Volume 75, Number 08
July 13 - 20
2005


Editorial
Time to tighten rules on evictions by owners
The effort by Alistair and Catherine Economakis to evict 24 residents from 11 apartments in a six-story E. Third St. tenement building is a glaring example of the problems with the owner-occupancy provision. The landlords claim they plan to use the entire 15-apartment building for their personal residence. Under plans filed with the city, they would gut the building to create a five-bedroom, six-bathroom home for themselves, their infant child and live-in nanny. However, the tenants, most of whom have lived there for at least 20 years and who pay from $500 to $1,000 rent, charge the owners just want to get them out, then sell the building for a massive profit.

West Village rezoning still doesn’t make grade

Talking Point
Take my wife, please, to protect the First Amendment
By Ed Gold
It must have been one of his most poignant moments when his wife handed him her thin gold necklace with the ruby as she left the courtroom last week. She wouldn’t be wearing it for a while.

Notebook
Love is blind
By Andrei Codrescu
The F.D.A. warns that Viagra may cause blindness, thereby confirming what everyone knows. The mystery of what attracts one person to another will be forever obscure. Not only is love blind, people like to be blind while they are in love. That’s why they close their eyes when they think of their love and often during lovemaking. Love courts darkness perpetually. Love’s habitat is the dark: dark corners, dark bars, dark alleys, dark rooms, the night itself. Even the most brazen porn depends on effectiveness for dim lighting.

Scoopy's Notebook

Police Blotter

Letters to the editor

Scene

News in Brief
Ghost bike gives up the ghost

Girl hit by car on Avenue A

Oh baby, what a fundraiser!

Pompei erupts with music

Obituary
Joseph Meek, 78, gentle father figure of E. 10th St.
By Bonnie Rosenstock
Joseph Meek died of cardiac arrest on April 21, four days short of his 79th birthday. At his wake on April 28 at R.G. Ortiz Funeral Home, 22 First Ave., and funeral the following day at the Church of St. Emeric, 185 Avenue D, there were no photo-ops for politicians, movie stars or other celebrities, and no write-ups in the dailies.

Dr. Vincent J. Fontana, led fight against child abuse
Dr. Vincent J. Fontana, medical director and chief pediatrician of New York Foundling Hospital in Chelsea and for whom the Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection in the Village was named, died suddenly on July 5 while vacationing on Block Island.

Youth/ Sports

Hard work, team spirit is booters’ winning combination
By Judith Stiles
When 11-year-old Travis Wantchekon of Greenwich Village stepped out on the soccer field to compete against a team from Maryland, the opponent he was marking on the throw-in towered over him a good 10 inches, and the manly body looked like a daunting 140 pounds. Even more overwhelming was the fact that if Wantchekon could beat that player to the ball, there were at least five other giants on the field from the Potomac Fusion, a team that was ranked number one in the country in the U-12 (under-12-years-old) age bracket.

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

NEWS
Can’t get no satisfaction from zoning certification
By Albert Amateau
The Department of City Planning on Monday certified the plan to preserve the Far West Village — without any of the changes that civic groups and elected officials said were needed to maintain the low-rise character of a neighborhood where new glass residential towers are springing up on the waterfront.

People’s exhibit: Papp, the Public and the taming of the Moses
By Jerry Tallmer
If Shakespeare belongs to me, thought the lean and hungry Brooklyn-born 33-year-old radical — if he belongs to me for free — then he belongs to everybody. To everybody in every borough of this city, the greatest city in the world. For free.

Villager photo by Clayton Patterson

Tenants of 47 E. Third St. rallied on their stoop to denounce the owners’ plan to evict them and turn the building into a five-story single-family residence.

Turning tenements into mansions: landlords try to mass-evict tenants
By Sarah Ferguson
About 100 people braved the heat on a recent scorching Saturday afternoon to rally outside 47 E. Third St., where the new owners are seeking to empty an entire 15-unit, rent-stabilized building in order to create a five-story mansion for themselves.


Inside
Wash. Sq. fountain is to be named for N.Y.U. donors
By Albert Amateau
In recognition of the $2.5 million gift the Tisch family made at the end of last year, the new fountain in the central plaza planned for the redesigned Washington Square Park will bear plaques that read:

Dr. Vincent J. Fontana, led fight against child abuse
Dr. Vincent J. Fontana, medical director and chief pediatrician of New York Foundling Hospital in Chelsea and for whom the Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection in the Village was named, died suddenly on July 5 while vacationing on Block Island.

