Volume 75,Number 15
Aug. 31 - Sep. 06,


Siegel for advocate
Public Advocate may be the only position in city government that Norman Siegel could do well. The civil liberties attorney is a consummate outsider and that just may be what we need to define a little-known position that technically is the second-highest-ranked position in the city after mayor.

Morgenthau for D.A.
Robert Morgenthau was first elected to be Manhattan’s district attorney 31 years ago and has built a professional, nonpolitical prosecutors’ office that has been a model.


It’s all relative: Thinking of mycousins during the Gaza pullout
By Ed Gold
It was time, I thought, to find out how my cousins in Israel were dealing with the difficult decision of closing down Gaza and four small settlements on the West Bank. I have four cousins still living there who survived the Holocaust and I keep in touch with the two oldest who have mastered English as well as the computer.

Scoopy's Notebook

Police Blotter

Letters to the editor

News in Brief

Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel
Chinese, anyone?
Another wigged-out Wigstock participant. In addition to Chinese food, many tasty cuisines from local restaurants were available at tables set up on the Tompkins Square Park blacktop playground.

Save our church!

New St. Vincent’s emergency chief

Clowns serious about parking in bike lanes

Good to the last drop

Lively Crickets in cemetery

In Pictures

Marching, Marsha, Missing and the Man
Clockwise from top: At the HOWL! Festival of East Village Arts last weekend, Bobbi Williams of the Green Circus performance group twirled a baton as the Pantheon Parade

Squatter princess and drag queens

Hip-hoppers and cemetery sock hop
While Tompkins Square Park was the main venue for the HOWL! Festival last weekend, St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery on E. 10th St. also saw plenty of action.

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

Another OD, but this time no blaring tab headlines
By Lincoln Anderson
Early Monday evening, a young homeless man was found slumped in the restroom of Rico, a Middle Eastern hookah restaurant on Avenue C, a hypodermic needle on the floor, according to police. He was taken to Beth Israel Hospital where he was pronounced dead of an apparent heroin overdose.

HOWLing for a 9th St. community/ arts center
By Sarah Ferguson
They called it a “Kid Slam” but it was more like a Bloomberg slam.
During Saturday’s HOWL! Festival, local pols lined up with local kids to demand that the mayor stop “ignoring the East Village” and support community efforts to landmark the old P.S. 64 school on E. Ninth St., which developer Gregg Singer wants to demolish in order to put up a 19-story dorm.

Villager photo by Sergei Franklin

Unconventional canvas
At Art Around the Park at last weekend’s HOWL! Festival, while other artists painted on giant strips of paper ringing Tompkins Square Park’s fence, artist Marjorie Kouns painted on model Marisa Maffia, who moved about in dramatic poses as Kouns painted her, as a crowd of spectators watched.

Goth to dance! Dark dancers say cabaret law sucks life from scene
By Ellen Keohane
Dressed in fishnet stockings and a vinyl bustier, a woman shimmied on a go-go platform in an East Village club on a recent Saturday night. Below her, 30 or so people — mostly dressed in black — swung their arms, and stomped their combat boot-clad feet to the music. A bleached-blond-and-pink-haired man moved his arms in rhythm with the music; the glow sticks in his hands creating streaks of light in the dark club.

At anniversary of Critical Mass crackdown, 48 arrests
By Jefferson Siegel
In August 2004, the Critical Mass ride before the Republican Convention saw 5,000 cyclists pedal out of Union Square. Two hundred sixty-four would be arrested, including many who gathered in front of St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery in the East Village. Subsequent rides have seen arrests totaling from eight to 37 cyclists each month.

The times they are a-changin’: Dylan goes Starbucks
By Ronda Kaysen
Bob Dylan, the icon of the anti-establishment left, began selling some of his rarest recordings yesterday exclusively at Starbucks, a coffee shop chain that has come to epitomize the excesses of corporate America for a new generation of leftist activists.

Festival sign painter sees the signs of the times
By Judith Stiles
Right up until the start of last week’s 2005 HOWL! Festival, East Village artist Laurie Olinder was feverishly painting signs for the weeklong event.

Church demo permit issued; restraining order stays
By Albert Amateau
The good news for former parishioners and East Village neighbors seeking to save St. Brigid’s Church is that State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kapnick on Tuesday continued the injunction temporarily restraining the Roman Catholic Archdiocese from demolishing the 156-year-old church.

