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Volume 75, Number 48
April 19 - 25, 2006

Editorial/ Op-Ed
Looking beyond Albany school deal
The recent Albany budget agreement to provide $6.5 billion to build schools is a good beginning to ending the historic inequity city children have suffered in education funding. The 21 schools Mayor Bloomberg took out of the budget two months ago — including the P.S. 234 school annex in Tribeca and a new K-8 on Beekman St. near City Hall — are expected to be put back in once the deal is signed into law. Although it looks like it is going to end well, it won’t mean all is well unless the mayor moves to repair the damage he did in working toward a good result.

Talking Point
Say it ain’t so, Georgie; Steinbrenner sweeps Bronx
By Daniel Meltzer
It was an entertaining game for kids and the working classes. We loved to watch it, play it, talk about it, argue about it. Today our working classes live in Hunan Province, and our kids are hooked on MySpace.com. Baseball should be renamed Mogulball.

The Zen of Venn in the Village and how we intersect
By Eden Wall
Greenwich Village is like a Venn diagram, in which several alphabetically marked sets represent the factions that make up the diverse neighborhood. Let us consider three of these many sets, calling them Sets A, B and C. These three sets exist beside one another; what’s more, my street corner, Horatio St., is what we as students would likely refer to as the intersection of the Venn diagram, where the three of these lettered sets overlap and coexist. This intersection is a small sample of the oftentimes overwhelmingly larger city and its ceaselessly different and coexisting elements, and this intersection is my home.

Letters to the editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Editorial Cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Police blotter


News In Brief

Community Boards 2 and 3 April full board meetings

Haberman is the man at uplifting dinner dance

Hula-Hoop dreams


Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel
Play ball!
Action from a game two weekends ago during the opening of the Greenwich Village Little League’s season.

The water-method man: Treating arthritis in the pool
By Judith Stiles
Trainer Ron Valiente stands waist deep in the McBurney YMCA pool flexing his fingers underwater. He explains to a class full of lovely ladies that this particular exercise will make it a slam dunk every time they try to put a key in the slot of their front door. A simple movement such as threading a needle or unlocking a door can be very painful for anyone who suffers from arthritis, which is precisely why certified water aerobics instructor Valiente gathers with 25 women and an occasional gent, to bob up and down in the pool for a vigorous workout tailored to the over-55 crowd.

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Villager photo by Bob Arihood

Jim “Mosaic Man” Power packed up his artwork and possessions as he prepared to leave 120 St. Mark’s Pl.

Cave collective collects buyouts as Buildings tries to stop cave-in
By Lincoln Anderson
The members of the Cave, a squatter artists collective on St. Mark’s Pl. near Avenue A, recently were compelled to vacate the building after a developer with an option to buy the dilapidated tenement bought them out. Before the developer, Ben Shaoul of Magnum Management, paid them to leave, however, his workers first came in with some heavy-handed tactics, brandishing sledgehammers and crowbars.<more>

PEP panic in Wash. Sq.; dog owners bare fangs
By Alex Schmidt
As she does most days, on the afternoon of March 8 Pat McKee took her dog to the Washington Square Park large dog run, of which she is the manager. It was one of the first warm days of the year, but when she tried to fill the dog’s bowl up with water, she found the water hose was turned off. So McKee walked into the women’s restroom to fill the bowl up in the sink.

Planning czar bolts N.Y.U. for Bloomberg schools job
By Lincoln Anderson
As New York University’s campus planning — or lack thereof — continues to come under fire, Sharon Greenberger, the director of the university’s campus planning, is leaving to take a job with the Bloomberg administration as chief of the School Construction Authority. The S.C.A. orchestrates all building projects in the city’s public school system.

Molly, the curious cat comes back, with some help
By Jefferson Siegel and Lincoln Anderson
Hudson St. and the rest of the world held its breath this past week as one local resident went spelunking. Molly, the 1-year-old guardian of Myers of Keswick, obviously neglected to give advance notice of her two-week vacation. After all, she had been working most of her life as the purveyor of British food’s mouser in charge.

Commission takes pass on Greenwich Ave. glass house
By Albert Amateau
Landmarks Preservation Commissioners had nice things to say on April 18 about the glass apartment house proposed for the triangle across from Jackson Square Park, but they concluded there was too much of a good thing and deferred approval of the project.

Landmarks Commission approves Furstenberg theater/event complex
By Albert Amateau
The Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday approved Diane von Furstenberg’s plan to convert two adjoining buildings just east of the High Line in the Gansevoort Market Historic District into a complex that includes theaters, event spaces, studios, offices and an enclosed rooftop studio.

