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Volume 76, Number 11
August 2 - 8, 2006


Editorial/ Op-Ed

Notebook
Slices of life from the Meat Market’s bad old days
By Patricia Fieldsteel
My friend Arthur, known in my Villager columns as “Arthur from across the street,” and I e-mail each other daily. Now that I live in Provence, I suppose you could say, he’s “Arthur from across the ocean,” but we still talk as if we were just across Jane St. Arthur usually begins by describing his day.

Letters to the editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Editorial Cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Police blotter

Scene

Who needs the Hamptons?
Lunchtime near Water St., cooling off in the East River under the Brooklyn Bridge.


News In Brief

Riders keep on rolling

Power pours it on

Guest House owner must get house in order, politicians say

Attempted break-in

City errs again by appealing Wash. Sq. ruling
Immediately following the July 25 ruling by State Supreme Court Justice Emily Jane Goodman enjoining the Washington Square Park renovation, the city and Parks Department said they would wait and decide their course of action. This week, the city said it would appeal the ruling. This comes as disappointing news, on several levels.

Youth/Sports

Team sports are scoring big with women in the city
By Judith Stiles
These days in the sweltering heat, you might not find as many pickup basketball games as usual in the city parks, where the asphalt gets so hot it toasts the soles of even the best basketball shoes. Karleen Sage, a hardcore, city b-ball girl who plays 30 to 40 hours a week, prefers to move inside to the air-conditioned gym of the Sol Goldman Y on E. 14th St., where she comfortably burns up the court with her speed and slick moves.

"Serving West and East Village, Chelsea, SoHo, NoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown and the Lower East Side"


Villager photo by Clayton Patterson

A shaken-up Elizabeth Ruf-Maldonado is consoled by Barry Allen as she calls the Department of Environmental Protection to try to stop the destruction of St. Brigid Church’s stained-glass windows Friday morning.

NEWS

Fountain fight goes on; City says ruling doesn’t hold water
By Albert Amateau
The city on Tuesday decided to appeal a State Supreme Court ruling that the Department of Parks and Recreation would have to resubmit plans for the redesign of the Washington Square Park fountain and fountain plaza to Community Board 2 and the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

No reservations about dropping hotel-height B.S.A. challenge
By Gerard Flynn
Following what he calls significant community concessions, a Manhattan attorney has withdrawn his case with the Board of Standards and Appeals against a 16-story luxury hotel at 4 E. Third St.


Attempt to raze St. Brigid’s tests East Villagers’ faith
By Lincoln Anderson
It was an anxious week for East Villagers who have been fighting to save the turn-of-the-century old P.S. 64 and 158-year-old St. Brigid’s Church from demolition. Some neighbors and activists have been involved in both struggles, and probably could have used a scorecard to keep up with the flurry of emergency press conferences outside the two historic Avenue B buildings — located just a block apart — plus a candlelight vigil and court hearing.


INSIDE
Conceding nothing, N.Y.U. starts building megadorm
By Lincoln Anderson
Work recently started on New York University’s new 26-story dormitory on the former site of St. Ann’s Church on E. 12th St., which, when completed, will be the East Village’s tallest building — and neighbors and preservationists are saying they’ve been duped.

Protesters rally, but developer says he wants a deal
By Lincoln Anderson
A week after workers started chipping away at the exterior details of the old P.S. 64 on E. Ninth St., local politicians and community residents rallied outside the building to express their outrage and also their resolve.

Expert on cafes, Gormley brings a lot to the table
By Lincoln Anderson
With a straight-shooting attitude, a law degree and a probably the most knowledge about sidewalk cafe regulations of anyone in the city, Bob Gormley has a lot to offer in his new job as district manager of Community Board 2.

Freeing the ’Net through wind-powered wireless
By Lincoln Anderson
Last month, Paul Garrin celebrated his birthday on a penthouse terrace atop the Christodora House on Avenue B. Seventeen stories above Tompkins Square Park, it was a serene setting, with sweeping views of the East Village and across the river to Williamsburg

With noiseless staff and plates, new arts club wins backyard O.K.
By Albert Amateau
The founders of a London club whose members are drawn from the art world are planning a Manhattan version of the club in a landmarked row house on W. 14th St.

Officer said to have started fight; Other guy is arrested
By David Spett
An intoxicated police officer started a fight at the Yuca Bar and Restaurant on Avenue A at Seventh St., said a witness to the event who spoke on condition of anonymity. The incident took place around 10 p.m. on July 26, he said.

Christopher St. merchants say they’re taking a beating, literally
By Albert Amateau
Merchants on Christopher St. around Hudson St. are saying raucous and sometimes violent crowds, mostly young and gay people who spend summer nights and early mornings on the nearby Hudson River pier, are harassing them, but that local officials are ignoring their pleas for help.

Monroe’s gone, but not forgotten, on E. Second St.
By Jefferson Siegel
Last month, several dozen people gathered in the spacious, peaceful confines of the Marble Cemetery on Second St. between First and Second Aves. to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the interment there of President James Monroe.

Nightclub’s reopening is not music to board’s ears
By Janet Kwon
Mehanata Meyhane: rowdy club or cultural hub?. Mehanata’s new owner, Serdar Ilhan, says that along with the establishment’s new digs at 113 Ludlow St., it’s had an image swap as well.

Skeptics still smell a food kiosk in works for park
By Albert Amateau
Recent storms have delayed the repaving project in the east side of Stuyvesant Square Park. The delay means that the park east of Second Ave. will not be reopened to the public until mid-August.



Arts & Entertainment



Sweatin’ to Djoniba’s drums
By Sara Levin
Djoniba Mouflet, a smiling Martinique native with boulders for shoulders and a big personality to match, is one of those rare dance teachers who inspires a near cultish devotion from his students.

Blood on the tracks
By Jerry Tallmer
I can still remember The Tomato bouncing in to the newspaper where I was working, her arms loaded with a batch of her husband’s wondrous photographs of steam engines of days gone by.

The virtuosos of summer
The summer is flying by, as summers do, but it’s not too late to plan a classical music excursion right in the neighborhood.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koc
“Shadowboxer” (-) Although this interesting film held my attention, in the end I found it ridiculous.
“Changing Times” (+) Two grand stars, Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu, dominate this film, but their fellow actors do a fine job as well. Most important, the script is stunning.


From club kids to kitsch: Michael Torres & Ryan Lance
By Scott Harrah
Michael Torres and Ryan Lance have been fixtures in the Downtown scene since the mid-1980s, when they made names for themselves in nightclub circles as the drag duo The Fashion Patrol.



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