Volume 75,Number 18
September 21 - 27,
2005


Editorial
Downtown questions for Mike Bloomberg and Fernando Ferrer
Anthony Weiner’s decision last week not to campaign in a possible runoff with Fernando Ferrer establishes the November mayoral election as a head-to-head contest between Ferrer, the Democratic nominee and former Bronx borough president, and Mayor Mike Bloomberg. It is now time for these two major candidates for City Hall to outline in detail their plans for Lower Manhattan.

Talking Point
An anguished howl of support for HOWL! Festival
By Penny Aracade
The Howl Festival and FEVA (Federation of East Village Artists and, as I like to add, Friends of East Village Arts) was formed as a last-ditch effort to address how we as a community could educate the masses of people who are swarming into our neighborhood’s new incarnation as the “sex-in-the-city-’80s-Upper-East-Side-style party central.” Our way of life has been commoditized into a “lifestyle” and the accouterments of the “Downtown” East Village/Lower East Side have been marketed to the entire country and across the world.

Gay youth gone wild: Something has got to change
By Dave Poster and Elaine Goldman
Muggings and purse-snatching on Bedford Street! Neighbors attacked and beaten by a group of kids (some as young as 14), again on Bedford Street! A man slashed on Christopher Street while his wife was robbed! Drug dealings on Perry Street! Pizza deliveryman jumped and robbed on Barrow Street. Prostitution from Greenwich Street to Greenwich Avenue! Shopping bags pushed out of the arms of older residents on Christopher Street! The list of offenses goes on and on.

Notebook
New Orleans swing; stages of grief
By Andrei Codrescu
A listener who heard me on the radio accused me of writing premature elegies for New Orleans. The city isn’t dead, he said, we’re bringing it back. O.K., so that’s how I feel, too. On Tuesday. On Monday I felt like crying. On Wednesday I got mad at everybody, starting with Bush and going on down the line to my listener. On Thursday I was all three: sad, stubborn, and angry. And so it went and so it goes, day after day, my moods swinging along with everybody else’s moods, sometimes in sync, sometimes not. What doesn’t change is the swinging, but to be perfectly honest, it doesn’t matter.

Scoopy's Notebook

Police Blotter

Letters to the editor

Obituary

Yuri Kapralov, a ‘grandfather’ of E.V. counterculture
By Sarah Ferguson
East Village bohemians lost an elder statesman of sorts with the death on Aug. 27 of noted artist and author Yuri Kapralov. He had a stroke after being ill for some time with liver disease. He was 73.


In Pictures

Escape from New Orleans
East Village photographer Q. Sakamaki was in New Orleans earlier this month documenting the Katrina disaster. All these photos were taken four or five days after the hurricane hit.


Sports/ Health

Young dancers get hip to the hip-hop workout at Y
By Judith Stiles
When asked to explain what is hip-hop, 7-year-old Emilio de Oca Montes’s eyebrows pop up in astonishment, and as his jaw drops, he quips, “Huh, don’t you know what it is!” He takes a crack at describing hip-hop and says with an air of authority, “Well. . . Britney Spears is not hip-hop, she is pop, and is really old news, anyway, even though she just had a baby. Hip-hop is what we do in this class!” He pauses with his little hand on his chin and cites Usher as his favorite hip-hop performer, whose music is great for dancing.

Peglegs leg it up to Pier 40
Formerly a squad without a playing field, the Stuyvesant High School football team finally has one at Pier 40 at W. Houston St. where a new artificial-surface FieldTurf field opened earlier this year.

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Police pull plug on Cindy
Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan addressed listeners at Union Square on Monday, but was only allowed to speak for two
minutes before police shut down the rally. <more>

New historic district could be present in the very near future
By Lincoln Anderson
Putting two new proposed historic districts on track to being designated, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved to calendar a hearing on the proposed Greenwich Village Historic District expansion and proposed Weehawken Street District.

NEWS
Two sites still in question, but rezoning is moving fast
By Albert Amateau
The City Planning Commission’s Sept. 14 hearing on the plan intended to forestall the imminent threat of high-rise development in the low-rise Far West Village drew more than 100 neighbors who called for quick action to preserve the character of the 14-block waterfront area.

Gerson Wash. Sq. agreement met by cheers and also groans
By Albert Amateau
City Councilmember Alan Jay Gerson last week outlined an agreement he reached with the Department of Parks about changes to the Washington Square Park design that drew cheers and groans from an overflow crowd of parks partisans.