Christian Scientists want to add windows and condos on Waverly
By Albert Amateau
The austere facade of the six-story Christian Science Reading Room building at 171-173 MacDougal St. between Waverly Pl. and Eighth St. will be transformed with arched windows if the Landmarks Preservation Commissions approves a plan that the congregation and its architects presented to the Community Board 2 Landmarks Committee on April 3.

A Salute To Volunteers

N.Y.U. volunteer program broadens reach to help Gulf
By Albert Amateau
New York University’s students, faculty and administrators have a long and deep tradition of volunteer community service — and their community last year extended from the Village and the Lower East Side to the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast.

Pro bono lawyers provide a voice for the voiceless
By Jefferson Siegel
Pro bono publico is the Latin phrase meaning “for the public good.” It connotes the legal profession’s performance of free work as a public service. The work is a suggestion by bar associations, not a mandate.

Teacher leapt into breach to help hurricane victims
By Albert Amateau
In February, Sister Doretta D’Albero, a teacher at Our Lady of Pompeii School in the Village, and two friends drove south on a weeklong volunteer relief mission.

Patrolling Christopher St. to help keep down crime
By Chad Smith
When five thugs tried to rough up David Poster one night a few years ago on Christopher St., they picked the wrong guy.

Handling hundreds of volunteers at St. Vincent’s
By Albert Amateau
Volunteers at St. Vincent’s hospital, one of Manhattan’s major health centers and an important Village institution, have a tradition of faithful dedication and serious service. At the recent annual volunteer awards ceremony, St. Vincent’s honored volunteers who logged as many as 10,000 hours last year.

A special Villager supplement

Young tutor has lots to teach about value of helping
By Ellen Keohane
“I’m not nearly as shy as I used to be,” Cassandra Regan said. The 18-year-old Loyola School senior and West Village resident said that volunteering has helped her become less reticent with strangers. “The whole thing has really helped me a lot,” she said.

A bit of Chablis; it’s just what the doctor ordered
By Bob Kreizel
Edna Wolf, director of the Pet-Assisted Therapy Program at St Vincent’s, and Chablis, her 14-year-old toy poodle, play a vital role as a volunteer duo at the Greenwich Village hospital, helping lift the spirits of patients and staff alike.

Freely sharing their knowledge
The Lower Eastside Girls Club benefits greatly from volunteers who share their experience and expertise from the many fields in which they work. The club’s daylong Girls Congress of the Lower East Side on April 8 celebrated female leadership, with workshops, performances, speakers and activism.

Protesters’ Rx

6th St. Center supplies insights on health and nutrition
By Jefferson Siegel
Walk east on Sixth St., past the tranquil 6 B/C Botanical Garden, the red-brick former Industrial School building and the Iglesia de Dios Church of God. Just beyond is a former synagogue.

Squatter cartoonist sees parallels with New Orleans
By Chad Smith
Seth Tobocman can’t ignore the problems that many people wish away. When the East Village artist saw the images of disaster emerging from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, he traveled there a few months later to help.

Arts & Entertainment

Who’s afraid of Karen Finley?
By Jerry Tallmer
What a dump! But this isn’t the circumspect Ivy League living room, late one night, of a professor of English and his rowdy wife. This, as another George and Martha enter for a one-night stand, is a bedroom in a sleazy hotel just off Times Square where through a dirty window you see the neon proclamation: COLOR TV… AIR-CONDITIONED.

Teens wax poetic in Downtown slam
By Sara G. Levin
For the first time in nine years, Brave New Voices, the annual youth poetry slam festival organized by Youth Speaks in San Francisco, will take place in New York City on April 25-29. Teens from across the U.S. will compete at venues Downtown, including the Bowery Poetry Club, CBGB Gallery, the Nuyorican Poets Café, The Culture Project and NYU.

Catching up with Village jazz veteran Gene Bertoncini
By Lee Metcalf
Jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini has turned chord playing into an art form. A longtime admirer and member of the Village jazz scene, Bertoncini’s beautiful chords are windows into the imagination and personal expression that is the essence of jazz.

In ‘Wolfpit,’ the children come in green clothing
By Jerry Tallmer
The son of Bessie Bighead and Mrs. Cherry Owen has brought two green children of the 12th century into the world of the 21st century in a theater three flights up on Manhattan’s West 43rd Street. The ghost of Jean Cocteau hovers in the wings.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“On a Clear Day” (+) This picture was filmed in Scotland, and because of the strong accents, I often found it difficult to understand what was being said. Fortunately on those occasions, the body language of the actors enabled me to follow along and empathize with the characters.
“4” (-) Most of the people waiting in line at the Cinema Village theater to see this Russian film, which received rave reviews, were speaking Russian. The movie is made up of three segments all taking place in Russia after, I believe, the breakup of the Soviet Union.


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