Volume 75,Number 16
September 07-13,
2005


Editorial
Rosie Mendez for District 2 City Council
The Democratic primary election race in City Council District 2 features a crowded field of candidates, seven in all. The district stretches from the 30s in Murray Hill to the Lower East Side. In addition to perennial concerns like the need for affordable housing and parks, the campaign has seen several key issues emerge as flashpoints, notably bar overproliferation and overdevelopment.

Stringer for Manhattan borough president
The Democratic field for Manhattan borough president is crowded with elected officials who have served their constituencies well. From this group of talented candidates, it’s tough to make a choice.

Notebook

In defense of HOWL!: Every village needs a town fair
By Sarah Ferguson
O.K., first the disclaimers: HOWL! is an overweening hype machine and schmoozathon created to glorify the halcyon days of the East Village “heyday” and resuscitate the “fame” of artists who fear their legacies are being lost in the sauce of the neighborhood’s crass bar culture.

V.R.D.C. looks strong in county committee elections
By Ed Gold
Generally speaking, winning a majority of county committee seats in a Democratic primary election gives the successful Democratic club little more than bragging rights. If the early form holds up, the Village Reform Democratic Club will be able to do most of the bragging, while Village Independent Democrats, the official club in the 66th Assembly District, Part A, which controls the district leadership, will have egg on its face.

Thinking about Berry Berenson, who wore barefoot
By Jerry Tallmer
It is not possible to think one by one of 3,000 people none of whom you ever met. It is, however, possible to think of one human being you’ve met, even briefly, sometime in your life, and it is of that human being I have been thinking more and more through these past four years, and will be thinking about on this coming Sunday, September 11, 2005.

After the deluge
By Andrei Codrescu
There will be a little bit of New Orleans everwhere when our refugees move into your communities. Here are some of the changes:

Scoopy's Notebook

Police Blotter

Letters to the editor

Scene


News in Brief

Kids pitch in to help Big Easy

Hearing on West Village rezoning

The Ninth rises again

Hey ho, let’s go! — No way!

Tree lovers are stumped by church
Stumps are all that remain of three stately trees recently cut down by Grace Church at Broadway and 10th St. The trees needed to be felled for construction of an underground gym for Grace Church School.

77 more trees will be removed from East River Park

Young at art

Community Board 2 and 3 meetings

Siegel cycles for advocate votes


In Pictures

‘East of A’: A look back at another world
Twenty years ago, the streets surrounding Tompkins Square Park were a hostile environment, years deprived of love and respect.

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

NEWS
Is Pace U. in the bed with Singer megadorm?
By Ronda Kaysen
Katherine Marlowe wasted no time fundraising for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Within 48 hours of the disaster, she and a friend were collecting donations for the American Red Cross from her Greenwich Village stoop.

Big BLUE on Norfolk has some seeing red
By Ellen Keohane
A soon-to-be-built 16-story blue building on Norfolk St. on the Lower East Side is getting mixed reviews from local residents, and many of them are not rosy.

Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

Angry funeral march
On Sunday, protesters held a New Orleans-style funeral march in the Village decrying the Bush administration’s handling of the crisis in the Gulf states. Above, Dread Scott, with umbrella, and Alicia Rau, playing trumpet, led the procession down Greenwich Ave. <more>


From sidewalk sales to marine rescuers, helping New Orleans
By Ronda Kaysen
Katherine Marlowe wasted no time fundraising for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Within 48 hours of the disaster, she and a friend were collecting donations for the American Red Cross from her Greenwich Village stoop.

Inside
76 arrested in N.Y.U. graduate union protest
A demonstration in front of New York University’s Bobst Library on Aug. 31, the last day of the university’s contract with United Auto Workers Local 2110 representing graduate student assistants, ended with 76 protesters being charged with obstructing access to the library.

Grand St. manager’s son arrested in E.M.S. ruckus
By Albert Amateau
When Shalom Jacob, 37, a supervisor with Hatzolah, the Jewish volunteer ambulance service on the Lower East Side, was arrested on the evening of Aug. 29 for trying to force his way passed an Emergency Medical Service team into a Grand St. apartment to help an elderly distressed woman, it was the beginning of a high-profile brouhaha that echoed for a week.

Tekserve are the Mac daddies for all things Apple
By Olga Mantilla
Apple computer repair stores abound in the city that never sleeps without first surfing eBay for sold out concert tickets and checking e-mail one last time. There are corporate stores, like the Apple Store in Soho, that constantly push the latest innovations to droves of tourists and metropolitan-area Mac enthusiasts.

Call for traffic calming at Union Sq. N. is rejected
By Albert Amateau
Union Square Park advocates hoping to reduce auto traffic on the north side of the park by converting the two-way E. 17th St. to a one-way eastbound street were disappointed last week with the long-awaited results of a Department of Transportation study.

