Volume 75,Number 23
Oct. 26 - Nov. 01, 2005

Mike Bloomberg for mayor in 2005
Four years ago, we said Mike Bloomberg lacked the experience to be a good mayor and we endorsed his opponent. We were wrong and no one is happier about that than us. Mayor Bloomberg has been the best mayor this city has had in recent times, and he has earned another four years.

Talking Point
Boo! Don’t we have enough to be scared of already?
By Wilson
Last year for Halloween I was a mental patient that “escaped.” Dressed in a hospital gown I’d stolen from a doctor’s office, I wore an authentic, white nursing shoe on my right foot (suggesting that some sort of transgression had taken place), and a black Doc Martens on my left. But this October, you’d have to be nuts to look like a maniac, especially if you ride the subway — it’s code orange meets the Great Pumpkin throughout the Big Apple.

In a funk over losing funkiness of Tribeca’s piers
By Kate Walter
I’m savoring the last days of Pier 25 which will close next month for a three-year renovation. I loved this funky wharf in Tribeca — a rest stop on my daily bike rides through Hudson River Park. I’d visit the Sweet Love Snack Shack for a lemonade or veggie burger grilled on an old-fashioned barbeque pit.

Scoopy's Notebook

Police Blotter

Letters to the editor


Sports/ Health

Villager photos by Jefferson Siegel
Having a ball on Pier 40
At the P3 event celebrating one year of baseball on the new Pier 40 field.

Take me out to the pier field; P3 parties for ball field’s first year
By Jefferson Siegel
While the Major League Baseball Cardinals recently played their last ball game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, at Pier 40 on the Lower West Side, the Pier, Park and Playground Association is just getting started. Known as P3, the local youth sports organization celebrated its first successful season of baseball on the new Pier 40 field with an event dubbed the First Annual Family Fall Classic.

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

Villager photo by Gary He

Arthur Schwartz watches as his resolution on Washington Square Park is defeated by one co-authored by Shirley Secunda, right.

Not so fast! Renovation backers wrangle new resolution on square
By Lincoln Anderson
In a stunning reversal, the full board of Community Board 2 last Thursday voted to dump the resolution of its Parks and Waterfront Committee on the Washington Square Park renovation and instead approved a significantly different substitute resolution.

Sanders will leave Albany, clearing way for — Lopez?
By Lincoln Anderson
In a surprise move that is sending ripples of political speculation through the East Side, Assemblymember Steve Sanders last week announced he will not finish out the second year of his current two-year term and will retire from the Assembly on Jan. 1, 2006.

Punk rock to riches; Rio raises big bucks
By Sarah Ferguson
Several hundred people turned out last Thursday for ABC No Rio’s 25th Anniversary Benefit Auction, held at Deitch Projects on Wooster Street in Soho.

Tree-sitter plants seeds of environmental activism
By Daniel Wallace
Environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill spoke this Friday at the Jivamukti Yoga Center on Lafayette Street in an event sponsored by the Lower Eastside Girls Club to raise funds for the construction of their new “green” clubhouse on Avenue D.

Trip to the mall proves anything but pedestrian
By Daniel Wallace
Tempers flared Thursday on the Allen Street Mall between Delancey and Broome Streets at a Parks Department scoping meeting to gather community suggestions for the development of the mall.

Champagne toast and cheers for old P.S. 64 victory
By Lincoln Anderson
Two days after a decisive double victory in the ongoing fight to save the embattled old P.S. 64/former CHARAS/El Bohio, leaders of the effort gathered outside the East Ninth Street building to celebrate and get revved up for the final push to win the struggle.

Unpaving a parking lot to bring back paradise
Last Friday, neighbors and Parks Department and elected officials came together to celebrate the opening of the restored Canal Park at the west end of Canal Street.

Gramercy residents defeat men’s shelter at armory
By Albert Amateau
The city’s plan to use the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue as a 24-hour, seven-day men’s homelessness-prevention and assessment center fell apart last week after a month-long opposition campaign by the 23rd Street Association and the Gramercy Block Association.

A Villager Special Supplement
Downtown Theater

Ashley Montana’ explores uncharted waters
By Scott Harrah
Back in 1991, model Ashley Montana posed for the cover of Sports Illustrated’s annual Swimsuit Issue. The gorgeous blonde was shown frolicking in the Caribbean while sporting a white, one-piece bathing suit that barely covered her derriere. The cover caption read “Ashley Montana Goes Ashore in the Caicos.”

Take a girl in a tutu, a man in a suit, and just add writer
By Jerry Tallmer
Michael C. Hall lives nowadays where Tribeca touches on Chinatown, and he had never heard of Noah Haidle until he opened a script by him on a flight from Los Angeles to New York.

A party to remember
By Jerry Tallmer
Susan is divorced. Lisa is divorced.
Susan has a 15-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son. Lisa has a 12-year-old son.

Still waiting after all these years
By Jerry Tallmer
The opening of what’s being billed as a “50th Anniversary production” of the first Broadway staging of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” falls oddly and wonderfully congruent with the happy surprise of this year’s award of the Nobel Prize in Literature to Harold Pinter.

Godot on Broadway ’56
By Jerry Tallmer
In a world that most of us today would rather trade in for some other one – but which?—this remarkable merit somehow yet remains: the really important new work of art (“Guernica,” [ITAL] Ulysses, Finnegan, [UNITAL] the poetry of Dylan Thomas) is recognized for its greatness, no matter by at first how few, the moment it presents itself among us.

Big effort from Little Red/Elisabeth Irwin

VILLAGER Arts & Entertainment

A classic film’s long journey into the light
By Leonard Quart
I’ve always loved the elusively intricate films of the Italian director, Michelangelo Antonioni (e.g., “L’Eclisse,” “Red Desert”) and seen them countless times. But his brilliant and mysterious “The Passenger,” which I saw when it opened in 1975, disappeared from view for the last 19 years.

No joke: Ballard to be honored by Caring Community
By Jerry Tallmer
When Kaye Ballard comes to New York to accept the Caring Community’s 2005 Greenwich Village Alumni Award next Tuesday, Nov. 7, she’ll be staying for a few days at the Hotel Edison on 47th Street, just off Times Square, exactly where she first lived in this city when Spike Jones brought 17-year-old Kaye here to sing with his band in 1943.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“Oliver Twist” (-) It is hard to believe, but Roman Polanski turned this classic into a total bore.
“Loggerheads” (-) The reviews of this film were overwhelmingly negative, but I decided to see it because the script, based on a true story, sounded interesting.

Ready, Set, Direct: Speed filmmaking at its best
By Rachel Fershleiser
“Actually, you can already buy your tickets for the screenings,” Jackie Stolfi announced to a room of sixty actors, screen writers, directors, composers, editors, and cinematographers, “the films just haven’t been made yet.”

Ballets Russes’ is on pointe
By Jerry Tallmer
The screen shows a still photograph of two feet in ballet slippers, toes to the floor. “Look at those pointes!” we hear a voice chortling. “Look at that instep!”


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