Volume 75,Number 26
November 16 - 22, 2005

Protecting the rezoning
The community, local politicians and City Planning worked long and hard to achieve the new downzoning for the Far West Village that was implemented on Oct. 11. To preserve the intent of the new zoning, large development projects that were not vested — didn’t have their foundations in the ground — by Oct. 11, must conform to the new, not the old, zoning rules.

Patrolling the PEP’s
While other New York City parks may lack for adequate security, that can’t be said of Hudson River Park.

Reporter’s Notebook
Op-Ed columnist finds she’s becoming the subject
By Jefferson Siegel
In her Sunday Times magazine article last month, “What’s a Modern Girl To Do?” Maureen Dowd appears in a photo sitting at a bar in fishnet stockings and red high heels. She’s turned sideways, as if open to a stranger’s approach, a passive look on her face, as if thinking, “Look at me, but don’t stare.” One can almost hear Joni Mitchell’s “Woman of Heart and Mind” filling the smoky haze:

Scoopy's Notebook

Police Blotter

Letters to the editor


Vincent J. Tatick, 65, Fulton fishmonger
Vincent J. Tatick, a resident of the West Village and a fish wholesaler in the Fulton Fish Market, died suddenly Mon. Oct. 31 at the age of 65.

Sports/ Health

Panthers pounce on Manchester, but Ducks quack last
By Judith Stiles
Everyone in New York City agrees that the election for mayor this fall was a bit of a snore, in which odds makers never for a moment predicted a close race.

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Villager photo by Talisman Brolin

They walk the line
Hugo Pezzini, who described himself as an “instructor of record,” walked the picket line outside Bobst Library last Wednesday, the first day of the New York University graduate student teaching assistants’ strike.<more>

A position by omission versus no position; more square squabbling
By Lincoln Anderson
It seems hardly a week can go by without at least one new Community Board 2 resolution on the Washington Square Park renovation project being proposed and battled over. This week saw Maria Passannante Derr, the Greenwich Village board’s chairperson, rule one resolution out of order, and Arthur Schwartz, the board’s Parks and Waterfront Committee, then write another resolution that he hopes the full board of C.B. 2 will vote on at its Thurs. Nov. 17 meeting at New York University School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Sq. S., Room 220, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Artist finds he’s painted into corner by zoning
By Albert Amateau
The Department of Buildings imposed a temporary truce last week in the battle between West Village preservation advocates and the artist/filmmaker Julian Schnabel, who is trying to build a 110-foot-tall tower on the three-story former stable he owns at 360 W. 11th St.

Green roofs are growing in New York, but slowly
By Daniel Wallace
Community arts center ABC No Rio is renovating its notoriously dilapidated four-story tenement building at 156 Rivington St. on the Lower East Side in the fashion of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Well, sort of. “One aspect of the renovation is that we’re installing a green roof,” said Steven Englander, the director of ABC No Rio.

In grad students strike first week, faculty accuse N.Y.U. of spying
By Albert Amateau
A week of hard words, demonstrations and charges of bad faith between striking graduate student assistants and New York University saw the university and members of the United Auto Workers Local 2110 Graduate Students Organizing Committee drawing farther apart.

The new coffeehouses: Not just for breakfast anymore
By Ronda Kaysen
At 9 o’clock on a Monday night at a Middle Eastern style den in the East Village, New Yorkers were dipping speared carrots in pots of fondue and washing it down with…coffee.

Temple’s prayer books will make passage to India
BY Hannah Seligson
In an usual twist of fate, the Village Temple and the American East Indian Jewish community were brought together 11 years ago. Lael Daniel, an Indian Jew who had recently immigrated to the United States, was flipping through the phonebook, looking for a place where his community could hold High Holidays services. “I came across the Village Temple and,” said Daniel, who now lives on Long Island, “we have been coming here ever since.”

Shaft project isn’t such a blast, says one neighbor
By Vanessa Romo
The city’s Department of Environmen-tal Protection began rock blasting at two new shaft sites on Nov. 1, entering a new phase of construction on the Manhattan leg of Water Tunnel No. 3. At $6 billion, the tunnel is the largest capital construction project ever in New York City.

The chamber honors narcotics and anticrime officers
By Albert Amateau
The Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce last week honored the Sixth Precinct’s SNEU (Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit) team and Officer Ronald Castro, of the 10th Precinct’s anticrime unit, with the Cop of the Year Award.

10th captain is focusing on nightlife, student safety
By Albert Amateau
Captain Stephen Hughes, who became commanding officer of the 10th Precinct covering Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen in September, has seen a lot of action in Manhattan with the New York Police Department in the past 25 years.

Lower East Side synagogues experiencing a rebirth
By Sara G. Levin
As he began leading a Jewish cultural walking tour Sunday, urban historian Barry Feldman shrugged. “You know, I hate to sound like a real estate agent,” he said, “but this is what it’s all about: location, location, location.”

VILLAGER Arts & Entertainment

The last good man standing
By Scott Harrah
The tragic, untimely end to any prominent public figure’s life always leads to speculation about the possibilities of what might have been, and writer/actor Jack Holmes eloquently explores the myth and mysteries behind one such life in his brilliant play about Robert F. Kennedy, titled simply “RFK.” The former senator and presidential candidate was not just any public figure, however—he was a Kennedy, part of an aristocratic family that was equivalent to American royalty.

AIDS’ most overlooked victims gain an audience
By Rachel Breitman
Nikkole Salter and Danai Gurira giggle sheepishly in the final scene of their play “In the Continuum,” in which they star as an American teen and an African newscaster who find out that they are both HIV-positive. As they attempt to confront the men who infected them, each is unable to speak the words that could stop the disease from continuing to spread. The play ends with their nervous laughter, and then silence.

Getting to know Jack Holmes
By Jerry Tallmer
It was, says Jack Holmes, “a standard agent’s question.” This was 10 or so years ago, when the pride of Scranton, Pennsyl-vania was a wishful actor in New York.

Using dance to break out of our modern routine
By Sara G. Levin
Before staging a single plié, BodyVox directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland began with a question: How would technological evolution flow in reverse? It might seem like an overly academic subject, but “Civilization Unplugged,” BodyVox’s most recent production, takes the company’s characteristic humor to construct a dynamic—and not always serious—answer.

The everyman’s holiday
By Laura Silver
He claims he’s not a die-hard “Seinfeld” fan, and insists he’s not a nice, Jewish boy overcompensating for a childhood of Christmas-tree envy. Rather, Allen Salkin, Manhattan journalist and author of “Festivus: The Holiday For The Rest of Us,” is intrigued by the untold story of the television-inspired fête. Clad in a JDate jersey, he revealed the holiday’s lesser-known aspects at a recent New School interview.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“Paradise Now” (+)
This interesting and well-made movie is intended to portray the situation of the Palestinians living on the West Bank under Israeli control. Two young men, probably in their 30s, are day laborers at an auto repair shop.
“Good Night, and Good Luck” (+)
This is a well-done movie worth watching, but it is not in the four-star category almost universally accorded it by other critics.


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