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Volume 76, Number 43
March 21 - 27, 2007


Editorial/Op-Ed
Our auxiliary officers need more protection
Shocking death and violence came suddenly to Greenwich Village last Wednesday night, cutting short three innocent young lives. Many more lives could have been lost, if not for the actions of two courageous Sixth Precinct auxiliary officers, Nicholas Pekearo and Yevgeniy “Eugene” Marshalik.

Talking Point
Washington Sq. decision grants city license to lie
By Jonathan Greenberg
The closer you look at the recent decision by the Appellate Division to overturn Judge Emily Jane Goodman’s ruling on the redesign of Washington Square Park, the more it resembles a political fix.

What is culture really nowadays?
By Andrei Codrescu
The Nazis don’t get quoted much, except for Hermann Goering, who said, “Whenever I hear the word ‘culture’ I reach for my revolver.” When Goering said that, he meant that he would like to shoot all intellectuals (Jews) because they’d read more books than he had. You can’t shoot a word, like “culture,” but you can certainly shoot the people you might think “cultural” or “cultured.”

Letters to the editor

Police Blotter

Scene

Scoopy's Notebook

Ira Blutreich

Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

Nicholas Pekearo’s casket being carried out of Redden’s Funeral Home on Saturday morning.

Village auxiliary officer pair made the ultimate sacrifice
By Lincoln Anderson
With a sea of hundreds of officers in blue lining W. 14th St. and giving a final crisp white-gloved salute, slain auxiliary police officer Nicholas Pekearo received a full inspector’s funeral on Saturday morning.


Preservationists hail a landmark meeting by Beep
By Albert Amateau
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer last week brought together preservation advocates and leaders of the borough’s 12 community boards to talk about ways to enhance Manhattan’s architectural and cultural heritage.

Leroy run crowded and unsafe, small-dog owners howl
By Brooke Edwards
In October 2003, the Parks Department, with much fanfare, celebrated the 100th anniversary of Seward Park. Meeting a recreation need of children living in the Lower East Side’s overpopulated tenements, it was New York City’s first municipally built playground. Since those early years, public playgrounds have gone on to become an integral part of city life.


Arts and Entertainment
Spalding graces the stage again
By Jennifer DeMeritt
Before everybody and their tax accountant became a memoirist, Spalding Gray, the granddaddy of professional narcissists, was making a cottage industry from his private obsessions. His 1987 monologue movie “Swimming to Cambodia” made him famous and brought mainstream legitimacy to the work he’d done live at the Performing Garage for years: sitting at a desk, telling stories about himself.

Desperately seeking Mary Smith
By Jerry Tallmer
Fugue (fyoog) n. 1. a musical composition for a definite number of parts or voices, in which a subject is announced in one voice, imitated in succession by each of the other voices, and developed contrapuntally. 2. Psychiatry a state of psychological amnesia during which the subject seems to behave in a conscious and rational way, although upon return to normal consciousness he cannot remember the period of time nor what he did during it; temporary flight from reality.


Sports

Lady hoopsters’ magical run rims out at Final Four
By Judith Stiles
She is the queen of three-pointers. Yet college basketball star Adrienne Rochetti only stands a mighty 5 feet 1 inch tall on New York University’s Division III women’s basketball team.


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NEWS
Neighbors vow they will swat B’ball City
By Brooke Edwards
Design plans for the exterior of the new Basketball City on Pier 36 were met with mixed reviews, some heated discussion and, finally, vows that the community will do a Ben Wallace and block the project with a vengeance at a presentation at Community Board 3’s Parks Committee last Thursday.

Annie Moore and her spirit live again in Irish apt.
By Jefferson Siegel
No running water, no indoor bathrooms, no central heating, no electricity, unpaved streets, roving gangs.… The New York of the 1800s certainly didn’t win any awards for quality of life.

Work on High Line park project is chugging along
By Albert Amateau
The High Line project is on track and the first section of the old elevated rail line between Gansevoort and W. 20th Sts. will open to the public as a park in the summer of 2008, Friends of the High Line told West Side residents on March 8.

Mission still not accomplished

Rule Britannia! English merchants push for new district
By Brooke Edwards
You’ve had lunch in Chinatown, dinner in Little Italy…. How about tea in Little Britain? If a group of British ex-pats have their way, that will soon be a possibility.

Four lives end in Greenwich Village on tragic night
By Lincoln Anderson
Helping make Greenwich Village’s Sixth Precinct one of the city’s safest neighborhoods was a passionate calling for auxiliary officers Nicholas Pekearo and Yevgeniy “Eugene” Marshalik.


In current rotation
Lucinda gets dark, a Klezmatic goes old school, and ’60s It Girls go solo
By Lee Ann Westover

The Return of the Kid
By Will McKinley
Once upon a time, Scott Thompson was part of the hottest thing in comedy.
That’s what critics called The Kids in the Hall, the Canadian sketch comedy troupe that Thompson joined in 1985. After years of dues-paying in Toronto, the actor-comedian and his four fellow Kids caught the eye of “Saturday Night Live” impresario Lorne Michaels, who brought the team to New York to develop the groundbreaking TV series that bore their name.

Koch on film
By Ed Koch
“The Namesake” (+) This picture is a gem. After an arranged marriage in Calcutta, Tabu (Ashima) and Ashoke (Irrfan Khan) emigrate to New York City in 1977 and have two children — a son Gogol (Kal Penn) and younger daughter Sonia (Sahira Nair).
“300” (-) I didn’t think I would like this movie, and I did not. It describes the enormous courage of the Greeks from the City of Sparta who fought the Persians at the Battle of Thermopylae.


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