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Volume 76, Number 27
November 29 - December 05, 2006


Editorial/ Op-Ed
Whitney on track
The Dia Art Foundation’s recently dropping its plan for a museum on the High Line at Gansevoort St. was disappointing, for the project was an excellent use for the site — currently occupied by two abandoned meatpacking buildings.

Unity at Board 2
It was encouraging when Community Board 2 recently voted — unanimously — to back a resolution asking the Parks Department to re-present to the board next month the Washington Square Park renovation plan.

Talking Point
Art revisionism and the dissing by the dissidents
By Andrei Codrescu
Walker Evans is best known for his black and white photographs of the Great Depression, most notably in James Agee’s book “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.”


Police Blotter

Letter to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Scene

In Briefs
Turkey team-up by Y and Salvation Army

Not just another brick in the wall

Pompei hopes bucks will erupt


Obituaries
Eloise Niederkirchner, 89, writer, music enthusiast
By Albert Amateau
The friends of Eloise Niederkirchner, a Village resident for more than 50 years who died last July 5 at the age of 89, celebrated her life as a writer, music enthusiast and generous free spirit at a Nov. 18 memorial service at the First Hungarian Reformed Church on E. 69th St.

Le Enken, sailor who landed at V.I.D.
Le Enken, who spent her recent years living in the Village, where she was active in Village Independent Democrats, died on Sept. 27, in San Francisco.

Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

Outside Monday’s hearing at Police Headquarters, cyclists wore sheep hats, bleated and held up B.A.H. — or Bicycles Are Healthy — signs, a poke at the “animal herd” provision in the new proposed parade regulations.


Cyclists and civil libertarians say put brakes on new regs
By Albert Amateau
A Police Department hearing attracted more than 500 people to Police Plaza on Monday to denounce the department’s proposed new rules defining what constitutes a parade requiring a police permit.

Chelsea Cove to feature lawn, stone field, carousel
By Albert Amateau
Landscape architects working on the Chelsea segment of the 5-mile-long Hudson River Park made a detailed presentation earlier this month of plans for the Chelsea Cove section.


Arts and Entertainment
Team regroups, moves to Soho
By Stephanie Murg
The noodling, D-flat riff of Gun’s N’ Roses’ 1988 hit “Sweet Child O’Mine” greeted visitors to the inaugural exhibition of Team gallery last month, which relocated from Chelsea to Soho in September.

The light of Miss Anita O’Day
By Jerry Tallmer
We lost three big ones within a week or so, and I think that everything that needed to be said has already been said about Robert Altman and Betty Comden.

The original picture show
By Roslyn Kramer
The energy of an inventive America around the turn of the century bounces off the surfaces of paintings and film at the latest exhibit at New York University’s Grey Gallery, “Moving Pictures: American Art and Early Film, 1880- 1910.”


Sports
L.E.S. Gaucho is definitely getting the message
By Judith Stiles
In street clothes, Nelson Jimenez looks like a regular teenager as he briskly trots down Avenue A, occasionally pausing to text message his friends.

NEWS
Cirque Soleil tries to swing theater deal for Pier 40
By Lincoln Anderson
Not too long ago, when people spoke about swingers on the Lower West Side waterfront, they were probably referring to the gay cruising scene on the crumbling former shipping piers. But a new proposal to redevelop Pier 40 at Houston St., if successful, would bring a new kind of swinger to the waterfront — namely tights-clad trapeze artists with Cirque du Soleil, speaking a strange gibberish called Cirquish, no less.

Whitney will ride the rails Downtown for museum
By Albert Amateau
The Whitney Museum of American Art agreed last week to build its satellite museum in the city-owned building on Gansevoort St. at the gateway to the High Line.

A student rights movement is born at Judson summit
By Barry Paddock
“Lazy” is how 13-year-old Adolfo Abreu, the only child of a single mother in the northwest Bronx, describes himself, at least before he got involved in fighting for student rights.

Preacher prays for possessed post-holiday shoppers
By Lori Haught
The end is near, the Shopocalypse is coming. Reverend Billy Talen, of the Church of Stop Shopping, tried to spread that message on Black Friday, or as he and his followers called it, “Buy Nothing Day.”


Film
Koch on film
By Ed Koch
“Casino Royale” (+) “Casino Royale” is the latest reincarnation of a Bond script that was used in the 1960s. For what it is — a piffle intended to razzle-dazzle — I believe it meets all expectations of the true Bond believer, to which category I do not belong.
“The Aura” (+) This is an old-time, highly suspenseful film noir written and directed by Fabian Bielinsky. Bielinsky, an Argentinean who also directed the superb thriller “Nine Queens,” died of a heart attack at the age of 47 in June of this year.

Daphne Rubin-Vega: making music off Broadway
By Scott Harrah
Daphne Rubin-Vega is best known for her Tony-nominated role as Mimi in the original cast of “Rent” and her work in the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Anna and the Tropics” opposite Jimmy Smits. However, the Panamanian-born diva—who has spent most of her life in the Village—was making music long before hitting it big on Broadway.



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