Volume 75,Number 27
November 23 - 29, 2005

Sports parents must turn down volume, tone down behavior
Inappropriate parent behavior at youth sports events has become a problem of national proportions, one that is marring the games and detracting from young athletes’ ability to learn the right way to play and enjoy sports. That some shouting, competitive, hyper parents are taking the fun out of the game is bad enough. But in some cases certain parents are crossing the line, threatening referees, fighting one other — and in one recent instance at Pier 40 at W. Houston St., participating in a full-fledged rumble between two opposing youth soccer teams.

Reporter’s Notebook
McCarthy, mink and the time I hired a Communist
By Ed Gold
It was a dark time in America, in the late ’50s, when Senator Joe McCarthy had center stage, waving around lists of alleged un-Americans, and warning of the Communist threat to the nation. Just at that time I had to make a decision about hiring a journalist whom I knew had been a longtime Communist.

Operation everything
By Andrei Codrescu
“Look at what happened,” mother said pointing at CNN. I looked up from the newspaper I was reading at her behest because she wanted me to read the jokes in the media organ of the retirement community where she lives. Suicide bombers on CNN kind of interfered with my complete understanding of a Britney Spears joke that ends, “I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman.” I’m surprised that the folks around here know who Britney Spears is.

Talking Point
Point man on W.M.D. claims skilled at doublespeak
By Joshua Micah Marshall
National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley has now been tapped as the White House’s chief point man for pushing back against Democratic charges that President Bush and other senior administration officials exaggerated threats, lied to or otherwise misled the American people in the lead-up to the Iraq war in 2002 and early 2003.

Sports/ Health

Violets spiked in Virginia
The New York University women’s volleyball team fell to fifth-ranked Wittenberg University 3-2 (34-32, 27-30, 30-20, 28-30, 16-14) at the 2005 N.C.A.A. Division III Women’s Volleyball Quarterfinals at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va., on Nov. 17.

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Hey, remember the ‘Alamo’? Well, it’s back, and it spins, too
By Daniel Wallace
After eight months in the shop, the beloved spinning cube of the East Village has finally returned. A 15-foot-tall steel sculpture designed by Tony Rosenthal, the cube, whose official title is the “Alamo,” was originally installed as a temporary work of art in 1967 on the Astor Pl. traffic island between Lafayette St. and Fourth Ave.

Villager photo by Talisman Brolin

Transportation Commmissioner Iris Weinshall, left, and Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe help give the “Alamo” its inaugural spin upon its return to Astor Pl. last Friday.

Soccer dad is arrested for assault at Pier 40
By Judith Stiles
When teenage boys start fighting and the fists start flying, it is instinctive for parents to run over and try and break up the dispute, especially if their own children are in the middle of the brawl. For the first 45 minutes, it had been an ordinary soccer game when the 14-years-old-and-under Downtown United boys played a makeup game against the Brooklyn Italians under the lights on a Wednesday evening at Pier 40. But in the 46th minute, as DUSC manager Deb Cook looked down for just a second, a fight erupted among the players, resulting in a call to 911 and the subsequent arrest of a parent.

Seven vying for the city’s second most powerful job
By Jefferson Siegel
There is an important election coming up. However, New Yorkers won’t see televised ad blitzes, receive recorded phone solicitations or be deluged with glossy brochures in the mail. In fact, only 51 people are eligible to vote for the next speaker of the City Council, and they are all elected councilmembers.

Railroad and city hook up High Line transfer deal
By Albert Amateau
Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced last week that New York City has acquired the High Line, the derelict elevated rail line that runs between the Gansevoort Market and the Javits Convention Center, from CSX Transportation, the owner of the steel-and-concrete structure.

Politicians: Only option is keep V.A. Hospital open
By Albert Amateau
Senator Charles Schumer and Congressmember Carolyn Maloney told veterans and their friends who took part in the Veterans Day celebration in Manhattan that veterans deserve the medical care provided by both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Veterans Affairs hospitals.

Washington Sq. proposals are snuffed out at Board 2
By Lincoln Anderson
Opponents of the Washington Square Park renovation plan once again turned out in numbers at the Community Board 2 full board meeting last Thursday. They waved their Save the Park signs on green sheets of paper, cheered when incoming Borough President Scott Stringer said a “real debate” on the contentious project is needed and grumbled when Chairperson Maria Passannante Derr ruled that a resolution on the square passed last month by the board’s Parks and Waterfront Committee was out of order.

