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Volume 75, Number 49
April 26 - May 2, 2006


Editorial/ Op-Ed

The life and death of Jane Jacobs
Jane Jacobs, one of the greatest legends of Greenwich Village, died on Tuesday. Though she had moved to Toronto some years ago, Jacobs — who was 89 — will never be forgotten here. Greenwich Village, Soho, Little Italy and the Lower East Side would not be the same today without Jacobs’s pivotal efforts to save large parts of them from misguided planning and transportation schemes.

Talking Point
Double standards for the rich; justice isn’t blind
By ANTHONY PAPA
New York’s drug laws ensure that the privileged and connected receive leniency for the same offenses that send thousands of blacks and Latinos to prison.
Julia Diaco, the rich and connected so-called “Pot Princess” was sentenced on March 22 in Manhattan Supreme Court to five years’ probation for drug dealing.

McCain’s Straight Talk Express veers to the right
By Ed Gold
He may set a new record for political flip-flopping. As 2008 approaches, he has made some conspicuous adjustments on a variety of issues ranging from fiscal responsibility to right-wing extremists to Constitutional amendments.He has moved from occasional maverick to traditional conservative to a Bush ally who is steadily moving rightward.

Notebook
A moving moment for me and my books
By Andrei Codrescu
Here we go again, me and the books. Some of them have been with me for almost four decades, decaying perceptibly and imperceptibly as they were dragged from hills to seashores, from wintry cities to tropical rooms. The cold stiffened their spines and froze their pages, but that was nothing compared to the humidity of Louisiana that tried to dissolve them page by page, word by word.


Letters to the editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Editorial Cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Police blotter

Scene


News In Brief
Lampshades removed as park is set for ‘redecorating’

High Line zoning plan wins award

Joy at Lady of Sorrows, but other schools to close

Vesuvio will overflow with new improvements after renovation

Assembly hearing on bar issues

Youth/Sports

On day of called games, girls play one for the ages
By Judith Stiles
Buckets of rain pelted the region Saturday and Sunday, forcing Greenwich Village Little League to cancel their games, as grumpy young baseball players were left to twiddle their thumbs in front of the TV or sneak an occasional toss of the hardball in the living room when mom wasn’t looking.

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Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

Noshin’ in the rain
Despite off-and-on showers on Saturday, the fourth biannual Taste of Chinatown drew crowds of umbrella-toting food lovers eager to sample $1 and $2 dishes from 51 participating restaurants and food shops. The group Asian Women in Business created the event as a way to bring business to Chinatown, and this year printed coupon books to entice visitors.

Inside
Jane Jacobs, activist who saved Village, is dead at 89
By Albert Amateau
Jane Jacobs, a writer whose ideas transformed the principles of urban planning 45 years ago and a Village resident who led the fight to save an imperiled neighborhood until she moved with her family to Canada in 1968, died Tues. April 25.

Dissidents are raring for race after party dis, attack letter
By Lincoln Anderson
A group of Community Board 2 members are fuming over an anonymous attack letter that levels serious yet unsubstantiated charges at two of them, as well as a pointed snub by the board’s chairperson in not inviting five of them to her welcoming party for new board members.


Shaft. Can ya dig it?
By Jefferson Siegel
“...in an ocean or in a glass, cool water is such a gas.”
The Beach Boys sang their post-surfing paean to H2O, “Cool, Cool Water,” back in 1970, the same year that New York City began work on the largest capital construction project in the city’s history and possibly the largest public works project in the world, City Water Tunnel No. 3.


Punk record store no longer played in a changed Soho
By Lincoln Anderson
When Rocks in Your Head opened on Spring St. in 1978, it had only been a few years since artists had colonized the airy lofts in the formerly desolate manufacturing neighborhood. New York City’s punk and new wave music scene was flourishing, and Rocks in Your Head sold The Clash, Buzzcocks and Siouxsie and the Banshees albums before these bands even had American distributors.

Stop-work still in effect at former artists’ squat
By Lincoln Anderson
A partial stop-work order remains in place at 120 St. Mark’s Pl., after the Department of Buildings issued a stop-work order there on April 17.

After harrowing cat rescue, merchant now needs help
By Albert Amateau
Peter Myers, proprietor of the English deli in the West Villager where Molly the cat was rescued on April 14 after being trapped in an exterior wall for two weeks, was putting his shop back together last week.

First 2nd Ave. stops would connect with Downtown
By Josh Rogers
If the seventh decade proves to be the charm and fruitful work on the Second Ave. subway actually begins soon, Downtowners will get new service in the first phase of the project and will not have to wait yet another decade or two before they see any benefits.

Fifth precinct commander returns to his home turf
By Albert Amateau
Deputy Inspector Michael Lau became commanding officer of the Fifth Precinct on Jan. 2 of this year, not quite 20 years after he first set foot in the stationhouse on Elizabeth St. as a rookie cop.



Arts & Entertainment



Sandra Bernhard, rebellious as ever
By Jerry Tallmer
The Vanity Fair magazine of years ago had a monthly spot called “Impossible Interviews” in which a Covarrubias caricature would throw together in close proximity, oh, say, Albert Einstein and Mae West.

Hilarious banter keeps ‘Show People’ in business
By Scott Harrah
Prolific writer/director Paul Weitz directed the smash hit “American Pie,” penned last year’s Off-Broadway play “Privilege,” and wrote screenplays for the Oscar-nominated “About a Boy,” “In Good Company” and the new feature film “American Dreamz.” His latest Off-Broadway comedy, “Show People,” contains the same outrageous humor found in his Hollywood films, and many genuinely funny scenes, but its half-baked storyline and unfocused narrative both fall flat

Village People
Poet Harvey Shapiro, bard of New York
By Shani R. Friedman
Described as the “reigning laureate of New York’s vox populi” by The New York Times, poet Harvey Shapiro is no overnight success. He penned a dozen volumes of poetry over the last half-century while working as an editor at the Times, and his newest collection, “The Sights along the Harbour” (Wesleyan), recalls more than seventy years of a life consumed with verse.

Inside Iraq: Three war flicks premiere at Tribeca
By Steven Snyder
A growing cadre of renegade filmmakers are traveling overseas and returning with stories that reshape the way Americans see the Iraq war, far beyond the conflict’s traditional media coverage. Three of the latest Iraq documentaries will premiere side-by-side at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, each chronicling the stories of American soldiers, veterans and Iraqi insurgents with an intimacy that no other film or television documentary has yet captured.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“Brick” (-) This film reminded me of “A Clockwork Orange,” but it is not close to being a work of art as was the earlier film.
“Nathalie” (+) The French have an affinity for small, well-made films, and this is another fine trophy. “Nathalie” is not a brilliant film like “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” made in 1964 and starring Catherine Deneuve, which is still lovingly remembered by so many, but it is near two hours of rapt involvement with a stellar cast.



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