Volume 75,Number 11
August 03 - 09,

Bar noise report confirms changes must be made
A new report by Councilmember Eva Moskowitz confirms that Downtown Manhattan is the noisiest place in the city in terms of loud bars, nightclubs and other liquor-licensed premises. Moskowitz, a candidate for Manhattan borough president, collected data from 311, the city’s complaint hotline, and the information shows that most of the noise complaints about nightlife businesses are in Manhattan, below 14th St. A top-10 list of noisiest bars finds eight of them located south of 14th St.

Scoopy's Notebook

Police Blotter

Letters to the editor


Villager photo by Q. Sakamaki

Bag the search policy, protesters say
The Troops Out Now Coalition and Campus Antiwar Network staged a rally on July 26 at Union Square against the Police Department’s searching straphangers’ bags, which had started five days earlier.

News in Brief

Marie Rosalie, lifelong Villager, dies at age 104
Marie Rosalie, who was born 104 years ago in Little Italy and lived in the Village until 1999 when she was injured in a fall and moved to Long Island with a grandniece, died peacefully in a Rockville Centre hospice on July 28.

Rabbi Paul M. Steinberg, 79, dean at Jewish Institute
Rabbi Paul M. Steinberg, a dean at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion at 1 W. Fourth St., died of cancer on July 8 at a hospice in Riverdale at the age of 79.

Youth/ Sports

Pier pressure in the form of punches on the Hudson
By Judith Stiles
A fellow from Brooklyn who goes by the name of Bam-Bam, is known by his friends to be a true-blue boxing aficionado, so it was no surprise to find him with a ringside seat at “Rumble on The River,” a gala boxing event held outdoors at Pier 54. He brought his own lawn chair, and even some mini-chairs for his kids who had a great curiosity about this usually “adults only” sport called boxing. Sponsored by Church Street Boxing Gym and the Hudson River Park Trust, this free event open to the public, was part of a series of amateur boxing matches held under wide open skies and the backdrop of a summer sunset.

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

Moskowitz makes some noise on bar complaints
By Lincoln Anderson
Downtowners haven’t just been imagining they live in the noisiest neighborhood in the city — it’s true. A report by City Councilmember Eva Moskowitz confirms that Manhattan below 14th St. is, in fact, the most audibly offensive area of the city, according to 311 data collected over the past year.

Funds are on track for harbor rail tunnel
By Albert Amateau
Congress last week passed the new four-year transportation bill with a $100 million allocation for a cross-harbor rail freight tunnel between New Jersey and Brooklyn, a project long urged by Congressmember Jerrold Nadler.

Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

Baby on board!
Sharon Blythe, five months pregnant — who was one of the 34 people arrested at last Friday night’s Critical Mass bicycle ride and claims she was “tackled” by police — talking with an officer during her arrest.[more].

Redesign needs to ‘urn’ approval; Parks pulls out of square hearing
By Lincoln Anderson
Phone lines were burning up and e-mail boxes were bursting with messages after the Parks Department at the end of last week withdrew its renovation plan for Washington Square Park from a hearing before the Art Commission scheduled for Wed., Aug. 3.

A Meat Market more friendly for those on two legs
By Albert Amateau
With the help of a traffic study drafted by the Project for Public Spaces, a group of 50 people brainstormed two weeks ago to visualize a pedestrian-friendly future for the Gansevoort Market area.

A lot of opposition for nightclub at former Lot 61
By Albert Amateau
Tenth Precinct police turned up at the Community Board 4 meeting last week to express the precinct’s anxiety about an application for a liquor license transfer in Far West Chelsea from a club no longer hot to a new one to be called Roulette.

Politicians chase votes, as police chase bicyclists
By Jefferson Siegel
On Tues., July 26, the parks advocacy organization Parks 1 sponsored a mayoral candidates forum at New York University’s Skirball Center. The forum’s intent was to give candidates an opportunity to show their support for the city’s greenswards and, hopefully, pledge that, if elected, they would devote 1 percent of the city’s budget to park maintenance.

|Just looking: A view of street harassment of women
By Meredith Napolitano
It varies from “Ow!…Baby…Mmm, I want some of that…” “Will you have my baby!…” “Hi mommy…I want you!…” “Oh mama!…Nice ass!”… “Ayayay! Kiss kiss, pst pst, woo-hoo, mama!”…to “Wow…(a pause as she walks by)…beautiful!”

