Volume 76, Number 20
October 4 - 10, 2006


Editorial/ Op-Ed

Joshua Crouch deserves justice
Joshua David Crouch, a 24-year-old aspiring musician who lived in Williamsburg, was killed in a hit-and-run on the West Side Highway around W. 12th St. on Mon. Sept. 18 sometime between 3:20 a.m. and 3:45 a.m. That much is known. But the driver who killed him and then sped away and left the scene is unknown.

Talking Point
Better-functioning poll sites are a win all around
By Brad Hoylman and Keen Berger
How was voting in the primary on Sept. 12? If you voted in the 66th Assembly District, Part A (most of the Village, some of Chelsea), your answer is most likely 'Better.' As district leaders, we checked on all 17 poll sites in our part, as we have done in the past. We found some notable improvements.

The 'World Waterfall' is his oyster on Weehawken St.
By Jean-Louis Bourgeois
It's not every day that one gives a commission to a 94-year-old artist to design a seven-story waterfall in one's landmarked house in the heart of Greenwich Village.


Letters to the editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Editorial Cartoon

Police blotter


News Briefs
Quinn gets a kick out of the chamber

Hudson River Taj

C.B. 3 expresses 'extreme outrage' at N.Y.U. lack of community dialogue

Out fowl sins!

No bathrooms, no computers, just chess

Obituaries

John Patrick Conway, 82, WWII tail gunner and machinist at Bell
By Albert Amateau
John Patrick Conway, known as Jack, a decorated World War II Army Air Corps veteran and a Bell System employee who lived in the Village for more than 50 years, died Sept. 24 during a weekend stay in Atlantic City with his wife and several West Village friends.

Richard Kraus, aka Dick Allyn, 77, banker and singer; won talent show
Richard Kraus, a retired banker who pursued a lifelong vocation as a singer under the stage name Dick Allyn, died at Cabrini Hospice on Oct. 1 at the age of 77.

Janet Hutchinson, 89, partner of Villager editor
By Albert Amateau
Janet Hutchinson, who wrote for The Villager at various times over a 30-year span and whose free-spirited career included public relations, art galleries and museums, died Sept. 27 at the age of 89 in Stuart, Fla., where she lived since 1965.

John Barrow, longtime journalist and advertising writer, dies at 85
John Barrow, a longtime journalist and advertising writer who served in World War II as a radio broadcaster in Hawaii, died Oct. 1 at the Jewish Home and Hospital on W. 106th St. at the age of 85.

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Villager photo by Clayton Patterson

Purifying poultry
Kapparot, a ritual performed by some Jews between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, in which a person's sins are said to be transferred to a white chicken being twirled over his or her head, was held on the Lower East Side last week. Above, Rabbi Azriel Siff of Congregation Chasam Sopher on Clinton St. holds his daughter as their sins are absorbed by a chicken swung by Rachel Lazar. <MORE>


Art students suffer angst as Cooper readies to build
By Lincoln Anderson
The Cooper Union is getting ready to demolish its Hewitt Building on Third Ave. and replace it with a striking new nine-story 'green' building designed by Thom Mayne.r>

NEWS

W. Eighth St. will be new 'Culinary Alley,' Alliance says
By Ed Gold
A retailing revival on W. Eighth St. between Fifth and Sixth Aves. will reduce vacancies on that block from a high of 18 last spring to eight by the end of this year, according to Honi Klein, executive director of the Village Alliance business improvement district, whose coverage area includes all of Eighth St.

Slain musician's father, friends scour West Side looking for clues
By Lori Haught
Two weeks ago, musician Joshua 'LEFTist' Crouch was killed in a still-unsolved hit-and-run accident on W. 12th St. and the West Side Highway. His family and friends want answers.


Crane takes its Toll; Nearly kills cabbie and fare
By Jefferson Siegel
Shortly before 4 p.m. last Friday, a portion of a crane tower being used in the construction of a 21-story building at Third Ave. and 13th St. fell from the crane onto Third Ave.

