Volume 75, Number 38
February 8 - 14, 2006


Editorial/ Op-Ed
Sensible zoning must be planned for north Tribeca 
The City Planning Department should begin to take the same type of community leadership role in north Tribeca that it has shown the last three years in adjacent Hudson Square and in the far West Village and on the Greenwich Village waterfront.

Letters to the editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Editorial Cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Talking point
What Lola wanted but didn’t get, no thanks to S.L.A.
By Ed Gold
Elected officials in the city, and particularly those from Manhattan, have got to find a way to fund Article 78 appeals against a State Liquor Authority that repeatedly defies state law in granting liquor licenses in neighborhoods already oversaturated with licensed premises.

Police Blotter

Scene


News In Brief
Community wags the dog

Developer unloads Morton Square for $75 million, but ‘under the radar’

Restaurateur and attorney are new co-chairpersons of Union Sq. BID

Tribes gathers at Exit Art

Heavy metal encore for Bolles

Horatio St. gets signs, full stop

Artist Missing says auf wiedersehen

Firefighters Friend

C.B. 3 whines after Whole Foods skirts board review of wine license

In Pictures

Dragons and lions and lanterns, oh my
Dragon handlers, lantern bearers and exquisitely detailed marchers put on a display of color and motion at the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown on Sunday.


Food
Local joints where food’s cheap and character’s deep
By Philip Hartman
When Uglesich’s, the beloved seafood dive in New Orleans, announced last spring that it was closing after over 80 years of volcano shrimp and crawfish fettuccine, it was like a state funeral: there were months of mourning, newspaper editorials and countless tributes and eulogies, typical for a town that celebrates its venerable eating institutions.

Youth/Sports

P.S. 11 kids meet the Mets

She shows it’s never too late to get in great shape
By Judith Stiles
Although Lower East Side resident Laura Pham is considered an elderly woman at 74 years old, don’t be getting out a wheelchair for her any time soon.

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


Villager photo by Talisman Brolin

Dr. Charles Vialotti at his office at 290 Sixth Ave. last Friday.

Medical marvel, family doctor retires at age 97
By Lincoln Anderson
On Monday, the tenants of 290 Sixth Ave. tried to throw Dr. Charles P. Vialotti a farewell party for his retirement. But they couldn’t. His office was so jammed with waiting patients that they had to cancel it.

Inside

Is it a shock? Doubts grow about Con Ed stray voltage
By Alex Schmidt
When Joe Kelly sold 10,000 feet of vinyl insulator to Con Edison to help prevent stray electrical currents from harming people and animals on New York City’s streets, he was expecting to see a reorder.

Building owners will be tagged for graffiti
By Chad Smith
With a resurgence of graffiti overrunning walls, windows and almost every nook and cranny in New York City, someone’s going to pay. But it won’t be the vandals, at least not this time.

Stringer vows to fill board vacancies by early April
By Albert Amateau
Scott Stringer, who became Manhattan borough president at the beginning of this year, spoke last week about his plans to strengthen and reform the borough’s 12 community boards.



‘Mercury building’ still unsafe to re-enter one month after spill
By Jefferson Siegel
The six-story apartment building at 55 W. Eighth St. where liquid mercury was found dripping into a second-floor bedroom on Jan. 12 is still empty and undergoing continuous charcoal-filtered air ventilation. The walls, floors and ceilings of three apartments have been removed in the search for the ongoing source of mercury fumes.

Women go underground on Canal St. for hot handbags
By Alex Schmidt
Trish and Kim didn’t realize how dazed they were until they were standing in line at the Chinatown Starbucks on Canal St.
“I’m shaking now,” Kim said Tuesday. “I didn’t realize how scared I was.”

Park memorial for Black Hand officer to get a hand
Lieutenant Petrosino Square, a small, 7,000-square-foot triangle at Kenmare and Lafayette Sts., named for a legendary police officer, is slated for a $2 million renovation by the Parks Department.

Preservation push for N.Y.U. second campus outside Village
By Lincoln Anderson
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation is launching a new campaign to try to limit New York University’s growth in the Village, Noho and the East Village and is calling on the city to help work with the university to locate “one or more locations outside the Village” where N.Y.U. would be able to start a secondary campus.

Crime decline continued in ’05, but with some spikes
By Albert Amateau
Felony crimes in the six categories of homicide, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, grand larceny and auto theft continued to decline in 2005 from the previous year in the Downtown and West Side police precincts covered by The Villager, according to comparative statistics complied by the New York Police Department.

Roof collapse puts spotlight on crumbling synagogues
By Lincoln Anderson
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn visited the damaged First Roumanian-American Congregation last Thursday and pledged her support and that of the City Council to help the congregation recover from the disastrous roof collapse that has left the historic building’s future in jeopardy and the congregation homeless.

Chamber chews over Christopher St. business improvement district idea
By Lincoln Anderson
Whether Christopher St. would benefit from a business improvement district was the subject of a recent luncheon by the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce.

Lower East Side community center and YMCA set to open
University Settlement celebrated the pending opening of its new community center at 273 Bowery in the new Avalon Chrystie Place building at the Bowery and E. Houston St. on Jan. 25. At the dedication, Fred Harris, senior vice president of development for AvalonBay Communities, received the Charles B. Stover Award, named after the settlement house’s founder.

Board says club above Scores would add to problems
By Albert Amateau
West Chelsea, where more than 20 clubs are clustered with a total capacity for more than 10,000 patrons, could become the home of yet another nightlife venue that would occupy the third floor and roof above an existing club.

Bargain bookstore sells $100,000 book
By Rachel Fershleiser
Most New Yorkers know the Strand Bookstore as a place to browse for bargains, roll their eyes at rude employees, and pick up a paperback for a dollar on a cart outside. But on January 28th, one anonymous industrial figure plopped down a more significant sum for a book— $100,000 to be exact.

Arts



He called it art
By Jerrry Tallmer
The thing about Henry Geldzahler, says Frank Stella, was that “he lived with us … other curators don’t live with artists.”

Lower East Side’s Renaissance man
By Ernest Barteldes
A keen observer of the comings and goings of his neighborhood, 41-year-old Lower East Side artist and musician Michael Rimbaud has spent the past few years painting portraits of every local resident that catches his eye — “the butcher, the baker and even the undertaker,” says Rimbaud. In the past year alone, he’s painted 50 portraits of personal friends and people he’s approached on the street.

The emperor’s new clothes
By Jerry Tallmer
On November 1, 1920, a drama called “The Emperor Jones” opened in a Provincetown Players production at New York City’s Neighborhood Playhouse. The star was a black actor named Charles S. Gilpin, the playwright was 32-year-old Eugene O’Neill. The event is often looked upon as the birth of serious American theater … but … but …

In ‘Elliot,’ a family torn apart by war
By Steven Snyder
Though Quiara Alegria Hudes’s “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue” starts as the story of one man and one war, focused on the here-and-now struggles of a soldier deployed to the desert, it quickly evolves into a far richer patchwork of four distinct memoirs, each steeped in issues of heritage, history and the concept of heroism.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
Casanova (-) Notwithstanding the many negative reviews this movie received, I wanted to see it because it stars Heath Ledger, who performed so brilliantly in “Brokeback Mountain.” In this film, he is in command of his libido and sexual activities and constantly beds the opposite sex.
Tristram Shandy (-) This is one of the worst movies I have seen in years. I believe the writers and producers of this scam art movie decided to see how much they could manipulate the public so as to receive favorable audience responses.



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