Volume 74, Number 2|
June 1 - 7

New York City lags behind in making streets safe for bikes
Each month for the last 10 months, another installment of the Critical Mass vs. police saga has unfolded. Critical Mass says its goal is to promote nonpolluting bicycling by showing its presence on the streets in numbers and by temporarily displacing auto traffic as the mass rolls through, sometimes running red lights in doing so.

Talking Point
It’s only the end of the beginning of waterfront fight
By Andrew Berman
I was elated when the city announced, following our May 14 march to Save the Far West Village, that they would release downzoning and landmarking plans for the Far West Village in June.

Even at the end, Keith was always an inspiration
By Ed Gold
“I’ll try to make that meeting,” Keith Crandell called out from his bed as I was leaving the apartment, a reference to a community board meeting late in June. He remained optimistic till the end. Two days later my friend and colleague of many years was gone.
In January, his wife Annie, art historian and accomplished artist, had brought together many of their friends to form a support group, given Keith’s health condition.

Scoopy's Notebook

Police Blotter

Letters to the editor


News in Brief
Koch comes back to Loisaida

It’s a beautiful day, as U2 and Sal rock Orchard St.

Feelin’ the FEVA at ‘Icons’

Paving the way to a better park

Breyer: Participate; Kerrey: You did great

Street sign for officer slain in 1947

From Brazil’s gold mines to Gramercy gold medal

Community Board 2 and 3 meetings

Feeding the fleet

Keith Crandell, 77, Noho activist for social justice
By Albert Amateau
Keith Crandell, whose commitment to justice, peace and the environment was reflected in three decades of community activism, died at the age of 77 in his Bond St. loft in Noho on May 28 surrounded by his family and friends.

Youth/ Sports

P.S. 42 chess mates checkmate national competition
By M.L. Liu
To the chess plaques and trophies that fill two glass cabinets in P.S. 42 in Chinatown, two more trophies can be added — if there is room.

Girls’ soccer league tryouts at Pier 40

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

Turning tables, Parks now says permit a must to sign cards
By Lincoln Anderson
The Parks Department’s requiring a local organization to get a permit to do Saturday postcard-signing campaigns in Tompkins Sq. Park has East Villagers and free speech advocates up in arms. But the department says it’s only following normal procedure.

Mind and body finally severed, as clinic will become condos
By Bonnie Rosenstock
When Anna Ottendorfer, German language newspaper publisher and philanthropist, established the Freie Bibliothek u. Leshalle (Free Library and Reading Room) and Deutsches Dispensary, at 135 and 137 Second Ave. and E. Ninth St., respectively, in 1883-’84, it was with the noble goal of “uplifting both the body and mind of fellow Germans in the United States.”

Villager photo by Josh Argyle

Up close and personal in the park
An East Village cowpoke read the inscription on one of the first batch of personalized paving stones, being used to raise funds for Tompkins Sq. Park, that were installed and dedicated in the park two weeks ago.

Mayor unveils details of Lower East Side waterfront renovation
By Josh Rogers
Niki Azure, 85, used a cane to walk to Pier 35 to hear the mayor talk about the city’s plan to add playgrounds and make other improvements to the East River waterfront, but she remembers when it used to be a place a fun.

Mass goes to church, senses grace period from police
By Lincoln Anderson
Closing in on the one-year mark in the city’s crackdown against Critical Mass, last Friday night’s monthly bicycle ride was one of the most lightly policed since the one before the Republican National Convention, when the arrests began.

In ornate building, the poor got free healthcare
By Bonnie Rosenstock
Since its founding in 1883, the originally named Deutsches Dispensary on Second Ave. at E. Ninth St. had been dedicated to the health and well-being of the community.

Girls explore East River Park’s hidden ecosystem
By Jefferson Siegel
Their names are familiar, their achievments are historic...Marie Curie and radium, Jane Goodall and primatology, Margaret Mead and anthropology. The sciences are gender nonspecific, but the accomplishments of women in science are legendary.

Arts and Entertainment
Overcoming disability to create fine art
Chelsea group exhibits impressive work in renovated gallery
By Lauren Dzura
Artists, family members and friends gathered recently at Pure Vision Arts on West 17th St. to marvel at the opening exhibit of its newly renovated studio. Pure Vision Arts, is an artist gallery in Chelsea working in conjunction with The Shield, a not for profit organization. The two groups help artists with developmental disabilities such as autism and cerebral palsy. New York State Senator Tom Duane came to the opening to honor the creativity and hard work of PVA and the artists.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“Mad Hot Ballroom” (+) This delightful movie should be shown in every American school auditorium, particularly in New York City’s public schools. It will make every student feel good and every parent feel proud. The people who conceived the idea of putting ballroom dancing into the elementary school curriculum at the fifth-grade level are geniuses.

‘Deeply felt and genuine’
Young novelist reads from impressive new work
By Wickham Boyle
“Three Lives & Company” celebrates the releases of many books by inviting the authors into their intimate bookshop at the corner of Waverly and West 10th Street. The readings are frequent, sporadic occurrences, evenings, afternoons, weekends and are usually well attended. So when rising literary nova Nicole Krauss stood to read on a recent Sunday evening the place was packed.

Friendship forged on and off screen
Paris actor speaks of 1967 film to play at Film Forum
By Jerry Tallmer
The little boy is a Jew, but the old man, who detests Jews, doesn’t know that. The old man, a retired, cantankerous Petain-worshipping working-class Frenchman in the Grenoble countryside in his 70s or 80s, also detests the English, the Freemasons, and the Bolsheviks – “enemies of France” — but most of all he hates the Jews.

Aussie satire is grim and provocative
By Scott Harrah
In playwright Ben Ellis’s one-act import “Falling Petals,” three high-schoolers in the sleepy outback township of Hollow, Australia fret over their studies as they strive to get into a prestigious university in Melbourne and escape their dull country lives. Their quest for a better future, however, soon turns into a race for survival in this dark, apocalyptic thriller.

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