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Volume 76, Number 27
November 15 - 21, 2006

Editorial/ Op-Ed
Pols are right to check out Trump hotel
Our local elected officials are working with the Department of Buildings and community and preservation groups to negotiate a restrictive declaration for the contested 42-story condo-hotel planned by Bayrock/Sapir and Donald Trump on Spring St.

Talking Point
Electoral visions, on a plasma TV
By Andrei Codrescu
Even as I stood on my tiptoes applauding the Democrats taking over Congress, I kept thinking how ridiculous I looked. Here was an old guy wrapped in a silk brocade robe with a healthy portfolio clapping for a bunch of wealth-confiscators.

It’s a new day in America and the sun is shining
By Jerry Tallmer
It rained hard, all day, here in New York, on Wednesday, November 8, 2006 — rained cats and dogs, as my father would have said — but through all that downpour the sun was shining a billion candlepower right over my head whereve

Police Blotter

Letter to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook


In Briefs
Struck by car

Staples to take old Goody space

Village Alliance BID district expands north of Eighth St.

L.E.S. Mutual Housing wins award

Bernard ‘Jack’ Heineman, Jr., loved Williams and art
By Ed Gold
Bernard “Jack” Heineman, Jr., a longtime Villager with many interests, who parlayed love of art, strong family ties, community activism, extensive travel, anecdotal skills and a mischievous sense of humor into what he called “an absolutely wonderful life,” died on Nov, 5 at his longtime home on Bank St. at the age of 82.

Jean Claude Mastroianni, 54, award-winning fashion designer
Jean Claude Mastroianni, an award-winning fashion designer with a ready-to-wear studio, Jean Claude New York, in the Garment District, died Nov. 1 in a tragic accident in his home on Horatio St. He was 54.

Sticks of power and love of music at 7th St. dojo
By Judith Stiles
Wilfredo Roldan is known as more of a lover than a fighter within his close-knit Lower East Side community. So it is surprising to learn that as a martial arts expert he is a champion stick fighter, with unsurpassed skills of pummeling his opponents with a piece of wood.

Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

Still he rides
A black “ghost bicycle” with a cutout figure of activist/journalist Brad Will was carried through the East Village after Will’s memorial service on Saturday. The wheels’ spokes, made of rebar, form the letter “A” for anarchy. [MORE]

Pols don’t want Trump hotel tenants missing their checkout
By Albert Amateau
The city, with local elected officials and neighborhood preservation groups, is negotiating with the Trump Organization for a restrictive declaration to insure that the proposed 45-story condo-hotel that Trump is building in Soho really operates as a hotel.

Steal this coffeehouse; Yippies revive the ’60s vibe
By Lori Haught
Before there were yuppies, there were Yippies.
They were a countercultural movement springing out of the Youth International Party (Y.I.P.), embracing many of the ’60s most colorful characters, including political activists Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin.

Two Loisaida lensmen are honored for their work
By Lincoln Anderson
In an effort to help two local photographers continue their work documenting the Puerto Rican culture of the Lower East Side and East Village, a pair of generous benefactors has donated funds to allow them to buy new top-of-the-line digital cameras.

Brad Will gets a loving, raucous, anarchist sendoff
By Lincoln Anderson
A memorial service for Brad Will last Saturday filled St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery with a crowd of about 250 people.

Arts and Entertainment

Disquiet on the home front
By Steven Snyder
“Home Front’s” world premiere at La Mama Experimental Theater couldn’t be more timely. Debuting the same week as a sweeping midterm election, in which the Iraq war was a lightening rod for change, Daniel Algie’s bleak play suggests just how far removed we as a nation remain from the very topic we claim to care most about.

Koch On Film
“Borat” (-) I tried to see this film at two different theaters on a Friday night but it was sold out at both. Although there was a line when I returned on a Sunday afternoon, I was able to get a ticket.
“51 Birch Street” (+) I attended the Bat Mitzvah of my grandniece on a Saturday afternoon. Over lunch following the ceremony, a guest asked if I had seen the movie “51 Birch Street.” When I told him I had not, he highly recommended it and encouraged me to see it. I decided to go.


Inclusionary housing segregates, critics say
By Lawrence Lerner
The Caledonia promises to be a Zen oasis for the upscale clientele buying into its High Line views and promises of luxe-condo serenity.

Cooper art students don’t like picture, so walk out
By Lori Haught
Charging they’re being ignored by The Cooper Union’s administration, students staged a walkout Thursday just as it was time for the junior and senior art students to move the contents of their studios to Long Island City, Queens.

Jennifer Falk to head Union Square business district
By Albert Amateau
The Union Square Partnership board of directors announced last Thursday that Jennifer Falk, currently first deputy press secretary for Mayor Mike Bloomberg and spokesperson for Dan Doctoroff, deputy mayor of economic development and rebuilding, will be the business improvement district’s new executive director beginning Jan. 3, 2007. 

Julian Schnabel has created a monster, opponents say
By lincoln anderson
Julian Schnabel’s latest creation is getting disastrous reviews from West Village neighbors and preservationists.

Another hotel could be taking up occupancy in Hudson Sq.
By Lori Haught
The five-story commercial loft building at 527 Greenwich St. in Hudson Square was recently purchased by Beck Street Capital for $20.5 million.

Returning to the promised Deutschland
By Jerry Tallmer
We are talking about her grandfather when she drops it like a hand grenade between the coffee cups at Café Mozart: “I interviewed the son of Adolf Eichmann.”

Greenwich Village Orchestra celebrates 20 years
The Greenwich Village Orchestra has an invitation for you, or perhaps it’s a dare: “Visit us online at www.gvo.org and find out how we continue to put the ‘cool’ back into classical.”

Send in the audience
By Jennifer O’Reilly
Christopher Lueck and Amanda Pekoe are serious about clowning. The third Monday of every month, the two co-produce a variety show for clowns — and not just the red nosed, big shoed kind.


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LEFT BANK NEW YORK “Artists Off Washington Square, 1900-1950” focuses on the buildings in the two blocks north of Washington Square that were converted for use as artists’ studios in the early part of the 20th century. Exhibit continues thru Dec. 15. Maison Francais, NYU, 16 Washington Mews at University Place. 212-998-8750. Pictured above is Paul Manship (1885-1966) in his studio at 42 Washington Mews circa 1918.

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