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Volume 76, Number 45
April 4 - 10, 2007


Editorial/Op-Ed
G.T.S. détente a welcome sign for Chelsea
The General Theological Seminary opened up a new chapter in its year-and-a-half-long battle with Chelsea neighbors, local elected officials and Community Board 4 on Monday when it abandoned its plans for a proposed 15-story tower on Ninth Avenue.

Notebook
The grapes of wrath, the tuna and, ugh, that voice
By Andrei Codrescu
Overbearing, too loud, nails on blackboard is what I thought the woman behind me on the airplane sounded like. My nerves were a bit rattled from two days in Detroit, admiring urban ruins.

Letters to the editor

Police Blotter

Scene

Scoopy's Notebook

Ira Blutreich

Chocolate factory is really hopping


Obituary

Hartvig Dahl, 83, psychology pioneer
By albert amateau
Dr. Hartvig Dahl, a psychoanalytic research pioneer and a resident of the Village for more than 40 years, died March 17 after a long illness at the age of 83.

Aline Greig, 86, children’s educator
By Albert Amateau
Aline Greig, a much-loved and innovative leader of Hudson Guild children’s programs from the late 1950s until she retired in 1986, died March 19 at the age of 86 in her Village home where she lived for more than 50 years.


Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

Joyce Lin being arrested at 43rd St. and Broadway during last Friday night’s Critical Mass ride.

No mass arrest of Critical Mass, but police get tough
By Jefferson Siegel 
Tension was palpable among cyclists ready to start the Critical Mass ride as they gathered at Union Square before the monthly event last Friday evening.


300 true believers get their 9/11 ‘truth’ from BAI host at St. Mark’s
By Mary Reinholz
April Fools’ Day fell this spring on Palm Sunday and it was a solemn occasion at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery. There, after Sunday services, some 300 apparent true believers packed the sanctuary in the early afternoon and heard politically charged conspiracy theories surrounding the fall of the World Trade Center five-and-a-half years ago.

Activists want to rein in circus use of wild animals
By Chris Bragg
In making their point on Saturday that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is cruel to animals, the League of Humane Voters of New York City was not subtle: Outside Madison Square Garden they chained and “beat” a person in an elephant costume with the same type of bull hook the circus uses to discipline elephants. 

German beer garden owner: Eviction case had racial tones
By Gerard Flynn
A recent settlement reached between Sylvester Schneider, owner of the East Village bar and restaurant Zum Schneider, and his landlord has left Schneider with mixed feelings about the case and the plaintiffs who were trying to force him out of his space.


Arts and Entertainment

Curating The Stone
By Todd Simmons
Two years ago, John Zorn, 2006 winner of a MacArthur “genius grant” and longtime veteran of the Downtown music avant-garde, opened The Stone at Avenue C and East 2nd St. as a haven for musicians to get paid and be heard in an intimate setting without the usual nightclub distractions.

Mrs. Garrett’s girls gone wild
By Will McKinley
The 1980s was truly the Golden Age of terrible TV sitcoms. And one of the worst offenders was “The Facts of Life.” (Before you write me angry letters, go watch the DVDs. Once you get past the theme song it’s all down hill.) Of course my little sister loved it, and so did her pre-pubescent girlfriends.


Sweet street art
By Kaija Helmetag
Never has graffiti covered as pristine and sweet-smelling a surface as chocolate — until last week, when chocolatier Alison Nelson debuted a new line of bars designed by ten of New York City’s most legendary graffiti writers.

Food

Rich cookies come in small packages
By Nicole Davis
“One of the most amazing chocolate items I’ve ever tasted is… a crisp cookie filled with ganache and covered with fine dark chocolate.”

Two candidates visit Downtown

Saturday night group expanding safe rides Downtown
By Brooke Edwards
Their motto is “Because getting home safely shouldn’t be a luxury.” For more than two years, the Brooklyn-based nonprofit group RightRides for Women’s Safety has been giving free rides to women who feel unsafe traveling home alone. Now, they’re about to expand their services to the rest of Lower Manhattan, including the Lower West Side, from the Battery to 23rd St., and the area south of Chinatown.

Hooping it up on Bowery

Let the mega-shopping begin

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NEWS

Seminary puts out new plan, and is back in good graces
By Albert Amateau
The General Theological Seminary this week said it would replace its unpopular plan for a 15-story residential tower on Ninth Ave. with a seven-story mixed-use building that conforms to current regulations for the Chelsea Historic District.

The Villager wins 9 awards from New York Press Assn.
The Villager won nine awards in the New York Press Association’s 2006 Better Newspaper Contest. The winners were announced last weekend at the association’s annual spring convention in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Vacant brick building collapses on E. Houston St.; No one hurt
By Jefferson Siegel
A vacant three-story building on the southeast corner of Houston and Mulberry Sts. partially collapsed last Saturday afternoon.

Rosenthal is Duane’s pod partner in investigation of an illegal hotel

Salvation Army residents pray homes will be saved
By Jefferson Siegel
A protest two weeks ago served to remind New Yorkers that the city is losing affordable housing at an accelerated rate. Six hundred more units of affordable housing will vanish if the Salvation Army empties and sells two of its residential buildings in Manhattan.

Save Darfur efforts peak as African crisis continues
By Brooke Edwards
Local student and human-rights activists are stepping up their grassroots efforts to raise awareness about the continued violence in Darfur, which has been labeled the first genocide of the 21st century.

Pilot program for garbage recycling in Union Square
By Esther Martin
Last Wednesday, a new recycling program, The Public Space Recycling Pilot, was announced by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty and Councilmember Michael McMahon, chairperson of the Council’s Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management.

Renters’ rock at poetry club
More than 150 people turned out at the Bowery Poetry Club last month to hear the East Village band Ninth Street Mission, above, play a benefit concert for the tenants of 47 E. Third St.


A cup of tea, brewed with reborn sympathy
By Jerry Tallmer
It was at age 16, in the summer of 1985, at a day camp on Martha’s Vineyard, that Jonathan Silverstein “just absolutely fell in love with” Robert Anderson’s “Tea and Sympathy.”


Koch on film
By Ed Koch
“Reign Over Me” (+) Normally I would not see a movie starring Adam Sandler. He is a good actor, but I think of his films as being of the slapstick genre joyously viewed by children. The plot of this film, however, is totally different than his usual movies.
“Avenue Montaigne” (+) This is kind of a roundelay — recurring theme — involving a number of people living in Paris who interact with one another.


Sports

Cooper coach engineers winning teams in many sports
By Judith Stiles
There’s an old saying that behind every great team is a great coach, and that winning championships can be traced back to one man with a fire in his belly who is an expert at motivating players. Sports folklore purports that a team can have a lot of individual talent, but without a great coach to pull it all together, the team will go nowhere.


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