The Day | Cooper Union’s Former President Speaks

2011-07-29 at 19-12-27Michael Sean Edwards Outside of Life Cafe earlier this year.

Good morning, East Village.

Addressing accusations that Cooper Union hasn’t been forthcoming enough about its financial troubles until now, the school’s former president George Campbell Jr. tells The Times that the current administration is perhaps being too forthcoming about the possibility that it will begin charging tuition. He says, “Frankly, I think it’s a mistake to have this discussion now in the public domain, before doing all the hard work to see whether there are viable alternatives.”

The Times reviews a production of “King Lear,” starring Sam Waterston and directed by James Macdonald, that opened at the Public Theater on Tuesday. Bill Irwin delivers “an enlightening new interpretation of a well-worn character.”

EV Grieve discovers that Nicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches has become Vicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches after an ownership change this summer. Meanwhile the 4th Street Food Co-Op has reopened after a renovation.

According to Eater, Goat Town has a new chef in Julie Farias. The General Greene alum will debut a new menu at the end of the month.