Volume 75, Number 39
February 15 - 21, 2006

Editorial/ Op-Ed
N.Y.U. second campus plan is a brilliant idea
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation is staking out a bold new position in trying to solve the Village’s ongoing problem with New York University’s continued growth: The society is calling on N.Y.U. to work with the city to find locations for a new secondary campus so that the university’s expansion — which shows no signs of abating anytime soon — can continue outside of the Village.

Letters to the editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Editorial Cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Talking point
Living among the enemy in an all-De Sapio building
By Ed Gold
My wife and I were thrilled to find a two-room apartment in the heart of the West Village. We had been married for about six months and had been living in what amounted to a single-room-occupancy hotel in the West 70s where the nights were frequently shattered by much yelling and occasional gunshots. So getting an apartment at 95 Christopher St., on the corner of Bleecker, seemed like a mitzvah, although it turned out to be full of surprises.

Time will tell on whether to negotiate with Hamas
By Ed Koch
The great Israeli statesman Abba Eban once said about the Palestinians that they “have never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” He was so right.

Police Blotter


News In Brief
St. Brigid’s parishioners hope to appeal ruling

Inside Fashion Week

Trump is ‘fired’ up about Hudson Square hotel located near tunnel

Villager’s Caswell in Connecticut show
In Pictures

Hot photos and paprika spice up snowstorm
In Tompkins Square Park, East Villagers took a typically eclectic approach to the record-setting blizzard last weekend.


Arthur ‘Arturo’ Giunta, 79; ran brick-oven restaurant
Arthur Giunta, who ran Arturo’s, a Village restaurant, with his family for nearly 50 years, died Feb. 8 at Beth Israel Hospital at the age of 79.

Elizabeth Greene, 77, district leader; candidate for Assembly in 1990
Elizabeth Ivory Greene, former Republican district leader and lifelong Village resident, died Jan. 30 at St. Vincent’s Hospital at the age of 77.

Liz Diamond, 79, a jazz singer who played local clubs
Liz Diamond, a jazz singer and 30-year resident of the East Village where she was a familiar figure with her waist-length white hair, died on Jan. 21, at her E. Ninth St. home at the age of 79.

Charlie Dougherty, Bleecker St. sidewalk artist
Village friends of Charlie Dougherty, who sold his pen-and-ink drawings done on cardboard from his impromptu sidewalk gallery on Bleecker St. for the past two decades, are planning a memorial benefit on Tuesday afternoon Feb. 21 at 1849 Bar and Restaurant at 183 Bleecker St.

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Villager photo by Bob Arihood

Paws for a snow photo
The first big snowstorm of the year made for a picture-perfect moment for a couple and their dog in Tompkins Square Park last Sunday.<more>

First try for N.Y.U. second-campus resolution gains support, not vote
By Lincoln Anderson
Starting at the Zoning Committee of Community Board 2 last Thursday night, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation kicked off its campaign to win support for its proposal calling on New York University to be “a willing partner” in locating a secondary campus in order to check the university’s continued expansion in the Village.


Board 5 O.K.’s Union Square plan, including the restaurant
By Albert Amateau
Community Board 5 last week approved the redesign of the north end of Union Square Park with an all-but-unanimous vote, paving the way for a playground three times the present size, a restored pavilion with a private concession for a seasonal restaurant and a repaved plaza with a stand of trees at the north end.

Two classic pharmacies fill their last prescriptions
By Alex Schmidt
The traffic flow in and out of Grove Pharmacy in the West Village was steady on Saturday. Despite the fact he would be closing this Wed. Feb. 15, pharmacist and owner John Duffy stood behind his computer, engrossed with business details and filling prescriptions.

Friedman is nominated by party to succeed Sanders
By Lincoln Anderson
In an upset victory, Sylvia Friedman won the support of the majority of the 74th Assembly District’s Democratic County Committee members, garnering the Democratic nomination for a special election this month to fill the vacant East Side Assembly seat formerly held by Steve Sanders.

