Volume 76, Number 23
October 25 - 31, 2006
Going to pieces
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
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"
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.
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.
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.
Exciting downtown scene
ART IN THE PARK “Parallel Worlds” features Berlin-based artists Tobi Mohring and Michael Philips interacting with big metal sculptures representative of characters from the parallel worlds of system-conforming mainstream people and people who do not fit into the real estate market. Work is based on original quotes from town planners and politicians. Continues thru Oct. 27. Le Petit Versailles Garden, 346 E. Houston St., bet Aves. B & C. Free, donations accepted. http://orangegecko.de/parallelworlds.
Concerts & Music
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