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Volume 75, Number 42
March 8 - 14, 2006

Editorial/ Op-Ed
Lopez learned hard way that finance rules are for real
The recent campaign finance problems of Margarita Lopez were an unfortunate coda to her eight years as a city councilmember. After an audit of Lopez’s finances from her 2001 campaign, a little over four years later, the Campaign Finance Board last month decided that her campaign had breached its certification, meaning all the public matching funds allocated to her ’01 campaign — about $139,000 — had to be returned.

Talking point
Forget Bush and Belafonte; let’s win back Congress
By Ed Gold
The political philosopher Jon Stewart said recently that the Democrats won 49 percent of the vote in the last election, which gave them about 3 percent of the power in the country.

Letters to the editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Editorial Cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Police blotter


News In Brief

Raven’s grounded by fire

Cherry Lane set to bloom again

Only the shadow knows

Sweet home Alabama: Perry St. leader and husband leaving Village

Pianist will be key at free concert

Fourth St. fights

Lawyer faces rape rap

Charles St. gets new McNally restaurant

Gold standard for athletes


Suzanne Sekey, 90, interior designer with I.M. Pei
Suzanne Sekey, a pioneering woman in the field of high-end interior design who worked with renowned architects I.M. Pei and Richard Meier, died on Jan. 18 at the age of 90. The cause of death was kidney failure.


The Zen of chopping and kicking imaginary adversaries
By Judith Stiles
When martial arts experts Dwayne and Pam Roberts assemble 20 antsy 9-year-old kids to demonstrate ancient rhythmic karate moves, they are really trying to teach the children how to train the body, mind and spirit together, in order to reach their greatest potential in life. But if you ask the kids why they are taking karate at the McBurney YMCA on W. 14th St., they will say it is all about mimicking “cool punches and kicks” that they have seen in the movies.

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Villager photo by Bob Arihood

Somewhere in the East Village, getting ready to download bootlegged music.

Despite risk of lawsuits, N.Y.U. students live on the download
By Chad Smith
The Recording Industry Association of America may have stepped up its efforts against music piracy in recent years, but many New York University students still don’t seem ready to step down their downloading.

Deputy mayor: Bloomberg will push for a city S.L.A. commish
By Albert Amateau
More than 200 residents of Noho, Soho and the Lower East Side — neighborhoods overwhelmed by bars and lounges — cheered at a town hall meeting last week when Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott said the Bloomberg administration would urge Governor Pataki to appoint a New York City member to the State Liquor Authority.

Rosie Mendez stands by Lopez after campaign scandal; defends her own role
By Lincoln Anderson
Councilmember Rosie Mendez is standing up for her mentor, Margarita Lopez, in the wake of a campaign finance scandal that some believe may have torpedoed Lopez’s chances of landing a job in the Bloomberg administration, as well as running for State Assembly.

S.L.A. rejection is hard to swallow for gastro pub
By Lincoln Anderson
East Villagers living on E. Fourth St. and lower Avenue B argued before the State Liquor Authority that they couldn’t stomach EU, a new gastro pub, being added to their neighborhood’s already oversaturated mix of bars, clubs and restaurants. And last week, in what residents and Community Board 3 hailed as a major victory, the S.L.A. denied an application for a liquor license by EU at 235 E. Fourth St.

Pier 54 proposal for gay youth in park doesn’t float
By Lincoln Anderson
In the ongoing debate about gay youth, Christopher St. and the Hudson River Park, a proposal by Community Board 2’s Waterfront and Parks Committee to close Pier 45 an hour earlier on Friday and Saturday nights, while leaving Pier 54 open later for the gay youth to use was dropped on Monday night in the face of overwhelming opposition from 200 members of FIERCE as well as a lack of electricity on Pier 54.
Cleaning service takes on new meaning in the Village
By Jefferson Siegel
Greenwich Village may not qualify as a superfund cleanup site, although two of the neighborhood’s buildings have been the focus of intensive hazardous material cleanups recently.

Rivington St. synagogue is being totally demolished
By Lincoln Anderson
A month and a half after the collapse of the First Roumanian-American synagogue’s roof, the Lower East Side congregation has decided to demolish the entire building.

Let the games begin: YMCA opens on E. Houston St.
By Janel Bladow
The Bowery is bouncing with basketballs. With a new YMCA at the corner of E. Houston St., the neighborhood once full of flophouses is now alive with all sorts of fun activities.

Not-in-your-backyard — NIYBY? — debate on 12th St.
By Albert Amateau
Paul and Donna Ulman, who want to enlarge a rear-yard extension to their row house at 159 W. 12th St. in the Greenwich Village Historic District, received partial approval on Tuesday from the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Guitarist gets hardcore in fight to keep apartment
By Lincoln Anderson
Bobby Steele has never been one to back down from a challenge. He was born with spina bifida, a life-threatening spinal condition, then was paralyzed by a spinal tumor — but recovered — and after that contracted polio, which left him with a limp. As a teenager he had to wear a metal leg brace, which is how he got his name. But that didn’t slow him down or keep him from joining a tough gang in the working-class New Jersey town where he grew up. When he was fought, he’d use the brace to advantage, grinding his foes’ faces into its sharp spring.

New reverend will lead return to Judson’s sanctuary
By Albert Amateau
The Judson Memorial Church congregation, led by the newly appointed senior minister, Reverend Donna Schaper, will return on Sunday morning March 26 to the building’s sanctuary on Washington Square South after an 11-month absence during a renovation of the historic building.


Entertaining thoughts of the late Joe Orton
By Jerry Tallmer
The O boys, Osborne and Orton. Between them, they smashed up British drama, and put it back together again. John Osborne kicked in the door — entered, in anger — in 1956. Joe Orton exited, laughing — being murdered by an envious lover was the biggest joke of all — in 1967.

Shelling out the city’s past
By Laura Silver
Like a well-cultured pearl, Mark Kurlansky has spent a good amount of time immersed in the sought-after shellfish. The noted food author’s latest hardcover, “The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell” is a paean to the mollusk, which up until now has been an oft-overlooked ingredient in New York City history. Its prominence in Gotham dates as far back as 1609, when Henry Hudson was greeted by oyster-proffering members of the Lenni Lenape tribe.

Former Crystal is a golden original
By Bonnie Rosenstock
LaLa Brooks, former lead singer of the 1960s girl group The Crystals, refuses to be pigeonholed. Which is partly why we haven’t heard from the youthful, striking 58-year-old recently, except at benefits where she performs for worthy causes. “I’ve been asked to perform many times, but I just don’t want to be locked into the doo-wop and oldies but goodies girl. I want to spread out and be more creative.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Unknown White Male” (+) I could have gone either way in my rating of this borderline documentary about Doug Bruce.
“Tsotsi” (+) I asked two exiting viewers what they thought of this film. One replied that it was very good and the other said it was a tearjerker. In my opinion, the first person understated the quality of the movie and the second overstated its impact. This is an excellent film in terms of storyline and acting.

Technology rules in Tompkins Square show
By Steven Snyder
The Internet has become our modern-day heroin. At least, this is how artist and curator Ramirex, known in the art community by a single name, describes the impetus for his latest show at Tompkins Square Gallery. He insists that the Internet does many of the same things for artists today that drugs did back in the 1960s — it gives them a new sense of perspective, and nourishes a different state of mind.


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