Volume 76, Number 33 January 17 - 23, 2007
South Village districts time has finally come
The new proposal for a South Village Historic District is an idea long overdue. Although the notion was first broached three years ago, it has taken a back seat while other pressing matters took precedence, such as the extension of the Greenwich Village Historic District. Also, it took time for the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, the proposals sponsor, to research the history of each of the districts 800 buildings in order to compile a designation report.
Letters to the editor
A few words to President Bush about reading my mail
By Tim Gay
Dear Mr. President:
I understand you want to open and read my mail.
The last person to open my mail was Mom, when I was 15 years old. I suspected that Mom was opening the gushy love letters mailed to me by Marlene, also age 15. The envelopes were opened and taped shut. I told Marlene that she better cool it because Mom was nosy.
Ronald DeNota, 78, Subjectivist artist of Jane St.
By Albert Amateau
Ronald DeNota, co-founder of a group of painters who styled themselves Street Painters and Subjectivists, who displayed their work in a gallery on Prince St. for several years, died Jan. 4 at his home on Jane St. at the age of 78. With his partner of more than 30 years, Lucy Burns, he also maintained a studio in Tribeca.
Advil-popping Moms are doin it for themselves
By Judith Stiles
It was kind of a midlife crisis, said Anne Koczka giggling, explaining why she ditched her family on a Sunday afternoon to join other soccer moms in a fast-paced futsal game in the Urban Soccer Leagues womens division. This fascination with soccer among many Lower Manhattan women began with a handful of Downtown United Soccer Club mothers who started practicing with a bona fide coach several years ago at Pier 40 at W. Houston St.
Punk icon pair replace guitars with T-shirts and cheap booze
By Brooke Edwards
It has been three months since the East Village bore witness to the death of punk with the simultaneous closing of the legendary venue CBGB and the end of live music at its younger competitor, Continental, last October. Both names live on albeit without screeching guitars, through fashion in one case, and in the form of a dive bar in the other.
Tales from the crypt: Trump bonesshed light on abolitionist believers
By Lincoln Anderson
The archaeologist hired by Donald Trump and his project partners Bayrock/Sapir to handle the human remains found at the site of their planned condo-hotel at Spring and Varick Sts. recently filed a report with the city, and the findings shed new light on the ancient bones.
Hawk swoops in as new Exhibit A against Washington Square rehab
Arts and Entertainment
Icons of Ukrainian art: worshipped, rescued, and tweaked
By Stephanie Murg
In 1915, Kazimir Malevich painted a black square on a white canvas and, on a frigid winter night, hung it at a jaunty angle in the corner of an exhibition room in Petrograd, the setting of 0,10: The Last Futurist Exhibition of Painting. And art history was made.
A light in the attic
By Jerry Tallmer
Lillian Hellman suited her name: She was a hell-raiser first, last, and always. She fought tooth and claw with Dashiell Hammett, the main man in her life until his death in 1961, she fought racists, witch-hunters, bigots, right-wingers, not a few left-wingers, men, women, producers, agents, writers, editors, critics, publicists, actors, lovers, directors and Austin Pendleton well remembers, with something akin to joy, the fights she and he had when in 1981 he was directing the Broadway production of The Little Foxes that starred Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton.
FESTIVAL OF HYBRID PERFORMANCES The annual Culturemart festival features new works that blur the lines between dance, theatre, music, new media, puppetry and visual art. Festival continues thru Jan. 28 at HERE ARTS CENTER, 145 6th Ave., enter on Dominick St. Shows are at 8:30pm. $15. 212-352-3101. www.here.org. Pictured above is a scene from Wickets, playing Thurs. Sun., Jan. 25-28. It features eight 1970s stewardesses split between the private self and the public persona in an adaptation of Maria Irene Fornes Fefu and Her Friends.
New push to create So. Village historic area
By Albert Amateau
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation last week dropped an 80-page report, three years in the making, on the desk of Robert Tierney, chairperson of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, in a call for a South Village Historic District comprised of 38 blocks and about 800 buildings.
Bush tries o terrorize Guantanamo attorneys
By Jerry Tallmer
Charles D. Stimson, the Bush administrations deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, would seem to have been reading his Shakespeare. Last week this Orwellian anonymity emulated Dick the Butcher, who in Act IV, Scene 2, of Henry VI, Part 2, bellows to his fellow rogues: The first thing we do, lets kill all the lawyers!
Dirty Girl just wants to have fun
By Will McKinley
Ronnie Koenig is exhausted. You would be too if you had just just got back from covering the Adult Video News Awards in Sin City, where she rubbed elbows (and nothing else, thank you) with the hottest stars in the adult film industry. She also recently penned a story for Penthouse about Hollywoods steamiest sex scenes, and spent two years editing Playgirl Magazine, where she got to see her fair share of male thingies.
Koch on film
By Ed Koch
Notes on a Scandal (+) This film provides a magnificent insight into the lives of two troubled women. One is the beautiful high school art teacher Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett).
Pans Labyrinth (+) On many occasions I have expressed a longing for films devoted to the Spanish Civil War, Ireland and its troubles, and Israels battles for survival, because I enjoy historic films about the violent history of our fellow human beings.