Volume 75,Number 22
October 19 - 25, 2005

Old P.S. 64 shows that, yes, you can work with City Hall
In a stunning double-barreled victory in the effort to save the old P.S. 64, on Tuesday the Board of Standards and Appeals denied an appeal by developer Gregg Singer to build a 19-story dormitory tower on the site of the former school building, while the Landmarks Preservation Commission also announced it had calendared the building for a designation hearing. While the B.S.A.’s ruling, which was unanimous, might have been expected, Landmarks’ announcement came as a welcome surprise.

Talking Point
Wanted: Local poll workers for a smooth Election Day
By Keen Berger and Brad Hoylman
According to national public opinion polls, the election meltdown in Florida in 2000 and the near meltdown in Ohio in 2004 have lowered voter confidence in the integrity of our elections. As Villagers, few of us have experienced the serious voting mishaps that plagued Florida and Ohio voters. However, we have good reason to be pushing for election reform, too.

Remembering a time when the Village was affordable
By Patricia Fieldsteel
When I moved to my first apartment in the West Village, known back then simply as the Village or Greenwich Village, my relatives went into deep mourning that I’d moved to such a scruffy, unstylish, obscure neighborhood. No doubt they had visions of my finding an elegant old apartment in a doorman building somewhere on the Upper East Side or of taking a room at the then très soignée Barbizon Hotel for (Career) Women. This was not to be. I was sick of the Upper East Side and everything it stood for. I had fallen in love with the Village’s narrow winding streets, the funky shops, the tiny townhouses and Belgian stone-blocked streets.

New Orleans Reconstruction; a feeling of déjà vu
By Andrei Codrescu
People are coming back to check on their properties, mostly men. Women and families are staying behind in their places of exile. The town is still full of soldiers, and the returning populace has a slight feeling of déjà vu. It’s an old déjà vu, the aftermath of the Civil War. A woman friend feels uncomfortable walking by herself. She knows that the soldiers are there to protect her, but they are young men and they’ve heard about New Orleans. Last time it felt like that was after the Civil War when Creole women in New Orleans were forbidden to look at Union soldiers.

Scoopy's Notebook

Police Blotter

Letters to the editor


News in Brief

Villager photo by Bob Kreizel
Heavy rains and strong wind gusts from last week wreaked havoc for the New York region, including this downed silver maple in the Marble Cemetery on E. Second St. It was a close call for one local squirrel, seen perching on the base of the tree, but there were no injuries.

A museum grows on Bowery

Scalia puts limits on press at the Columbus Day Parade

Tenants remember doorman who was part of the family
By Jefferson Siegel
A relationship with a doorman, like fine wine and lasting friendships, develops over years. Some lobby attendants will spend their careers just smiling, tipping their caps and opening doors. But a rare few will be adopted and cherished by residents for their courtesy, compassion and discretion.

John B. Santoianni, 45, a theatrical agent and poet
A memorial service for John Blaise Santoianni, a Village resident and a theatrical and literary agent who died July 15 at the age of 45, will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at The Duke, 229 W. 42nd St.

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

Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

Celebrating outside the Board of Standards and Appeals hearing room on Tuesday morning, from left: Margarita Lopez, Elizabeth Ruf-Maldonado, Miguel Maldonado, Rosie Mendez, Reverend Julio Torres, Georgina Christ and Roland Legiardi-Laura.

Dorm is dealt double death blows; old school may now be landmarked
By Sarah Ferguson
Tuesday morning brought back-to-back victories for East Village activists fighting to restore the old P.S. 64 school on E. Ninth St. as a community center.

A.G. looking into conflicts complaint at Westbeth
By Albert Amateau
Westbeth, the federally regulated nonprofit artists residence in the West Village, has had a complex and contentious existence since it was converted 35 years ago from 13 adjacent industrial buildings that served as the home of Bell Laboratories.

Star-crossed lovers? Try a party-line- crossing pol
By Josh Rogers
Romeo, Romeo why didn’t you just act like a Capulet so we could have lived happily ever after?. Less than five months ago, Democratic Councilmember Margarita Lopez said that although she loved Republican Mayor Mike Bloomberg, she was not considering endorsing him because they were like Romeo and Juliet, two star-crossed lovers who could never come together because they were from two battling families, the Montagues and Capulets. She said the families were like the Democrats and Republicans.

Big turnout for hearing on new historic districts
By Albert Amateau
Village advocates and elected officials supporting the designation of two new West Village historic districts filled the Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing chamber Tuesday.

A view of Shanghai coming to a building near you
By Caitlin Eichelberger
The hustle and bustle of two Asian cities will compete with the flurry of Chinatown’s street activity this week.
As part of TRANSITIO, a global public arts series, video images of Nanning and Shanghai will be projected onto the facade of a Chinatown building at the corner of Canal and Centre Sts. The 40-minute unedited, non-narrative film of life and leisure in the Chinese cities will begin rolling Thursday evening, Oct. 20.

