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Volume 76, Number 9
July 19 - 25, 2006

Editorial/ Op-Ed
Trump deals a crooked hand on condo-hotel
Donald Trump and Downtown. The words just don’t seem to go together. But now The Donald is hoping to build his newest addition to the Manhattan skyline, a 45-story, so-called condo-hotel on Soho’s western border in Hudson Square.

My early financial education: The first hedge fund
Daniel Meltzer
Hedge funds are a big deal today, but they are nothing new. When I was a kid several decades ago, I ran my own.
In our part of Brooklyn back in the day, nobody clipped coupons or knew from beans about stocks. In the middle of the 20th century our middle class was the working class; we got our income by actually working for it.

Letters to the editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Editorial Cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Police blotter



News In Brief

Keep off, doggunnit!

Azzurri fever in Little Italy


Getting into the swim of things during the summer
By Judith Stiles
For some city dwellers on a hot summer day, the idea of a dip in the local pool is not a refreshing thought at all. Rather, it can be a very scary proposition for one who never learned how to swim. Sometimes, one bad pool experience as a child can fester and last into the teen years, and by adulthood can become a full-blown water phobia.

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Villager photo by Robert Kreizel

Kids keep their cool
Some young East Villagers cooled off at the Tompkins Square Park pool during the heat wave on Tuesday.

Trump’s ‘Trojan horse hotel’ doesn’t get out of gate at C.B. 2
By Gerard Flynn
Community activists got a step closer to toppling Donald Trump’s plans for a 45-story hotel in Hudson Square following a decision Thursday by Community Board 2’s Zoning Committee to reject the project on legal grounds.


Street artists have a brush with police over rules
By David Spett
Rick Lee, a First Precinct community affairs police officer, gave this description of Soho’s street artists:
“They’re rude, they urinate in doorways, they’re vulgar, they fight, they’re drunk.”

Rights center tries to build on wins vs .Bush & Co.
By Jerry Tallmer
On Nov. 10, 1942, Winston Churchill rose in the House of Commons a few days after the defeat of Rommel’s Afrika Korps at El Alamein.
“Now this is not the end,” said the prime minister. “It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”


13th St. undulating-glass building gives Zoning Committee the jitters
By Gerard Flynn
Donald Trump wasn’t the only developer to get the thumbs down from Community Board 2’s Zoning Committee during its meeting at Housing Works on W. 13th St. on Thursday evening.

Soho woman protests police setup
By Albert Amateau
A Soho resident who thought she was going to be a good Samaritan when she picked up an apparently forgotten shopping bag on a bench on the Columbus Circle No. 1 subway platform on the afternoon of June 14, ended up spending five hours in the Midtown Community Court and being booked for petit larceny.

In a chorus of their own, gay youth find their voice
By Lawrence Lerner
When music enthusiasts think of gay vocal groups, the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus likely comes to mind. The 250-member outfit celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, moving regularly between Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and other world-class New York City venues, while sharing the stage with a who’s who of vocal and musical luminaries, including Liza Minnelli, Stephen Sondheim and Carol Channing.

Hanoi millionaire’s son to Village sandwich maker
By Lesley Sussman
Billy Dang took a break from behind the busy food counter at Nicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches, at 150 E. Second St., to talk about Vietnam. He recalled memories of being a child and one of the boat people who were forced to leave that country and a family that he says were once “as wealthy as the Trumps.”

Judge slam dunks Basketball City, orders it to vacate pier
By Albert Amateau
Basketball City’s desperate grip on Pier 63 ended this week when a federal Bankruptcy Court judge ordered the sports facility to surrender the pier at W. 23rd St. to the Hudson River Park Trust on Sept. 1.

Despite setbacks, St. Brigid advocates keep the faith
By Albert Amateau
The effort to save St. Brigid’s Church on Avenue B, built by Irish shipwrights in 1848 during the great famine in Ireland, is still alive despite two adverse court decisions, and the failure of an anonymous “angel” to convince the Catholic Archdioceses to give up its intention to demolish the derelict building.

New Greenmarket sprouts up on the Lower East Side
By Janet Kwon
A ceremonial squash cutting opened the first day of a new Greenmarket location on Orchard St. between Broome and Delancey Sts. on Sun. July 9. The Orchard St. market is one of 10 new Greenmarket locations that debuted this summer and the very first on the Lower East Side.

Stringer gives failing grade on education councils
By Anindita Dasgupta
Borough President Scott Stringer is calling for action from the Department of Education to address what he calls the failing performance of Manhattan’s Community Education Councils.

Yellow Rat Bastard said to exploit staff, have rats
By David Spett
A Soho clothing store and its eight affiliates are under fire from the economic justice group GOLES, Good Old Lower East Side, Inc., which is accusing the store of violating state labor laws.