Lively debate on use of Chinese cadavers in exhibit
By Daniel Wallace
Three weeks after Halloween costumes have been stashed away, New Yorkers once again have the opportunity to see some grotesquery: only this time it’s real.

Toy story: Actor changed roles to open unique shop
By Karen Kramer
In the middle of Bleecker St. between Sixth and Seventh Aves. is one of the small shops that is still keeping Greenwich Village unique. For nearly 40 years Grover Van Dexter, a small, wiry man in his mid-80s, has been lording over wooden carousel horses, tin dolls, miniature trucks, animated Betty Boops, Mickey Mouse cutouts and many other antique toys.

Wheels are turning as 8th Ave. bike lane is planned
By Jefferson Siegel
There is light at the end of the bike lane. Last week, Community Board 4’s Transportation Committee voted to send to the full board a proposal for creating an Eighth Ave. bike lane from the Village to Midtown. The current Hudson St. bike lane comes to an abrupt end at 14th St., leaving bicyclists traveling northbound to merge alongside vehicular traffic.

Peter’s famed pear tree plaque returns to its roots
By Bonnie Rosenstock
On a clear, brisk Thurs., Nov. 17 morning, in a low-key, but spirited ceremony, the bronze plaque commemorating the site of Peter Stuyvesant’s beloved pear tree was welcomed back to Kiehl’s after an absence of 46 years with a formal dedication accompanied by champagne, croissants and the cacophony of city street sounds.

VILLAGER Arts & Entertainment

Play on fugues is far from formulaic
By Steve Snyder
Throughout Pam MacKinnon’s energized production of Itamar Moses’ oft-silly, but intellectually involving “Bach at Leipzig,” two prominent wooden doors stand watch in the background, towering over the action. The focal point of the stage, and in many ways the subtle centerpiece of the story, these brown doors are gestured to, massaged and even embraced by the characters. They are the doors through which history will be made, and through which these characters, trapped perpetually in history’s waiting room, will never be allowed to pass.

A new role for Randy Jones: Playing God
By Scott Harrah
Randy Jones, the cowboy from the legendary 1970s disco group the Village People, acts nothing like a pop icon in person. Sitting in an East Village restaurant on an unseasonably warm November afternoon, the tall, handsome 53-year-old is bubbly, down-to-earth, and very enthusiastic about his new role in “Sodom: The Musical.”

The accidental jazz den
By Rick Marx
From one room with a toaster oven in 1979, the Cornelia Street Café has graduated to a full-fledged Village fixture, replete with restaurant, bar and a performing space that hosts 700 concerts a year. For jazz lovers, music is the main draw, and the café’s monthly calendar of events reflects a refined menu of sophisticated and eclectic talent. In one week, it’s possible to see the flautist Jeremy Steig, the multi-saxman George Garzone and avant garde ensemble Big Bang with poet Carletta Joy Walker.

Worth the wait (more or less)
By Jerry Tallmer
I don’t know whether Samuel Beckett ever saw the great old American vaudeville team of Smith & Dale or, more likely, some British music hall equivalent. In any event, what’s being billed as “the 50th anniversary production” of “Waiting for Godot” at the Theatre at St. Clement’s goes back, more or less happily for all of us, to those marvelous old vaudeville roots.

The Village Nibbler
By John McGarvie
Two weeks ago, I asked readers for advice on tasty recipes for leftover Thanksgiving turkey. While waiting for ideas, I turned to the timeless Fannie Farmer Cookbook, the first cookbook I use to find answers to basic cooking questions, be it the simplest way to prepare brussels sprouts, or what to do with leftover turkey.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“Derailed” (+) Although this film did not receive good reviews by most critics, I wanted to see it because I always enjoy watching Jennifer Aniston and Clive Owen. “Derailed” is an offbeat film noir with a script depicting an unbelievable crime story that is engrossing and enjoyable.
“Pride and Prejudice” (-) I don’t recall having read Jane Austen novel, “Pride and Prejudice,” but I have seen several films based on her book over the years. This version is one of the prettiest you will ever see, but it is also one of the most boring.


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