Art and ink link couple at gallery and tattoo studio
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke
As Jesse Lee Denning sat at the front desk in a pleasant, brightly lit art gallery on Orchard St., the whir of a tattoo machine could be heard in the background. Troy Denning, Jesse’s husband and business partner, was overseeing an employee as he inked a design that covered the area from a customer’s shoulder blade to mid-thigh.

Kosher steakhouse isn’t to Chelsea neighbors’ taste
By Albert Amateau
Arthur Emil, whose former restaurants included Windows on the World at the World Trade Center and the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center and now include luxury Midtown restaurants Beacon, Solo and Prime Grill, wants to open a high-end kosher steakhouse in Chelsea.

Police bust after-hours bar that also served minors
By Lincoln Anderson
Sending a message that bars and nightclubs serving alcohol to underage patrons and operating after hours won’t be tolerated, the Ninth Police Precinct closed down East Village Lounge, formerly Ruby Lounge, last Friday night.

Design details outlined for High Line ‘park in sky’
By Albert Amateau
“This crazy pipe dream is really about to happen,” said New York City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe on Monday to more than 100 supporters of the elevated park between Gansevoort and 33rd Sts. on the derelict railroad viaduct known as the High Line.

Chinatown is getting tired of being the Police Department’s parking lot
By Adam Graham-Silverman
Chinatown residents recently unveiled a video that they hope will help them make the case that police and government officials are abusing parking privileges in Chinatown, clogging the narrow streets and crowding out deliveries and business.

Cartoon Mohammed takes a turn on the catwalk at designer’s show
By Sara G. Levin
Flaunting an “I Love N.Y.” jumpsuit at the Puck Building Friday night, designer Apollo Braun mixed erotic fashion and politics in his most recent runway show. As male and female models strutted down the catwalk bedecked in colorful styles and sporting eccentric touches like parrot hair clips, some models held the provocative Danish cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Mohammed above their heads.

Houston St. YMCA will have income-based, sliding-scale fees
The new YMCA in the Houston Street Center at E. Houston St. and the Bowery will have a large percentage of members paying less than full fee on a sliding scale based on income.


Lessons in maintenance for arts groups on E. 4th
By Sara G. Levin
Michelangelo Alasá, the well-built Artistic Director of Duo Theater, can now exhibit video works on the top floor of his Latino-focused arts center, a practice banned by the building’s previous owner, City Housing.

A heated argument with certain death
By Steven Snyder
“Death and the Ploughman,” first penned by Johannes von Saaz in 1400, first translated to English by K.W. Maurer in 1947, and first brought to American stages at the dawn of the century, still resonates some 600 years later because it confronts a paradox so integral to our human experience: The moment we are born, it is a given we will die, yet we continue to mourn the deaths around us despite their inevitability.

Ears and more get mashed as ruggers get physical
By Judith Stiles
“See this ear, it’s not really my ear,” said Drew Fautley, chortling about how it was hanging by a shred after getting stomped in a rugby game. Fautley winked as he sweared he retired from playing rugby last spring (for the fifth time) to focus on coaching a women’s team at the New York Rugby Club. He is an athletic and limber fellow from England, who casually describes his list of permanent injuries from this rough-and-tumble game.

Searching for the heart of Downtown
By Nicole Davis
“Life before cell phones, answering machines, iPods, or DVDs. No video rentals or Walkmans. No MTV. In other words, less interference.” So begins multi-talent Ann Magnuson’s essay in “The Downtown Book,” the literary companion to the current “Downtown Show” at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery that chronicles downtown New York’s booming art scene between 1974 and 1984.

From fleabag room to co-op board to stage
By Jerry Tallmer
From a single windowless room facing an airshaft with bathroom in the hall in a fleabag hotel on Upper West Side Broadway, it’s a long way to a sharehold and a seat on the board of a hoity-toity Fifth Avenue co-op, and Charles Grodin has known both.
Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“The Tollbooth” (-)
Very few recently released films have received good reviews from the critics. Not having time to waste, I rarely see movies that have not been favorably reviewed.


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