From activists and authors to madams and madwomen: The prisoners of Sixth Avenue
By LindaAnn Loschiavo
Hollywood is embracing an armful of women’s history attached to the crooked elbow of W. 10th St. west of Sixth Ave. In April, “House of D” by David Duchovny commemorated the Women’s House of Detention, which overlooked Village Square (now Ruth Wittenberg Triangle) until the prison was razed in 1973. A movie musical “Hello, Sucker” due out this year revisits the same location during the 1920s with Madonna as diamond-draped “Texas” Guinan, a Village resident and rodeo queen whose speakeasies landed her behind bars at Jefferson Market Jail. Sandwiched between those two premieres, the 30th anniversary of a garden established on that very site was celebrated this April.

New Orleans Reconstruction; a feeling of déjà vu
By Andrei Codrescu
People are coming back to check on their properties, mostly men. Women and families are staying behind in their places of exile. The town is still full of soldiers, and the returning populace has a slight feeling of déjà vu. It’s an old déjà vu, the aftermath of the Civil War. A woman friend feels uncomfortable walking by herself.

Fish Market says ruling blocking move is a real load
By Ronda Kaysen
Ask David Samuels why he’s still selling fish from a stall on South St. and you’ll get an earful.

Bar owner beaten, reportedly after arguing about smoking
By Lincoln Anderson
An owner of a bar on Broome St. in Little Italy was viciously attacked last month outside the bar, possibly after an argument about smoking inside the bar, Odea.

Pols say Union Sq. restaurant must go through Albany
By Albert Amateau
Elected officials turned out in force on Sunday at a Union Square Park rally calling on Mayor Bloomberg to drop plans by the city Department of Parks and the Union Square Partnership business improvement district for a private seasonal restaurant in the pavilion at the north end of the park.

Vintage store from ’60s closing but will be saved
By Daniel Wallace
Love Saves the Day, a veteran vintage shop in the East Village, is closing this January because of an exponential increase in its rent payments. Located at the corner of Second Ave. and Seventh St., the store has been a community icon for almost 40 years.

Chelsea seminary unveils design for 17-story residential building
By Albert Amateau
The General Theological Seminary showed Community Board 4’s Chelsea Planning Committee members on Monday a preliminary model of a 17-story building to replace the four-story Sherrill Hall on the Ninth Ave. side of the seminary’s grounds.

VILLAGER Arts & Entertainment

The Anti-Executioner’s Song
By Jerry Tallmer
When all else is forgiven George W. Bush—Iraq, New Orleans, the Supreme Court, Social Security, the pet goat storytelling on the morning of 9/11—there will be those who remember Karla Faye Tucker, and Steve Earle will be one of them.

Exhibiting brings photographers closer to exposure
By Aileen Torres
Since it was founded in the early 1980s, the downtown photo agency Art + Commerce has been synonymous with individuals in the fashion and beauty industries it represents, like esteemed photographers Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel, and Ellen von Unwerth. Beginning last year, however, the agency has begun in earnest to go beyond its commercial work—through a ten-day photography festival in DUMBO.

Chicken soup for guilt-ridden souls
By Rachel Breitman
The true stories featured in the book “A Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide To Guilt” are one part Woody Allen, two parts Gloria Steinem, and three parts the Kaballah Center’s Esther (née Madonna). Mixing feminism, neurosis, and frank sexuality, they play on the eternal discrepancy between the writers’ desire to please over-demanding parents and please themselves.

The barfly rises again—in Soho
By Lincoln Anderson
While Charles Bukowski has left behind a body of work that continues to remain immensely popular and relevant, Bukowski himself is gone, dead 11 years now. However, a new play, “Bukowski From Beyond,” is currently channeling the spirit of the great writer in a one-man performance at the Soho Playhouse.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“Before the Fall” (+) In 1942, 17-year-old Friedrich (Max Riemelt) shovels coal for a living in a Berlin factory. He is an amateur boxer and serendipitously meets a Nazi officer who urges him to apply for admission to an elite cadet school in which the Nazi officer teaches boxing. Friedrich’s father is anti-Nazi and against it, but Friedrich runs away from home and joins the academy.
“Capote” (+) This film is a tour de force by Philip Seymour Hoffman. I never met Truman Capote, but from all the interviews I saw of him on television, Hoffman totally captured his personality, voice and mannerisms.

Sports/ Health
In a warm-up, ’Busters try to split Fusion defense
By Judith Stiles
After taking first place in the Beekman Cup Soccer Tournament in early October, the 14-year-old girls from the Downtown United Soccer Club became accustomed to playing in a torrential downpour, as they began to enjoy the muddy fields that turned an ordinary slide tackle into a sloppy adventure. “They had a blast and it toughened them up,” reported one of the parents, questioning why fields in the Bronx, Westchester and Cosmopolitan Leagues were all shut down, once again, last Saturday.


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