Cooper graduate follows where his art leads him
By Cathy Jedruczek
He started his first art projects by painting on walls with his mother’s red, shiny nail polish when he was 2. His mother was furious, and spanking him didn’t do the job. A year later he barricaded the door to his room, took all the baby powder in the house and sprinkled it all over the floor. He noticed that concentrating on individual surfaces would make it look as if it really snowed. He cried when he ran out of the powder. Some 20 years later, Erik Pye would find himself working intensely for two weeks on a number of small art projects that would win him a full scholarship to The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

Neighbors are not hip to triple-story hip-hop club
By Johanna Petersson
The Village is losing a Pink Elephant but people living and working near a reported new multilevel hip-hop nightclub fear they may be getting a monster of a quality-of-life problem in its place.

Newspaper publisher becomes the story before debate
By Ronda Kaysen
Much thought isn’t usually given to moderators. By definition, they are thought to be moderate, but Yori Yanover, who was tapped to facilitate Tuesday night’s City Council District 2 debate, has some strong opinions about the feminist, gay rights and psychoanalytic movements and isn’t afraid to blog them.


Trying to see the future of The Meat Market

Manolos replace meat, as trend is more trendiness
By Cathy Jedruczek
Hair blowout at Blow Styling Salon, breakfast at Florent Restaurant, shoe shopping at Christian Loboutin, drinks and chocolate truffles at The Double Seven and dinner at The Garden of Ono — the list and possibilities are endless and the Meatpacking District has it all. This year only, close to 20 new businesses have opened up and there are a lot more on the way. The neighborhood, which had 150 meat businesses operating as recently as the 1950s, now has only about 20 remaining — with bars, nightclubs, restaurants and designer boutiques instead on almost every block.

Signs of the times, as history gets lost in club land
By Lauren Dzura
Bright pink signs hyping the city’s nightlife recently made an appearance on light poles high above the streets of the Gansevoort Market.

Meatpackers scramble for last scraps of the Market
By Lincoln Anderson
As the number of meat businesses in the Meat Market continues to shrink to an ever-smaller core, speculation continues about how much longer the industry will last in the area to which it gives its name.

High Line’s the spine connecting major new projects
By Albert Amateau
Friends of the High Line are riding high these days, confident that the derelict elevated rail line running between Gansevoort St. in the center of the Market district and the Javits Convention Center is certain to become an amazing and unique elevated park.

When the Meat Market was a walk on the wild side
By Patricia Fieldsteel
The first rule I learned when I moved to the Village 35 years ago was never ever go into the Meat Market. It was downright dangerous. Of course, there were male sex clubs such as the Anvil and Mineshaft, but there were also serious criminals, drug dealers, pimps, hookers, murderers, thieves. My apartment was on the corner of Horatio and Washington Sts., at that time really part of the Market, which officially began one block north on Gansevoort St. The Manhattan Meat and Refrigeration Plant (now the West Coast Apartments) was directly across the street; the High Line still passed through its middle, terminating at the Bell Telephone Laboratories Building, soon to open as Westbeth, the first artists’ housing project.

Restaurant puts focus on changing scene in its new photography show
By Cathy Jedruczek
Patrons at Macelleria, a pioneering restaurant in the Meatpacking District, indulge in rustic Italian food and artwork — Tokyo style. The restaurant’s current exhibit, on display till Aug. 9, features photos of the Meat Market by two Japanese artists, Takayoshi Nonaka and Hanayuki Higashi.

Hotel Gansevoort claims noise problem has finally been cured
By Albert Amateau
The dull roar coming from the Hotel Gansevoort that pervaded the Gansevoort Market District faded away last week, according to many of the West Village residents who had been complaining about it since last year.

Arts and Entertainment

Saloonkeeper turned social phenom
By JERRY TALLMER
Kristi Jacobson has a surefire method of telling if somebody knows who her grandfather was.
“If they say Toots like a tugboat toot-tooting, they don’t know. If they say Toots like Tootsie, they know.”

Bohemia in Greenwich Village
By JERRY TALLMER
Edward Albee sits on a park bench in Greenwich Village and says: “I’d read about the Village, how Bohemian it was, and after getting thrown out of college, couldn’t wait to get here.”

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“War of the Worlds” (-)
Queen Elizabeth referred to the year 1992, when Windsor Castle caught fire and the lives of her children were falling apart, as Annus Horribilis. I believe that term can be applied to the disappointing movies released this year with a few exceptions like “Crash,” “Cinderella Man,” and “Mat Hot Ballroom.” Intended blockbusters are usually released over the July 4th holiday. As often happens, they are disappointing. That is the case with the much anticipated Steven Spielberg film, “War of the Worlds.” It is a flop.
“The Great Water” (-)
I don’t have a clue as to why the title. The story takes place after World War II in Yugoslavia under Marshall Tito who is mentioned once in the film. It also covers the time before Tito broke with Stalin. Its target of scrutiny is a large orphanage which houses some of the million orphans who roamed the streets of Yugoslavia after the war.

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