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Volume 75, Number 43
March 15 - 21, 2006


Editorial/ Op-Ed
Time to shut off The Falls
  Last Friday night, protesters gathered outside The Falls bar on Lafayette St. calling for its closure in the wake of the murder of Imette St. Guillen, the 24-year-old John Jay College student who was brutally raped and murdered after the bar tossed her out after closing time on Feb. 25.

Talking point
Twenty questions: A brief review of W, Dick et al.
By Daniel Meltzer

Happy birthday, Gambit; my how things have changed
By Andrei Codrescu
Gambit, New Orleans’s alternative weekly is 25 years old this week. Mazeltov! Exactly five years ago, my face was the Gambit bikini for Gambit’s 20th anniversary cover girl. The cover girl, who is a famous writer, posed naked for that cover, concealing herself with an earlier Valentine’s Day Gambit that featured my picture on the cover. In short, I ran cover for her cover.

Letters to the editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Editorial Cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Police blotter

Scene and heard


News In Brief

Ad billboards finally come down, but so may garage

I.W.W. grinds out Starbucks victory

Sign for officer killed 60 years ago

Pub crawlers get the falls


Obituary
Maria Tornin, 61, dedicated St. Brigid’s parishioner
Maria Tornin, for years an active parishioner at St. Brigid’s Church, and more recently part of the group fighting to keep it from being shut down by the Catholic Archdiocese, died on March 2 at the age of 61. She had entered Cabrini hospital on E. 19th St. for bronchitis, which progressed into pneumonia.

Jean Warfield, 71, designed and wrote ballad operas
Jean Warfield, a scenic artist-designer and writer of ballad operas, died Feb. 15 at Cabrini Hospice after a lengthy battle against cancer. A longtime resident of Morton St., she was born April 15, 1934, in Chicago.

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Protesters on Friday night called for the closing of The Falls bar on Lafayette St.

After ‘Falls murder,’ a flood of concerns about bar safety
By Lincoln Anderson
As police this week announced positive results for physical evidence linking bouncer Darryl Littlejohn to the rape and murder of Imette St. Guillen, protesters continued to call for the closing of the Nolita bar where the 24-year-old criminology student was last seen drinking before her death and where the suspect — a felon with a lengthy rap sheet — worked the door in violation of the law.

Inside
Arty Strickler, C.B. 2 district manager, is dead at age 60
By Lincoln Anderson
and Albert Amateau
Arthur Warren Strickler died at his Bethune St. home in Greenwich Village on Saturday evening. He had eaten dinner at home with his longtime partner, David Spegal, who went to take a nap after the meal. When Spegal returned, Strickler was dead, having suffered a heart attack. He would have turned 61 in May.

Judge’s ruling backs tenants in ‘McMansion’ beef on E. 3rd
By Sarah Ferguson
The owners of a five-story tenement at 47 E. Third St. can’t evict all the tenants and convert the building into a mansion for themselves unless the state agency charged with monitoring rent-regulated apartments approves the transfer first.


Chinatown clinic won’t be winging it on bird flu
By Alex Schmidt
Since the terrorist attack of 9/11, the Community Health Care Association of New York State and the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have been training doctors and nurses at community health centers in emergency preparedness — on how to deal with people streaming into clinics with all manner of wounds and injuries from bomb blasts, anthrax attacks and other possible dire events.

Owners didn’t want to horse around with Landmarks
By Albert Amateau
Chelsea preservation advocates who have been trying since last summer to get landmark protection for a charming four-story red-brick building that served in the 19th century as a Sunday school and later as a horse stable lost out to a wrecking crew last week.

Downtown arts groups cash in on L.M.D.C. cash
By Ronda Kaysen
It was standing room only inside the ornate, oak-paneled Collectors Reception Room inside the National Museum of the American Indian on Bowling Green last Wednesday. Leaders of some of Downtown’s most notable arts institutions stood shoulder to shoulder with representatives from fledgling Downtown arts groups. After four and a half years of waiting, redevelopment funds had finally been delivered to cultural groups Downtow

West Village Houses tenants close deal on purchase of 42 buildings
By Albert Amateau
Tenants of the West Village Houses last week closed the deal on their purchase of the 42-building complex, nearly two years after the city-assisted agreement with the landlord, who was buying out of the Mitchell-Lama government-supervised program.

Healing drumbeats at St. Mark’s for anthrax victim
By Bonnie Rosenstock
For over two hours on Sat. March 11, the rhythmic rise and fall of African drums reverberated throughout the sanctuary of St. Mark’s Church on the Bowery. Those not playing all manner of drums large and small contributed to the driving beat with sturdy wooden sticks and other percussion instruments. Others clapped their hands, stamped their feet or danced energetically.

Students want runaway tuition hikes back on track
By Alex Schmidt
Each year, New York University students receive a long, puzzling e-mail: the annual tuition hike notification. These memoranda are about N.Y.U.’s progress as an institution with a brief mention of the tuition hike buried near the end. They contain little, if any, in the way of a concrete mathematical breakdown justifying the hike.

Despite marriage flap, Clinton packs gay fundraiser
By Jefferson Siegel
Senator Hillary Clinton returned to the Village area last Friday to attend another fundraiser for her re-election campaign and, many presume, to cement support for a run for president in 2008.

Arts



The gumshoe without a clue returns to off-Broadway
By Jefferson Siegel
An unusual and entertaining show debuted earlier this month at the Jean Cocteau Repertory’s Bouwerie Lane Theatre. Part radio drama, part Saturday morning, two-reel cliff-hanger, “The Continuing Adventures of Dick Danger” puts a snarky new spin on the Golden Age of Radio.

The still simmering ‘Melting Pot’
By Jerry Tallmer
Bob Kalfin neatly circled two paragraphs of a column by Thomas L. Friedman on the Op-Ed page of the New York Times.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Joyeux Noel” (+) This is a wonderful vignette of an event that occurred in 1914 on Christmas Eve during World War I. Sitting in the trenches, French, English, Scottish and German soldiers hear a gifted German tenor, Nikolaus Sprink (Benno Furmann), singing a Christmas song.
“16 Blocks” (-) I went to see this film because the New York Post gave it three stars and Manohla Dargis gave it a better than average review in The New York Times. She wrote, “For the first adrenaline-spiked hour of this new action flick “16 Blocks,” the filmmaker Richard Donner brings back the 1980’s in high-concept style.”

In ‘[title of show]’, the play’s the thing
By Rachel Fershleiser
The Vineyard Theatre is doing something right. As playwrights and producers wring their hands about jukebox musicals, octogenarian audiences, and competition from the Internet and cable TV, the Union Square nonprofit is racking up the hits.



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