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Volume 75, Number 51
May 10 - 16, 2006

Editorial/ Op-Ed
Emergency! Old P.S. 64 must be landmarked A.S.A.P.
Thanks to a last-minute injunction by Appellate Court Judge David Saxe on Tuesday, no scaffolding is currently being erected around the old P.S. 64 on E. Ninth St. and no demolition of its Baroque revival-style, cast-stone window trim can currently proceed. Yet, Gregg Singer, the owner of the turn-of-the-century building, has permits allowing both the scaffolding and the scraping of the building’s exterior.

East River Park is the United Nations of soccer
By Fred Soffa
The World Cup is upon us. Alternately billed as the world’s largest sporting event or the world’s largest television event, the 64 final games rocket the world’s attention to soccer. Yet at East River Park, just off E. Sixth St., there is a soccer field that qualifies, if not as the World Cup of soccer, than at least as its United Nations.

Letters to the editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Editorial Cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Police blotter


News In Brief

Pot pulp

Before hotel, a hole

Gramercy Park marks 175 years


Rowena Doyel, 84, Chelsea advocate, block leader
Rowena Doyel, a Chelsea preservation advocate and former president of the 400 W. 20th St. Block Association and of the Council of Chelsea Block Associations, died on Fri. May 5 at Cabrini Medical Center at age 84.


Every pitch counts, as Red Sox sock the Cubs, 6-1
By Judith Stiles
On a lazy and lovely Friday evening in May, it was the bottom of the fourth inning at J.J. Walker Field, when a flurry of questions rocketed through the outfield and from base to base like a ball in search of an out. Even in the stands, everyone was buzzing about whether or not the Little League pitcher for the Red Sox, Basil Lyons, had reached his pitching limit of 75 pitches.

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Jan Clausen, a New School University creative writing teacher, at Tuesday’s press conference protesting John McCain’s speaking at the university’s commencement.


Judge blocks work to strip old P.S. 64’s historic facade
By Lincoln Anderson
East Village activists fighting to landmark the old P.S. 64 on E. Ninth St. won some breathing room on Tuesday, when Appellate Court Judge David Saxe extended an injunction barring developer Gregg Singer from stripping off the building’s terra cotta window trim. Another judge, Faviola Soto, on Monday had refused to extend the temporary injunction the activists had gotten on Saturday barring any demolition over the weekend, after which the activists appealed.

Call for end to exemptions on licenses for new bars
By Albert Amateau
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver held a five-hour public hearing last Friday about a bill to drastically limit the number of new liquor licenses in neighborhoods oversaturated by bars and lounges.

New School University is up in arms over McCain as graduation speaker
By Lincoln Anderson
New School University President Bob Kerrey’s choice of Senator John McCain as graduation keynote speaker is drawing protest from hundreds of students, faculty and staff who say McCain’s political views are an affront to the university’s traditional progressive core values.

Long-overdue Soho library may open at summer’s end
By Alex Schmidt
Nearly two years after ground was broken for the first Soho library branch, opening day is on the horizon. Workers are refacing masonry, painting walls and welding metal awnings in preparation for the big day, which the New York Public Library has said will be in late summer.

S.V.A. to build dorm on Third Ave. site that N.Y.U. originally wanted
By Lincoln Anderson
Following New York University’s calling off negotiations for a vacant development site on Third Ave. and 10th St., the School of Visual Arts last Thursday announced it had signed a long-term lease for the property, 47 Third Ave., with plans of opening a new 100-student residence hall.

Buildings threatens to revoke permit on E. 5th St.
By Lincoln Anderson
With Borough President Scott Stringer and Councilmember Rosie Mendez leading the way, the acting borough commissioner of the Department of Buildings delivered a letter to the developer of 515 E. Fifth St. on Monday warning that his permit would be revoked if he fails to answer questions about the renovations he’s doing.

Wash. Sq. project is revised after overbudget bids
By Lincoln Anderson
A total of three bids for the construction work for phase one of the Washington Square Park renovation plan were received by the Parks Department last month and all were way over budget. Parks is now “rescoping” the bid and will reissue another bid request.

Cipriani says arrivederci to Pier 57 Leonardo plan
By Lincoln Anderson
The $250 million Leonardo at Pier 57 redevelopment project in the Hudson River Park has hit a major stumbling block, as Cipriani has pulled out of a partnership with the Witkoff Group under which Cipriani would have operated a spacious upscale catering and banquet hall on the pier.

Arts & Entertainment

An almost totally autobiographical play
By Jerry Tallmer
The two main characters of a play called “Based on a Totally True Story” are a couple of writers in their late 20s or early 30s who meet cute in a coffee joint in Chelsea and become boyfriends and have a number of professional and interpersonal problems, especially the one named Ethan Keene, who is all tangled up in trying to shape a movie script from one of his own plays to the satisfaction of a Hollywood producer named Mary Ellen Eustice who keeps telling him how much she loves his stuff except for just one or two tiny little things – like the way he kills off all his characters by drowning them in a vengeful ocean.

Dreadlocked violinist strikes new chords
By Steven Snyder
Daniel Bernard Roumain — better known in music circles as DBR — is a violinist and composer who works like a chef, decorating a main course of classical music with a dose of hip-hop, a dash of rock-and-roll, and just a pinch of R&B. The genre-bending musician is equally at home in a classical recital in Chicago one week and a head-banging rock crowd at the Knitting Factory the next. And he sees the blurring of these musical definitions — the ease with which any musical genre can be accessed in the digital age — as a wonderful thing.

Mahen Bonetti, ambassador of African film
By Judith Stiles
While some film buffs scoured Tribeca for the latest and greatest in so-called independent films, true aficionados followed Mahen Bonetti uptown to Lincoln Center to sample a cornucopia of extraordinary movies in the thirteenth annual New York African Film Festival, which runs till May 29 at various locations (visit www.africanfilmny.org for times and listings).

Celebrating Off-Off Broadway in a Peculiar Works Way
By Bonnie Rosenstock
“How do you get to the Old Reliable Theater Tavern?” In the East Village of the 1960s, the knowing response would be, “Just turn left at the burning automobile,” related playwright/director Michael McGrinder, quoting a fellow survivor. Back then, getting to East 3rd Street between Avenues B and C was an act of bravery, desperation or foolhardiness, as anything past Third Avenue was the Wild, Wild Dangerous East.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“United 93” (+)
Although everyone in the theater knew the terrible outcome of the Newark United 93 flight en route to Los Angeles, I would be surprised if they weren’t as riveted to the screen as I was during this extraordinary film. If they reacted as I did, they were silently weeping throughout the movie.

Blowing the lid off the Downtown classical scene
By Michael Clive
What music critics do for a living rarely resembles real journalism, but I’ve just received news that bears on national security — that is, the job security of composers of American nationality — while also bringing to light an upcoming classical event of compelling local interest. Your concert-going future could hang in the balance.


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