Volume 75,Number 25
November 09 - 15, 2005


Editorial
C.B. 2 process on Wash. Sq. has been flawed
With the passage of a new resolution on the Washington Square Park renovation on Monday night, Community Board 2’s Parks and Waterfront Committee has reopened the board’s debate on the divisive park project once again. Now the full board will have another opportunity to vote on a resolution on the project at its meeting on Thurs. Nov. 17.

Talking Point
Americans are sheep
By Andrei Codrescu
The Gas Riots of 2005… not. When the price of gas went over $3 per gallon you’d have expected mobs to burn down a few cars. True, there was some talk of alternative energy and a lot of furious e-mail forwarding, which is America’s most radical activity these days, but there was hardly a peep from the populace.

Emergency! St. Vincent’s needs to start shaping up
By Ed Gold
St. Vincent’s has been my hospital for a good part of my adult life. I have found the doctors there conscientious, efficient and at times inspiring. I can’t recall a nurse who wasn’t friendly, supportive, dependable or overworked.

Bush-Cheney traitors deserve prison, impeachment
By Ted Rall
URBANA, Illinois — To weigh the outing of C.I.A. agent Valerie Plame against historical standards, consider that no leader of the Soviet Union — including that master of ruthlessness, Josef Stalin — ever arranged for the name of a K.G.B. operative to appear in a newspaper. Adolf Hitler had countless millions murdered, yet getting at a political enemy by endangering agents of the Sicherheitsdienst, the Nazi intelligence service, didn’t cross his mind. In this respect, not even the worst tyrants have stooped to the level of George W. Bush.

Speaking out on Westbeth board of directors secrecy
By Carl Stein
The article on Westbeth in the Oct. 19 issue of The Villager (“A.G. looking into conflicts complaint at Westbeth”) provides an excellent summary of a 35-year saga. Based on my 15-year association with this landmark center for the arts, I would like to add some background and to correct one implication of the story.

Scoopy's Notebook

Police Blotter

Letters to the editor

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Villager photo by Ramin Talaie

A Bloomberg supporter at the mayor’s re-election victory party at the Sheraton Hotel on Tuesday night.

No surprises, as Bloomberg and Mendez both win easily
By Lincoln Anderson
There were no dramatic recounts, no disputed votes, no anxious analyses of whether vote totals didn’t jibe with early exit polls.

NEWS
Volunteer: I was told Lopez records are missing
By Lincoln Anderson
Although Councilmember Margarita Lopez, through her lawyer, is saying her 2001 campaign didn’t violate election laws by making late payments to campaign workers, a Lopez volunteer has come forward to say that he received a $300 check — three months after the election.

Not Fats or Jackie, he’s always sung like a Rainbow
By Daniel Wallace
In the dim dinning room of Sam’s Restaurant on 45th St. last Monday night Mr. John Rainbow took the stage. At 80 years old, a throwback to an age when charm and style mattered, Rainbow walked stiffly under the spotlight wearing a white tuxedo jacket, checkered bowtie and cumberbund, black pants and a fedora hat cocked jauntily to one side.


Inside
Leaving levers behind; voting is going electronic
By Ronda Kaysen
When New Yorkers cranked arcane metal levers from left to right to cast their ballots on Tuesday, they did so for one of the last times. By the next election, every polling station will have at least one new voting machine. And in 2007, every single mechanical booth in the city will be replaced with modern voting technology. But a battle is raging over just what sort of technology the state should use.

Residents rail against bars at an L.E.S. town hall
By Albert Amateau
A town hall meeting organized by a coalition of Lower East Side and East Village block associations attracted more than 300 residents last week to protest the proliferation of bars and lounges in the neighborhood.

Kaufman and Friedman hope to run for Sanders’s seat
By Lincoln Anderson
While all eyes were focused on Tuesday’s elections, a special election could be shaping up in a few months to fill Assemblymember Steve Sanders’s seat. Just a few weeks ago, Sanders announced that after 28 years in the Assembly, he plans to retire from the Legislature at the end of this year. Assuming Governor Pataki calls a special election in January, a special election that would also fill vacancies in several other New York City and Long Island seats, could be held as soon as February.

Gay youth slam Trust’s Christopher St. gates plan
By Daniel Wallace
A crowd of angry gay and lesbian youth packed into the third floor of the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center at Clarkson St. and Seventh Ave. last night for a Community Board 2 Parks and Waterfront Committee meeting.