After NEST fight, Ross charter lands at Tweed Court
By Anindita Dasgupta
Over the past four months, Sherill Collins, a prospective parent at Ross Global Academy charter school, has gone from being nervous to ecstatic, from ecstatic to devastated and finally from devastated to ecstatic again now that the search for the charter school’s location is over.

In the Meat Market
A special Villager supplement.

Hotel’s on track; Residential projects face backlash
By Lincoln Anderson
When the 13-story Hotel Gansevoort — with 187 rooms, glowing lights and a rooftop bar — opened two years ago, it transformed the Meat Market. With the new hotel, the neighborhood now was the place where someone could come and stay for a few days while enjoying the area’s restaurants, boutiques and dining; just what the area’s new businesses wanted.

Dia Museum would form art junction with High Line
By Albert Amateau
The Dia Art Foundation and the Bloomberg administration are in the midst of complex negotiations for a new Dia museum to be built on city-owned property at the proposed Gansevoort St. entrance of the High Line, the derelict railroad viaduct being transformed into a 1.5-mile-long elevated park.

Meat businesses may soon become even more rare
By Lincoln Anderson
The price of beef hasn’t changed much over the past year, and neither has the state of the meat businesses in the Meat Market. The number of meat businesses is holding steady at somewhere under 20, down from a historic high of 150 in the 1950s.

Meditating on buddha-bar’s impact; So far, so good
By Lincoln Anderson
Hulk Hogan’s aspiring-singer daughter, Brooke, and the wrestling legend himself recently hung there.
Supermodel Heidi Klum threw a bash at the place just the other week; no doubt, all the beautiful people made the scene.

A portrait of Market’s movers and shakers
By Lincoln Anderson
There’s an art to making it in the Meat Market, and now a painter is making art about the people who are making the Meat Market what it is today. Ruth Ro, who lives in Chelsea and has a studio on Little W. 12th St., is currently working on a new show, “Icons of the Meat Market,” consisting of portraits of 40 people who play a significant role in creating the character of the neighborhood.

New location fits tattoo clothing boutique to a T
By Janet Kwon
Entering the new Ed Hardy store on W. 13th St. is not like walking into your average T-shirt shop. Customers are cloaked in bright multicolored lights streaming down from tall, boxy light trees — a virtual red-carpet experience lifted directly from the pages of a glamorous Hollywood premiere. It doesn’t stop there.

Markt may not be long for the Market
Florent Morellet’s eponymous Gansevoort St. restaurant, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, was one of the pioneering Meat Market eateries long before the area was hip, when it was better known for S&M clubs.

Last tango in Gansevoort as studio is priced out
By Janet Kwon
A rousing melody of piano and strings blasted from a small stereo and filled the studio as Carina Moeller patiently went through a series of dance steps with her student. The two made their way around the dance floor, their movements in sync with the stirring beat of the tango music.

Corporations beef up their presence in Gansevoort
The big boys are moving into the Meat Market and surrounding area. Yes, the corporations are coming. And local business boosters aren’t viewing it as a sign that the end is near, like in the movie “The Corporation,” but as a signal that the “new Meat Market” is arriving.

Arts & Entertainment

Lascivious Biddies stir up own blend of “cocktail pop”
By Gillian Reagan
The scene was typical for the low-lit Makor Café – young couples and aging lovers holding hands under sleek, mahogany tables – but the performers they were about to see were unlike any “girl band” in New York. The wine sipping and whispering hushed as four 20-to-30-something women took the stage in black high heels and lustrous red dresses.

Hollywood’s golden era, by way of poetry — and now the stage
By Jerry Tallmer
Michael Boothroyd was an undergraduate at Emerson College, in Boston, in the mid-1980s, when he first read those lines. A graduate student, aware of Michael’s passion for Joan Crawford, had handed him a book containing that poem, which goes on for some 230 rich, dry, infectious lines, plus many other no less gemutlich poems about the great old Hollywood movies of the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s that Boothroyd was nightly  – maybe daily – soaking up at Cambridge’s Brattle Theater.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koc
Heading South (+) The subject matter of this film is unique: Western women travel to a Haitian resort to have sex with local young men.

In ‘Perfect Intimacy,’ photographer Lili Almog gets herself to a nunnery
By Aileen Torres
Women and their private spaces have become the trademark of Israeli Lili Almog’s work. As early as 1992, when she earned a degree in photography at the School of Visual Arts, she was inspired by art history and made collages referencing the depiction of women through time. Now an Upper West Sider, by way of Chelsea, she’s since stripped her methods down, and her ideas about women and the environments she chooses to shoot them in have come more to the fore.


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