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Volume 76, Number 18
September 20 - 26, 2006


Editorial/ Op-Ed
Bicycle lanes are a great start, but add barriers
The recent announcement that the city plans to add 200 miles of new bike lanes over the next three years is tremendous news for cyclists. Concern rose when it was revealed this summer that the city was actually falling behind its goals of creating new bike lanes. The new pledge, if fulfilled, will more than make up for this lapse.


Talking Point
Blogs, vanishing privacy and the shimmering mirror
By Andrei Codrescu
I don’t claim to have invented the Internet but I did predict the rise of blogging in 1973, before there was even such a thing as personal computing.

Notebook
On seeing my first, and probably last, show at CBGB
By Lori Haught
Ever since I was a punk 13-year-old growing up in the tiny little town of Williamstown, W. Va., on the border of Ohio (I tend to claim Ohio before West Virginia when anyone asks), I have had a dream. It was a dream that I was able to accomplish last Sunday.


Letters to the editor

Scoopy's Notebook

De La Vega

Mikhaela Reid

Police blotter

In Pictures

Taking the Fifth

Arresting Moment

Winging It

That's Italian


Obituaries

Frances Avery, muralist for the W.P.A., dies at 96
By Roslyn Kramer
Frances Avery, one of the few surviving artists who created artwork for the Depression-era Works Progress Administration, died recently at her home on Horatio St. She was 96.

Letizia Brod, 90, professor from a prominent family
By Albert Amateau
Letizia Brod, a retired professor of Italian language and literature at Hofstra University and a Village resident for more than 40 years, died Sept. 4 at her home on Sullivan St. at the age of 90


Youth/Sports

Living in Wayne’s world while coaching with Dad
By Judith Stiles
Young Molly Altreuter’s sports hero happens to be a man, Wayne Rooney, better known as the guy who dubiously distinguished himself in the 2006 World Cup when he got thrown out of a match for allegedly kicking an opponent in the groin.

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Villager photo by Q. Sakamaki

Intra-Continental ballistic sendoff
The Bullys, with John Lanz on vocals, played at the last show at Continental on Sunday night. After 15 years, the club, a leading venue for punk bands, closed and will reopen as a dive bar.


N.Y.U., party school, cracks down on underage drinking
By Albert Amateau
New York University on Monday called for a campaign involving community groups, elected officials and university students to combat underage drinking.

NEWS
Chan says blogs can't spin her off bench
By Lincoln Anderson
With the results of the Second District Civil Court primary race still too close to call, Margaret Chan and her supporters rallied at the Grand Harmony restaurant in Chinatown on Saturday, warning that they will not allow the election to be "stolen."
Related joins banquet hall bash in park at Pier 57
By Lincoln Anderson
The Witkoff Organization is on the verge of partnering with The Related Companies in its effort to redevelop Pier 57 in the Hudson River Park.


INSIDE

City rolls out plan for 200 miles of new bike lanes
By Lori Haught
The New York City Department of Transportation announced a series of bicycle safety improvements on Tues. Sept. 12.

Stand-up and upscale mingle at new Meat Market club
By Lori Haught
With curtains reminiscent of Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show" and a chic design, Comix proves to be one of the classier comedy clubs in the city.
MetLife: Tenants ‘not qualified’ to buy Stuy Town
By Gerard Flynn
"Let us bid! Let us bid!" residents of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village chanted on the steps of City Hall Wednesday, following news from their landlord, Metropolitan Life, that "the tenants do not qualify" as serious bidders in the sale of the East Side middle-income housing complex.

Neighbors, electeds trash Gansevoort transfer plan
By Albert Amateau
The Bloomberg administration and the City Council made yet another pitch to West Side residents last week to support a marine transfer station for recyclable trash on the Gansevoort Peninsula and an expanded Department of Sanitation waste transfer station at W. 59 St.

Intra-Continental ballistic sendoff for punk mecca
By Lincoln Anderson
After a 15-year run on Third Ave. near St. Mark's Pl., Continental celebrated its last night as a punk rock club on Sunday night. Trigger, its owner, plans to convert it into a dive bar, offering acoustic folk music on Sunday nights.

Bobby 'Apocalypse' Gurtler, former soundman, on life support after O.D.
By Lori Haught
Former Palladium soundman Bobby Gurtler a.k.a. 'Bobby Apocalypse' is in a coma at Beth Israel Hospital after friends say he overdosed on a bad batch of heroin.

Rabbi says his shul and Orthodoxy are both open
By Marvin Greisman
Following in the footsteps of his mentor, Rabbi Avi Weiss, the pioneering founder and dean of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in Upper Manhattan, Rabbi Yossi Pollak, the newly installed rabbi of Congregation Bnai Jacob Anschei Brzezan, suggested that unlike other Orthodox shuls in the community, his mandate is to be an Orthodox rabbi who reaches out to all Jews on the Lower East Side.

Eyeglass store assures second Bleecker ad will also get a rise
By Lori Haught
Residents and merchants of Bleecker St. will see no more of the controversial SEE Eyewear ad, which was removed from the future storefront sometime last week.

That's all for The Falls; Bar surrendered its liquor license
By Lori Haught
The Falls is closed for good.
At least its old incarnation, now infamous for the murder of John Jay student Imette St. Guillen in February, is over.

Will bike lanes turn uneasy riders into easy riders?

Building will strike unusual note with cello facade
By Albert Amateau
The Board of Standards and Appeals approved plans last week for a residential project on the triangular lot at Canal and Greenwich Sts., which the late sculptor Arman used as his outdoor studio.

What the dill? A parade of pickles on Orchard St.
By Jefferson Siegel
It's not certain if the Earl of Sandwich ever rose from dining, turned to a server and cried out, "My kingdom for a pickle!" What is certain is wherever his eponymous delicacy is served these days, a small green plug shares the plate.


Arts & Entertainment

A truth stranger than Thornton Wilder's
Theophilus North, age 30, stranded in Newport, Rhode Island, in the spring of 1926 when the used car he䴜d bought for $25 gives up the ghost; survives for some months in that elegant resort by teaching tennis (badly) and French (well enough) to the young and the less young inmates of those moneyed mansions that line the shore. He also " without in the least trying to" has a certain impact that changes the lives of this one and that one who come within his range.

War Games' at the corner of Washington Sq. and University Pl.
By Rachel Fershleiser
Once upon a time, Capture the Flag was played in the backyard, Risk was played on the kitchen table, and PONG was played on an Atari home console. Now, thanks largely to modern technology and old-fashioned creativity, the lines between private and public games are beginning to blur, and on September 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, the inaugural Come Out and Play Festival will try to erase them altogether.


Romancing the screen
By Rania Richardson
"I'm so, so, so happy that 'Solo Con Tu Pareja' is going to be out. I may even watch it again," said Mexican director Alfonso CuarÌÒn, of his 1991 feature, never before released in this country. Best known for the raucous sex comedy, "Y Tu Mama Tambien", CuarÌÒn debuted with a sophisticated film in the same genre.son>
European Invasion: a new culture fest comes to NYC
By Nicole Davis
This week, an army of dancers, actors, musicians, writers and filmmakers from 23 European countries?? will descend upon performance venues around New York for the first annual European Dream Festival.



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