Volume 75,Number 28
Nov. 30 - Dec. 06, 2005

Finding a balance between park fun and quality of life
Next week, the subject of gay youth and the Hudson River Park will once again be front and center, when the Waterfront and Parks Committee of Community Board 2 will hold a hearing to discuss some new alternative proposals on how the youth can continue to use the park late at night without disturbing local residents.

Talking Point
Time to impose some authority on Liquor Authority
By Ed Gold
The problem with the State Liquor Authority is that it has refused to abide by the law, passed a dozen years ago by the State Legislature, which requires consultation with community boards before granting liquor licenses.

Feeling left adrift after change of a news anchor
By Jerry Tallmer
I am not a television person. Except for baseball (Mets, Red Sox, hope-they-lose-but-don’t-bet-on-it Yankees, those Angels somewhere out there in California); football (Jets, if no Jets then the Giants); and of course the news. That’s about it.

You owe me money — that’s right, I mean all of you
By Andrei Codrescu
I was making a list of who owes me money, and you won’t believe this: you’re on it. Just kidding. Sort of. I went through the obvious pretty fast: the government owes me for 40 years of pro-American feelings, but try and collect on that! I don’t care, just make good roads and get out of Iraq.

Scoopy's Notebook

Police Blotter

Letters to the editor


Franz Jolowicz, 86, owner of classical record store
By Albert Amateau
Franz Jolowicz, the celebrated owner of Discophile, a classical record shop in the Village until it closed in 1983, and renowned for his knowledge and love of music, died Nov. 8 at his home on E. 10th St. at the age of 86.

Carmen Rubio, 66, housing activist helped organize dozens of tenements

In Pictures

It’s their party at Legends Awards
The stars were out at Village Care’s Legends of the Village Awards benefit at Strata.

Sports/ Health

To tangle with this alley cat, you better ride fast
By Judith Stiles
Eighteen-year-old Charlotte Blythe sips her tea and apologetically admits, “I feel so bad because I left my baby out in the rain one night.” With a sigh, she describes in detail how she rebuilt every single part of her track bike that she lovingly calls My Baby. And although she concedes it is not an infant, just a bike, it is the set of wheels that has brought her triumph as the youngest female Alley Cat bike racer in New York City, winning prizes in races such as the Lady Libertine Race and the Rumble Through the Bronx.

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

Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert

The flaming lips
On Saturday, when many might have been eating Thanksgiving leftovers, busker Joey Joey performed in the Washington Square Park fountain, swallowing flaming batons and swords, juggling, riding a unicycle and doing comedy. Not surprisingly, he said he is against the Parks Department’s plan to move the fountain, feeling “it will take a long time” during which he “won’t have anywhere to work.”

Can a 26-story dormitory fit in a ‘fragile ecosystem’?
By Lincoln Anderson
When John Sexton took over as president of New York University four years ago, many community members were hoping it would bring a change.


Trust plays hardball; Yankee is forced out
By Josh Rogers
After a tense week of lockouts, charges and countercharges about endangering the historic Yankee Ferry in the Hudson River Park, the Yankee’s park career neared what could be its final days as the owners prepared to tug the ship to a new home in New Jersey to make room for construction of the park’s Tribeca section.

Holy housing war; Chelsea residents rap seminary tower
By Albert Amateau
Filling the Fulton Senior Center auditorium and standing three deep, more than 300 people — Chelsea residents and General Theological Seminary students and faculty — argued last week over the seminary’s proposal to build a 17-story, mixed-use residential tower on the Ninth Ave. end of the seminary campus.

Mass thankful for only 3 arrests
By Jefferson Siegel
At the November Critical Mass ride, informally dubbed Cranksgiving, there was something to be thankful for, namely that police at least did not make as many arrests as usual. A total of just three cyclists were arrested, all near the start of the ride at Fifth Ave. near 13th St.

Planners take a cut at Meat Market traffic patterns
By Albert Amateau
Gansevoort Market enthusiasts, neighbors and property owners took a preliminary look earlier this month at what they hope could become a blueprint for a pedestrian-friendly future for a beloved neighborhood.

