Volume 75,Number 34
January 11 - 17, 2006

Pink urns versus performers in park
On Monday the Art Commission gave the final approvals needed for the overhaul of Washington Square Park. It brings to a close a year of wrangling and teeth gnashing over the plan and a process that didn’t adequately involve the community at the outset.

Letters to the editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Ira Blutreich

Talking point
Today, it’s plug something or die
By Andrei Codrescu
When the world’s leaking you gotta plug it. I’m not sure what plumber in the past uttered those unforgettable words, but it all came back to me when a friend from Boulder wrote to me that I should plug some recent book.

Police Blotter

News In Brief
Paving the way in Tompkins Square

Arman may get hammered at hearing

Slimmer, taller tower at Superior Inks site gets a variance to build

In Pictures
Bayou on the Bowery

Tarzan, R.I.P.

To the nines for Three Kings

Nancy Lane Smith; part Mohawk, part Cherokee, one tough life
Nancy Lane Smith, a homeless woman who made the area around Tompkins Square Park her home for the last 12 years, died on Dec. 23. A Native American in her 40s, she lived along E. Fourth St.

Aida Bergamini, 85, native Villager, loved dancing at Caring Community
Aida Bergamini, born and bred in the Village where she raised her family on Bedford St., died Dec. 27 at New York University Medical Center at the age of 85. She had been diagnosed with cancer, said her daughter, Susan Scullin.

Young three-sport athlete knows what’s important
By Judith Stiles
Almost every athlete grapples with pregame jitters, a nervousness that can begin hours before a game and often peaks with a heart-fluttering crescendo seconds before the competition begins. Yes, nervousness means the blood is pumping and the adrenaline is rushing, which are all good ingredients for game performance. But what advice should a coach give players to cut down on the anxiety factor?

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

Square’s fountain to be moved; water jets will move musicians
By Lincoln Anderson
Folk singers strummed and sang ballads against it. Local politicians — not one but four — testified against it. The Fine Arts Federation of New York stated it was opposed to the idea. Disabled advocates in wheelchairs angrily said they were being used as “pawns” — and not to do it in their name. And most of the people offering testimony during four hours of hearings on Monday said they didn’t want the Washington Square Park fountain moved 22 feet to the east.

Parks Department releases revised
Washington Square renovation design

Pataki ignores outcry for city S.L.A. member; sheriff gets nod
By Albert Amateau
The hopes of Village, Soho, Lower East Side and Chelsea community advocates and elected officials that Governor Pataki would appoint a New York City resident to the State Liquor Authority were dashed last week with the report that an Upstate police chief would be named as the new chairperson of the three-member S.L.A.

2nd Ave. Deli is in a pickle after rent hike forces closure
By Roslyn Kramer
For more than a week now the once hectic corner of Tenth St. and Second Ave. has been dark and bleak, its lively if not frenetically informative storefront barely visible behind the steel gate that bars the entrance 24/7. The 2nd Ave. Deli, its name written in florid pseudo-Hebrew lettering on the blue canopy, was shuttered by owner Jack Lebewohl on Mon. Jan. 2, more than a week ago in a dramatic yet puzzling response to a rent increase by the new owner of the building, Jonis Realty.

13th St. subway construction drags into fourth year
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke
Heading west on 13th St., there is a sign on Fifth Ave. alerting pedestrians and motorists to the ongoing construction. The sign says that the street will be closed until May 2005, but the 5 at the end of the year has been covered with a 6.

King St. fire sends tenants fleeing; unclear when they can return to their homes
By Tonya Garcia
A three-alarm fire broke out in a residential building in Hudson Square at King and Varick Sts. on Jan. 9, causing heavy damage and the relocation of the building’s tenants, according to a Fire Department official.

Much mulching of Christmas trees to help city parks
By Bonnie Rosenstock
Fling in the old, fling out the new. So it went in Tompkins Square Park on Sat. Jan. 7, as East Villagers schlepped, wheeled, carried and dragged their Christmas trees and wreaths to be recycled into wood chip mulch as part of the New York City Parks Department’s 10th Annual MulchFest.


Hip hop duo defines dance through ‘Innaviews’
By Sara G. Levin
One of the characters portrayed by Anita Garcia (a.k.a. Rokafella) in “Innaviews” at Dance Theater Workshop this week, is a Ph.D.-touting dimwit named Yvonne D’noshet (just say it out loud). Choreographed and written by herself and her husband, Gabriel Dionisio (a.k.a Kwikstep), the piece satirizes painful interviews the dancers have endured. Humorously, they show that like the graduate student, many journalists and scholars who try to define hip-hop dance effectively don’t know *@&!.

Koch on Film
By ED KOCH, His Honor's latest take is on Munich and Hidden....."How'm I doin?"

A brilliant non-diva makes a historic non-comeback
by Michael Clive
Fame came early for Phoebe Snow. Success — real success — did not arrive until later. Snow’s upcoming set at the Cutting Room next Wednesday is not exactly a comeback; she never really went away. But she did curtail her career, and only recently began to increase her limited recording and performing schedule. These days, her audiences encounter a different musical presence — a more centered person and more complete artist than the star who was a household name in the 1970s.

From Ibsen to Pinter and back again
When he was 13, a black kid in a white world, Earle Hyman was bitten by a bug named Ibsen. “The first play I ever saw was a present from my parents on my 13th birthday — Nazimova in ‘Ghosts’ at Brighton Beach on the subway circuit — and I just freaked out.”

A different kind of survivor’s tale
By Leonard Quart
Based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Hungarian Nobel-Prize winner, Imre Kertesz and directed by Oscar-nominated cinematographer, Lajos Koltai, “Fateless” provides a very different approach to the Holocaust than the brilliantly manipulative and dramatically exciting Hollywood epic “Schindler’s List.” At the film’s heart is an innocent fourteen-year-old assimilated Jewish boy, Gyuri Koves (Marcell Nagy), who in 1944 is arrested and deported from Budapest to Auschwitz by Hungarian fascists The Iron Cross. He ends up being shipped from one concentration camp to another, and ultimately, saved by political prisoners, ends up in the Buchenwald camp clinic. There he recovers from a brush with death, before being liberated by the Americans.

Hidden in plain view
By Leonard Quart
Michael Haneke is an imaginative Austrian film director who has made provocative films like “The Piano Teacher” and “Code Unknown.” His latest and equally compelling film, “Caché,” centers on an upper middle class Parisian couple, Georges (Daniel Auteuil), a well-known host of a TV literary talk show, and Anne (Juliette Binochet), a book editor. Together they live with their 12-year-old son in a tastefully book-lined home, where they hold dinner parties dominated by smart talk.


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