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Scoopy’s, Week of March 13, 2014

Taking it to the strips: After the recent court victory against N.Y.U.’s 2031 superblocks development plan, parks and open-space advocates from across the city, joined by local politicians, will celebrate with a party at LaGuardia Park (on LaGuardia Place, between Bleecker and W. Third Sts.) on Sat., March 15, at 1 p.m. Actors Matthew Modine and Susan Sarandon will lend […]

Scoopy, Week of March 6, 2014

Blame it on the vortexes: Last we heard, Phase III — the final part — of the Washington Square Park renovation, was supposed to be finished by the end of last year. Two or three polar vortexes and, oh, a couple of soggy slushapocalypses later, Phase III still isn’t open yet, and the park’s southwestern corner […]

Scoopy’s, Week of Feb. 27, 2014

Scoopy’s, Week of Feb. 27, 2014

Off on the right ‘foot’: Kicking off his push for universal pre-K, Mayor Bill de Blasio came to P.S. 130, at 143 Baxter St., Tuesday morning, where he visited a pre-K class with 20 students and three teachers, including Aimee Koa-Chan. De Blasio complimented one young boy for being “articulate” for smoothly pronouncing the mayor’s name. He then read […]

Scoopy, Week of Feb. 20, 2014

Scoopy, Week of Feb. 20, 2014

‘Master’ class canceled: The late tragic actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was among the many Downtown celebrities who contributed their efforts to the community’s ongoing fight against New York University’s 2031 South Village development plan. One of the top items on the block in the N.Y.U. Faculty Against the Sexton Plan’s massive, star-studded auction back in […]

Scoopy’s, Week of Feb. 6, 2014

Scoopy’s, Week of Feb. 6, 2014

‘Hot Dog-gate’ grilling on hold: Due to Wednesday’s Slushapocalypse and the slippery condition of the sidewalks, the scheduled Feb. 5 Community Board 2 Parks/ and Waterfront Committee meeting was canceled. This was the meeting at which the Washington Square Park Conservancy members had been scheduled to attend and give an update on what they’ve been […]

Scoopy, Week of Jan. 30, 2014

Scoopy, Week of Jan. 30, 2014

Read, Rosie, read! We’ve been trying to get Rosie Mendez’s reaction to Judge Donna Mills’s stunning Jan. 7 ruling in favor of the community lawsuit against N.Y.U.’s 2031 South Village development plan. Of course, Mendez, along with everyone else in the Council, save for Charles Barron, voted in lockstep for N.Y.U. 2031 back in July 2012. The week prior […]

Scoopy’s, Week of Jan. 23, 2014

Super pier party: Pier 40, at W. Houston St. in the Hudson River Park, is set to be the scene of what is being hyped as THE — yes, THE —party of Super Bowl weekend. The DirecTV “Super Saturday Night” event, on Sat., Feb. 1, to be held, we hear, under a big tent on the massive pier — […]

Scoopy, Week of Jan. 16, 2014

Scoopy, Week of Jan. 16, 2014

Alberto, “The Professor,” is Mayor de Blasio’s longtime personal barber. Photo by scoopy Mayor’s mane man: Well, no $1,250 John Edwards-style haircuts for new Mayor Bill de Blasio. Nope, he gets his locks chopped at good old Astor Place Hairstylists, for just $16. We went there ourselves not too long ago to get a trim, and it turned […]

Scoopy, Week of Jan. 9, 2014

Friends again? There may be — at least publicly — no hard feelings after openly lesbian City Councilmember Rosie Mendez blasted her colleague Jumaane Williams for his stance against marriage equality and abortion rights during his recent unsuccessful bid to become the next Council speaker. The two briefly shared the stage on Jan. 5 at the inauguration ceremony for Councilmember Margaret […]

Scoopy’s, Jan. 2, 2014

Diether’s beef with Batali: In one corner: Mario Batali, superstar restaurateur. In the other: Doris Diether, veteran Community Board 2 member and, more recently, a major new Ricky Syers marionette — “Little Doris” — in Washington Square Park. Batali frequently refers to Diether, 85, on his TV cooking show as a pain in the neck who lives across from his top-rated […]