden — though he claims thecharges are politically motivated. U.S. Attorney General
is also trying to build a case against him. While thepress conference is three months away, Penley said excite-ment is already building and it’s generating lots of interest.… Penley also tipped us off that N.Y.U.’s Tamiment Libraryrecently acquired the papers of the late radical attorney andGreenwich Village resident William Kunstler.
Maria Skouras, made up as a mermaid, helped sellrafﬂe tickets at the P.S. 41 “Atlantis” fundraiser inApril 2008.
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