Volume 75,Number 19
Sep. 28 - Oct. 04,

Gerson and Parks are on the right path at Wash. Sq.
The agreement on the Washington Square Park renovation between Councilmember Alan Gerson and the Parks Department changes the landscape on the project, literally.

Talking Point
The Iraq war, downgraded to a box score, is lost
By Ted Rall
Sectarian civil war, long predicted by yours truly and other antiwar types, has arrived in U.S.-occupied Iraq. Sunni bombs killing 100 people a day, spurred on by Al Qaeda and a declaration of “all-out war” in retaliation for the Shiites’ refusal to allow Sunni representation in the next government, have become routine. Kurds and Arabs are assassinating each other over oil rights.

The news virus
By Andrei Codrescu
Anyone watching — and everybody is — the 24-hour news channels must be convinced that the world is at an end. For some people it is, but you won’t see them either on CNN, Fox or MSNBC. There was useful information on CNN during and after Katrina, but when Rita failed to live up to the destructiveness of her predecessor, you could sense the palpable fury of the network.

A different world: A Cape Cod recap at summer’s end
By Michele Herman
Our two-week family gathering in Wellfleet is just beginning to fade to a handful of lovely memories tasting of sea salt and ice cream. We were 15 opinionated liberals and one not-very-independent puppy celebrating the 80th birthday of the beloved man known as Grandpa, my father-in-law. Most days, we managed to get our disparate habits, expectations and diets to harmonize.

Scoopy's Notebook

Police Blotter

Letters to the editor


David C. Anderson, 62, author on criminal justice
David C. Anderson, a journalist, writer, social activist and Quaker, died on Sept. 15 surrounded by his family at Cabrini Hospital Hospice. The cause of death was cancer. He was 62 years old. A resident of Greenwich Village, Anderson served for 12 years, until 1993, on the editorial board of The New York Times, and most recently as director of communications of the Ford Foundation.

Randy Stiles, pioneer in service ads, writer/editor
Ruth Hunsaker Stiles, a longtime resident of Greenwich Village, died in her sleep on Sept. 13 after a long battle with emphysema. She was 81.

Marie Moradei, 87, a travel enthusiast
Marie C. Moradei, a resident of Bank St. in the West Village for more than 50 years, died Sept. 3 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx after a short illness at the age of 87.

Paul Bookson, former judge, senator, synagogue leader
By Lincoln Anderson
Paul Bookson, a former state senator and judge who took a leading role in renovating the historic Eldridge St. Synagogue and preserving it as a functioning house of worship, was fatally injured on Sept. 22 after a motorcycle crashed into him as he was walking toward Brooklyn Supreme Court.

In Pictures

Tell me why I don’t like gridlock
At the recent United Nations General Assembly, protesters who were able to get through the U.N.-created traffic jams demanded freedom for their countries.

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

Villager photo by John Ranard

His aim is true
Elvis Costello, who joined the band Yo La Tengo onstage, sang at a benefit jam for New Orleans musicians at the Angel Orensanz Foundation on Norfolk St. last week.

Hip-hop night turns deadly; club violence racks Bowery
By Lincoln Anderson
Police are looking for suspects in the Wed. Sept. 21 shooting that started as an argument over a spilled drink in the Mission nightclub at the Bowery and Rivington St. and ended on the sidewalk across the Bowery from the club at 4:12 a.m. with one man wounded and another man dead.

East Village’s newcomers don’t take to bare breast
By Ronda Kaysen
“Who doesn’t like titties?” asked Janet Santiago, standing on Avenue A with her husband, Anibal, and a bundle of fresh dry cleaning slung over her shoulder. Janet craned her neck to get a better look at the “titties” in the window. “Whoever takes offense — they’re ignorant,” she declared with a flip of her hand.

City Planning approves overhaul of zoning in the Far West Village
By Albert Amateau
The City Planning Commission on Monday unanimously approved the plan to preserve the low-rise character of most of the 14-block Far West Village without changes from the original plan outlined two weeks ago at its public hearing.

N.Y.U. takes 100 Tulane students for fall semester
By Ramin Talaie
Among the many affected by Hurricane Katrina are hundreds of thousands of students who escaped the floodwaters and destruction on their campuses just as a new school year was starting.

Oil war that raged in Tompkins Square ends in truce
By Vanessa Romo
Artist Thom Corn stuffed his hands into the pockets of his navy blue mechanic’s jumpsuit and shook his head, his graying dreadlocks swinging from side to side. “There it is,” he said, angling his chin toward a bundle of wood resting against the far left wall of his Lower East Side art studio and one bedroom apartment.