Neighbors are wholly against Chelsea seminary tower
By Albert Amateau
Anxious neighbors met last week at The General Theological Seminary in Chelsea to hear alternatives for the restoration and redevelopment of the landmarked complex of 19th-century buildings in the square block between 20th and 21st Sts. and Ninth and 10th Aves. known as Chelsea Square.

All sides of Lower East Side film scene in new book
By David H. Katz
“Captured: A Film/Video History of the Lower East Side” is a massive, mind-boggling compendium of interviews, personal recollections, stories, gossip, anecdotes, memorabilia and other documentation on the history of underground film- and video-making in the Lower East Side of Manhattan from the last half of the 20th century and onwards into the opening edge of the 21st.

Back to School
Public or private? The great debate among parents
By Hannah Seligson
Ever since Gifford Miller, the New York City Council speaker, and one of the four candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for mayor, was confronted with the question of whether he would send his son to public or private school when he enters kindergarten in September 2006, the topic has been stirring up debate among parents, educators and politicians. (Miller’s son is currently enrolled in private nursery school.)

Music school settlement is helping fill the art gap
By Steven Snyder
Two new East Village schools, opening their doors for the first time this fall, have found a way around the city’s limited budget for arts programs: importing arts teachers from a nearby music school.

Local parent council feels ‘cautiously optimistic’
By Daniel Israeli
As the start of the new school year approaches, the new community education councils will enter their second year in existence, after replacing the old community school boards last July. Public schools will officially open across the city on Thurs., Sept. 8, and the council for local District 2 is ready to facilitate the needs of its community’s schools.

Students are joining stockbrokers now on Wall St.
By Ellen Keohane
The Financial District’s newest commuters will be sporting book bags instead of briefcases when a new private grammar and middle school opens its doors to students on Sept. 7.
Located just one block from the New York Stock Exchange at 41 Broad St., the Claremont Preparatory School is the first secular private school to open below Canal St. in Lower Manhattan.

Teens volunteer and cheer seniors
An enthusiastic and articulate team of bilingual Chinese-American teens made summer much brighter for Cabrini Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation residents, especially those of Chinese descent.

New School mural is an event
A new mural, “Event Horizon,” right, by Kara Walker graces the lobby of New School University’s Arnhold Hall at 55 W. 13th St.

HOWLelujah! Old P.S. 64-elujah!
Giving homeless the right tools
Computer Associates International, Inc., recently donated $30,000 to Nazareth Housing, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing homelessness and encouraging self-sufficiency on the Lower East Side.

N.Y.U. gets superfast computer
New York University has installed a new supercomputer system ranked as the fastest in New York City and the 117th fastest in the world.

VILLAGER Arts & Entertainment

A breadwinner’s dilemma
Director feels kinship with character
By Jerry Tallmer
Tennis, anyone?
“The Breadwinner,” a 1931 play by W. Somerset Maugham, starts out sounding and looking like a bunch of silly-ass young Brits jabbering away in spoiled small talk as they enter and exit and lounge about with tennis racquets under their arms – and then it suddenly turns into a cold hard look at the emptiness of a life of conformity, of grinding away at one’s job or profession, of endless providing for wife, offspring, house, cars, and, yes, that new tennis court.

Finding success playing the music of Ray Charles
Band to make world debut performance
By Rick Marx
It’s an unwieldy name for a band, but the John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles band is certainly descriptive. The top-seeded jazz guitar player has made his mark with trios and jam bands, and now, is bringing the new group to the Blue Note this week, which will be making its world debut.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“The Goebbels Experiment” (+) This documentary on Joseph Goebbels is worth seeing. He was an evil man who hated the Jews with a ferocity equal to Hitler’s.
“Secuestro Express” (+) The title of this film means “Kidnap Express,” and it refers to what frequently occurs in Venezuela. Often an expensive car of a wealthy individual is stolen. Other times, wealthy individuals and their cars are abducted and speedy ransoms and returns of the victims follow.

Innocence wears well
Film stars Jennifer Lopez, Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman
By Jerry Tallmer
Lillian Hellman, who titled her 1969 autobiographical memoir “An Unfinished Woman,” would have turned up her nose at the movie called “An Unfinished Life” that’s opening September 9. Too innocent for tough-talking no-nonsense playwright Hellman.

The photo master
Documentary on the life and work of photographer William Eggleston
By Rania Richardson
“You can love it and appreciate it but you can’t really talk about it,” muses William Eggleston, on art in general and his photography in particular, in the new documentary about his life and work.


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