New group targets ‘forgotten half’ of young voters
By Hannah Seligson
The next big movement in mobilizing young voters will soon be happening in our backyard. Generation Engage, a nonpartisan organization aimed at raising the political profile of young adults, particularly those who are not in college, has picked New York as one of three states to launch its pilot program.

Sisters find their way back to map-and-print shop
By Caitlin Eichelberger
Following a five-year hiatus, Pageant Print Shop, specializing in affordable antique prints and maps, is returning from the virtual world to the real. The store’s latest bricks-and-mortar location, 69 E. Fourth St., between the Bowery and Second Ave., opens this week, and is the fifth in its 50-year history.

New combined effort on quality of life, prostitution
By Lincoln Anderson
In an effort to address a steady drumbeat of residents’ complaints in the Christopher Street area, the Sixth Police Precinct and Manhattan district attorney are making some changes to try to bring quality of life problems and prostitution under control.

Washington Sq. resolution still unresolved at C.B. 2
By Albert Amateau
The Community Board 2 Parks and Waterfront Committee approved yet another resolution on the renovation of Washington Square Park on Nov. 7, calling on the full board to oppose features of the redesign, including moving the fountain, elevating and reducing the size of the central fountain plaza and putting a fence around the park higher than 30 inches.

High school students swell anti-Bush rally and march
By Jefferson Siegel
One year after the election that returned the Bush administration to power, the group World Can’t Wait held a rally in Union Square last Wednesday, followed by a march through Chelsea to Times Square. Two months earlier the group had led a march through Greenwich Village to call attention to the administration’s poor response to the devastation wreaked in New Orleans and the Gulf states by Hurricane Katrina.

Preservationists make a stand against planned Schnabel tower
By Albert Amateau
The rezoning preserving the low-rise character of the West Village became law a month ago but neighborhood advocates are still fighting the move by the artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel to evade the new zoning by building a 110-foot-tall tower on top of the three-story former stable he owns a half-block from the Village waterfront.

Dog owners are loyal to Tompkins Sq.’s First Run
By Hannah Seligson
New York is a city that loves its dogs, and this fact is nowhere more apparent than at the Tompkins Square dog run’s annual Dog Run Halloween Parade, which was held on Sunday at the First Run dog park. The name “First Run” is no accident — it is the first and largest official off-leash space in New York City, and residents are loyal to a place that lets their dogs roam free.


VILLAGER Arts & Entertainment

Using gallery walls to tear one down in the Middle East
By Tim Chan
When artist Seth Tobocman visited war-torn Ramallah in 2002, he found a city besieged by violence and uncertainty. He also found a fertile ground for compelling art.
“I saw people shot there for opposing the war,” said Tobocman, referring to the long-standing Palestinian-Israeli conflict. “But I also saw creative, intelligent artists who had something to say.”

Sweets and the City
By Bonnie Rosenstock
This week, life in the Big Apple will be a little bit sweeter as the Eighth Annual Chocolate Show returns to tantalize taste buds from Thursday, November 10 to Sunday, November 13, at the Metropolitan Pavilion and Altman Building, 125 West 18th Street. The scrumptious show will feature 75 brands of chocolate for sampling and purchasing from old favorites like Guittard, Neuchatel, Felchlin, Knipschildt and Schokinag.

When seeing is not believing
By Steven Snyder
“See What I Wanna See,” Michael John LaChiusa’s disjointed new musical at the Public Theater, is a production obsessed with the truth — particularly how it can be manipulated and skewed by differences in perception, memory, and faith.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“The Passenger” (+) This turgid film, produced in 1975, has been newly released. If it had not been directed by the master, Michelangelo Antonioni, I believe it would have been panned with credible kudos to Jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider for their brilliant acting.
North Country (+) This tear-jerker film is well done. After being beaten by her live-in lover, Josey (Charlize Theron) moves with her two children, adolescent son, Sammy (Thomas Curtis), and younger daughter, Karen (Elle Peterson), to her parents’ home in northern Minnesota.

Making every word tell
By Sara G. Levin
Leave it to Maira Kalman to turn a book about grammar into not one, but two works of art.
Known at once for her playful children’s books, New Yorker covers, Kate Spade bags and Isaac Mizrahi prints, the Manhattanite recently added to her varied portfolio an illustrated version of William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White’s “The Elements of Style” and an opera based on the book.


Sports/ Health

Hyped-up soccer parents taking fun out of the game
By Judith Stiles
For parents in New York City, the spectator sport of the decade is not at the stadiums or on TV. Rather, it is on the local ball fields, where adults scrutinize children playing sports. In droves, parents attend high-stakes competitions on the weekends, sandwiched in between multiple practices during the week.



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