Volume 74, Number 49 |
April 13 - 19, 2005


Editorial
A pat on the back for us, and a thanks to all our readers
Last weekend, The Villager won 12 awards for its editorial coverage in 2004, winning the New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest’s top honor — the Stuart C. Dorman Award for Editorial Excellence.

Scoopy's Notebook

Letters to the editor

Notebook
Youth and the ’Net of Dorian Gray
By Andrei Codrescu
I met a reader who told me that I write much younger than I look. That kind of threw me because I rarely look at myself.

Park plans haven’t been squared away with community
By Marilyn Dorato
and Kathryn Donaldson
If “Greenwich Village is a state of mind,” then Washington Sq. Park is its soul. The park’s future and proposed plans to alter it are necessarily a matter of concern and discussion even among residents who rarely set foot there.

Ira Blutreich

Scene

A man and his best friend enjoyed a relaxing moment on a pier in the Greenwich Village section of the Hudson River Park last weekend. (Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel)

Police Blotter

In Pictures

B.P., as in ‘batting practice’ and ‘borough president’ candidates, at G.V.L.L. Opening Day

Bank, but not old-school graffiti, is made landmark

‘No nukes’ in the Senate
‘Law and Order: L.E.S.’

Youth Sports

Opening Day for Little League and pier field, too
By Jefferson Siegel
Opening Day. The words guarantee that winter is finally over, that overcoats can be abandoned in closets and that six months of pent-up energy and expectations can finally bloom on the playing field. Last Saturday the Opening Day ceremonies of the 21-year-old Greenwich Village Little League were held and the weather proved to be the game’s biggest fan.

Soccer girls kick off use of big new Pier 40 field
By Judith Stiles
Typically reticent opponents were unusually friendly with each other last Sunday, a glorious day in April — not a cloud in the sky, as a gaggle of girls from Brooklyn and Manhattan inaugurated the beautiful new fields at Pier 40 with their first soccer match of the spring season.

"Serving West and East Village, Chelsea, SoHo, NoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown and the Lower East Side"

Picking up the seams on pier of dreams
Greenwich Village Little Leaguers practiced on the new Pier 40 courtyard sports field last Saturday after the League’s Opening Day ceremonies.


The Villager is voted state’s best weekly newspaper
On the strength of its standout news coverage and writing and photography, The Villager was awarded the New York Press Association’s highest honor, the Stuart C. Dorman Award for Editorial Excellence, at the association’s annual convention last weekend in Albany.

Duct tape, Tic and Tac can’t untrack vote on park plan
By Lincoln Anderson
Despite opposition and angry protests — both silent and noisy — by an audience of several dozen people against the refurbishment project for Washington Sq. Park, Community Board 2’s Parks Committee approved the contentious plan last Wednesday night.

New Ukrainian Museum casts Archipenko in a new light
By Bonnie Rosenstock
With its inaugural exhibition, “Alexander Archipenko: Vision and Continuity,” the Ukrainian Museum, which opened its new home at 222 E. Sixth St. in the East Village on Sun., April 3, has reintroduced its most brilliant star to the viewing public.

Only 30 days and 30 nights’ more noise from hotel?
By Albert Amateau
West Village residents who have been complaining about noise that they say sounds like the roar of a jet engine coming from the Hotel Gansevoort in the Gansevoort Market district got a promise last week of relief in 30 days from the hotel managers.

Asian-Americans’ tsunami help-line
The Asian American Federation of New York launched a Tsunami Local Response Initiative two weeks ago to reach Asian-Americans living in the city who may have been affected by the Dec. 26 tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

Miller, Quinn team up on 23rd to oppose a West Side stadium
By Jefferson Siegel
Last Thursday morning, bleary-eyed commuters on their way to work were greeted by City Councilmember Christine Quinn and Council Speaker Gifford Miller, who is running for mayor. But this was not a campaign appearance. The pair stood at the 23rd St. entrance to the Eighth Ave. subway to lobby support to oppose construction of the West Side stadium.

Eldridge St. Synagogue gets spring-cleaning shpritz
By Jefferson Siegel
Earlier this month, as people tried to shake off the effects of daylight savings time, a small group of dedicated volunteers took part in a very special spring-cleaning project.

‘Take the A-Text’ to Chelsea rezoning, some say
By Albert Amateau
The plan to redevelop West Chelsea and convert the derelict High Line railroad into an elevated park entered its final approval stage last week with a Department of City Planning hearing at which preservation advocates welcomed the possibility that new buildings would not be as tall and dense as originally proposed.


Arts

Tennessee Williams’ tragicomic heroine
By JERRY TALLMER
A 35-year-old woman in the midst of a devastating crackup looks back on the 16-year-old girl she was when – “All at once and much, much too completely” — she fell in love with, and married, a boy who had “something different” about him –“a nervousness, a softness, tenderness which wasn’t like a man’s although he wasn’t the least bit effeminate looking …”

And the festival begins…
Fourth Annual Tribeca Film Festival gets underway
By Rania Richardson
Cannes has glamour. Sundance has bidding wars. The entire New York Film Festival has the attention of the press. The Tribeca Film Festival?

Play more relevant than ever
Outward Bound
All my life since the age of 14 or 15 I have been haunted by the barking of a dog, the smell of oven gas, the sound of a breaking window pane, intersecting with the voices of a young man and woman, Henry and Ann, deeply in love, calling desperately to one another from separating points along the deck of a mysterious, all but empty ocean liner plowing toward eternity across a darkened sea.


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