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Volume 76, Number 25
November 8 - 14, 2006

Editorial/ Op-Ed
Change must come on Iraq; Clinton can help lead the way
On Tuesday night, the Democrats appeared to have regained control of the House and to have picked up seats in the Senate. Particularly insightful were national exit polls on Election Day.

Scoopy's Notebook

Letter to the Editor

Talking Point
On the ropes, Bush quietly moves toward martial law
By Frank Morales
In a stealth maneuver, President Bush has signed into law a provision that, according to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), “will actually encourage the president to declare federal martial law.”

Police Blotter


Angela Boone, 82, Village Republican district leader
By Albert Amateau
Angela Boone, Republican district leader in the Village for 26 years and owner of Pennyfeathers, a Village pub and restaurant, died Oct. 20 at the age of 82.

Filomena Silvestri, St. Mark’s Pl. vegan ‘Earth Mother,’ dies at 94
Filomena Silvestri, who with her son, Peter, ran the Whole Earth Bakery and Kitchen at 130 St. Mark’s Pl., died on Sept. 26 at age 94.

In Pictures

The old Keller Hotel at Barrow and West Sts. A few years ago, the owners, the Gottlieb company, started slowly renovating the building into new apartments.

The legend grows as pileups continue
Filming for the new Will Smith movie “I Am Legend” continues to cut a swath of pseudo-destruction through Lower Manhattan.

Stars align for St. Brigid’s

That’s entertainment!

Preschool in the house

Damsel or witch, tiger or caterpillar

Memorial for Brad Will

Villager photo by Clayton Patterson

Proud, and painful, moment
The late District Leader Armando Perez’s mother, Maria, center, and former City Councilmember Margarita Lopez, right, reacted as a street sign co-naming Ninth St. and Avenue B as Armando Perez Place was unveiled Saturday. Go to article.

Trump Hotel on hold for now, but Trump Hole coming soon
By Lincoln Anderson
The Trump Hotel on the western edge of Soho isn’t being built yet — but the Trump Hole is.

After the fall of The Falls, life returns to 224 Lafayette St.
By Sandra Larriva
The Falls, the dark Soho nightspot where John Jay College graduate student Imette St. Guillen was last seen alive in the early morning of Feb. 25, 2006, closed on July 9 after having given up its liquor license two days earlier.

Soho high school brings its newspaper back to life
By Lori Haught
The students at Chelsea Campus High School are quickly learning that putting out a newspaper is a full-time job. Chelsea Campus is actually in Soho, relaunched The Chelsea Vanguard — the new student paper — that suffered an extended break in publication until this October.

Before condos, an art finale for mystery building
By Lincoln Anderson
For years, the former horse stable at 11 Spring St. has been a hulking mystery on Little Italy’s edge near the Bowery. Its reclusive owner was said to have filled the inside with all manner of ingenious gadgets.

Feathers fly as NEST parents resign from the P.T.A.
By Anindita Dasgupta
First they banded together to help renovate the building at 111 Columbia St.

Armando Perez Place street sign will point the way
By Lincoln Anderson
Friends and family of Armando Perez gathered at the corner of Ninth St. and Avenue B on a chilly morning last Saturday to dedicate a new sign co-naming the street for the late Loisaida Puerto Rican leader.

Arts and Entertainment

The bridge to Buenos Aires theater
By Harry Newman
Towards the end of the 1990s, a new generation of theater artists began to emerge in Buenos Aires. Mainly in their mid- to late-20s, these writers, directors and actors — and more commonly writer-director-actors — had come of age under democracy.

Noises on, with Anton Chekov
Every writer has one, and Anton Chekhov had one too. He called her Murashkina and put her in a short story in which she beseeches an audience with the eminent writer Pavel Vasilyevich, keeps coming back until she doggedly obtains it, pushes her way into his presence, jabbers away with compliments on his achievements — “Every book! Every play!

Koch On Film
“Marie Antoinette” (+) My first movie choice, “Borat,” was sold out at the two theaters I visited. Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” was playing at the second theater so I decided to see it, although I had read mixed reviews about the film. I was pleasantly surprised. “The Prestige” (-) I can’t tell you too much about this film regarding the rivalry of two magicians since that would ruin whatever pleasure you might derive from seeing it. 

Gerson: Wash. Sq. agreement ‘still valid’
By Albert Amateau
City Councilmember Alan Gerson told the Community Board 2 Parks and Waterfront Committee on Monday that he would hold the Department of Parks to the oral agreement that Parks made with him and Councilmember Christine Quinn last year about the size of the central fountain plaza in the redesign of Washington Square Park.

At forum, rezoning concerns still high
By Lawrence Lerner
Officials from New York City’s Department of City Planning held a much-anticipated three-hour public forum on Monday night, unveiling a revised Lower East Side and East Village rezoning plan in front of more than 200 people packed into Cooper Union’s Wollman Auditorium.

Wrestling with their demons
Parade Tuesday night. A man dressed as Fred Flintstone was arrested during the parade at W. Fourth St. and MacDougal Sts. and led away, while screaming, to a holding area in Washington Square Park.

Board 4 starts talking trash; Mulls use of Pier 76
By Albert Amateau
Community Board 4, whose district includes Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen, called on the Bloomberg administration last week to consider the option of combining its proposed recycling and commercial waste marine transfer stations on the Lower West Side into one facility on Pier 76.

‘Broadway High Note’ a really big show for a worthy cause
By Lori Haught
If you feel like seeing a cabaret-style show with a classical flare, “Broadway High Note” is the show.

Block’s character erodes as sculpture store closes
By Gerard Flynn
For 17 years Peter Leggieri’s Sculpture Supply Store on E. 12th St. and First Ave. served as more than an important center for sculpting materials and tools to a Greenwich Village artist community in gradual decline.

Poll site is too political; Art covered up on Election Day
By Lori Haught
Political art stood out behind the “Vote Here” signs at the Communication Workers of America office at 97 Hudson St.

A place for fiction
By McKay McFadden
Brigid Hughes spent ten years at The Paris Review, where she worked as executive editor under the literary champion George Plimpton.

The bomb that time forgot
By Steven Snyder
It seems like an antiquated topic until you really stop and realize it’s something we never talk about in America.


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