At nightlife summit, atmosphere sometimes got tense
By Lawrence Lerner
A day after introducing legislation aimed at cracking down on underage drinking and making clubgoing safer in New York City, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn presided over her much-anticipated Nightlife Safety Summit last Thursday at John Jay College.

With police on the beat, club beat still goes on
By Lawrence Lerner
Walking north on 11th Ave. near the mid-W. 20s on Saturday night, amid the gigantic former warehouses-turned-galleries, upscale condos and sundry businesses, the popular and much maligned West Chelsea club scene is barely discernible.

Zinc Building pile driving tests neighbors' mettle
By Ronda Kaysen
The city might think it's fine for developers to get back to work building the Zinc Building in Tribeca, but nearby residents think otherwise.

N.Y.U. dorm slams the door on seniors after crane crash
By Lori Haught
Should community facilities be available to the community? Apparently New York University doesn't think so.

Police initiative targets (some) bicycle headlights
By Jefferson Siegel
Participating in last Friday's Critical Mass wasn't a bright idea if your bicycle didn't have a headlight, as police collared anyone riding solely by the glow cast by streetlights.

New priest feels right at home at pulpit in the city
By Judith Wilmot
Reverend Jacob (Jake) Smith, the new Episcopal priest at Calvary/St. George's Church, graduated from seminary in June, and was recruited to join the church staff. He and his wife, Melina, have quickly become part of the neighborhood.

Statue centennial remembers worst pre-9/11 disaster
By Bonnie Rosenstock
On Saturday morning, Sept. 23, in Tompkins Square Park, just beyond the park building off of Ninth St. and Avenue B, Jessica Enright-Polanish, 28, and Katherine Enright, 26, the great-granddaughters of Slocum survivor Catherine Connolly, placed a wreath of 61 red carnations to the unknown dead alongside the memorial statue to the estimated 650 children who did not survive.


Villager Arts & Lifestyles

The personal, universal world of Leigh Silverman
By Jerry Tallmer
Before her on a table in the rehearsal room at Playwrights' Horizons were two stacks of books about the black experience in white America. 'Remembering Jim Crow' and 'Bullwhip Days' topped one stack. James Baldwin's heat-seeking essays,åÊ 'Notes of a Native Son,' headed the other.>
Brooklyn mural surfaces in Manhattan
By Nicole Davis
Remember the Pathfinder? Not the car, the mural. Nearly 20 years ago, the controversial painting was unveiled on the side of the Pathfinder Press building, a socialist publisher at 410 West Street.

The Bard's Broadway makeover
'Fools and Lovers,' playing at the Connelly Theater until October 15th, sets Shakespeare's scandalous love triangles to music, with a wild wedding serving as the backdrop for excerpts from the Bard's plays and sonnets.


The Odd Couple
By Leonard Quart
The New York Film Festival, taking place right now at Lincoln Center, is an extremely discerning festival, screening only about 25 feature films and a number of shorts that the selection committee feels are the best of the year.

Koch on film
By Ed Koch
'The Queen' (+) This magnificent movie is spellbinding from the moment it opens until it ends. Most of the film takes place in Buckingham Palace and Balmoral, Scotland. "The story covers the period from the recent election of Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) and his calling on Queen Elizabeth (Helen Mirren) to the death of Princess Diana in a car accident.åÊDiane is shown in newsreels."
'The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros' (-)
This is a boring film, notwithstanding the fact that it received several good reviews.


Youth/Sports
Xavier football tries to tackle home-field dilemma
By Judith Stiles
After 156 years on W. 16th St., the well-known Xavier High School is definitely a hometown school, with a hometown population of city boys. Back in the days when W. 16th St. was considered way Uptown in the country, the school opened its doors to city lads, offering first-rate academic and athletic programs, founded in the Jesuit tradition.



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