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Volume 76, Number 13
August 16 - 22, 2006


Editorial/ Op-Ed
Keep Pier 40 R.F.P. shelved
As first reported by The Villager last week, the Hudson River Park Trust is preparing to issue another request for proposals, or R.F.P., for Pier 40 — the 14-acre pier that is one of the biggest areas of the 5-mile-long waterfront park.

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Third Ave. freeze out; Dorm zone must be downzoned
By Andrew Berman
On July 10, the city released a highly anticipated draft plan for rezoning the East Village and Lower East Side. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and many other community groups had been working with Community Board 3 and Councilmember Rosie Mendez to get the city to put forward just such a plan to preserve the neighborhood’s character — preventing out-of-scale and other inappropriate kinds of development and retaining or creating affordable housing.


Youth/Sports

Stars shine through rain at soccer field dedication
By Judith Stiles
Without a permit, playing pickup soccer games in New York City often means settling for asphalt surfaces, wedged in between basketball games, where backpacks are plunked on the ground in lieu of goalposts.

Gauchos hit stride, win 4
The Lower East Side Gauchos 14-and-under baseball team had its biggest weekend of the year. Facing as tough a schedule as could be played in the metropolitan area, they went 4-0 and moved into first place in the Parade Ground Summer League.

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Global warming isn’t sexy
Reverend Billy, the performance artist preacher, with his wife, Savitri D, behind him, “exorcised the chainsaws” from the Soho Victoria’s Secret store’s cash register on Sunday. Environmentalists are protesting the lingerie giant’s use of clear-cut trees from Canada’s Boreal Forest for its catalogues, charging it contributes to global warming.

NEWS

HOWL! runs out of breath, hopes to return next year
By Lincoln Anderson
“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked….” wrote Allen Ginsberg in the opening line of “Howl.”

Assembly candidates talk issues at first forum
By Jefferson Siegel
Three candidates running for Assembly in the East Side’s 74th District squared off in their first formal debate Monday night. In the basement meeting room of St. Nicholas Church on 10th St. in the East Village, incumbent Sylvia Friedman, Brian Kavanagh and Esther Yang laid out their positions for 100 local residents.


Quinn calls for scanners and cameras; Clubs want off-duty cops
By Albert Amateau
In response to recent murders of patrons of West Chelsea and Soho clubs, including an 18-year-old woman last month, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn on Aug. 8 proposed a package of measures to increase safety and security in nightlife venues throughout the city.

Tasini hopes to springboard off Lamont’s victory
By Jefferson Siegel
Politicians, whether they realize it or not, adhere to a tenet of the 19th-century Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard posited the notion of a “leap of faith” as a stage of human development. Those seeking public office must transition a similiar journey through often-lengthy campaigns, confident they can ultimately convince a majority of voters their intentions are trustworthy.

With deaths and clampdown, cyclists feel deflated
By Gerard Flynn
With four more cyclists killed in traffic accidents in New York over the past 10 days, biking enthusiasts are questioning whether their safety is a priority for the Bloomberg administration. The fatalities come as the Police Department is currently pushing new rules restricting public assembly, which the cyclists claim will endanger their lives even further.

Get back Jack, neighbors say, opposing sidewalk cafe
By Janet Kwon
Though Jack at 80 University Pl. has been characterized as a bistro, a French-cuisine restaurant or a friendly Sunday brunch spot, it should not be one with a sidewalk cafe, based on a unanimous vote by the City Council Zoning and Franchising Subcommittee. The subcommittee this week declined Jack’s application for a permit for an outdoor, unenclosed dining area.

V.A. Hospital to remain open, keep current services
By Albert Amateau
Mayor Bloomberg and the city congressional delegation last week hailed the announcement by R. James Nicholson, U.S. secretary of Veterans Affairs, that both V.A. hospitals, on First Ave. at E. 23rd St. in Manhattan and in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, would remain in operation.

Rev. Billy exorcises the devil from Victoria’s Secret
By Lincoln Anderson
Calling Victoria’s Secret’s catalogues evil incarnate, performance preacher Reverend Billy is ramping up his fire-and-brimstone campaign against the lingerie giant, demanding it stop using wood pulp from Canada’s Boreal Forest.

Arman developer: Bulk is down, sculpture going up
By Albert Amateau
The developer of the vacant Hudson Square lot where the late sculptor Arman turned scrap metal into art has decided to scale down its application for a residential project that exceeds the neighborhood’s zoning.

Close, but meeting on Noho project is postponed
By Lincoln Anderson
The debate over how a planned new building would affect the light to artist Chuck Close’s Noho studio was tentatively set to be heard by the Community Board 2 Zoning Committee last week. But, at the last minute, the developer’s attorney notified the committee’s chairperson they wanted to hold off until next month.

Vellonakis, Haberman, Vermeersch are appointed Westbeth directors
By Albert Amateau
The board of directors of Westbeth, the federally regulated nonprofit artists residence in the West Village, elected three new members at the end of last month.

George P. Penty, 77, political writer and editor
Ay Albert Amateau
George P. Penty, a writer and editor whose colleagues and cronies included such literary luminaries as Bruce Jay Friedman, Martin Cruz Smith, John Bowers and Dorothy Gallagher, died Aug. 5 at the age of 77 of congestive heart failure at the Village Nursing Home.

Arts & Entertainment

‘Seduced’ by the American Dream
By Noah Fowle
Dispensing with the sensationalism that covered newspapers at the time, Sam Shepard’s play “Seduced” took a peak behind the curtain of the Howard Hughes legend and crafted a tale of avarice, lust, power and purpose that might have characterized Hughes’ final days. First produced in 1979 in Providence, Rhode Island, Shepard’s work had already garnered widespread acclaim when he won the Pulitzer Prize for “Buried Child” that same year.

Kochon Film

The tall tail of the wounded sister and the Shih Tzu
By JERRY TALLMER
Christopher Boal pulled a cell phone out of his pocket and diddled with it for a couple of seconds. “There he is,” he said. “The same as on the flyer for the play.” The picture was of a fluffy, perky, worried-looking little dog with hair dangling before his eyes. Yes, same as on the flyer for “Crazy for the Dog.”

New Wave director, old film formula
By Leonard Quart
Claude Chabrol, Francois Trauffaut and Jean-Luc Godard were the leading members of the French New Wave in the 1960s. All New Wave directors were committed to a cinema that expressed a personal vision, and in very different ways they defied mainstream cinematic conventions.

O’Neill’s ‘Marco Millions’ is still on the money
By Scott Harrah
“Marco Millions,” a poetic, floridly written satire of the 13th century Asian travels of Italian explorer Marco Polo, is one of Eugene O’Neill’s lesser known, misunderstood, and perhaps most controversial plays. It was originally produced on Broadway in 1928 with lavish costumes and a cast of 19, including the legendary Alfred Lunt.

Villager People
Nancy Cooper’s rare finds
By Rachel Fershleiser
Nancy Cooper likens opening a box of donated books to Christmas morning; she loves to discover surprises. A life long Villager — and Villager reader — Cooper is an expert in evaluating rare and collectible books. She currently employs her skills at Housing Works Bookstore Café, the non-profit shop whose proceeds help to provide housing, healthcare, job training, and advocacy for New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS (full disclosure: I’m also on staff there).



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