Volume 75, Number 40
February 22 - 28, 2006

Editorial/ Op-Ed
Stringer’s community board reform is a welcome change
Scott Stringer, the new Manhattan borough president, is diving right into community board reform, one of the his main campaign platforms, and shows every intention of really overhauling this institution, which hasn’t seen significant change in 50 years.

Second-campus resolution is gaining more momentum
Community Board 2 last week passed a resolution calling on New York University to work with the city to locate one or more secondary campuses, so the university’s burgeoning growth won’t all have to be absorbed by the Village.

Talking point
Feeling like a pheasant; Cheney’s rules of the game
By Jerry Tallmer
Clickety-clickety-whisht-whisht. The beaters, thrashing away with rods, sticks and implements of varying lengths, advance relentlessly forward through the underbrush in a horizontal line, led by le garde-chasse, Schumacher the gamekeeper, in his severe chauffeur-like uniform. Whisht-whisht-clickety-clickety. The line marches ahead, lashing the underbrush, driving all life therein out into the open.

V.P. shoots from hip, but doesn’t talk off the cuff
By Daniel Meltzer
Vice President Dick Cheney found his voice four days after he shot a close friend and hunting companion while reportedly trying to kill a quail last week. One of the birdshot pellets became lodged in the man’s heart.

Letters to the editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Editorial Cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Police Blotter

News In Brief
Mayor: Governors Island is ‘isolated,’ so universities might not be interested

Synagogue in limbo

Green 2001 campaign fined $20,000

Stumped by ‘concrete tree’

N.Y.U. has record number of freshman applications

Thomas Barbour, 84, Perry St. actor, is remembered
Friends and neighbors of Thomas Barbour, actor, playwright and Village activist, who died at the age of 84 at his Perry St. home on Dec. 29, 2005, celebrated his life at a Feb. 7 memorial service at St, John’s Church-in-the-Village on Waverly Pl.

Malcolm Raphael, 80, bartender at the 55 Bar
Malcolm Raphael, original manager and day bartender of the 55 Bar, now known as 55 Jazz Club, at 55 Christopher St., died in Feb. 7 at a hospital near his home in Brookhaven, L.I., at the age of 80. He had been diagnosed with cancer.


They fly through the air with ease (inside a tent)
By Judith Stiles
While some athletes crave extreme sports such as sky surfing, which involves jumping from an airplane, with a parachute and a board attached to your boots, Marti Kennedy flies through the air with the greatest of ease in a more moderate thrill-seeking adventure, which she experiences right here in the Big Apple, closer to terra firma. When Professor Kennedy is not correcting papers at Montclair State University, you can find her on Saturdays clinging to a bar and swinging through the air at the New York Trapeze School south of Pier 34 on the West Side Highway.

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

Villager photo by Bob Arihood

Bulletproof Junkies playing at Continental last Friday night.

For those about to rock…the Village isn’t the place
By Ellen Keohane
C.B.G.B. won’t be the only East Village music venue to close this year. Continental, the punk club where Joey Ramone, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, D-Generation and the Dictators once took the stage, will no longer host live music after Aug. 26, said Trigger, the club’s owner.


Lopez cleared of fraud charge, also of deposit of $170,000
By Lincoln Anderson
After more than four years, the Campaign Finance Board last Thursday finally wrapped up its audit of former City Councilmember Margarita Lopez’s finances from her 2001 re-election campaign.

Police horses and basketballs clog Hudson Park in Chelsea
By Albert Amateau
The Chelsea stretch of the 5-mile-long Hudson River Park is swarming with construction crews tearing things down and building things up while park officials and community advocates are planning more for the future.

N.Y.U. satellite-campus proposal lifts off at C.B. 2
By Lincoln Anderson
Community Board 2 has jumped onboard the growing grassroots effort to get New York University to locate one or more secondary campuses outside the Village. The full Greenwich Village community board last Thursday night passed a resolution calling for a halt to “the inexorable N.Y.U.-ization of our neighborhoods” by having the city and university work together to find other areas for N.Y.U. to grow. The vote was overwhelmingly in favor, with just three abstentions.

Stringer wants reform, new blood on community boards
By Lincoln Anderson
Vowing to make good on his campaign promise of community board reform, Scott Stringer, the new Manhattan borough president, recently unveiled an array of initiatives to improve community board performance, accountability and oversight.

