Volume 76, Number 29 December 13 -19, 2006
Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel
On Pier 66 at the ribbon-cutting for the new Chelsea North section of Hudson River Park on Monday, from left: Governor Pataki; John Cahill, Pataki’s chief of staff; and Connie Fishman, president of the Hudson River Park Trust.
Big wheel keep on turning, proud George keep on beach yearning
By Lincoln Anderson
Amid unseasonably balmy weather and with a towering waterwheel spinning lazily next to them, Governor Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg joined other officials and community members Monday in cutting the ribbon on the Hudson River Park’s latest addition, the new Chelsea North section.
Chan thanks parents for believing in American Dream
Margaret Chan was inducted as Second District Civil Court judge on Dec. 7. In her speech, Chan spoke proudly of her family’s immigrant experience and how it shaped her.
Arts and Entertainment
A giant among directors
By Leonard Quart
As a college student in the ’50s, I often sat in the dark, watching with uncritical awe Ingmar Bergman films like “Sawdust and Tinsel,” “The Seventh Seal,” and “Wild Strawberries.”
Hacking into Hijack’s code
By Lightsey Darst
Here are some things that happen in Hijack’s dance “Fetish”: Dressed in dirty white, the duo of Kristin Van Loon and Arwen Wilder retrace a routine while Barry Manilow’s “Could It Be Magic?” stops and starts on a scratchy tape recorder, as if the two were girls rehearsing for a middle school talent show
A very merry, scary off-off Broadway season
The Sci-Fi Soothsayer
Leave it to Les Freres Corbusier to teach us what the other half believes. This fall, the experimental theater company exposed New Yorkers to the way Christian fundamentalists celebrate Halloween by installing a Jerry Falwell-inspired Hell House in Brooklyn
Teacher is educated in art of elbow and booty block
By Judith Stiles
The team uniform for the Manhattan Mayhem is an orange prison jumpsuit with short pants, worn with fishnet stockings, and yes, these Gotham athletes proudly wear their colors for regional and national tournaments.
Opponents pile on Union Sq. pavillion plan at rally
By Jefferson Siegel
Politicians and activists opposed to the plan for a restaurant concession in the Union Square pavillion gathered in the park last Sunday to denounce plans to convert the historic structure and renewed their calls for renovation of the park’s north end.
Love and rage at memorial for cyclist slain on path
By Jefferson Siegel
Eric Ng, the 22-year-old cyclist killed by a drunken driver on Dec. 1 on the Hudson River Park bike path, was remembered by family and friends in a day of memorials last Saturday.
From punk to Pucci
By Orli Van Mourik
On a warm Friday afternoon in late November, antiques dealers from all over Manhattan gathered to display their wares at Pier 94. Among the stalls of Schwinn bicycles and retro furniture, Elin Wilder, a tall woman with a honey complexion and an abundance of chestnut brown hair, set up her booth.
David Evanier’s lifetime in print
By Jerry Weinstein
As a writer, David Evanier has enjoyed brief interludes in the limelight co-writing Joey “Pants” Pantoliano’s memoir, seeing his Bobby Darin biography “Roman Candle” adapted for film by Kevin Spacey.
Koch on film
By Ed Koch
“Blood Diamond” (-) I have read a number of times that when producers avoid reviews before their film opens, it signifies a turkey. I now know why “Blood Diamond” was not reviewed in Friday’s papers the day before it opened. It is one of the worst movies I have seen this year.
Muriel Castanis, 80, sculptor with a unique method
By Albert Amateau
Muriel Castanis, a lifelong resident of the Village and a sculptor, one of whose works is embedded in the walls of the Flatbush Ave.-Brooklyn College subway station, died Nov. 22 at the age of 80.
Rabbi Joseph Singer, 91, served poor and mikvah
By Marvin Greisman
Rabbinical and lay leaders of the Lower East Side community recently commemorated the life of Rabbi Joseph Singer, former rabbi of the Stanton Street Shul, at a memorial service at the Young Israel Synagogue in Manhattan.
SACRED HOLIDAY MUSIC Theatre Group Dzieci presents “Fools Mass,” set during the Plague of the 16th century. A group of village idiots are forced to carry out their own Mass due to the sudden death of their beloved pastor. The theater piece has comic audience participation and choral singing of sacred hymns from the 8th 17th centuries. Sat., Dec. 16 at 7pm. ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 81 Christopher St. $10 donation suggested. 718-638-6037.
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