Getting needled in Chinatown for sound mental health
By Ellen Keohane
In a sunny room on the second floor of the American Legion post on Canal St. about 20 people sat in folding chairs, some with their eyes closed, listening to ambient music played on a nearby stereo. Photographs of veterans lined the walls of the room above a floor of red, white and blue tiles. “Breathe out,” said Frances Wong as she slowly inserted the first of five thin, stainless steel needles into one woman’s right ear.

CBGB may move west, really west, as in Vegas, after a year
By Ronda Kaysen
CBGB, the iconic Bowery music club, won’t be in the Bowery much longer. The club’s owner is hashing out a deal with his landlord to part ways and move his 32-year-old establishment to another locale in the city or as far away as Las Vegas.

A special Villager supplement

A landmark year in effort to save Far West Village
By Andrew Berman
The year 2005 will likely go down as a watershed year for Village preservation efforts, perhaps the most critical since the passage of the Greenwich Village Historic District in 1969. The accomplishments are many, though there are still some extremely critical battles to be won.

YMCA and center, Whole Foods and housing on Houston
In June 2005 AvalonBay Communities opened the first of its luxury rental apartments in the Cooper Square development, realizing the city’s long-term vision for the redevelopment of the location on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. First designated by the city for redevelopment in the 1970s, the location on the south side of E. Houston and Chrystie Sts. had been a vacant lot for nearly 50 years.

Weighing in on the local issues that count in our neighborhoods
By Maria Passannante Derr
At the community board level of government, New York City issues are shaped by the views and desires of the local residents, those who are most affected by whatever is current and topical. As chairperson of Community Board 2, I am extremely close to this process.

Partnership director says conditions must improve
By Caitlin Eichelberger
Wellington Chen, a longtime community advocate, urban planner and urban affairs specialist, was appointed executive director of the Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corporation last Friday. During his tenure at the Partnership, Chen said he expects Chinatown to earn its bragging rights as the greatest Chinatown in the country through stabilizing living conditions, revitalizing business and nurturing culture in the neighborhood.

McGuire leaving Guild in good shape
Janice McGuire, executive director of the Hudson Guild for the past 19 years, has announced her retirement from Chelsea’s historic settlement house effective in the spring.

Going from funky but chic to just chic in a hurry
By Zella Jones
NoHo, short for north of Houston, often feels like a patchwork of different neighborhoods. It hums with energy along Broadway, its busiest retail artery. It feels like an extension of New York University near Astor Place and along Mercer Street….

It’s not happy hour for the bar and club operators
By David Rabin and Robert Bookman, Esq.
Without the tourism industry, New York City will go bankrupt. It has become that critical of a part of our city’s economy.

Million dollar babies for sale

Beats and bongos to business: A special community
By Jim Hart
I made my first pilgrimage to Greenwich Village from nearby Long Island in the early ’60s. My parents had left New York City in the mid-’50s, like so many others, to find a better life for themselves in the new sprawl of suburbia. It is hard to set this properly, but it was a terribly exotic and willful thing to do back then.

How sweep it is; clean team scores 100%

After revitalization: Managing growth and success
By Karen H. Shaw
The Union Square Partnership, the city’s first business improvement district and local development corporation, in collaboration with the residents, businesses, property owners, institutions and the city, has for the last three decades been a leading advocate and catalyst of positive local action.

Green spaces are renovated, but upkeep is lacking
By Arthur Z. Schwartz
The last time I was asked to write a piece like this was in 1994. Another community newspaper had listed Bleecker Playground (where my kids played) as one of New York City’s 10 worst playgrounds. Forty people per night slept in Abingdon Square Park, which, despite its swings, was an open bathroom.

Keeping the dream alive: The East Village soul war
By Roland Legiardi-Lauria
Walking back home from a screening of Antonioni’s “The Passenger,” an iconic work of ’70s “alienation cinema,” the dear friend I was with suddenly blurted out that she didn’t know why she was still bothering to live in the East Village, “I don’t go to parties or out to restaurants, or to bars or clubs, or even cafes. I don’t go shopping at cute little boutiques and most of the art around here seems so self-indulgent.

