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Volume 76, Number 28 December 6 -12, 2006


Editorial/ Op-Ed
Bike path terror
One would think bike paths are safer than city streets for bicycles. And one would hope a bike path that’s clearly separated from the street by a planted median with a low wall, such as the Hudson River Park path, would be even safer. But, tragically, just within the last five months, there have been two bicyclists killed on the Hudson River bike path.

Death of an activist
The death of Marcia Lemmon, Ludlow St. Block Association president and former Community Board 3 member, was truly saddening. She was only 48 and could have lived a full and longer life, but her health issues ultimately prevented it.

Talking Point
New West Bank facts don’t change the lay of the land
By Edward I. Koch
The New York Times, which opposes Israel retaining any of the West Bank land it now controls, and where Israeli citizens have settled in a number of towns, published an article recently on information provided by Peace Now, an Israeli advocacy group
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Police Blotter

Letter to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Scene

Surreality


In Briefs

Caroling through the controversy

Remembering and raising awareness

Big night for Burns

Rat tales

Where’s the beef? At Pompei feast

Santa happy hour


Obituaries
Marcia Lemmon, C.B. 3 member, scourge of bar owners
By Lincoln Anderson
Marcia Lemmon, the bane of Downtown bar owners and a fighter for quality of life on the Lower East Side, died on Saturday. She was 48.

Villager photo by Ara E Chekmayan

Flare-up at tree lighting
Jonathan Greenberg, holding his 4-week-old baby, Gabriel, right, and other members of the Open Washington Square Park Coalition protested while Bill Castro, Manhattan borough Parks commissioner, did the countdown before the Washington Square Association’s annual tree-lighting ceremony Tuesday night. One of the carolers, at left, angrily told him, “You should go home — get out of here,” to which Greenberg answered, “It’s a public park.” [MORE].


Drunk driver on Hudson Park bike path mows down cyclist
By Lincoln Anderson
In a city where speeding cars and trucks rule the road and bicyclists ride at their own risk, the Hudson River Park bike path would seem to offer one of the safest places to cycle.

Rocking the nook with Vlad the Chelsea Blues Man
By Lawrence Lerner
The intersection of 23rd St. and Seventh Ave. is arguably one of the busiest in Chelsea, a blur of auto and pedestrian traffic that would intimidate most aspiring sidewalk musicians for fear of being drowned out.

Pedestrians like being on the clock at W. 8th St.
By Lori Haught
While the city Department of Transportation isn’t ready to weigh in yet on its pilot program using countdown streetlight signals for pedestrians, Village residents have already started passing judgment.


Arts and Entertainment
Spilling the beans of the heady, literary ’50s and ’60s
By Jerry Tallmer
And so, Lord knows, does the photograph of Alice Denham that appears on the front cover of her book and on this page. Pneumatic bliss and a come-hither look.

Uncle Moon’s goodbye to Havel
By Lawrence Lerner
In a Downtown music scene known for amped-up bands playing within clearly defined genres, the all-acoustic Uncle Moon stands out for its willingness to obliterate such distinctions and send the drummer packing.

Sports
Aqua kids


Survival of the fittest; Violets go deep in tourney
By Judith Stiles
It is a maverick decision for a soccer coach to hire a champion Golden Gloves boxer to become the trainer for his team, because punching is a no-no in the game of soccer.

NEWS
6th Precinct denies gay youth charges of brutality
By Albert Amateau
More than 100 protesters organized by the Audre Lorde Project, a Brooklyn-based advocacy group for lesbian, gay and transgender youth of color, gathered in front of the Sixth Police Precinct last week and charged that precinct police beat two black men on Christopher St. on Nov. 1.

Sparks fly over N.Y.U. power-plant expansion
By Albert Amateau
Residents of a Mercer St. co-op said at Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s town hall meeting in the Village last week that they were adamantly opposed to New York University’s plan to expand its underground co-generation plant.

Illegal-immigration foes highlight actress’s death
By Lori Haught
During the day the sky was gray, just like the issue. By nightfall, the sky was black, and passersby and participants in the memorial for Adrienne Shelly only saw black and white where immigration was concerned.

Community-supported agriculture is producing results
By Lawrence Lerner
From the looks of the Hudson Guild on Tuesday afternoons, community-supported agriculture, or C.S.A., is alive and well in Chelsea.


Washington Square Festival ends on a high note
By Michael Clive
By the time you read this, the unseasonal warmth we enjoyed last Friday will already have receded into memory.

Film
Koch on film
By Ed Koch
“The History Boys” (+) This lovely and sensitive film, adapted from the play written by Alan Bennett, is reminiscent of the 1930s film, “Goodbye Mr. Chips,” but it packs an additional wallop.
“Volver” (-) This film reminded me of a mediocre Mexican or Argentinean soap opera that might air on an American Spanish Cable TV station.



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