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Volume 75, Number 41
March 1 - 7, 2006

Editorial/ Op-Ed
It’s time to de-escalate Critical Mass clash and improve city biking
State Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman’s recent ruling on the Critical Mass rides seems to have had a noticeable impact on the Police Department’s response to the monthly event.

Talking point
Level of artist and activist’s work rose with floods
By Andrei Codrescu
Andrea Garland was in Crawford, Tex., demonstrating against the war in Iraq when the Storm came. As news of the catastrophe engulfing her hometown reached her, she drafted some Vietnam vets who were willing to come to New Orleans to help. The vets were protesting the new war along Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier who died in Iraq. Vietnam had been a lesson that America was quickly forgetting, and now here was an American city being abandoned by the U.S. government in its darkest hour. The war had come home.

TV’s diet of sex-crime dramas is unhealthy for us
By Lynn Pacifico
It really doesn’t seem that long ago but it certainly was a different world. I remember when my family got its first TV in the early ’50s. Early TV’s came in a console and were, in actuality, a piece of furniture. My mother’s came in a beautiful hand-rubbed walnut cabinet which quickly became the center of our living room.

Letters to the editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Editorial Cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Police Blotter

News In Brief

Meals-on-wheels rolls six days on West Side

A taste to benefit Greenwich House

Action-packed parking in Soho

Green project wants a block to make energy efficient

Man shatters glass theater doors on Christopher St.

Friedman wins special election

Town hall meeting on Noho, Soho and L.E.S.

Community board calendar of committee meetings

McCain goes to bat for illegal immigrants

With a rebel yell, girls take on boys at rec center
By Judith Stiles
“Boys against the girls!” This was the chatter rippling through the stands in a late-season basketball game at the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center when the Lady Rebels faced off against the New York Rebels for what promised to be a lively game.

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Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

Lower East Sider Lizann and her 5-year-old daughter Siu Loong in Union Square before the start of last Friday’s Critical Mass ride. Lizann said she’s taken her daughter on the rides for the last three years.

Police may be backpedaling from crackdown on cyclists
By Jefferson Siegel
Activists distributing fliers to police. Officers ticketing cyclists and allowing them to ride away. The monthly Critical Mass ride is evolving again and tensions between riders and police may even be easing a bit.


‘Pencil’ will rewrite Lower East Side’s landscape, critics say
By Alex Schmidt
A mountain of dirt and broken concrete grows at the intersection of Houston and Ludlow Sts. As ground is overturned and the earth probed, pile drivers prepare the lot at 188 Ludlow St. for a 23-story building that will tower above the Lower East Side. It’s a change that one longtime resident, Clayton Patterson, calls “the most dramatic in the whole neighborhood.”

Trash talking on Gansevoort; city still wants transfer station
By Albert Amateau
The Department of Sanitation told a City Council committee hearing on Feb. 7 that it would like to build a marine transfer station for recyclable waste on the Gansevoort Peninsula sometime in the future as part of its 20-year solid-waste management plan.

Councilmembers and Nadler blast Bush on ports plan
By Alex Schmidt
Amid bipartisan uproar surrounding a deal that would put six U.S. ports under control of a United Arab Emirates company, a group of New York City councilmembers came forward on Monday with some of the strongest language yet against the deal.

Lancelot the ocelot and the story of Ye Waverly Inn
By LindaAnn Loschiavo
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good job must be in want of a wife — or a decent restaurant. Walking on Bethune St. in 1919, a thirsty teenager in search of a tearoom noticed a substantial structure — Western Electric — and scrutinized it with her older brother. This company had focused on lucrative military defense contracts during the war and it was now churning out peacetime products (microphones, amplifiers, hearing aids) and profits.

New commander at 7th focuses on bars and burglaries
By Albert Amateau
At the age of 44, Captain Frank Dwyer has spent 23 years as a New York City police officer, the past four months of those as commanding officer of the Seventh Precinct in the densely populated Lower East Side.

Villagers throw stones at a stylish glass house
By Albert Amateau
A glass house at what was called the “gateway to the Village” is just too modern for the Greenwich Village Historic District, according to the Community Board 2 Landmarks Committee, which voted on Monday against the proposal for the residential project at Jackson Square.

Anthrax drums up scare, as Village man is stricken
By Lincoln Anderson
A week after a Greenwich Village man was reported to have contracted natural anthrax from raw goatskins he used making African drums, the city was reassuring parents at an East Village elementary school where the man recently performed that their children were not at risk of contracting the deadly bacteria.

Hillary Clinton ducks Iraq war at yuppie fundraiser in Chelsea
By Jefferson Siegel
Last December, former President Bill Clinton headlined a fundraiser for the Senate campaign of his wife, Hillary, at the Chelsea nightclub Crobar.

A portrait tapped a love connection at McSorley’s
By Tim Stelloh
The first time Gregory de la Haba saw his wife, Teresa, it was September 1994, and she was tending bar at McSorley’s Old Ale House.

C.B.G.B. owner says Essex building doesn’t rock
By Lincoln Anderson
“This ain’t no Mudd Club, or C.B.G.B.,” David Byrne sang. Hilly Kristal, owner of C.B.G.B., feels the same way about a property the city recently offered him for a new home for the legendary punk music club.

T.Rex’s ‘Bang a Gong’ to teashop’s bangers and mash
By Karen Kramer
“I’m sorry to say this,” Nicky Perry said boldly, “but the tea in this country is…filth. It is horrendous and it doesn’t matter where you go.”

Union Square Park tree attacker is caught in act
By Lincoln Anderson
After staking out Union Square Park at night over several days, undercover Parks Enforcement Patrol officers arrested a man early on the morning of Feb. 23 who they said had wreaked extensive damage on the park’s trees and bushes over a period of at least three weeks.


Live, from Utah, a story of survival
By Scott Harrah
Steven Fales had all the makings of a “model” Mormon. A sixth-generation Utah Mormon who was a missionary in Portugal, he graduated from Brigham Young University, married the daughter of a famous Mormon writer, and fathered two children.

A knight in ostrich feathers
By Jerry Tallmer
Parsifal, the pure fool, the holy fool, more out of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky than the mists of Gothic Spain or, as it might seem, medieval Germania, enters with an Uzi slung over his shoulder.

Movie critic takes director’s seat in ‘Home’
By Steven Snyder
Matt Zoller Seitz said he was always one of those people at parties who observed the action from the sidelines, taking in the stories and characters that only seem to come alive when alcohol, friends, and streams of strangers all mix together.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
Battle in Heaven (-) This is a truly outrageous film, degrading to women and disgusting to men. If it had been made 35 or 40 years ago, I believe the distributors would have been arrested as pornographers for the indecent sex scenes on the screen.

A bookie’s guide to the best foreign film
By Rania Richardson
Downtown Manhattan is the hub for international cinema, so it’s no surprise to see all five of the Oscar-nominated foreign language films make their debut here. The Palestinian, South African, French, German, and Italian films are all admirable and worth seeing on the big screen, but which one will win the Academy Award this Sunday night? Correctly guessing the Best Foreign Film could be a crucial factor in scoring that office pool money on Monday.


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