Grandma, Trader Joe’s and good ol’ ‘two-buck Chuck’
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke
My grandma called me again last night. “Kara, did you hear?” she asked. “There is a Trader Joe’s opening in Manhattan. And it is going to sell wine, they have whatever you want there.”
“Yeah, that sure is exciting,” I play along, although this is the third time she has told me, a fact which has less to do with her age than with her passion for her favorite grocery store.

Knickerbocker tenants fight state housing decision
By Ronda Kaysen
Knickerbocker Village, a large affordable-housing complex located between the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges, can be removed from a rent-protection program, the state decided last month.

Actors bring to life passion of Millay’s love poetry
By David Freedlander
“O love, as summer goes/ I must be gone, steal forth with silent drums/That you hail anew the bird and rose/When I come back to you, as summer comes.”

Building where Poe was a patient remains a mystery
By Alex Schmidt
As Manhattan’s grid begins to give way to a jumble of old Village streets west of Sixth Ave., Waverly Pl. turns from east-west to northwest. For a tiny stretch until it hits southeast-running Grove St., however, Waverly Pl. also continues on its east-west path, forming a small three-sided space bounded by the fork of Waverly Pl. on two sides and Grove and Christopher Sts. on the other.

Facing eviction, theater icon vows show will go on
By Jerry Tallmer
This is a story with a great many threads. Here are two of them: Thread No. 1: Edith O’Hara has lived in a three-story, brick-fronted 18th-century house at 50 West 13th Street for 34 years. During that same period of time, she has also run a small theater in the building. O’Hara was born February 15, 1917, which made February 15, 2006 — last Wednesday — her 89th birthday.

Business student’s e-business got him busted from N.Y.U. dormitory
By Travis Carter
As 20-year-old New York University junior Roy Laniado walked up to the mail desk of his residence hall on a Friday morning last April, only the woman working the desk stood between him and a package he expected to receive. Laniado was eager to pick up the box. It was a shipment of T-shirts — new stock for his online beer merchandise company.

Another judge denies injunction on Critical Mass
By Jefferson Siegel
Last week a State Supreme Court judge issued a key ruling against the city’s attempts to halt the Critical Mass bike ride and force the cyclists to obtain a permit for their monthly event. Soon after the decision was released, the city’s Law Department said it would appeal.

Hey, bartender! The soul of West Side watering holes
By Ellen Keohane
Bartender Mary Kate Pappas watched with amusement as one of her co-workers sang along to a country-western song and berated customers with a megaphone on a recent Friday night at Hogs & Heifers, a bar in the Meatpacking District.


The Last Bohemian
By Jerry Tallmer
Irene, the beautiful Cuban, in the second stanza above — that would be Maria Irene Fornes, even then, in the early ’60s, an oncoming and most irreverent playwright. Today an internationally celebrated playwright, director, and teacher of drama, but when Edward Field first knew her, or first heard of her, she was merely one member of a ménage à trois, the other two legs of which, if one may put it that way, were Susan Sontag the brainy writer and Harriet Sohmers the stunning 6-foot Art Students League model.

Oedipus remixed: hip-hop meets Greek tragedy
By Steven Snyder
Some plays strike that elusive spark with an audience, sending a current of electricity pulsing through the theater. Will Power’s “The Seven” is a lightning storm of energy and inventiveness, a wholly unique experiment of reinterpretation that leaves some audience members cheering, others befuddled, but all whipped silly by a theatrical experience flipped upside down.

The days of our miserable lives
By Giles Harvey
Like Chekhov, Faulkner, and the author of the “Pentateuch,” Deborah Eisenberg possesses an uncanny gift for turning humankind’s exceptional talent for misery into brief, haunting, comic stories.

Northern Lights: Stars cashes in on Canadian rock craze
By Emily Zemler
About ten minutes into a phone interview with Stars drummer Evan Cranley last week, he was forced to cut the call short when the car in front of his band’s van flipped off the road. Luckily, the Canadian group’s near constant touring since their third album, “Set Yourself On Fire,” has gone much more smoothly.
Blending African dance both near and far
By Sara Levin
Dressed in all black, Reggie Wilson’s Fist & Heel Performance Group sadly rolls across the floor to begin its latest, full-length performance, “The Tale: Npinpee Nckutchie and the Tail of Golden Dek.” But like each word of its title — which Wilson insists means nothing — the following succession of scenes is unexpected.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
The Squid and the Whale (+)
This film about the Berkman family takes place in 1968 in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The father, Bernard (Jeff Daniels), is self-important and insensitive in his relationships with his wife, Joan (Laura Linney), and their two sons: 16-year old Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) and 10-year-old Frank (Owen Klein).


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