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Volume 76, Number 30 December 20 -26, 2006


Editorial/ Op-Ed
Get all the High Line aboard the park plan
 The High Line park has been hailed as one of the most stunning and revolutionary urban-design projects of our time. And it’s a project that almost everyone is firmly behind — from west Chelsea gallery owners, to residents and park advocates, to the Bloomberg administration, to landlords who stand to reap the windfall of increased property values.

Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani came to the Ladder 3/Engine 6 firehouse on E. 13th St. two weeks ago to join Circuit City store executives in launching an online essay contest asking Americans to nominate their local firehouses for outstanding service to the community. Afterward, Giuliani was mobbed by the press outside the firehouse as he answered questions, above.

Notebook
My fast track to E.R. purgatory at St. Vincent’s
By Michele Herman
I went away recently for a few days — far, far away. When I came back, Abingdon Square was bright with mums, the monarchs were flying through, and the bus shelters wore brand-new billboards. It was the billboards and the matching full-page newspaper ads that riveted me.

Driving over the wine-red hills with Homer on tape
By Andrei Codrescu
An ancient Greek audience listened all night to Homer. In the morning, minds full of Calypso’s sinuous hips, Circe’s beguiling sigh-songs of globular delight, the clang of terrible weapons, and, most of all, a world-classical hangover, your typical Homeric audience straggled home through the dew-fresh grass of the Aegean hills, transformed into believers in epic poetry.


Police Blotter

Letter to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Scene


In Briefs
Santa Paws

Trying to save the town at town hall

Art saves, they pray

A little Lopez for Little Missionary’s

Hawkeyed photographer gets the bird

Signs are still not fine

Duane’s first podcast is ‘total garbage’


Picture Story

Have Christmas fun — and that’s an order!

Ranard’s Picture Show for The Villager

Let there be lights
Sculptor Oded Halahmy lit the menorah — that he sculpted for Hanukkah — on Monday, the fourth night of the Festival of Lights, at the Pomegranate Gallery, at 131 Greene St., in Soho. Each year, Halahmy, who was born in Baghdad, sculpts a new menorah for the holiday.


City lets Trump resume work; partner admits mistakes
By Lincoln Anderson
Donald Trump and partners resumed work building the foundation for the Trump Soho condo-hotel at Spring and Varick Sts. Wednesday following the discovery early last week of human remains at the construction site.

Committee approves a new Superior Ink site design
By Albert Amateau
The great “lost cause” of Village preservation advocates, the Superior Ink building on West and Bethune Sts., was found again last week when The Related Companies presented a redesign of the proposed residential project to the Community Board 2 Zoning Committee.

Community board hopes Spirit club gives up ghost
By Lawrence Lerner
It appears West Chelsea nightlife has taken another shot to the chin. At a full board meeting last Wednesday night at Roosevelt Hospital, Community Board 4 recommended that the State Liquor Authority not approve a transfer of ownership for Spirit, the embattled West Chelsea nightclub at 530 W. 27th St. that was shuttered twice for alcohol and drug violations last spring and summer.


Arts and Entertainment

The 30,000-square-foot canvas
The line stretched around the block to get into 11 Spring’s temporary museum for urban art this weekend, but for the 5,000 people who made it in, the wait — which lasted anywhere from one hour to five — was worth it. Inside, visitors were treated to a kinetic, high color collection of work by over 45 street and graffiti artists from Milan to Japan who bid farewell to the famous landmark for street art before it becomes an upscale condo.

Art books for pockets deep and small
By Stephanie Murg
If bookstores were people, Barnes & Noble would wear sensible shoes, The Strand a tweed jacket rundown at the elbows, and Taschen — well, Taschen would rock a Victor & Rolf runway sample and smell slightly of sin.


Sports

Young Olympic hopeful swimmers are making a splash
By Judith Stiles
For Dexter Brierley, the power food of choice before one of his big swim meets is a simple sweet potato. Perhaps this carb adds an element of luck as well, because the firey color of the food matches a roguish red-haired mop that frames his handsome face. In street clothes, one might mistake this lean, clean swimming machine for a hipster from London, but as soon as he speaks of his passion for swimming, it is crystal clear that he has little time for clubbing or hanging out.

NEWS

Northern exposure: High Line faces threat
By Lawrence Lerner
If you thought preserving the High Line was a fait accompli, think again.
Earlier this month, more than 150 people packed into Chelsea Market’s Community Room to hear an hour-long overview of the public planning process that will decide the fate of the elevated railway’s northern end, between 11th and 12th Aves. from 30th to 34th Sts., where it loops around the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Western Rail Yards.

Big money is pushing small kids to wayside
By Theresa Juva
The sorrowful drone of the saxophone melted out from an open door onto the dark street as a small crowd gathered inside around tubs filled with bottles of beer.

Double-parkers clog new bicycle lanes on Grand St.
By Lori Haught
Community Board 3 passed a resolution in the spring saying it did not support bike lanes on Grand St. But by November, the city Department of Transportation had installed the lanes.



Stoppard’s ‘Utopia’ opens with some soul searching
By Jerry Tallmer
Nikolai Gogol only appears in “The Coast of Utopia: Voyage” — that is to say, gets mentioned in passing — as a young writer who, coming along in the wake of the great but all too tragically dead-by-duel Alexander Pushkin, may someday give the benighted dark-ages 19th-century Russia something to be proud of.

William Mosley finds Narnia in Greenwich Village
By Wickham Boyle
William Mosley is the 18-year-old Brit who plays the oldest brother Peter in the smash hit “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe,” the first story in C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia.”

Koch on film
By Ed Koch
“Apocalypto” (-) I am happy to report that Mel Gibson’s movie on pre-Columbian Indian civilization is a clinker. 
“Stranger than Fiction” (-) The strangest part of this movie for me was seeing Will Ferrell play a dramatic role rather than a comedic one.  He does a good job with a non-absorbing script.



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