Volume 74, Number 03
June 8 - 14

Silver is the M.V.P.of the stadium fight
As far as opponents of the West Side stadium are concerned, the most valuable player of the fight is Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
By ordering his representative on the Public Authorities Control Board to abstain from voting on the project on Monday, Silver prevented the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from transferring the West Side rail yards development site and the state from allocating its half of the $600 million subsidy for the contentious project.

Talking Point
The weak link in Bush’s triad: Jesus is a Democrat
By Jennie Green
As a commuter, I can’t help noticing that cars sporting Bush/Cheney bumper stickers and “Support Our Troops” bumper stickers often flash Jesus-related bumper stickers as well. Let’s examine this in fast-forward: Bush/Cheney; “Support Our Troops;” Jesus. Or: Politics. War. Religion. Is there something wrong with this picture?

Going to Auschwitz for the day, and coming back
By Patricia Fieldsteel
NYONS, France — On March 14, I went to Auschwitz-Birkenau. For the day. I left home at 3 a.m. and drove to Marseilles, where I joined a small group of Jews from the Avignon and Carpentras synagogues, as well as a large group from Marseilles, which included some non-Jewish teenagers and their teachers. Our low-flying chartered plane landed at John Paul II Airport in Cracow at 9 a.m., after a two-hour flight over Italy, Austria, Czechoslovakia and the breathtakingly beautiful snow-covered Alps.

Scoopy's Notebook

Police Blotter

Letters to the editor


Pride’s steppin’ in Staten, finally
Staten Island, one of the city’s most conservative boroughs, had its first Gay Pride Parade last Saturday.

Trippin’ in Tribeca

Youth/ Sports

Salsa with a splash is heating up the pool at the Y
By Judith Stiles
When Toby Appel joined an “Adapted Aquatics” class for older adults, hoping that it would help her arthritis, she had no idea that she would be dancing salsa with a charismatic aquatics instructor at the end of every class, immersed waist-deep in a swimming pool, that is.

Minors action is major in close games

Gauchos stumble against Inwood

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

Still unhappy with Wash. Sq. plan, Gerson may pull funds
By Albert Amateau
City Councilmember Alan Jay Gerson is not quite ready to pull the plug on his $1.5 million discretionary fund appropriation for the reconstruction of Washington Sq. Park, but he’s getting ready. The city budget deadline is only weeks away and the Department of Parks has not satisfied Gerson’s objections to the design.

Indie theater could be ticket to art house renaissance
By Rania Richardson
At last, on June 17, the IFC Center will open at the former Waverly Theater at Sixth Ave. and W. Third St. After four years of being boarded up and looking rundown, the ugly duckling finally emerges as a swan.

Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert

At Tuesday rally celebrating key vote against West Side Stadium were, from left, Christine Quinn, housing activist Joe Restuccia and, looking a bit uncomfortable with each other, three Democratic mayoral candidates, Anthony Weiner, C. Virginia Fields and Gifford Miller.

Silver tackles stadium rush, as opponents do sack dance
By Albert Amateau
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s rejection on June 6 of the proposed stadium over the West Side rail yards made him a hero to local elected officials and neighborhood activists fighting the project for nearly three years.

Hey, this is a library! Turn up that music video!
By Lauren Dzura
Rumors and lack of information regarding the possible remodeling of the Jefferson Market Library on W. 10th St. and Sixth Ave. have left some community members feeling uneasy about the well-being of the historic building. Plans are for the reference room of the library to be transformed into a lounge for teenagers with the goal of attracting a younger generation to the stacks.

Chelsea group taking a stand for peace each week
By Jefferson Siegel
A year after the start of the Iraq war, a mounting insurgency spurred coalition forces to seek out and destroy what they thought was its base of operations. On Nov. 8, 2004, after weeks of air assaults to “soften up” resistance, an unprecedented attack on the city of Fallujah began. Government planning had always feared a house-to-house battle in the close quarters of local streets, so U.S. forces chose instead to virtually demolish large portions of the city.

Bar battle is a ‘not in my backyard’ issue, literally
By Ellen Keohane
At 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, only a few people sat inside the Boxcar Lounge at 168 Ave. B. Most were outside, in the bar’s backyard garden. There, 32 patrons crammed into every available plastic seat, sipping their drinks, chatting and enjoying the warm June night. A few smoked, flicking their ashes on the ground.