Big dig starts on Houston St.; will take 21/2 years
By Albert Amateau
Much actual digging might not be noticeable yet, but the reconstruction of Houston St. began Aug. 1 with the contractor, Tully Construction, marking out the project on the street surface between Bowery and West. St.

New Orleans protest ends in tense standoff
By jefferson siegel
A group called World Can’t Wait led a New Orleans-style funeral march through the West Village on Sunday protesting the slow government response to the hurricane crisis in the Gulf states and the Bush administration.


Back to School
A special Villager supplement

New gym would put P.S. 3 kids on track to fitness
By Judith Stiles
Most parents know that waiting with kids in the checkout line at the deli spells trouble because the candy and junk food display is down low, calling out to the kids “Grab me now!”

Dr. G retires at P.S. 20; cured once-troubled school
By Vanessa Romo
After 28 years of standing beside the brightly painted double doors leading into Public School 20 and greeting students and parents by name each morning, Principal Leonard Golubchick, a beloved figure at the school, retired with little fanfare on Aug. 31.

Education director who kept the faith is now passing it on
By Hannah Seligson
Growing up in the Ukraine, Alex Tanskiy was never allowed to discuss Judaism, fearing anti-Semitic repercussions. Now, 20 years later, he has made a long journey to Greenwich Village as the new director of education at the Village Temple. Tanskiy’s journey toward a career in Jewish education started while he was still living in the Ukraine. “I got into Judaism through Hebrew. I got a book and realized that it was not that hard,” he said.

Stuyvesant Muslim students now able to study Arabic
By Sara G. Levin
Three years after Stuyvesant High School’s Muslim Student Association began raising money and support, introductory Arabic will be an elective there starting this fall. Students were motivated by a combination of academic curiosity, cultural awareness and religious pride.

Mixed feelings as endless summer ends

This time around, I’m enjoying school a lot more
By Jane Flanagan
I was sitting at a Connecticut lake a few weeks ago taking in a gorgeous moment. It was late August, a cool 72 degrees and it felt like early fall. My 7-year-old son, Rusty, was busy digging in the sand, oblivious to what was in the air.

Trying to solve the math problem; is it instruction?
By Michele Herman
Here’s a math problem: a New York City couple gives birth to a child, and X years later, they have a second child. As the years go by, they are pleased with the spread. But then the first child turns 13, and they discover a fatal flaw in their family planning. Solve for X.


VILLAGER Arts & Entertainment

Life as an outsider
Play inspired by personal experiences
By Jerry Tallmer
Eamon, an Irishman with an overload of grudges and a caustic tongue, sits on a crate at the construction site where he’s employed and, at a work break, fulminates against “all those feckin fugees” – i.e., refugees, immigrants from places like black Africa – “walking around our basterin’ town “[a]nd us accommodating them with our taxes. It ain’t right..”

Tragic death of child inspires new theater
Gifts of PS41 student immortalized
By Jerry Tallmer
Her name was Celia Rose T. Fitzgerald. Everybody called her CeCe. She lived in SoHo, went to P.S. 41, and would have been 8 years old this past March. When she went off for a brief vacation in February, she gave a hug to Katie Cappiello, one of her teachers on Saturdays at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, and said: “Save me a lollipop.”

An event that’s so New York
Shakespeare attracts Manhattanites and tourists alike
By Rachel Breitman
Though Karen Valen hadn’t seen a production of Shakespeare in the Park for several years, she was eager to join the early morning line that snaked from the front of the Public Theatre. As she listened on her headphones to the soundtrack to the 1971 production of “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” she rhapsodized about the adaptation of the Bard’s poetry, set to 1970’s rock opera that had pulled her back after all these years.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“Red Eye” (+) This is a well-done, Grade-B movie except for one great flaw which I cannot divulge. The actors, all unknown to me, perform their roles superbly.
“Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” (-) My experience with Korean films has not been good. I did not like “Oldboy” which was touted as an exceptional film nor did I enjoy “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” which was hailed by some critics. It is too gross, too brutal, and too violent. It turned my stomach, and I hoped it would end as quickly as possible.
“Junebug” (+) I didn’t think I would enjoy this film so I avoided seeing it. After hearing favorable comments from a reviewer unknown to me, I decided to go, and I’m glad that I did.

Telling an always relevant story
Film examines social pressures in the Israeli Settlement movement
By Jerry Tallmer
Joseph Cedar has had what appears to be extraordinary luck as a movie director. His “Time of Favor” (in Hebrew, “Ha-Hesder”), about a fictional young Israeli fanatic who wanted to blow up the Dome of the Rock, in Jerusalem, one of Islam’s most sacred sites, hit theaters in 2000 just about the time Ariel Sharon took it into his head to go for a stroll to the Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock, thereby pretty much blowing up whatever peace existed between Arabs and Israelis anyway.



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