Volume 75,Number 35
January 18 - 24, 2006


Why must we choose outside vs. inside at Jefferson Library?
One of Greenwich Village’s most distinctive and beautiful buildings, the Jefferson Market Library on Sixth Ave. has stood with its exterior shrouded in scaffolding for nearly three years. Last year the community got wind of a New York Public Library proposal to do an extensive interior renovation and also add a new teen lounge to the library — this even as the exterior is sorely needing of repairs.

Letters to the editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Editorial Cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Talking point
Sharon swung 180 degrees; so did I to put hope in him
By Jerry Tallmer
During or just after the Six Day War of June 5 to10, 1967, there appeared on the Letters to the Editor Page of The New York Times a few short lines from a young woman named Nancy Weber who was just breaking in as a journalist in New York. A photo in that newspaper of an Israeli soldier, rifle in hand, helmet on head, taking a moment for prayer by Jerusalem’s recaptured Western Wall — no Wailing Wall now! — had, she wrote, brought thrilling tears to her eyes that she had never before felt as a Jew.

Extreme Makeover: New Orleans (and Iraq, Mexico…)’
By Andrei Codrescu
The votes are in. “Extreme Makeover” is America’s best TV show. The premise is universal: men and women with good intentions and lots of money swoop down from Hollywood on the ugly and the hopeless and transform them through surgery and advice into beauties to die for.

Police Blotter

News In Brief

That’s the way the kreplach crumbles

Arts Block’s sexual politics


Futsal players are getting their kicks during winter
By Judith Stiles
For all those New Yorkers who made an ardent pledge to get back in shape after the gluttonous holidays, forget about those boring torture machines in the gym, and don’t bother with endlessly jogging on a treadmill while watching inane television shows.

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No one can hurt her in heaven
Hundreds of New Yorkers came to R. G. Ortiz Funeral Home on Second Ave. Monday and Tuesday to attend the wake of Nixzmary Brown, the 7-year-old Brooklyn girl who was tragically beaten to death by her stepfather.<more>

Schnabel gets artistic license; city says he can build tower
By Albert Amateau
West Village preservation advocates demonstrated at the entrance to the Department of Buildings office on Tuesday to protest the department’s approval of an 11-story addition on top of a three-story former stable in the West Village.

After an injury points to a need, FEVA focuses on healthcare
By Tonya Garcia
On Aug. 21 of last year members of the Federation of East Village Artists were preparing for the opening night party of the annual HOWL! Festival.

Heavy metal rocks Eighth St.;Mercury mystery still unsolved
By Jefferson Siegel
Almost a week after 15 pounds of mercury mysteriously came splashing into a Greenwich Village woman’s apartment from her ceiling, no explanation has been given for how the toxic heavy metal got there in the first place.

N.Y.U. rolls out barrel, carefully, after closing street
By jefferson siegel
Last Friday Greene St. between Wavery Pl. and Washington Pl. was closed for most of the day as New York University removed equipment containing radioactive materials from one of its buildings.

N.Y.U. women find the pickings are slim among male undergrads
By Ellen Keohane
After graduating from an all-girls high school, Priany Hadiatmodjo worried that switching to a co-ed university might be an adjustment. But Hadiatmodjo, 21, who is now a senior at N.Y.U., shouldn’t have been concerned. Most of the students in her communications classes have been women. “It made the transition easy,” Hadiatmodjo said, as she stopped to talk on the sidewalk across from Washington Square Park on a recent Monday afternoon.

New Yorkers flock to East Village to mourn slain girl
By Chad Smith
Hundreds of people stood in line on Monday for a chance to pay their respects at the wake of Nixzmary Brown, who endured months of abuse at the hands of her stepfather and mother, and whose death has sparked anger and frustration, as well as an outpouring of sympathy, among city residents.

Classes resume and grad students resume picketing
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke
On Jan. 17, as New York University students returned to classes, the university’s striking graduate teaching assistants returned to the picket line.

Quinn is exploring shifting library renovation funds
By Albert Amateau
Just to be sure about what Villagers want for the Jefferson Market Library restoration, City Councilmember Christine Quinn last week sent a mailing to 1,200 of her constituents seeking their input.

Seminary forging ahead with tower despite opposition
By Albert Amateau
General Theological Seminary has taken the first formal step in its quest for city approval of a new 17-story mixed-use tower to replace its existing four-story academic building on the Ninth Ave. side of the seminary’s Chelsea campus.

Stringer puts focus on affordable housing, community board reform
Vowing to fight to keep Manhattan affordable in the face of gentrification, the new borough president, Scott Stringer, gave his inaugural address at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Jan. 8.

Judge: Cyclists don’t need parade permit
By Albert Amateau
A Criminal Court judge in Manhattan ruled on Jan. 9 that the city parade permit law that police have been using to arrest participants in the Critical Mass bicycle ride is unconstitutional.


Around the world in 13 performances
By Rachel Breitman
In the Public Theater’s global festival, “Under the Radar 2006,” a babble of voices, photographs, film clips, music and spoken word from around the world collide into a common language of desire, loss, destruction, and renewal.

Redefining the ordinary
By Nicole Davis
At first glance, the group of crates, piled haphazardly in a corner of this Chelsea gallery, looks nothing like the rest of the work on view at Molly Davies’ first New York retrospective of her forty-year career.

Two lonely hearts who find love by flashlight
By Jerry Tallmer
One of the nicest sensations in this world is to have a movie sneak up on you, out of nowhere, and knock you for a loop.

A place in the sun — after sunset
By Jerry Tallmer
Two unforgettable American actresses died this past weekend. One of them got four full Sunday columns in The New York Times, and deserved it. One of them had to wait until Tuesday for slightly quieter interment.

Koch on Film
By Ed D Koch.
Match Point (+) This movie, which is doing extremely well at the box office, is enjoyable but a little disappointing.
Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic (-) I was unsure of a second film to review this week. I thought of seeing “The Matador,” but the Post reviewer gave it only one star writing, “Pierce Brosnan plays a bitchy assassin whose one-liners, meant to be witty, are just vulgar.”


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