Elections are seeing more money and fewer voters
By William D. Stricklin
The New York City primary election held on Sept. 13 attracted an anemic 15 percent of the electorate — less than 39 percent of whom could be bothered to cast a ballot in the general election on Nov. 8. In last year’s fiery presidential election — with the attendant circus of books, films, music, debates, celebrities, hundreds of millions of dollars spent, and the stakes being so clearly what they were — only 60 percent of the electorate cast a ballot nationwide. What is going on in these United States?

Creativity is needed to save Village counterculture
By Joseph Pupello
When I first moved to New York in 1978 my rent was $110 a month and I split that with my roomate. I lived right above the B & H Dairy Restaurant and Free Being Records on Second Ave. and St. Mark’s Pl. I was 15 years old at the time and my parents were supportive of the move.

By focusing resources, commander is getting results
By Lincoln Anderson
Responding to problems and community concerns as they arise, and moving patrols to where they are most needed, Deputy Inspector Theresa Shortell has overseen a 5 1/2 percent drop in crime in the Sixth Police Precinct.

Oh boy, what a time it’s been; if only we could park
By Sean Sweeney
Johnny Boy was freezing. The longtime Soho artist had just walked through a nor’easter from the far West Side looking for a parking spot for almost an hour. Parking, he groused, is now impossible for Soho residents, with only truck parking permitted on weekdays and with tourists grabbing most spaces on weekends.

L.E.S. progress (of some kind) report: New coalition gives hope
Rebecca Moore
I don’t really feel qualified to give a progress report about the Lower East Side. I have come to realize that at any rate, I have a very different idea of what “progress” is from many of the people and real estate developers that are further encroaching upon this neighborhood. Perhaps a different idea of progress from the many people running New York City. I had to really sit and think about the nature of progress; the word itself.

Bodega hangs on in hipsterland

Board has idea in the hopper for barren parking lot
By Brad Hoylman
On the southeast corner of Greenwich Ave. and Seventh Ave. S. is an area known as Mulry Square consisting of a triangle-shaped parking lot owned by M.T.A. New York City Transit. From a distance, there’s nothing special about the small lot, which is surrounded by a rusted chain-link fence and used by the transit authority to store equipment and emergency vehicles.

VILLAGER Arts & Entertainment

Big dreams, grim realities in ‘Ruby Sunrise’
By Scott Harrah
An ambitious tale of an Indiana farmwoman who dreams of making a difference through the invention of television, “The Ruby Sunrise” is without question one of the year’s most complex and original dramas.

Mapping the world, through color and words
By Jerry Tallmer
Poor little Utah. Well, poor not-so-little Utah. On the first map Paula Scher ever made of the United States—“The United States From Memory, by Hand”—she forgot Utah. By the time that work had appeared as the back cover of the 1989 American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) annual, she had remembered Utah “so I put it in the water, with an arrow.” The Pacific water, that is.

Seeing the humanity in America’s blood sports
By Kalee Thompson
Lines of pickup trucks pulled up off the side of dirt roads, shotgun blasts echoing though the hills, neon orange vests and caps back in fashion—the signs of the fall hunting season are back in many parts of the country. Here in New York, shots of deer, bear, moose, cougar, turkey and duck hunters now line the walls of the Redux Gallery.

The high price of ‘Syriana’ crude
By Leonard Quart
Stephen Gaghan, who won an Oscar for Best Screenplay for the multi-narrative drug trade expose, “Traffic,” takes on the global oil industry in his new political thriller, “Syriana.” Like John Frankenheimer’s “Manchurian Candidate,” Alan Pakula’s “Parallax View,” and, most recently, Fernando Meirelles’ “The Constant Gardener,” it generally succeeds in making strong political points while providing the pleasure of pulsating suspense and action.

Noble Rot: ‘The Libertine’ delivers plenty of debauchery
By Noah Fowle
Early on in “The Libertine,” Johnny Depp flashes a devilish grin in his stunning portrayal of John Wilmot, the 2nd Earl of Rochester, that lets his audience know how much fun it is to embody this notorious drunk and lewd poet.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“Jarhead” (-) The basic training interaction between the marines depicted in this film is very different than what I experienced when I entered the army 62 years ago at the age of 19 in World War II. I can’t report on whether or not it is close to accurate, but I assume it is.
“Breakfast on Pluto” (+) An enormous array of emotions, ranging from poignancy to belly laughs, is exhibited in this unusual Irish film.


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