Volume 76, Number 19
Sept. 27 - Oct. 3, 2006

Editorial/ Op-Ed

What's the big rush at Pier 40?
A month and a half ago, The Villager first reported that the Hudson River Park Trust was readying to release a new request for proposals, or R.F.P., for developers for Pier 40. The next week we editorialized that the Trust should keep this R.F.P. shelved since a large portion of the community enjoys the pier's current primary uses — the sports fields and long-term parking.

Talking Point
Bush's war on history and to...toma...tomatotarianism
By Ted Rall
Poor Bush. You know the economy is lousy when Karl Rove orders him to talk up Iraq.
Iraq — car bomb/civil war/assassination/roadside bomb/more dead Marines/mosque explosion Iraq — is his good news. Then, when he goes to unveil his newest talking point in the war of words to distract us from our Great Disappearing Paychecks, he mucks up the sound bite.

Letters to the editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Mikhaela Reid

Police blotter


Villager photo by Tequila Minsky
Uptown Bill" — a sax-playing President Bill Clinton figure — goes Downtown on Prince St. in Soho on Saturday.

News Briefs
Shofar so good

High Line preview and celebrity audio tours to roll out next month

Keller Hotel calendared

Cyclists won't forget

Bobby 'Apocalypse' Gurtler is dead

Beryl Sokoloff, 88, chronicled changes of Chelsea
By Albert Amateau
Beryl Sokoloff, filmmaker, photographer and painter who lived in Chelsea for nearly 50 years, died Sept. 11 at the Veterans Affairs Hospital at the age of 88.

Robert Earl Jones, son James and Voice's early days
By Jerry Tallmer
He was a large, strong, quiet man — at least in the setting where I first knew him — and I would have written large, strong, quiet, dignified man if dignified weren't a word well-meaning white people all too easily plaster on large, strong, quiet black people they admire.


Dangerous last port of call
East Village photojournalist Q. Sakamaki was in Sitakunda, Chittangong, in Bangladesh, in July, where he documented the world's largest manual shipbreaking industry. More than a quarter million people are directly or indirectly involved in Bangladeshi shipbreaking, which is under the control of powerful syndicates and produces 80 percent of that country's steel.


Gauchos' gallop for glory pulls up short in Brooklyn
The 14-and-under L.E.S. Gauchos spent the season riding roughshod over the baseball competition, but last weekend in their biggest games of the season, they came up just short, barely missing out on winning the coveted Parade Ground League Championship.

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

Villager photo by Sean Siegel

Sunil Gulati, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, posing by uniforms of Major League Soccer and pro teams.

U.S. Soccer prez says youth teams must shoot for diversity
By Judith Stiles
When Sunil Gulati, the president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, showed up in Brooklyn to watch his young son play soccer for the Downtown United Soccer Club Dynamos on an ordinary Saturday afternoon, it was lucky for him he wore his running shoes, because he was suddenly handed a whistle and asked to referee the game, after the regular referee failed to make an appearance.

Lame-duck G.O.P. Trust in final push to redevelop huge Pier 40
By Lincoln Anderson
The Hudson River Park Trust is moving ahead with a new effort to redevelop Pier 40 at W. Houston St. The Trust on Aug. 31 issued a new request for proposals, or R.F.P., for a "master developer" for the sprawling 14-acre pier, and one can only assume that the authority is serious in its intent.

No answers in musician's hit-run death on West St.
By Lori Haught
On Mon. Sept. 18, musician Joshua David "LEFTist" Crouch was killed in a hit-and-run incident at 3:45 a.m. on the West Side Highway near 12th St.

Judge blows away air-rights case against N.Y.U. dorm
By Lincoln Anderson
Last Friday, in a setback to neighbors who filed a lawsuit against the construction of a new 26-story dormitory for New York University on E. 12th St., State Supreme Court Justice Edward H. Lehner issued a decision and order granting developer Hudson Companies and the city's motions to dismiss the suit and denying the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction stopping the construction.

After four decades, Sazerac no longer in the house
By Kathleen Squires
Barry and Deirdre Cullen dropped a bittersweet bombshell recently when they announced that their longstanding Village restaurant, the Sazerac House, will close its doors at the end of September. And for once, Villagers don't have high rents to blame.

Eyeglass store repents, makes nun new poster girl on Bleecker
By Lori Haught
In the latest SEE Eyewear ad on Bleecker St., a nun proclaims, "We have seen the error of our ways," an apology to local merchants and residents for SEE's previous ad of a construction worker grabbing his crotch with the quote, "I've got your glasses right here."

Gourmet markets say unions are cooking up stories
By Anindita Dasgupta
For the past seven months, picketers from United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 have stood outside Balducci's at 14th St. and Ninth Ave.

Lucky Bag' sting charges are dropped against Soho actress
By Daniel Meltzer
Helen Calthorpe, the 51-year old actress and Lower Manhattan resident arrested in June and accused of petit larceny and possession of stolen property for allegedly attempting to steal a 'Lucky Bag,' a shopping bag containing merchandise planted by city police on a subway platform in the hope that someone would take it, has been cleared of all charges.

With one site, much input, Village Care set to build
By Lincoln Anderson
Village Care of New York, which operates the Village Nursing Home, is forging ahead with its plan to build a new facility on W. Houston St., but has dropped its scheme to build up to four other scattered satellite facilities in the Village.

Holocaust survivor celebrates 100th, with laughter
By Albert Amateau
Luba Worchell, who comes to the Lillian Wald Senior Program a couple of days a week to chat with friends and play bingo, was surprised on Sept. 13 by all the fuss when she came into the center on Avenue D.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

A trek down the memories of Off-Off Broadway
By Jerry Tallmer
The year was 1960, the month November. Plays and playwrights were popping up like mushrooms all over the place in desperate, joyous non-Equity ventures where everybody worked for love and carfare (if that).

A disheartening film about poverty
By Steven Snyder
If Hurricane Katrina became a catalyst for a widespread albeit short-lived discussion of race and class in 21st-century America, it also proved that America's long legacy of brushing poverty under the rug is still as popular as ever.

Koch on film
By Ed Koch
Little Miss Sunshine (+) "This film opened a few weeks ago, so I was surprised that the theater was 90 percent full when I saw it last weekend. Iwent because several people said that while it is not a brilliant movie by any means, it is good fun.
Keeping Mum (-) This film received an interesting review from Stephen Holden in The New York Times. He wrote, "The dark British comedy 'Keeping Mum' exudes the comfy familiarity of a vintage episode of 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents' stretched into a feature-length film

An ineffective 'Treatment'
By Scott Harrah
Since Eve Ensler's Obie-winning "Vagina Monologues," premiered ten years ago in the basement of the Cornelia Street Cafe, 76 countries have staged performances of it, HBO produced a special about it, and one day out of every year, "V-Day," now honors the play's underlying theme of preventing violence against women.

L.E.S. gallery gives New Orleans a second look
Katrina and its national news coverage has washed over our impressions of New Orleans, which is why ABC No Rio, the activist-arts center on Rivington Street, has launched a two-part exhibition to erase the damage our one-track media has done.


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