Volume 74, Number 51 |
April 27 - May 03, 2005

City finally keeps promise on B.P.C. funds for housing
Almost 40 years after the Battery Park City master plan called for affordable housing in the planned community that would be built and 16 years after the promise was shifted to require Battery Park City money to be shifted to pay for affordable housing throughout the city, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on April 19 that government’s word has value and the promise will finally be kept.

Letters to the editor

Puppy love grows into a wonderful new relationship
By Michele Herman
There’s a puppy in my apartment. I take a lot of breaks from writing, sometimes to play and sometimes just to be sure this puppy I wanted for so many years is really real. At my approach he wags his tail with ardent affection and then leaps with anticipation into an upright position, his big shaggy front paws dangling in front of his skinny little chest. If I form anything resembling a lap, he climbs in, curls up, tucks in his long nose like a duck and falls asleep.

Time is elastic
By Andrei Codrescu
Time is elastic: you can stretch it until you snap. One minute I was in Bucharest trying to change Israeli shekels into Romanian lei so I could pay for my cab ride to the airport; the next I was in Paris buying coffee using euros I bought with dollars; then I was in Greenland unable to use my old Danish kronen because they had switched to eurodollars; then I was in Cincinnati where people were suddenly twice as huge as they’d been anywhere else and the currency was onion rings.

News in Brief
The Passion of Astor Pl.

Bush bolsters language barrier

’BAI benefit at Side Walk

Nice move

Rave review passes; party in park

Glad they came to the CaSBA

Doing their part in Wash. Sq. Park

Licensed to ill on E. Sixth St.

Chamber gets down on the roof

Gene Frankel, 85, pioneered Off-Broadway theater scene
By albert amateau
Gene Frankel, the theater director and acting teacher who pioneered the Off-Broadway scene, winning three Obie Awards for directing, including one in 1961 for Jean Genet’s “The Blacks,” starring then unknowns James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson, died last week at the age of 85.

Youth Sports

Despite Lions and drizzle, the G.V.L.L. girls dazzle
By Judith Stiles
With most softball players there would have been “no joy in Mudville” under dark clouds and drizzle after the top of the first inning, when Greenwich Village Little League’s Girls Seniors B team was down by 11 runs. Their opponents, the Harlem Lions, seemed to effortlessly pile on the runs.

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

C.B. 2 race is knockdown, drag-out, bar political fight
By Lincoln Anderson
The race for chairperson for Community Board 2 has turned into a bitter battle between Soho and Hudson Sq. activists, on one side, and a faction of the board led by Bob Rinaolo, former chairperson of the board’s Business Committee, on the other, over whether the two Downtown neighborhoods have too many bars and restaurants.

L.G.B.T. youth are feeling left out in the cold by lack of funds
By Ronda Kaysen
When Rebecca Walton arrived in New York City from Milford, Conn., five years ago, she was 18 years old and transgendered and had no intentions of returning to the Connecticut suburb where she was raised as a he. Fleeing a rocky relationship with her stepfather, she had $60 in her pocket and nowhere to go.

Villager photo by Jennifer Weisbord

Keeping hope alive for grad students

Reverend Jesse Jackson and City Councilmember Christine Quinn were united in support of graduate students’ unions at a rally last week at New York University. <more>

Suit filed to get garbage trucks off of Gansevoort
By Albert Amateau
Friends of Hudson River Park on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the city to force the Department of Sanitation to stop construction of the garage it started to build on the Gansevoort Peninsula in January and to remove all Sanitation operations from the 8-acre landfill on the Village waterfront.

Where ‘The House of D’ once loomed, garden blooms
By Ed Gold
Built on the rubble of a prison, created by hundreds of hands young and old, financed by rich and poor from near and far, Jefferson Market Garden, a multicolored oasis at the center of Greenwich Village, is celebrating its 30th birthday with a flourish.

Mo’s will be a Sardi’s with a Lower East Side twist
By Lincoln Anderson
In his latest venture, Phil Hartman, founder of the annual HOWL! festival and the Federation of East Village Artists, plans to open a restaurant and performance space that will be something new and different yet, at the same time, familiar.

