Volume 74, Number 47 |
March 30 - April 05, 2005


Inside
Editorial
Business Committee BID vote, unsigned letter raise concern
Community boards are important to Downtown life. They represent the city’s best effort to give local community members a voice in decisions that directly affect them.

Talking Point
I’m afraid it’s Congress that are the brain-dead ones
By Wickham Boyle
I believe the entire country is dying; and yet we are narrowly focused on one woman. I know more than half of America has missed the fact that we are slowly withering from lack of a centralized healthcare system, from a pathetic public school network, from an increasingly polluted environment and from inadequate assistance to the thousands of service people returning home limbless and jobless. And yet all weekend the Congress toiled, traveled and passed a bill to force a woman to continue living without any brain function.

Notebook
Trying to get a bead on the Beats' mysterious muse
By Ed Gold
I knew Lucian Carr, the last of the Beat generation survivors, friend of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, and a colorful, rebellious colleague of mine at Columbia College.
Carr, who died in January, shook up the campus in the early ’40s when he was involved in a killing, which is still shrouded in mystery. But he later would surprise and shock his Beat friends by going conventional, joining United Press International as Lou Carr and eventually becoming one of U.P.I.’s top editors. His Beat buddies meanwhile were on the road, conspicuously avoiding the conventional.

Scoopy's Notebook

Letters to the editor

Editorial Cartoon

News in briefs
Community board meetings

Crack response

Police blotter

Scene

Velazquez gets $300,000 for GOLES

Temporary art knocked apart

Hope to salvage historic ornaments

Webster Hall rocks, and is evacuated

Hit and run, literally, from Avenue A crash

Kids’ comment at the Council
"Serving West and East Village, Chelsea, SoHo, NoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown and the Lower East Side"

B.P., board chair are unconflicted about handling of conflict case
By Lincoln Anderson
In the face of ongoing questions about their handling of a conflict of interest involving the former chairperson of the Community Board 2 Business Committee, the borough president and chairperson of C.B. 2 last week both continued to defend their actions.

With lawsuit and nets, city keeps chasing Critical Mass
By Jefferson Siegel
In the city’s latest legal maneuver against the monthly Critical Mass bike ride in Manhattan, just days before last Friday’s ride, the city issued a controversial summons to four members of Time’s Up!, an environmental action group on E. Houston St. that supports, but claims it does not organize, the Critical Mass ride.

Villager photo by Ramin Talaie

A Village Alliance sanitation worker swept the street and bagged garbage Monday at Astor Pl. and Fourth Ave. by Cooper Union.

Taking care of business, or not? Committee confounds with vote
By Lincoln Anderson
In the wake of Bob Rinaolo’s being forced to resign as chairperson of the Community Board 2 Business Committee because of a conflict of interest, the committee’s actions are continuing to raise eyebrows.


Inside the Villager
Shaft, not the private dick, but the public dig
By Amanda Kludt
Residents and business owners are bracing themselves for the beginning of major construction on a water shaft site on Gansevoort St. between Hudson and W. Fourth Sts. Beginning last week with preparatory work involving cutting down trees, the project should last another five years including two and a half years of heavy drilling, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.

Hotel Gansevoort reserves roof for meeting on noise
By Albert Amateau
In the wake of persistent complaints about noise from parties on a rooftop bar and the roar from the ventilation system of a ground-floor restaurant, the management of the Hotel Gansevoort said on Tuesday that it would meet next week with neighbors to discuss ways to resolve the problems.

Angel’ hopes to give jackpot to animal rescuers
By Zachary Roy
When possibly thousands of Daily News readers thought they won $100,000 in the newspaper’s Scratch ’n’ Match game two weeks ago, most of them undoubtedly fantasized about new cars or exotic vacations. But 73-year-old Eddie Sanchez’s first thought was how he could help others.

Pier 40 sports field preparation hits overtime; opening is set for mid-April
By Zachary Roy
The new outdoor, multi-sport artificial-turf field in the courtyard of Hudson River Park’s Pier 40, which was initially hoped to be open last fall, should be ready by the middle of April, a spokesperson for the park said.

MacPherson says he’s running for C.B. 2 chairperson
By Lincoln Anderson
Don MacPherson, chairperson of Community Board 2’s Waterfront Committee, told The Villager this week he plans to seeks the chairpersonship of the Greenwich Village board.

Pols, advocates tell Bush to end ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
Rebecca Beyer
Without asking and without telling, there is still a lot of talk about homosexuals in the military these days. Currently in a federal district court in Boston, 12 gay veterans, discharged because of their sexuality, are suing the Department of Defense to get their jobs back.

In Chinatown ‘Upstairs, Downstairs,’ seniors await center
By Ronda Kaysen
Project Open Door, a Chinatown senior center, is still waiting to move into its new home in a luxury condo on Centre St. — four years after the city secured the space for it.

Housing of the holy: Church to be luxury residences
By Albert Amateau
The facade and tower of St. Ann’s Church at 124 E. 12th St. is about all that remains of a house of worship that has gone through multiple transformations serving Protestant, Jewish and Catholic communities since it was first built in 1847.

A WOMB with a view about acting roles for women
By Josie Garthwaite
The moment they arrived at the Sept. 25 audition, Rebecca Keren Eisenstadt and Colleen Hodgett, two New York University Tisch School of the Arts sophomores, nearly turned on their talented heels and walked back out to Broadway.


Arts in the Villager
Loosening Martyrs’ nooses
By Jerry Tallmer
Never mug a Princeton man. He may get up, lick his wounds and write something like:
That’s the “Torture” song from the jolly little show that’s now in previews toward its March 31 world premiere at the Rattlestick Playwrights’ Theater on Waverly Place, words by Sean Cunningham (he who was mugged), music by Michael Friedman.

e.e. cummings ‘the painter’
By Jerry Tallmer
Three and a half blocks from #4 Patchin Place is 8 West 8th Street, once the studio of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, where in 1931 she launched the Whitney Museum of American Art, and it is in that memory-laden mazelike building – now the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture – that on a recent evening several dozen inhabitants of

Film
Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“Dear Frankie” (+)
Any sophisticated movie goer will label this film a soap opera. Notwithstanding that description, it held my interest, and I identified with the characters. I would suggest that you see this film for its brilliant acting and ability to project the shared love of a mother and her nine-year-old son.

A lifetime of cutting-edge filmmaking
By Jerry Tallmer
When the Germans came to the Mekas farmhouse in the Lithuanian village of Semeniskiai in 1944, Jonas Mekas, as he puts it today, “went out the window and into the potato field.” The last thing he glimpsed behind him was his father up against the wall, a German gun pressed into his back.


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