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Volume 76, Number 6
June 28 - July 4, 2006

Editorial/ Op-Ed
The public needs time to review memorial report
The words “finally settled” will not be able to be applied to World Trade Center questions for a very long time, but last week Frank Sciame did open the way for progress on the memorial. Sciame’s report to the governor and mayor outlining $285 million worth of cost savings makes it a more doable project.

Talking Point
What would Eleanor do, Senator Clinton?
By Ed Gold
Dear Sen. Clinton:
As a  longtime supporter, I  am moved  to make a friendly  and heartfelt  suggestion: It’s  time for you to have  another  talk with Eleanor Roosevelt.

Letters to the editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Editorial Cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Police blotter

News In Brief
Scores dressed down at C.B. 4

New Greenmarket will blossom on Orchard


Pola Fluss, 76, colorist whose customers included Marilyn Monroe, dies
Pola Fluss, co-owner with her husband, Norbert, of a hairdressing establishment in the Village for 45 years, died June 7 in Calvary Hospice in New Jersey at the age of 76.

For Adrienne Miller, Ohio is a state of mind
By Aileen Torres
Adrienne Miller, the former literary editor of Esquire, knew she would one day leave that position. As a writer herself, she treated it as a day job, working late nights to complete her own first novel over a period of five years. The result is “The Coast of Akron” (Picador, $14), a character-driven novel populated by “striving Midwesterners,” as Miller, who lives in the West Village, puts it.


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Dressed to wed: Many revelers at Sunday’s LGBT Pride Parade were hoping New York legalizes same-sex marriage soon.

Out and about! Gay pride marchers revel; pols talk marriage
By Paul Schindler
Sunday’s LGBT Pride Parade, marking the 37th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion of June 1969, survived largely unscathed from threatening dark clouds and thick humid air that unleashed only one heavy downpour, a half hour before the noon step-off.


S.L.A.’s Daniel walks into Soho lions’ den
By Albert Amateau
The State Liquor Authority chairperson came to a public forum Downtown on Monday and promised a new era in which the agency would be tougher on applications in neighborhoods where bars and clubs are shattering the late night peace.

Derr romps; newbies may shift C.B. 2’s business policy
By Ed Gold
Maria Passannante Derr scored a strong win for reelection Thursday as chairperson of Community Board 2, well ahead of her challenger, David Reck, the board’s Zoning Committee chairperson, by a vote of 28-15, after one of the most acrimonious campaigns in recent C.B. 2 history.

Search for détente on E.U.
By David Spett
Some members of the E. Fourth St. A-B Block Association have shifted their opinion on a beer and wine license for the European Union restaurant, a turn of events that may allow the restaurant to sell alcohol after all.

2 cyclists killed, 1 walker injured in traffic accidents
By Albert Amateau
A Brooklyn filmmaker bicycling in the rain to his job on the West Side on Monday morning died when he fell under the wheels of an 18-wheel truck on a stretch of W. Houston St. under reconstruction at LaGuardia Pl.

Food seller hopes outdoor market is ripe for a competitor
By Albert Amateau
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation made its annual awards on June 22 at Judson Memorial Church on Washington Sq. S. for the people, places and institutions that contribute to the special character of the Village.

Chelsea seminary drops 4 stories off its tower plan
By Albert Amateau
General Theological Seminary last week scaled back its plans to build a 17-story tower on the Ninth Ave. side of its Chelsea campus.

With a little love in the shack, taco stand may reopen
By Alexis Swerdloff
Fifteen minutes before the East Village Nightlife Task Force made their first surprise visit to Snack Dragon Taco Shack back in mid-March, a philosophy major from the New School took off all of his clothes, walked into the middle of Avenue B and performed a naked back flip for a free taco.

Shaw to leave Union Square business group
By Albert Amateau
After four and a half years as executive director of the Union Square Partnership, Karen Shaw has told the group that runs the city’s first Business Improvement District that she will step down at the end of the week

Village’s people, bars and even a stoop are honored
By Albert Amateau
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation made its annual awards on June 22 at Judson Memorial Church on Washington Sq. S. for the people, places and institutions that contribute to the special character of the Village.

Father keeps watch over park’s dinosaur memorial
By Anindita Dasgupta
Greg Richards and his family refer to the small park on Downing St. as, “The Dinosaur Park,” on account of the five-and-half foot yellow dinosaur located in the middle of the park. Sometimes he and his wife sing “the dinosaur song” with their three-year old twins before they come to the park. To the Richards and many other Village families, the dinosaur serves as a climbing and resting spot for children.

Arts & Entertainment

In ‘Some Girl(s),’ women win battle of sexes
By Scott Harrah
Eric McCormack spent nearly a decade playing the lovable lawyer Will Truman on “Will & Grace,” a groundbreaking TV sitcom that was hugely successful and also was one of the first to feature openly gay male characters. In Neil LaBute’s “Some Girl(s),” McCormack’s character Guy is a far cry from the happy-go-lucky homosexual Will.

Uptown gallery revisits Ninth St. exhibit
By Rachel Youens
At the uptown gallery David Findlay Jr. Fine Art, a selection of paintings and sculpture by nine painters who participated in the legendary 9th Street Show in 1951 is an opportunity to revisit a watershed moment in the formation of the New York School of art.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“A Prairie Home Companion” (-) I did not enjoy this movie, but many will simply because it was directed by the icon, Robert Altman. Although Altman has directed terrific films like “Nashville,” he has made terrible ones like “Quintet” as well. 
“Loverboy” (-) Kevin Bacon directed this movie, based on a novel by Victoria Redel, and his wife, Kyra Sedgwick, stars in it. Why Bacon and Sedgwick would lend their enormous talents to this grotesque and unbelievable script is a mystery to me.  Their acting ability is wasted in this film.

A King Lear who just might throw a chair at you
By Jerry Tallmer.
King Lear was sitting in his Chrysler Minivan in Brooklyn Heights, waiting for the parking-okay hour of 11 a.m, the morning after his opening night at Ellen Stewart’s La MaMa on East 4th Street. The drama runs three and a half hours, so Lear, also known as Alvin Epstein, hadn’t had much sleep.


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