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Volume 76, Number 16
September 6 - 12, 2006

Editorial/ Op-Ed
Back the tenant- backed buyout at Stuyvesant Town
The recent announcement by Metropolitan Life that it has put Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village on the block has sent shock waves through the middle-income enclave — and through the whole city, since it potentially represents a major challenge to working families’ very future in New York.

Talking Point
How Günter Grass drummed me out of an interview
By Jerry Tallmer
My stepfather, Peter Müller-Munk — my mother’s second husband — emigrated to New York in 1926 from the Berlin where he’d been born and raised. He was 22, a silversmith and starving artist. Three years before he set sail for America, there had occurred what came to be known as the Beer Hall Putsch in Munich, and the name of Adolf Hitler entered the ledger of history.

Letters to the editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Editorial Cartoon

Police blotter


News In Brief


Adam Goldstone, edgy and eclectic D.J., dies at 37
By Lincoln Anderson
Adam Goldstone, a well-known East Village D.J., was getting ready to do what he loved best, spin records, when he fainted in his RV at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert last Tuesday and died shortly afterwards.

Adam Petrella, 85, newsstand owner who had an artist’s soul
By Albert Amateau
Adam Petrella, who operated an idiosyncratic newsstand at the Bowery and Canal St. for 30 years and lived on the sixth floor of a walk-up nearby on Forsyth St., died two weeks ago in Florida while visiting his brother.


Soccer program’s goal is to increase school sports
By Judith Stiles
School bells are ringing as kids are loading up backpacks with as much as 40 pounds of textbooks that they will stoically haul around on their undersized bodies, day in and day out. You can bet kids are grumpy because this kind of heavy lifting is just about the most exercise they will get during school hours, with physical education classes being cut back in New York City to as little as 50 minutes a week.

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

Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

Last Wednesday, Soho and Noho residents and politicians lined part of W. Houston St., forming a symbolic safe bike lane, through which Councilmember Alan Gerson, left, led cyclists. From right: Borough President Scott Stringer, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, Soho activist Ian Dutton and Sean Sweeney, director of the Soho Alliance.


Friedman/ Kavanagh race is one for the ages
By Lincoln Anderson
With the Democratic primary election for Assembly in the East Side’s 74th District next Tuesday, most are calling it a two-person race between the incumbent, Sylva Friedman, and ambitious challenger Brian Kavanagh.

East Village D.J. dies at Burning Man festival
By Lincoln Anderson
Adam Goldstone, a well-known East Village D.J., was getting ready to do what he loved best, spin records, when he fainted in his RV at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert last Tuesday and died shortly afterwards. He was 37.

Pedalers and politicians get pumped about Houston lanes
By Albert Amateau
Elected officials and bicycle advocates created a temporary bike lane on W. Houston St. last week, protecting it from auto traffic with their own bodies in a demonstration demanding permanent bike lanes on the six-lane thoroughfare currently under reconstruction.

Connor and Diamondstone vie for State Senate in 25th District
By David Spett
In State Senate District 25, which includes most of Lower Manhattan and part of Brooklyn, 28-year veteran and former Senate Minority Leader Martin Connor is facing a primary challenge from landlord and political neophyte Ken Diamondstone.

Bringing the Commission Report to life
By Ronda Kaysen
“Path to 9/11” executive producer Marc Platt has an impressive resume. He produced “Legally Blonde” and “Legally Blonde 2,” the creepily funny “Happy Endings,” the HBO miniseries “Empire Falls” and the Broadway shows “Wicked” and “Three Days of Rain” with Julia Roberts.

Progressives go head to head for State Committee
By Ed Gold
A heated battle is shaping up between two longtime political figures, incumbent Larry Moss and challenger Arthur Schwartz, both seeking to represent the 66th Assembly District, which covers Greenwich Village and much of Lower Manhattan, as Democratic state committeeman.

Stiffed by Clinton on debate, Tasini sticks to his message
By Paul Schindler
“If you put my issues in one column and her issues in the other column, and you took our names off, I would win this primary and I don’t think it would be close.”

Three Civil Court candidates all bring experience
By David Spett
The race for Civil Court judge in Manhattan’s District 2 features three Democratic candidates: Margaret Chan, David Cohen and Andrea Masley.

Back to School
A Special Villager Supplement

School politics prove popular in state senator’s class
By Lawrence lerner
On a crisp, golden Friday morning this past spring, students dressed in jeans, T-shirts and other informal attire filed intermittently into a classroom at the Institute for Collaborative Studies, or I.C.E., a small, progressive school that occupies the fifth floor of the former Stuyvesant High School, on 15th St. just west of First Ave.

Middle schools at the top go beyond the basics
By Anindita Dasgupta
Parents at P.S. 3 and P.S. 41 in Greenwich Village are sending their children to some of the best specialized schools in the area. This year, some of the more popular middle schools were Clinton School for Writers and Artists, New York City Lab School for Collaborative Learning, Salk School of Science, and Simon Baruch Middle School.

Sixth grade is now in middle school, at least in District 1
By David Spett
With the Sept. 5 opening of public schools, sixth grade is now a part of middle school in Manhattan’s District 1.

N.Y.U.’s graduate students will keep pushing for union contract
By David Spett
Members of the New York University graduate students’ labor movement want the public to know that despite recent setbacks, they’re not going away.

Marbury gives mom assist with affordable sneakers
By Jane Flanagan
Have you purchased your kid’s back-to-school sneakers yet? Me neither. If past experience is any guide, I’ll get around to it by mid-October. But that’s O.K., by then the lines will have gone down. Yes, the sneaker lines.

P.S. 134 parents fume over generators and ongoing work
On Friday, local elected officials held a press conference in front of P.S. 134 at E. Broadway and Grand St. to express their concern that the building is not ready for the start of the school year and about the use of diesel generators to power the school temporarily.

What do you like most about school?

Arts & Entertainment

The last, long journey of Robert F. Kennedy
By Jerry Tallmer
Dear reader of this story:
A Scottish filmmaker named Keith Alexander wants to ask you if you remember where you were on June 8, 1968, and if, on that hellish hot day 38 years ago, it was somewhere alongside the railroad tracks leading from New York City to Washington, D.C., or even perhaps aboard a train carrying a coffin down to Washington on those tracks that long Saturday afternoon.

Five years later, still one of ‘The Guys’
By Tim Cummings
Five years ago, around this time of year, I was working as an assistant at a design firm two blocks from the World Trade Center. At the end of each day I would walk north to The Flea Theater, where I was a member of the “Bats,” the nickname for the 20-member company at the Flea, founded in 1996 by director Jim Simpson.

Performing Political, provocative Impact festival packs a punch
By Jerry Tallmer
Im-pact – n. 1. a striking together; violent contact; collision  2 the force of a collision; shock  3 the power of an event, idea, etc. to produce changes, move the feelings, etc.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koc
“World Trade Center” (+)  Oliver Stone kept his promise and produced an immensely moving picture without introducing a political point of view into this film concerning the tragedy of 9/11. Knowing his politics, many believed he would use the movie to create a polemic bashing the United States and President Bush. Instead, he brilliantly recreated the tragedy and put politics aside.
“Factotum” (-) This film relentlessly depicts the lives of individuals on skid row who are addicted to alcohol and make no attempt to improve their lives. 


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