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Volume 76, Number 36
February 7 - 13, 2007


Editorial/Op-Ed
Sanitation: Don’t dump on Hudson Square
Hudson Square used to be a dumping ground for uses shunned by other neighborhoods, mainly trucking, including private garbage carters and recyclable waste and paper carters.

Having an out-of-body experience at ‘Bodies’ show
By Andrei Codrescu
I saw the “Bodies” exhibition, a controversial display that’s been touring the country, making thousands of people depressed.

Police Blotter

Scene

Scoopy's Notebook

Ira Blutreich

Villager photo by Robert Kreizel

It’s doggone cold out there!
Despite Monday’s freezing temperatures and winds, East Villagers and their dogs braved runs to Tompkins Square’s dog run, all of them bundled in layers.


Garbage center plan stinks, Hudson Square residents cry
By Albert Amateau
Residents of Hudson Square and Tribeca expressed outrage and contempt last week for the city’s proposal to build a 150-foot-tall garage for three Department of Sanitation districts.

Cyclists and advocates rain on parade-permit rules
By Jefferson Siegel
Last Wednesday, a group of several dozen, including politicians, attorneys and cyclists, braved the cold wind in front of Police Headquarters to voice outrage at the department’s revamped parade-permit regulations.

Brian Kavanagh’s Super Sunday swearing-in ceremony
By Lincoln Anderson
Despite the freezing weather and impending Super Bowl later that evening, more than 150 people turned out at The Cooper Union’s Great Hall last Sunday afternoon to celebrate Brian Kavanagh’s swearing in as the new 74th District state assemblymember.

Chinatown restaurant is served with $700,000 fine for biting tab
By Mary Reinholz
After three-and-a-half years of hair-splitting litigation over what constitutes restaurant tips and hourly wages in a Chinatown case, a federal judge has ruled that proprietors at 88 Palace Restaurant on E. Broadway wrongfully retained 25 percent of the 15 percent added to banquet tabs.

Sparks still flying over N.Y.U. co-generation plan
By Albert Amateau
New York University tried again on Jan. 10 to convince neighbors that the university’s plan for a new expanded co-generation plant beneath a city-owned strip along Mercer St. would benefit both the university and the neighborhood.


Arts and Entertainment

Illustrious life
By McKay McFadden
For graphic artist Lauren Redniss, an Op-Art contributor to the New York Times since 2001, illustrating her unique take on the news has been a dream job — with a catch.

Israel Horovitz touches up the canvas
By Jerry Tallmer
It will soon be 40 years ago that a scared but cocky kid named Israel Horovitz, faced with the last-minute defection of his key actor, stepped into the leading role of “Line,” a play by that same kid — well, he was 28 but didn’t look it — in its first performance anywhere.

Slices of East Village life from Pegleg to Purple
By Lincoln Anderson
Currently enjoying a two-and-a-half-week run through Feb. 11 at The Annex Theatre at La MaMa on E. Fourth St., “Once There Was a Village” takes its inspiration from Yuri Kapralov’s book of the same name about the late 1960s East Village.

NEWS
Stonewall, once dingy gay icon, to be ‘nicer’
By Brooke Edwards
The Stonewall nightclub at 53 Christopher St. in the West Village remains closed, but not for long.

Ex-Post gossipist refashions himself
By Mary Reinholz
He was labeled a bad boy in the less-than-virtuous tabloid press. Even some of the supposedly impartial broadsheets got their licks in.

Glick to Gottfried on marriage: ‘Get off the train’
By Paul Schindler
Asked recently about the push for a marriage-equality law in Albany, Deborah Glick, a 16-year state Assembly veteran and the longest-serving lesbian or gay elected official in New York, warned, “I don’t think in many places it will be an easy sell.”

Squatter artist draws analogy with N.O. public-housing tenants
By Lincoln Anderson
A veteran chronicler of the Lower East Side squatter battles, radical comic artist Seth Tobocman has been spending time recently in New Orleans documenting public-housing tenants’ struggle to preserve their homes.

Rev. Billy’s bitter coffee war
By Jefferson Siegel
On Saturday, anticonsumerism performance preacher Reverend Billy returned to the scene of one of his favorite targets, the Astor Pl. Starbucks.

Woman killed by truck at dangerous Chelsea crossing
By Lawrence Lerner
An elderly woman was crushed to death Monday morning after being hit by a truck on what has long been considered one of the most dangerous corners in Chelsea.

Outdoor workers are braving the big chill
By Julie Shapiro
Temperatures on Tuesday hit the low 20s, but the wind chill felt much colder — especially to people working outside.

LoHo is deleted in acrimonious acronym ’Net battle
By Kristin Edwards
Does LoHo exist? Not according to Wikipedia.


The rebirth of Punk: John Holmstrom’s fanzine returns
By Orli Van Mourik
In 1975, a 21-year-old former art student named John Holmstrom decided to start a magazine that married his two favorite art forms: Punk rock and comics.

Koch on film
By Ed Koch
“Seraphim Falls” (-) This pretentious western film set in 1868 seeks to convey some highbrow message. 




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UNCONVENTIONAL ART San Francisco-based artist Michele Pred uses unconventional materials in her artwork, which comment on contemporary culture and politics. “Predilections” runs Feb. 10 – March 15. Reception is Sat., Feb. 24 from 4-6pm. NANCY HOFFMAN GALLERY, 429 W. Broadway. 212-966-6676. www.nancyhoffmangallery.com. Pictured above is “Untitled,” 2006, created from a three-tier glass chandelier along with objects confiscated at airport security checkpoints.

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