Party’s over at notorious NV club
By Lauren Dzura
On May 27 the heavy wooden doors of the nightclub NV on the corner of Hudson and Spring Sts. closed for the last time. After making the location its home for 10 years, the club lost its lease and many residents are happily bidding it good riddance.

Furniture designer feels his force is growing stronger
By Lincoln Anderson
Matt Lass cannot walk into a room like Yoda, snap his fingers and send people hurtling into the walls. But he can spin a foil cupcake liner on a pin by using only his gaze — or, at least, so he claims.

Input sought on Canal traffic study’s second phase
By Albert Amateau
The long drive to a safer and saner Canal St. may get a little momentum on June 7 and 8 when residents, businesses and community groups will be able to give transportation officials their ideas for long-term improvements for the congested and dangerous corridor.

Day care fears P.S. 122 not so artfully ousting them
By M.L. Liu
A dispute is brewing among the tenants of P.S. 122, a former school building in the East Village. Children’s Liberation Day Care Center is charging that the arts groups in the building want the day care out. But two of the arts groups counter that they want no such thing.

Arts and Entertainment
A serious way to work the body
By Aileen Torres
At fifty years old, Yamuna Zake is strikingly physically fit. Her body is lean and her muscles highly toned in a sleek manner. She exudes a serene strength as a teacher of her eponymous Body Rolling classes at her studio on Perry St., which also bears her name.

The Vitamen’s essentials
By Aileen Torres
On a recent Thursday night at the Cake Shop, a bakery/record store/bar/club on Ludlow St., audience members cheered on the Vitamen and shouted requests as the band played a show in the basement. One young woman hollered: “Molested!” Not that she was being harassed. She was simply asking the band to play a song from their debut album whose chorus includes the phrase: “Was every girl on earth molested, or am I just bad in bed?”

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
The Ninth Day (+) This film is overwhelming in its emotional impact. It is based on a true story, that of a priest, Father Henri Kremer (not his real name) who stood up to the Nazis when they overran his country, Luxembourg, and was sent to Dachau, a concentration camp
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (-) This episode explains how Darth Vader, the bad guy we’ve met in the next three chapters, became that way. I won’t tell you why he chose the dark side of the force and became evil. The voice of that phantom menace is James Earl Jones, whom one thinks of as avuncular when he speaks for Verizon.

Rebel for eternity
By Jerry Tallmer
 The overused, much-abused, cliché word for it is charisma. The old-fashioned words for it are magnetism or sex appeal or star power. Like Mr. Justice Potter Stewart on pornography, one cannot define it, but one knows it when one sees it.

Legendary Village folk artist remembered
By Abigail Rothberg
In the heart of Greenwich Village in the 1960’s, people went from divey clubs to underground cafes sopping up politically saturated music and comedy. Energetic, excited urbanites strummed rural music out into the streets giving rise to a folk explosion.

June Aulick, 98, former Chelsea Clinton News editor
By Albert Amateau
June Aulick, a Chelsea resident for more than 40 years and former editor of the Chelsea Clinton News, a weekly community newspaper, died Thurs., June 2, at the age of 98 at Gouverneur Nursing Facility where she resided for the past five years.

Wallace R. Forstell, 69; was active on L.G.B.T. issues and in the Grove
Wallace R. Forstell, longtime resident of Jane St., died at St. Vincent’s Hospital Mon., May 16, of emphysema at the age of 69.

Jeanne Tregue, longtime president of 13th Precinct Community Council
Jeanne Tregue, who for many years was president of the 13th Police Precinct Community Council, died last Sunday of natural causes after a long illness. She lived in Gramercy on E. 15th St. at Third Ave. and worked at a nursing home Uptown.

Mary Cardaci, 82, co-owner of Café Borgia on Bleecker St. with husband
Mary Cardaci, born and raised in the Village and owner with her late husband of Café Borgia, at Bleecker and MacDougal Sts., for 40 years, died May 18 at her home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., at the age of 82.

Contributions, condolences for Crandell
The obituary in last week’s issue on Keith Crandell neglected to mention that, in addition to the American Civil Liberties Union, contributions may also be made in his memory to St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery

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