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Volume 76, Number 8
July 12 - 18, 2006

Editorial/ Op-Ed
Planning Seward Park sites: Let’s do it right this time
It was encouraging to see on Monday night that Community Board 3 is game to tackle one of the most thorny and seemingly intractable issues in all of Lower Manhattan: the redevelopment of the remaining Seward Park Urban Renewal Zone sites.

Christians’ opposition to gay marriage is irrational
By Reverend Dr. Donna Schaper
It was in 1990, late in the day at the First Congregational Church in Riverhead. Two women came in and looked me straight in the eye and said, “Can we get married?” I remember saying, “No,” much too quickly and with a touch of bitterness

Letters to the editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Editorial Cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Police blotter

News In Brief

Tasini slams Clinton on marriage; says she promotes ‘discrimination’

New hotels coming in Chinatown area on Grand and Chrystie Sts.

MTV, heavy artillery on the L.E.S.

Concert for the sunken plaza


Richard Douglas Pounds, led restoration of Washington Square Arch, dies at 49
Richard Douglas Pounds, a longtime Village resident and a conservator who designed the restoration of the Washington Square Arch and worked on projects including Grand Central Station, City Hall and the Appellate Courthouse on Madison Square Park, died June 3 of a heart attack at a work site a month before his 50th birthday.

Vittorio Capparelli, 67, chef and owner of Bleecker Italian restaurant and painter
Vittorio Capparelli, chef and owner of Vittorio Cucina Regionale Italiana and a painter whose works are displayed on the walls of his restaurant at 308 Bleecker St., died July 4 after a brief illness, in New York Presbyterian Hospital at the age of 67.

Lloyd Richards: Father of revolution
By Jerry Tallmer
He was the quietest, most sedate revolutionary you ever saw in your life. Probably would have been upset if you called him a revolutionary. Might have said: “No, what I am is a teacher.” His classroom was the theater.

Remembering the unforgettable Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
Among professional musicians and thoughtful listeners, the talk this week has been of the death of the great American mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. But the talk has been oddly muted. In death as in life, Hunt Lieberson’s artistry seems to beggar mere words. Her performances were in a realm beyond conventional praise, and left critics groping for ways not to say “you had to be there.”


Youngsters are learning bad examples from the pros
By Judith Stiles
After Bobby McCarthy, a good-natured boy from New York City, was airlifted to a trauma center with a lacerated liver and three broken ribs after being tackled in a soccer match, it begs the question, why even didn’t the perpetrator on the other team receive a measly yellow card — a warning — and what is causing such an increase in violent and dangerous play in youth soccer?

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Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

Chuck Close in his Bond St. studio in front of a portrait of his father-in-law that he is currently working on.

Chuck Close tries to keep walls from closing in on him in Noho
By Lincoln Anderson
Renowned portrait painter Chuck Close has lived in an array of loft spaces in the Village area since 1967. He lived with other artists in a building New York University owned on W. Third St., but eventually the university threw everyone out.


Lower heights, low-cost units in E.V./L.E.S. rezoning plan
By Lincoln Anderson
Community board members and housing activists got a first glimpse Monday night of a preliminary draft proposal for a sweeping rezoning of the East Village and half of the Lower East Side that would curb development of tall condo towers and hotels and include incentives for providing affordable housing in new construction projects.

Mother of all bummers: Saddam fears he’ll ‘hang,’says Clark
By Mary Reinholz
Not long before final defense arguments began for Saddam Hussein in Baghdad this week, Ramsey Clark, the former U.S. Attorney General under President Lyndon B. Johnson who is now one of Saddam’s lawyers, was spotted walking along 14th St. not far from the International Action Center, the militant antiwar organization he founded.


Thousands rally in Village after marriage setback
By Andy Humm
On the very evening of the day New York’s highest court ruled them second-class citizens, thousands of angry L.G.B.T. people and supporters rallied in Sheridan Square to listen to denouncements of the Court of Appeals majority and remonstrations to demand the right to marry for same-sex couples from the Legislature in Albany.

