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Volume 76, Number 14
August 23 - 29, 2006

Editorial/ Op-Ed
Parade-permit proposals were way out of line
Marking the city’s latest volley in its ongoing skirmish with Critical Mass — and with protesters in general — the Police Department recently announced it would introduce new regulations for parade permits affecting everything from walking to biking.

A new lease on life, and back in the running again
By Arthur Z. Schwartz
My father died of a massive heart attack when I was 27. He was 58. It seemed that he’d never been sick in his life. He was a physician and knew, or so I thought, how to take care of himself — except for that “bursitis” he complained about in his left shoulder. It turned out it was his heart.

Letters to the editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Editorial Cartoon

Police blotter


News In Brief

Jazz fest set; Wigstock mothballed

Antifolk folks

Trees chopped in Chelsea by Cheyney (not Dick)


Inspirational G.V.L.L. coach receives award at Shea
By Judith Stiles
In the early 1970s when Carlo Saldana’s mother used to watch him play baseball, she had the best seat in town, perched on her windowsill overlooking the dirt field on the East River Drive near Sixth St. In those days, there was no formal Little League on the Lower East Side, and boys just put teams together and played baseball from dawn to dusk. Saldana remembers his mother yelling from the window, “Carlo, when are you coming up to eat!”

Gauchos add arm to stable of pitchers

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

Villager photo by Elissa Bogos

Father Eugene Sawicki of Our Lady of Vilnius, making phone calls in the church office, trying to save the church from being closed.

Lady of Vilnius and ‘Pretzels’and ‘Provolone’ may lose home
By Lincoln Anderson
In the latest threatened Downtown church closing, the Catholic Archdiocese of New York is planning to shutter Our Lady of Vilnius, a Lithuanian church on Broome St. in Hudson Square.

For once, Connor can’t get opponent off the ballot
By David Spett
Ken Diamondstone, who is challenging incumbent Martin Connor for the Democratic nomination for State Senate in the 25th District, is back on the ballot.

Tribeca rezoning goes down to the wire
By Ronda Kaysen with Janet Kwon
Local residents reached an agreement with developers over a plan to build residential towers along the north Tribeca waterfront, just hours before the City Council passed the proposal Wednesday.

Rebirth, and reunion, at historic Norfolk synagogue
By Jefferson Siegel
The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah centers on the story of a lamp with enough oil for one day that ultimately burned for eight.

Activists geared up to fight new bike, march rules
By Lincoln Anderson
Two hundred people, ranging from Critical Mass bicyclists to civil rights and community activists, turned out at St. Mark’s Church in the East Village last Thursday night for a lively “people’s public forum” on the new parade-permit regulations that were being proposed by the Police Department.

Huh? Old P.S. 64 owner offers to buy St. Brigid’s
By Lincoln Anderson
Crashing last Friday’s benefit to save St. Brigid’s Church was none other than Gregg Singer, the embattled owner of the nearby old P.S. 64. He even contributed to the fundraiser, though, he admitted, it was “not a lot of money.”

Governor candidate Suozzi says he’s in it to win it
By Jefferson Siegel
Tom Suozzi, Nassau County’s executive, brought his campaign for governor to the Village earlier this month. Suozzi strode into the second-floor meeting room at the Sol Goldman 14th St. Y dressed in a gray suit and wearing a Twin Towers American flag pin. He spoke confidently for half an hour, then fielded questions for almost another hour.

Like a ‘barbershop’ for photographers on E. 4th St.
By John Ranard
You will find photography’s best kept secret in a nondescript storefront on E. Fourth St. between Second Ave. and the Bowery. Inside 4th Street Photo Gallery sits Alex Harsley in front of rows of 16-inch-by-20-inch, black-and-white prints hanging salon style from wooden clips, like clothes on a laundry line. The photographs are all taken by Harsley, a few as many as 40 years ago.

Hold the beer, say a prayer; Block bucks trend with 5 churches, (gasp!) only 2 bars
By Lesley Sussman
In a neighborhood where three or more drinking establishments per block is not all that unusual, E. Seventh St. between Avenues B and C doesn’t seem to be in that kind of spirit.

Arts & Entertainment

Gurney takes a page from his life in ‘Indian Blood’
By Jerry Tallmer
You can take the boy out of Buffalo, but you can’t take Buffalo out of the boy. Though sometimes it does take a while for the boy to go back to the boy he was in the Buffalo that was. Like 60 years.

Downtown film captures another side of Julianne
By Jenny S. Halper
Something you should know about Julianne Moore: she has a sense of humor. Yes, there’s evidence in “Evolution,”  “Laws of Attraction,” and, if you rewind to her ingénue days in the mid-nineties, the Chris Columbus comedy “Nine Months,” in which the now-New Yorker played a pregnant ballet instructor trying to teach Hugh Grant about commitment. 

A gallery without borders
By Steven Snyder
In the art world there always seems to be a new ingenue, but for many artists in recent years, the hot new thing has been the alternative art space. William Smolen, a 25–year–old East Villager with his own lifestyle consulting practice as well as an eclectic background in art (Sotheby’s and MoMA’s Junior Associates Board), business (Goldman Sachs), government (he interned in Britain’s Parliament) and fashion (Armani), is the latest in a long line of curators trying to rethink the concept of the traditional art gallery.

Lights, cell phone camera, action!
By Steven Snyder
We’ve all seen them: Those people who walk around all day wearing wireless headsets, juggling a cell phone and iPod in one hand while typing out an e-mail on a Blackberry in the other. Technology has come to change not only the way we communicate, but the way we think about interacting with those around us. How many now prefer phone calls to face-to-face conversations? E-mails to phone calls? Instant messages to e-mails?

Koch On Film
By Ed Koc
“Half Nelson” (-)
I saw this movie at the Angelika Theater in Greenwich Village where I have lived since 1956. After the movie the writers, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, addressed the audience. They were honest, intelligent, funny and very impressive. Although I thoroughly enjoyed their discussion, I can’t say the same for their film.

What the Santa Fe Opera means to New Yorkers
By Michael Clive
“Yeah, summer festivals. We get the point.” My brother Dave and sister-in-law Gloria have heard me extol the virtues of off-season musical events about a thousand times. With the end of the summer festival season in sight, it was high time I took my own advice and joined them in Santa Fe.


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