Revival of the fittest: He-man wants some competition
By Lincoln Anderson
New York may not have gotten the 2012 Olympics but it does have Sportsman U.S.A. That’s the moniker of Billy Williams, a 50-year-old accident victim who is ready and willing to take on all comers at Union Square in six events of physical prowess. Somewhere between a pentathlon and a decathlon, the events include the 100-meter dash, vertical jump, long jump, shot put, bench press and pushups.

Painter stoops to a subject Impressionists ignored
By Cathy Jedruczek
A native of Baltimore, Andrew Jones was always captivated by urban architecture. So he was delighted to see all the 19th-century houses when he arrived in the East Village in 1985.

Good Samaritan, 19, helps keeps the juice flowing
By Lauren Dzura
Ashley Eliza, 19, realized she found something that didn’t belong in the 99-cent store on First Avenue between Fourth and Fifth Sts. when on Mon. July 25 she stumbled upon a small purse sitting out in the open in front of the cash register. There was money sticking out of it, and Eliza put the money back inside and closed it. She asked shoppers if it belonged to them, but no one claimed it and there was no form of identification inside the bag.

Wild Style’ artist keeps his eye on the snake pit
By Sara Levin
As painter Lee Quinones outlined the form of a snake on his new Ludlow St. mural, a young man wearing a graffitied cap glanced over as he walked by. He slyly scribbled a tag on a nearby grate and then wheeled around in sudden realization.

Wisteria vines: Climbing into New York City history
By Jeffrey T. Iverson
Living in New York City, we often yearn for something to reconnect us with nature, to transport us momentarily from our smoggy, concrete prison. Perhaps that’s just what Johnsy, a pneumonia-stricken Greenwich Village artist in O. Henry’s “The Last Leaf,” finds while gazing out her window at the vine shedding its leaves in the November wind — something to make living in New York a little more bearable.

Arts and Entertainment

Documentary on the grisly lynching of Emmett Till
By Jerry Tallmer
Billy Joe McAllister may have jumped into the Tallahatchie River, but Emmett Louis Till was thrown into it, a 75-pound cotton-gin fan strung around his neck with barbed wire to keep him – what was left of him – under.

On the Outs is very in
By Wickham Boyle
On the Outs, a new indie film, began its run at Film Forum and is now showing at the IFC Center. It tells the story of three adolescent girls from Jersey City who divide their time between the streets, shaky home ground and juvenile jail. It is real reality television with raw emotion, shocking choices and heart-rending outcomes. This is a feature film made with actors but completely infused with the spirit of the girls whose story it portrays.

Hands and feet in Buddhist art
By Stephen Mueller
The Rubin Museum is not familiar to many people. It is located in the building formerly occupied by Barney’s on 17th Street at Seventh Avenue. Its artistic mission is to show art from the Himalayan region. Built around a fantastic collection of primarily Tibetan art, the museums’ changing exhibitions explore the sources, themes and ramification of Tibetan—read Buddhist—art. So what was once a kind of temple of retail opportunity is now a kind of temple of spiritual opportunity.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“March of the Penguins” (+)
Last week I was having lunch in Brooklyn with two friends. They asked if I had any movie suggestions, and I responded that regrettably the pickings were slim. One of them asked if I had seen “March of the Penguins,” and I responded that I was waiting for it to be shown on public television.
“Happy Endings” (-) There are just too many subplots in this film and not enough of a shared story for them to make sense to the viewers. The acting on the part of everyone is fine and in some cases superb, but that talent cannot make up for the lack of a good script. “Hustle & Flow” (-)
This was a difficult movie for me to rate, probably because of the age factor and the fact that I could not understand about 85 percent of what was said.

Dance Disaster Movement proves true to its name
By Aileen Torres
Seeing Dance Disaster Movement, or DDM, live is undoubtedly an experience of sorts. Those who attended their headlining show at Rothko on Friday, July 29, witnessed more than just two 20-somethings playing their music on stage. What they were privy to was a performance to rival any avant-garde theater show also happening in town that night.


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