Smooth riding on Williamsburg Bridge is the joint
By Anthony Weiss
After two-and-a-half years of complaints about the bumpy old joint plates on the Williamsburg Bridge walkway, the city’s Department of Transportation is replacing the joint plates with new, smoother models. The change comes in response to protests from a number of advocacy groups representing bicyclists, the disabled and members of the communities on either side of the bridge.

Trapeze instructors make save, keep swinging by to offer help
By Daniel Wallace
Two trapeze instructors swung to the rescue last Thursday to save a man who had leapt into the Hudson River near Tribeca.
James Kue, 23, had alighted from a nearby pier and was floating face down in the water when a police officer came to the Desbrosses St. high-wire cage of Trapeze School New York asking for a rope.

Vive la différence! Antiwar protesters go in style
By Jefferson Siegel
This past Saturday there were worldwide protests against the war in Iraq. The largest U.S. gathering was in Washington, D.C., where an estimated 100,000 marched on the Capitol.

Lincoln Brigade fought Franco with arms and with art
By Jerry Tallmer
James Neugass, who died of a heart attack in the Christopher Street subway station of Greenwich Village in 1949, was born in New Orleans in 1905. If he’d made it into his 100th year in his hometown, he would undoubtedly within recent days have been killed by heat and thirst and starvation and drowning in some hospital bed in that city.

A gold-leaf craftsman paints dark city in his art
By Sara G. Levin
Sketches of melting red, blue and pink circles illuminate a pensive face, tacked onto artist Jerry Pagane’s wall — a self-portrait study for his newest painting.

Attorney reveals the naked truth on nudity cases
By Daniel Wallace
Manhattan Judge Stanley Katz last Thursday dismissed the public nudity summons issued to an artist for her protest of the Iraq war that involved disrobing to display the words “STOP THE WAR” written on her naked body.

Lower East Side, Chinatown feel after-school cuts
By Vanessa Romo
A citywide overhaul of after-school services by the Department of Youth and Community Development is leaving hundreds of families in Lower Manhattan confused and without much-needed after-school childcare services.

VILLAGER Arts & Entertainment

Looking for the heart of Tom Waits
By Jim Meskauskas
Ever since the surprise hit “Mamma Mia!,” a thinly plotted but entertaining show built around a loose collection of ABBA songs, first took up residence on the Great White Way, a questionable breed of musical theater called the “jukebox musical” has followed in its wake.

Keeping the room in Stritches
By Jerry Tallmer
“I don’t get many love songs,” said Elaine Stritch from a high stool facing a preview audience in the Café Carlyle, where she was about to start a seven-week gig through October 29. “I’m not complaining, I’m boasting,” said the mistress of the tough, the bitter, the Sondheimian.

A heady festival for coach potatoes
By Caitlin Eichelberger and Timothy Chan
A documentary exposing glaring flaws in the John Kerry presidential campaign is set to premiere this week at the first-ever New York Television Festival.

Dark Star: Solo artist Swati changes her trajectory
By Shana Liebman
I first met Swati Sharma at Crash Mansion, five minutes after she played an amazing, soulful show for an overwhelmingly appreciative audience. She seemed utterly depressed. In fact, she could barely muster a greeting as she headed to the bar.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“Garcon Stupide” (+)
This movie was given an interesting review by Jeannette Catsoulis in The New York Times. She wrote: “Extremely explicit, yet not at all sexy, “Garcon Stupide” addresses gay dysphoria with an intelligent script (by Mr. Lionel Baier and Laurent Guido) and a creative use of digital video.
“Just Like Heaven” (-)
Reese Witherspoon, a beautiful woman, and Mark Ruffalo, a sensitive guy, are both good actors. Too bad they accepted roles in this silly and saccharine sweet film.

The beginning of Capote’s end
By Sari Globerman
When it comes to telling the story of an artist’s life, most biopics focus on the tragic descent from genius to madness, the spectacular flameout or slow undoing. Certainly, Bennett Miller’s very fine “Capote,” the first of two Truman Capote movies to be released this year, is no different. But whereas most movies follow a winding road to their subject’s decline, “Capote,” like next year’s “Have You Heard?,” hangs the author’s disintegration on a single event: the writing of his true-crime masterpiece, “In Cold Blood,” which chronicled the gruesome killings of a Kansas farming family by two young drifters.

Wild West East Village

Sports/ Health

Game is hard fought, but without fighting this time
By Judith Stiles
It was just a year and a half ago that two opponents had a fight during a game, with parents running on the field to intervene (and argue), with curse words and a few fists flying, during a boys’ soccer match between Downtown United and BW Gottschee soccer clubs. The players were significantly smaller and younger in spring of 2004, and now with some trepidation, these two teams showed up on Sunday at Pier 40 for another match. Now playing in an under-14-year-old division, many of the boys had grown several inches, and in the middle of an adolescent growth spurt, a few were even sporting peach fuzz.


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