Volume 74, Number 53 |
May 11 - 17, 2005


Editorial
How about a City Liquor Authority?
Bar oversaturation in the East Village and Lower East Side is shaping up to be a defining issue in the Democratic primary race in City Council District 2. At an East Village candidates forum on Monday night, bars — and whether candidates admit taking contributions from bar owners — were among the discussion topics. Some candidates seemed to be using the bar issue to score points against each other.

Jodie gets a sign, but problems persist

Notebook
N.Y.U. courts artist, but she won’t leave her lair
By Jean-Louis Bourgeois
“Ridiculous!” said my mother, the sculptor Louise Bourgeois, last week. I had just mentioned that, more and more, she is referred to as one of the world’s greatest living artists. On May 12, New York University will award her an honorary doctorate. My brother Alain will accept the award on her behalf.

Scoopy's Notebook

Police Blotter

Villager photos by Q. Sakamaki

Workin’ on the (female) chain gang in Arizona
East Village photographer Q. Sakamaki was in the Southwest last month where he documented the country’s first female prison chain gang, in Phoenix, Arizona. The program started in 2001. There are now a few other prisons that have female chain gangs.


Obituary
Philip Campanella, 56, composer, lyricist and actor; lived on King St.
By Albert Amateau
Philip A. Campanella, a composer, lyricist and performer who worked in dozens of Off-Broadway shows and served as musical director of Roundabout Theater for more than 20 years, died suddenly of an arterial thrombosis at the age of 56.

Elizabeth Owens, 77, stage actress and a resident of Penn South co-op
Elizabeth Owens, a Penn South resident in Chelsea with her husband, Gene Feist, and an actress long associated with Feist’s Roundabout Theater, died March 8 of breast cancer at the age of 77.

Youth Sports
Manager dad melts down on Mother’s Day in G.V.L.L.
By Judith Stiles
Everyone was expecting a la-de-da Little League baseball game on Mother’s Day, until a team manager, a father, lost his temper and started cursing at the umpires. Mothers in the stands sat aghast, as they heard someone shout, “Call the police!” from within a huddle of arguing adults that had quickly formed near first base. Finger-wagging escalated into a shouting match when, suddenly, the statuesque umpire, Kevin Dorsey, held up both hands in the stop position, as he proceeded to talk everyone down in a steady voice that lowered the temperature of the fight.
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NEWS
Candidates face a round of questions on the bars
By Lincoln Anderson
Whether they would take campaign donations from bar owners, how they would save an embattled daycare center and how long they have lived in the district were among questions posed to eight Democratic candidates running for City Council in the Second District at an East Village forum on Monday sponsored by the Village Reform Democratic Club.

A Munchkin tells the long and the short of days in Oz
By Albert Amateau
There he was, big as life last week, signing copies of his “Memories of a Munchkin” in Books of Wonder in Chelsea.

Villager photos by Q. Sakamaki

Girls Prep students, parents, staff and administrators participated in a field day at University Settlement on Eldridge St. last weekend that saw the girls do agility drills and enjoy face — and arm — painting.

Charter school will be a first for girls
By Josie Garthwaite
More than 50 families from Brookyn to the Bronx plan to shuttle their 5- and 6-year-old daughters to the Lower East Side this September, when New York City’s first all-girl’s charter school opens on E. Fourth St.


Inside
Adjuncts election results stand, as some cry foul
By Anjali Srinivasan
Apparently bringing an uneasy resolution to a dispute over the leadership of New York University and New School University’s adjuncts union, members of the United Auto Workers Local 7902 voted to accept the results of March’s election, which named Ward Regan, president, after a challenge was made by the defeated candidate, Daniel Meltzer, union officials said.

Fence for ‘peace and quiet’ is met by loud hisses
By Jefferson Siegel
Village residents had the opportunity to voice their opinions, and for the most part, their displeasure, with the Parks Department’s proposed renovation of Washington Sq. Park at a Tuesday afternoon meeting of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Arts social worker discovers Haiti in all its colors
By Albert Amateau
Back at her job as a social worker running teen arts programs for the McBurney YMCA in Chelsea, Zola Bruce reflected on her two-week sojourn as part of a medical mission at a hospital complex in a neglected rural town in Haiti.

Fields gets grilled on Rinaolo conflict at forum
By Josh Rogers
Borough President C. Virginia Fields took flak from Downtown Democratic leaders Monday for waiting so long to act against a Village bar owner who headed the Community Board 2 committee that handles liquor licenses.

FEVA to honor ‘East Village immortals’ at benefit
By M.L. Liu
Essential, iconic and immortal.
Those are the words the Federation of East Village Artists is using to describe the achievements of its first five inductees into the FEVA Pantheon.

Neighbors remember slain teenager as a ‘good kid’
By Lincoln Anderson
A suspect in the killing of Robert Adams, a 16-year-old E. Third St. resident who was stabbed to death on the Lower East Side on April 29, turned himself in to authorities last week. Angel Suarez, 19, walked into the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office at 1 Hogan Pl. last Friday where he was arrested. Suarez’s address was given as 77 Columbia St. in Masaryk Towers, a Mitchell-Lama complex on the Lower East Side.

Sanitation might clean up their act on Gansevoort
By Albert Amateau
The Department of Sanitation agreed last week to continue talking with Friends of Hudson River Park about a possible fast-track timetable for taking the garbage trucks off the Gansevoort Peninsula to free the site for park use.


Arts
A look at Dylan Thomas
By Jerry Tallmer
There is a little nondescript structure – a tool shed or something of the sort – at the corner of Spring Street and Hudson, one block east and a half-block north of the offices of The Villager. For about two recent weeks this little cube was plastered on all four sides with posters that merely said FUSE FUSE FUSE FUSE FUSE over and over again — an ad for something, a movie or a rock group or I don’t know what. Or care.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“Palindromes (-) I decided to see this film after reading K. Smith’s review in the
New York Post: “A satiric attack on hypocrites of both the left and right that is sure to enrage both sides of the abortion debate. Todd Solondz’s twisted tale of a teenage girl who just wants to have a baby suggests that this problem has no solution.” Smith gave the movie 31/2 stars.

New French film delivers
By Leonard Quart
The French have always had a gift for making films that are charming, witty, literate, and utterly superficial. Films that on one level are pleasing, but are purely fluff that vanish from the viewer’s consciousness no more than a minute after leaving the cinema.

A pioneer keeps a record
By Jefferson Siegel
In the past quarter-century, a dramatic metamorphosis has overtaken the Lower East Side. Walk past the apartment buildings any morning near Tompkins Square Park and there are copies of The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times lying in doorways. Many newcomers find the images of the 70’s and 80’s as incredulous as the idea of developing the area was back then.

Shop

Accent on the British
Real old English service that Americans seem to love’
By Pamela Ryckman
Rock star parents squeal over black onesies emblazoned with “For those about to nap, we salute you” and booties featuring the Union Jack. Traditional mothers coo over pink tees that say “My Mummy Is A Yummy Mummy,” but relent when fathers vie for shirts with the slogans “Lock Up Your Daughters” and “I Don’t Do Greens.” Adults and children alike can wear shirts that say “Shmoozer” or “Mensch,” while fashionistas buy into word play with best-sellers “You had me at Shalom” and “Nobody puts Bubbeleh in the corner.”


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