Inside
After winning big, Mendez gears up for City Council
By Lincoln Anderson
Although she won a seven-person primary race for City Council District 2 with an impressive one-third of the vote on Sept. 13, Rosie Mendez said last week she was never overconfident of victory until all the numbers were in. And while still smarting from some of the negative campaigning of which she was the target, she said she’s putting it behind her and getting ready for the job ahead.

Energy crisis averted, but arts center war rages on
By Ronda Kaysen
A Lower East Side arts center was granted a last-minute reprieve from Con Edison last week — preventing a catastrophic power outage that would have closed the center. But the internal strife that has threatened to destroy one of the last vestiges of affordable studio space for artists in the neighborhood for years is no closer to a resolution, despite a new management structure that will be unveiled this week.

Landmarks approves plan to make old Wash. Sq. church into condos
By Albert Amateau
The plan to convert the interior of the Washington Square United Methodist Church, built 145 years ago, into a complex of eight loft-style apartments received approval on Tues., Sept. 13, from the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Emir honored by N.Y.U. as progressive Arab leader
By Ed Gold
Pointing a royal finger at “the greatest obstacle” to world understanding, the emir of Qatar, who heads the tiny oil-rich state in the Persian Gulf, told an audience in Greenwich Village last week that the culprit “is poverty and the suffering it brings.”

Gilda had her own way; now Village has Gilda’s Way
By Lincoln Anderson
With a “1-2-3!” they tugged on the string and — it broke off! The paper wrapper was left still covering the new sign.
“Gilda would have loved this!” someone in the crowd said with a smile.

City has plans in place in case a major hurricane ever happens
By Caitlin Eichelberger
A dome of water spun up from the sea and thrown onto land. A torrent of wind racing along the avenues. A flood rising around the bases of skyscrapers.

Orange crush on Yuschenko at Ukrainian Museum visit
By Jefferson Siegel
The East Village’s Ukrainian community turned out in droves last Friday to welcome the new democracy-championing president of the Ukraine, Viktor Yushchenko.
Yushchenko was in New York with dozens of other world leaders for the opening of the 60th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Woman charges rape in tangled affair with priest
By Lincoln Anderson
A woman who said she turned to the former pastor of Our Lady of Pompei Church for spiritual guidance is claiming he met her need with what she at first believed to be “spiritual hugs” but that these embraces quickly went beyond the religious and became rape.

Antiwar icon gets 2 minutes before police pull plug
By Jefferson Siegel
Cindy Sheehan’s son, Casey, was killed in Sadr City, Iraq in April, 2004. This past summer, in the third year of the war, Sheehan set up a tent outside the entrance to President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Tex., demanding a meeting with the president. Her action galvanized a frustrated antiwar movement and Camp Casey was born. Symbolic camps sprang up around the country in solidarity.


VILLAGER Arts & Entertainment

Just like any other barge, only this one has bark and leaves
By Nicole Davis
Bob Henry has tugged a few odd things in his time: an inflatable rubber doll promoting a Stevie Van Zandt concert on Randall’s Island; fuel rods from a decommissioned nuclear power plant. But Robert Smithson’s “Floating Island” is by far the most beautiful barge of the tugboat captain’s career.

Splash Dance: Brooklyn’s McCarren Park Pool becomes a stage
By Scott Harrah
When choreographer Noémie Lafrance spotted Brooklyn’s abandoned McCarren Park swimming pool in 1996, she immediately fell in love with the dilapidated structure. The pool, built in 1936 as a Works Progress Administration project, was filled with weeds and graffiti and was an eyesore to many locals.

Film
Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“Keane” (+)
This short story is given a superb rendering by the performance of Damian Lewis as William Keane. We meet Keane wandering around the Port Authority Bus Terminal asking people if they have seen his seven-year-old daughter whom, he says, he left alone for a few minutes to use the restroom. Before long we learn that Keane is not only emotionally overcome by that loss but that he is an alcoholic and undoubtedly mentally ill.
“Margaret Cho: The Assassin Tour” (-)
Margaret Cho is one of the best comedians, male or female, in America. She writes her own material, which is very raunchy, and she delivers it extremely well.
“Four Brothers” (-)
I considered avoiding this film because I didn’t think I would enjoy it. But since there are few good movies opening, and because John Singleton is a superb director, and I enjoy seeing Mark Wahlberg on screen—he did a terrific job in “Traveler” and “Boogie Nights”—I went. Big mistake.

Jazz
Wallace Roney doesn’t change, he just gets better
By Rick Marx
According to Wallace Roney, change isn’t good. At least not in jazz, where the goal, says the trumpeter, is to improve, practice, and grow.



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