Volume 76, Number 23
October 25 - 31, 2006

Editorial/ Op-Ed
The truth will out: Concerns on park renovation mount
On Tuesday, the Appellate Division, First Department, will hear the city’s appeal of State Supreme Court Justice Jane Goodman’s ruling in July that the Parks Department’s renovation plan for Washington Square Park should go back to Community Board 2 and the Landmarks Preservation Commission for a fresh round of review with full information being provided to those doing the reviewing.

Talking Point
Columbia protesters need to take Free Speech 101
By Ed Gold
Some allegedly liberal groups on the Columbia University campus are giving liberalism a bad name, allowing conservatives to goad them into ignoring the First Amendment.

Letters to the editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Editorial Cartoon

Police blotter


News Briefs
Going to pieces

Hot wheels

Building sheds fence on Avenue C; Two injured

Barbara ‘Bobbi’ Gillen, 71, ran catering business
By Ed Gold
Barbara Eyre Gillen, who lived in the West Village for more than four decades, and who converted a beautiful four-story brownstone into a highly successful catering operation, died on Oct. 8 at St. Vincent’s Hospital after a courageous battle against cancer.

Joseph Imperato, Village doctor, is dead at age 70
Dr. Joseph Imperato, a nose and throat doctor who was born and raised in the Village, died on a trip to Rochester, N.Y., on Oct. 12. He was 70 years old and had been diagnosed with cancer but died of a heart attack, according to his son, Joseph.

Milgram Schapiro memorial at Columbia

Village People

Amy Nicholson’s Muskrat Love
Each year, the National Outdoors Show in Golden Hill, Maryland, offers two incongruous competitions, a beauty pageant and a muskrat-skinning contest, in one.


Let the games continue, preferably without poles
By Judith Stiles
By third grade every child has learned that it is completely unacceptable to hurl things at a classmate from across the room, except for one precious hour, once a week, when it is considered great fun to take aim at another student, even when the classmate can end up in kid’s prison.

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

Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

Young residents enjoy the 70th anniversary of the First Houses.

Celebrating public housing where it first got started, at First Houses
By Albert Amateau
It was all about public housing last Saturday at First Houses on E. Third St., the first public housing in New York City and the first in the nation.


Guardian Angels swoop down on pot dealer on Christopher
By Lincoln Anderson
Pot peddlers around Christopher St. beware. The Guardian Angels have their eyes on you — and might very well help in arresting you.

Halloween Parade puppet masters plan so it’s perfect
By Lawrence Lerner
To sit around the kitchen table at Jeanne Fleming’s Red Hook, N.Y., farmhouse this time of year is to witness a theater of the absurd.

Quinn shows she can be a principal too at P.S. 3
By Jefferson Siegel
Christine Quinn, City Council speaker, became Christine Quinn, school principal, last Thursday morning as the speaker paid a visit to P.S. 3 on Hudson St. Quinn was participating in a program organized by Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning, or PENCIL, which involves public officials with neighborhood schools by giving them a firsthand look at daily life in the classroom.

Vendors cook up some hot competition at St. Mark’s
By Jefferson Siegel
The next time you’re dashing out for a quick lunch, slow down when you pass the stainless steel carts of the street food vendors. You’re likely to get a better meal dining al fresco than you might expect.

Supermodel’s new boutique offers a taste of Danish
By Marcus O. Carlson
The supermodel was already one of his best customers in the early ’90s back home in Copenhagen.

Muslims mark Eid, now can eat
By Lorcan Otway
Hundreds of Muslims gathered Monday morning in Tompkins Square Park in the crisp morning air, facing the rising sun, to begin Eid ul-Fitr, the feast that is celebrated for three days at the end of Ramadan.

Fire damages Pentecostal Church of God on Avenue B
Last Thursday morning a fire damaged the Elim Pentecostal Church of God on 12th St. and Avenue B.

The Lower East Side
Traditions and transitions

Tenement Museum has built a home on Orchard St.
By Lawrence Lerner
Ruth Abram, president of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, remembers the day she and Anita Jacobson, the museum’s co-founder, struck gold. The pair had been looking for a preserved pre-old law tenement on the Lower East Side for two years before stumbling onto a gem at 97 Orchard St. in 1988.

Serving the community

Pioneering hip boutique has designs on the world
By Lori Haught
Now the proud proprietor of stores in London, Paris, Vancouver and Japan, Alife started out as just another small shop on the Lower East Side.

New BID director brings experience in government
By Albert Amateau
With a wealth of experience as a staff member with the City Council and the State Senate working on public policy, Roberto Ragone came to his new job as executive director of the Lower East Side Business Improvement District a month ago.

Rezoning would bring new construction into line
By Lincoln Anderson
A proposed rezoning of the Lower East Side as well as of the East Village would put strict height and design curbs on new construction. The rezoning would affect about 40 blocks south of E. Houston St.

The three amigos

Stanton St. kids’ garden is in need of some magic
By Jefferson Siegel
A peaceful oasis on the corner of Norfolk and Stanton Sts. is in danger of vanishing, and a community is once again mounting the barricades in defense of a garden.

Chop Shop takes a page from old-time barbershops
By Lori Haught
Frank’s Chop Shop is planning on being your new “old-time” barbershop, and so far it’s succeeding.

Wiring debate has nothing to do with cable or ’Net
By Marvin Greisman
The issue of establishing a Lower East Side eruv — the creation of a set boundary to permit activities on the Sabbath, such as carrying objects or pushing baby carriages — continues to spark a lively debate among segments of the Lower East Side Orthodox Jewish community.

Helping keep the neighborhood healthy, for cheap
By Lori Haught
Don’t have health insurance? It’s no problem for Dr. Dave.
David J. Ores has been a general practitioner on the Lower East Side for 12 years, taking care of the artists and low-income people who don’t have health coverage.

Fusion: Bringing art mediums and the people together
By Lori Haught
Fusion art bombards your senses, much like New York City itself, although the art does so in a good way.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

For Mr. L.E.S. 2006, a crown of Buds
By Orli Van Mourik
Saint Reverend Jen Miller, founder of the Mr. Lower East Side Pageant, has been known to call the contest “the thinking woman’s Chippendales.” But it might be more accurately described as the night thinking women take off their thinking caps and rediscover the Bacchanalian joys of dancing, screaming, and drinking until they puke.

La MaMa, laboratory for experimental theater, turns 45
By Wickham Boyle
It takes quite a while for something that began in a basement as a wild experiment to achieve the status of venerable institution: 45 years, in the case of La MaMa Experimental Theater Club.

The late Johnny Ellis, still a fixture on Village jazz scene
By Lee Metcalf
Many seasoned New York Jazz fans will remember the late drummer/composer Johnny Ellis, a fixture on the ‘80s and ‘90s Village scene, whose inexhaustible spirit and commitment to individual expression typified what it means to be a jazz musician.

Koch on film
By Ed Koch
“Flags of Our Fathers” (+) This film, directed by Clint Eastwood, tells the story of the U.S. Marines who captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese during World War II.
“Running With Scissors” (-) The dysfunctional families depicted in this film are among the worst I have seen on screen.

Get your spook on
From conventional haunted houses to ghost walking tours, there is plenty to fear this Halloween

Ballet’s heavyweights return to City Center
By Susan Yung
American Ballet Theater kicked off its three-week fall season at City Center on Oct. 19 with a premiere by Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo, titled “Glow – Stop,” set to music by Mozart and Philip Glass. Like his commission for New York City Ballet’s Diamond Project last spring, Elo’s new ballet displayed a fascination with speed and virtuosity.


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