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Volume 76, Number 35 January 24 - 30, 2007

Editorial/ Op-Ed
Parks should negotiate, not litigate, on Wash. Sq.
One needs a scorecard to keep track of the lawsuits against the Washington Square renovation plan. Now two new environmental suits have been added to the mix.

Letters to the editor

Talking Point
Fashion Week in Baghdad; Buttonholing Joe Lieberman
By Daniel Meltzer
The following arrived from an anonymous correspondent:
“I had something to do with it, but it is not my fault. I was walking with Lieberman after shul during Chanukah and we got onto the subject of Iraq, about which he has, as you know, somewhat controversial opinions within his own party.
he laptop that was Greece: To my Mac

The laptop that was Greece: To my Mac
By Andrei Codrescu
People’s vulnerabilities change throughout history. With Achilles it was his heel. For us, it’s the laptop. And not even the laptop, but the tiny memory chip inside.

Police Blotter


Scoopy's Notebook

Ira Blutreich

Arnold Bergier, 92, artist, Village preservationist
By Albert Amateau
Arnold Henry Bergier, a founder of the Save the Village Committee in 1959 and a sculptor whose life busts of prominent people included Admiral Chester Nimitz and Albert Einstein, died Fri., Jan. 19, in his home in the East Village at the age of 92.

Norman Buchbinder, spearheaded Union Sq.’s renaissance, dead at 84
Norman Buchbinder, a principle in Buchbinder & Warren real estate management and brokerage company and co-founder of the Union Square Partnership and founder of the Village Alliance business improvement districts, died Saturday at his Upper West Side home. He was 84 and had been in failing health.

Jerry Jansen, 92, ex-Marine and auxiliary policeman
By Albert Amateau
Gerard Francis Xavier Jansen, a Perry St. resident for more than 50 years who served in the Marines in the Pacific during World War II and was a radical union activist targeted by Senator Joseph McCarthy’s House Un-American Activities Subcommittee in 1951, died Jan. 17 in St. Vincent’s Hospital at the age of 92.

Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

Chris Carvey of Washington Heights taking an electronic music production class on Monday night at Dubspot on W. 14th St.

A ‘Ph.D.J.’ on two turntables, and mouse, at new academy
By Brooke Edwards
Dan Giove fondly recalls time spent thumbing through the latest and rarest electronica at the East Village’s Dubspot Records while chatting with the store’s owner, Makoto. That was before Dubspot succumbed to the fate of many music stores in the post-MP3, CD-burning era and shut its doors in early 2002.

Gansevoort group brainstorms about 9th Ave. corridor
By Brooke Edwards
Dan Giove fondly recalls time spent thumbing through the latest and rarest electronica at the East Village’s Dubspot Records while chatting with the store’s owner, Makoto. That was before Dubspot succumbed to the fate of many music stores in the post-MP3, CD-burning era and shut its doors in early 2002.

Arts and Entertainment

Mike Daisey’s life before wartime
By Jennifer DeMeritt
Mike Daisey has a gigantic head. In his new one-man show at the Public Theater, his expressive face, glowing baby pink or flamingo red, mirrors his explosion of ideas on everything from the sensation of his wife in his arms to the “ecstatic dirtiness” of the New York City subway system.

The kings of carne asada
By Nicole Davis
It’s Restaurant Week in New York, an egalitarian dining tradition in which normally expensive restaurants offer prix fixe meals for cheap.

ABSOLUTE CLARITY A loose adaptation of Edvard Radzinsky’s “She, in the absence of love and death” set in the present-day Lower East Side. The teenage heroine searches for love and absolution. Jan. 25 - Feb. 25; Wed. - Sun. at 7:30pm and Sat. & Sun. at 2pm. PLAYERS THEATER, 115 Macdougal St. $45. 212-352-3101. www.theatermania.com.


Noho warrior monk fights for strong minds, bodies
By Judith Stiles
Shi Yan Ming’s parents had three children who died of starvation, and when he became ill, his parents sold their last worldly possession, a fountain pen, to buy medicine. The treatment did not work, and as his parents were preparing to bury him in China’s rural Henan province, they serendipitously met a poor acupuncurist on the side of a road who miraculously cured him with only a few needles.


Wash. Sq.enviro suits cite trees, dust, hawk
By Lincoln Anderson
The lawsuits keep on mounting against the embattled Washington Square Park renovation plan, threatening to further stall, if not outright kill, it. Two new lawsuits take aim at the $16 million project on environmental grounds.

Lisa Goldberg, wife of N.Y.U. president, dies suddenly at 54
By Albert Amateau
Lisa E. Goldberg, the wife of New York University President John Sexton and president of the Charles Revson Foundation, died suddenly Mon., Jan. 22, after a massive brain aneurysm at the age of 54.

Meat Market ‘Icons’ are well done at Theory exhibit
By Lincoln Anderson
“Icons of the Meatpacking District,” artist Ruth Ro’s exhibit of new portraits of Meat Market movers and shakers, opened in the ground-floor retail store space of the new Theory building on Gansevoort St. last Wednesday evening.

Man about Malta and Venice
By Jerry Tallmer
F. Murray Abraham had better stay off subway trains for a while.
“When I’m riding the subway and learning a script, things begin to close out, or close in. I see a headline, ‘27 PEOPLE KILLED,’ and start wondering if that’s related to the play,” said the tall, versatile, constantly-in-demand actor who on Sunday, February 4, 2007, at the Duke Theater on 42nd Street, is to perform the extraordinary feat of opening in the matinee as Barabas, the Jew of Malta, he of the nightmare drama by Christopher Marlowe, and that same evening as Shylock in William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice.”

Koch on film
By Ed Koch
“Alpha Dog” (-) The title of this movie depicting a sordid lifestyle is misleading.  So far as I am concerned, it should simply be called, “A Dog.”
“Inland Empire” (-) After reading Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review of David Lynch’s latest film, I decided to see it.  She wrote it is “one of the few films I’ve seen this year that deserves to be called art.”


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