New group’s going L.O.C.O. on the Lower East Side
By Amanda Kludt
In an attempt to combat various problems on the Lower East Side, including the noisy construction of a 15-story apartment complex and an over-20-story hotel, a congested bar scene and disruptive film and television shoots, a group of local residents have come together to form the Ludlow Orchard Community Organization, or — in the acronym that sums up how they are being driven to distraction — L.O.C.O.

Neighbors want the movies, but not the bright lights
By Amanda Kludt
The much-anticipated opening of the IFC Center in the former Waverly Theater at 323 Sixth Ave. in early May could cause some problems for residents in the surrounding blocks. While community leaders say they are hopeful that the movie house will improve the area on Sixth Ave., they are worried about the lights on the facade and the use of the courtyard space behind the theater.

C.B. 1 members slam Fields over leader’s removal
By Ronda Kaysen
Borough President C. Virginia Fields’s 11th-hour decision to oust Madelyn Wils from Community Board 1 earlier this month raised more questions than it answered, leaving remaining board members wondering what motivated Fields to remove their longtime chairperson in the middle of her term.

Graduate students’ fight comes together at N.Y.U. rally
By Nancy Reardon
Graduate student assistant teachers at New York University demonstrated their support of unionized graduate employees around the city last week, an effort that culminated in a large rally on Thursday.

To preserve and protect: H.D.C. to honor Diether
By Albert Amateau
Doris Diether, a Village preservation advocate for 45 years and a zoning expert of citywide repute, will receive the Historic District Council’s Mickey Murphy Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Council’s annual event next month.

Opponents can’t get over fence, as plan is passed
By Lincoln Anderson
Critics of the Washington Sq. Park refurbishment plan wore green ribbons around their wrists and pointed their thumbs down to show their disapproval. They held up defiant banners and posters with slogans like “The Fountain Stays Put.” But their protests didn’t change Community Board 2’s resolution in favor of the renovation plan for the landmarked square, which passed the board by an overwhelming majority last Thursday night.

The shelter of love
By Jerry Tallmer
The horrors are planted so deep, they all but wreck the marriage before it begins for Aram Tomasian and Seta, the child bride that Tomasian, as she calls him, had imported from Istanbul to Milwaukee in 1921. It was in fact another girl’s photograph that had been sent to him—he himself, Aram Tomasian, was an up-and-coming photographer in Milwaukee—but Seta wasn’t bad looking, she was quiet, so she’d do.

The terror amidst the beauty
By Jerry Tallmer
A slag heap is where you, well, where you dump old, used-up metal and other junk. Dave and Ashley and Fran and their friends are only in their early 20s, if that, but they’re headed for the slag heap, and they know it—in their bones, if not their heads.

40 years of Hoffman celebrated
By Jerry Tallmer
From Benjamin Braddock to Ratso Rizzo to Lenny Bruce to Carl Bernstein to Ted Kramer to Raymond Babbitt the Rain Man to Captain Hook to Bernie Focker, there were dozens and dozens of Dustin Hoffmans firing the imaginations of 2,700 people in Avery Fisher Hall on Monday evening, April 18, but no character or moment more harrowing than Dustin Hoffman as Willy Loman when that goddamn tape recorder goes off on the desk of Howard, the young punk who, for all Willy’s years with the firm — Howard’s late father’s firm — is now throwing Willy away like an orange peel, a used-up piece of fruit.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“Sin City” (+) I found this cartoon more interesting than “The Incredibles” and “Hellboy,” the last cartoon films that I reviewed. I did not, however, think it was as good as “Team America,” which had more of a plot. In this film, for the most part, the characters are played by human beings as opposed to animated figures.
“Look at Me” (+) This film received mixed reviews, but I liked it a lot. It contains light and humorous commentary on the foolishness of humans, their self-absorption, and their search for love and affection. The characters and script are very much in the tradition of Woody Allen.

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