Trust will try again to land a developer for Pier 40
By Albert Amateau
Three years after the collapse of a request-for-proposals process to redevelop Pier 40 for commercial uses and public recreation, the Hudson River Park Trust is drafting a new request for proposals.

10th cops earn crop of awards
By Albert Amateau
The 10th Precinct last week gave its Cop of the Year Award to Officer Louis Scala, a member of the Chelsea precinct for the past 13 years, for making more than 40 arrests over the past 12 months in connection with crimes ranging from robberies and burglaries to assaults and grand larcenies.

Shopping at Orchard Corset is an uplifting experience
By Ronda Kaysen
Ralph Bergstein looms large in his tiny, utilitarian shop on Orchard St. With thick, puffy hands and a wild, red beard, he hunches behind the narrow counter, rifling through the hundreds of hand-labeled, rectangular boxes filled with endless brands of brassieres. When his wife calls out for a bra, he tosses one her way.

The Place hopes it will avoid being shown the door
By Janet Kwon
With folded arms and slightly slumped shoulders, Alexander Achilleos showed visible signs of worry. His white linen shirt creased near the collar as he bent over an iced drink. Around him, chattering New Yorkers filed into The Place, his cozy, candlelit restaurant, for a Saturday evening dinner.

Commuters keep ridin’ that train after terror plot
By Anindita Dasgupta
Only a week after the Department of Homeland Security announced the Holland Tunnel and PATH commuter trains had been potential targets for terrorist attacks, commuters continued using the PATH, only slightly deterred by the news.

Garlic run’s motorcycle mayhem doesn’t go down well with Gerson
By David Spett
The 19th annual motorcycle charity event known as Gooch’s Garlic Run was held in Little Italy on Wed. June 21 and probably raised nearly $50,000 for charity, an event sponsor said.

Famed deli where many a sandwich was chewed will be a dental office
By Jefferson Siegel
For decades mavens sank their teeth into the succulent pastrami on rye sandwiches that made the 2nd Ave. Deli famous. Now all those alter kockers can come back to the corner of E. 10th St. to have those rye bread seeds cleaned from their teeth.

Getting on-the-job film training while on location
By Anindita Dasgupta
At age 10, Morgan Miller made the decision to someday go into filmmaking after watching the movie “Trainspotting,” whose tagline ironically was: “Choose life. Choose a job…Choose your future….”

Political ice cream may have brief run at theater
By David Spett
It was recently reported that Ben & Jerry’s may be opening an ice cream mega-store at the corner of Union Square East and 15th St., home to the Daryl Roth Theatre since 1996

Arts & Entertainment

Smells like teen spirit
By Rachel Fershleiser
A century ago, German playwright Frank Wedekind’s “Spring Awakening” was finally produced, fifteen years after it was written. The controversial drama, about a group of naïve teenagers whose budding sexual urges lead them to disaster, was intermittently edited or outright banned until the early nineteen seventies. Last week an uncensored rock-musical adaptation debuted at Atlantic Theater Company.

Demystifying flamenco for Nueva Yorkers
By Bonnie Rosenstock
Flamenco dancer Soledad Barrio, 40, and her small troupe of singers, guitarists and male dancers, have been performing to sold-out shows at the intimate Theater 80 on St. Mark’s Place since June. It is the eighth or ninth time her company, Noche Flamenca, has performed at this venue since she founded it with husband Martin Santangelo in 1993.

When the cop and criminal are one
By Steven Snyder
There are conflicting agendas in “A Scanner Darkly,” which wants to be a film both about the intruding, invasive omnipresence of the government, and the struggles of those who find themselves addicted to life-altering drugs.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“Superman Returns” (-) Boring. How so many reviewers could give this film four stars is beyond me. I confess that I rarely enjoy a full-length movie based on a cartoon, but some are better than others. This one is simply pretentious. “Spider-Man,” which I didn’t really enjoy, was better than this film in terms of plot and acting.
“The Devil Wears Prada”(-) Many people anxiously awaited the release of this hyped film based on the best-selling novel by Lauren Weisberger. It is a ridiculous flop. The script is among the worst of the year and the acting is very trite and ordinary.


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