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Volume 75, Number 45
March 29 - April 04, 2006

Editorial/ Op-Ed
Don’t limit speech on Trust; do keep noise down off pier
The Hudson River Park Trust’s effort to put a new code of ethics document in place for its directors, employees and staff is a perfectly good idea. Limits on gifts to board members — such as, for example, paying to take a director out to dinner — are perfectly sensible, and exist at all levels of government. Similarly, a two-year restriction on former board members appearing at Trust board meetings — while debatable — is in line with like regulations for former city employees intended to keep them from lobbying government after leaving the public sector.

Talking point
The Bushies play fast and loose at home and abroad
By Ed Gold
In addition to its chaotic governance, the Bush era will be remembered for distorting history, as well as its bizarre semantics. On the history front, there is Bush’s lecture to the Senegalese on slavery: “The slaves who left here to go to America because of their steadfast and their religion and their belief in freedom, helped change America.”

Letters to the editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Editorial Cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Police blotter


News In Brief

Party at West Village Houses!

Park to get new, improved PEP’s

New Chelsea morning; seeing the Hudson

Fearing for their safe Haven

Community Board 2 and 3 meetings


Frances Cella, 83, ran former Mona Lisa restaurant
Frances Cella, who with her late husband, Mario, ran Mona Lisa, a family restaurant founded by her father on MacDougal St. where Villa Mosconi is now located, died Tues. March 28 in Danbury, Conn., a week before her 83rd birthday.

Johnny Parker, 78, played trumpet with jazz greats
Johnny Parker, who played trumpet with great jazz artists and who performed regularly at Arthur’s Tavern in the Village for many years, died Tues. March 21 in his apartment at Westbeth at the age of 78.


Tournaments kick up soccer costs several notches
By Judith Stiles
Why on earth would a 13-year-old boy get in a car and drive with his dad more than 500 miles to play three 70-minute games of competitive soccer on a weekend, only to meet several of his New York City buddies on the sidelines of their own games at the same tournament in Virginia? It did occur to Andres Fernandez and his dad, Jim, that the world of youth soccer has gotten very complicated and expensive, and they might have fared just as well to organize a few matches at Pier 40 for some good competitive fun.

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Tragic fire that forged changes
At the commemoration of the 95th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, 146 schoolchildren — many wearing plastic red fire hats that were given out — laid white carnations one by one as the names of the garment workers, mostly women, who died in the infamous inferno were read. Mayor Bloomberg spoke. The disaster spurred the union movement and firefighting and building code improvements. The building at Washington Pl. and Greene St. is today N.Y.U. science laboratories.

N.Y.U. calls off negotiations for Third Ave. dormitory site
By Lincoln Anderson
Five days after The Villager reported that New York University had been in ongoing negotiations for a vacant lot at E. 10th St. and Third Ave., the Washington Square News, N.Y.U.’s undergraduate newspaper reported that the university had called off negotiations for the property.


Eviction fight is brewing over Avenue C beer garden
By David Freedlander
It’s Saturday night, and Zum Schneider, the anachronistic German beer hall on Seventh St. and Avenue C, is packed with the ruddy faces of East Village revelers stopping in for a pint of genuine Bavarian pilsner and some Wiener schnitzel.

From doo-wop to record shop, it’s all about the music
By Karen Kramer
To walk into Bob Noguera’s store, Strider Records, on Jones St. is to be overwhelmed with a visual carnival of stimuli. The narrow aisle is filled with crates crammed with record albums, while the floor-to-ceiling shelves behind the counter are stuffed with thousands of 45s in their faded paper jackets. Somehow, he can find anything he needs within seconds.

Village View residents sue over co-op board election
By Albert Amateau
A group of eight residents of Village View Houses, an East Village Mitchell-Lama co-op complex with 1,236 units, filed suit in State Supreme Court earlier this month charging irregularities in the last election for the co-op board of directors.

C.B. 2 challenges pier kids to be on best behavior
By Lincoln Anderson
Village residents again called for an earlier curfew on the Christopher St. Pier. FIERCE! — the gay-youth organization — again called for a later one. But the end result was the same as reached at a community board Waterfront and Parks Committee meeting earlier this month: The curfew of the Christopher St. Pier will remain at 1 a.m. for this coming park season.

Environmental art comes naturally to P.S. 3 students
By Chad Smith
Although buildings of steel, brick and glass surround the students at P.S. 3, nature still captures their imagination. At the Village school’s 1st Annual Environmental Arts Festival last Thursday, the young students combined their penchant for art and performance with a new appreciation of the outdoors, and essentially turned an hour-long presentation into an ode to nature.

Some Trust board members don’t bite on ‘gag order’
By Lincoln Anderson
Several board of directors members of the Hudson River Park Trust found it hard to swallow a new set of rules the authority is proposing that would effectively ban the 13-member board from speaking to individuals outside the board about pending matters concerning the Hudson River Park.

Tree killer' not cut out to stand trial yet
By Alex Schmidt
Among the subway crime, petty theft and other sundry cases arraigned in criminal court on Mon. March 27, David Sasson’s “tree murdering” exploits may have been the most unusual.

Cabrini clinic’s delayed closing doesn’t ease the loss
By Bonnie Rosenstock
The Villager’s report last June of the impending sale of the Cabrini Stuyvesant Polyclinic was a little premature, but prophetic. Now, nearly one year later, it’s a done deal — almost.

Rivington St. synagogue property is not for sale
By Lincoln Anderson
A real estate posting on the Web purportedly offering the property of the First Roumanian-American Congregation at 89 Rivington St. for sale was bogus, according to the synagogue.


When the band doesn’t play on
By Jerey Tallmer
Gray’s mother is dying, his boyfriend Bri, the lead guitarist, has found some other boyfriend, and now Alex, the girl who plays bass, has disclosed that she’s marrying guitarist Tyler, and they plan on moving to Montclair, New Jersey, to make babies. So no more gigs for Alex and Tyler, but they still want to record with Gray, get his songs down on tape.

Front row seats to punk’s early years
By Mike Didovic
In meeting with Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong, one thing is glaringly apparent: they love old punk rock music. Loved it then, and still love it now. The two women, now in their 50s, spent half of their 20s filming live performances of the mainstays of the New York music scene from 1975 to 1980, and have condensed the best scenes of their old cable show, “Nightclubbing” into a 85-minute video of greatest clips.

Catching up with Soho photographer Platon
By Aileen Torres
Fifteen years ago, while still a student at St. Martin’s School of Art in London, British Vogue named Platon (he’s known professionally by his first name) the “best up-and-coming photographer.” Fifteen years later, the artist, who now lives with his wife in Soho, is still photographing celebrities, models, and documentary subjects for major magazines.

Not another (typical) teen movie
By Steven Snyder
When you’ve spent as much time with a movie as first-time director Rian Johnson has, and faced as many challenges as he’s had to face, a sense of detachment starts to set in — a numbness that mutes the excitement of seeing your film picked up by a big studio.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
The Libertine (-) This film is outrageously bad. During the English Restoration period, Charles II (John Malkovich) sits on the throne from which his father was removed and executed.
Find Me Guilty (+) The movie purports to be based on the 1987 trial involving the New Jersey Lucchese Mafia gang. A case was brought against 20 or so alleged mobsters under the RICO statute, which relies on the concept of conspiracy.

Scene and Heard
By Jen Carlson
This is where I attempt to recap the past couple of weeks in downtown music, while myself and most of the bands I know were all in Austin for the South by Southwest music festival—also referred to as SXSW, or simply “South By.”


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