Volume 76, Number 47
April 18 - 24, 2007
Mass eviction rule needs to be clarified
Hundreds of renters flooded E. Third St. between Second and First Aves. on Saturday to show solidarity with the tenants of 47 E. Third St. Landlords Alistair and Catherine Economakis are trying to use the owner-occupancy provision to empty the 15-unit, five-story tenement and make it a private mansion.
The Iran hostages: Whats wrong with this picture?
By Daniel Meltzer
Fifteen British military personnel were captured in Iranian waters last month, according to the Iranian government. In Iraqi waters, according to the British government. Borders are hard to see in the water and global positioning systems can reportedly be unreliable. Well, they were somewhere between Iran and Iraq, at least very close to the invisible border. Too close.
Letters to the editor
Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert
Bettina Bruning and her daughter Hanna Bowen, 2, who live on E. 12th St. and Avenue A, at Saturday’s rally. Bruning’s building was one of 17 in the East Village bought by Extell, a national real estate developer, last year. “It seems they’re just waiting for some loophole to do what they want,” she said of her new landlord.
Tenants are united under one roof to fight against eviction
By Sarah Ferguson
The relentless gentrification of the East Village and Lower East Side sparked a bit of popular revolt this past weekend.
On Saturday, nearly 400 people rallied outside 47 E. Third St., where awealthy couple is seeking to turn the entire rent-stabilized building into their own private mansion.
For WNYC archivist, it’s a painstaking labor of love
By Richard Pyatt
He is not trying to formulate the theory of relativity, but with his head crowned by a dense flaring growth of gray hair, archivist Andy Lanset easily brings to mind the popular image of Einstein. Lanset’s connection with space and time, however, is much more down to earth.
New designations beef up Meat Market protections
By Lincoln Anderson
Last Wednesday, State Parks Commissioner Carol Ash approved the listing of the entire Meatpacking District on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
Finale is a bitter tonic as indie music club closes
By Jefferson Siegel
Tonic, the Lower East Side music venue, gave its last show Saturday but did not go gently into the night. After nine years, the avant jazz/indie/new music club became another victim of rising rents.
Kids help cultivate design for ‘Little Flower Garden’
By Kristin Edwards
Washington Square Park is not the only park in town being considered for a facelift. LaGuardia Park, an ivy-covered swath south of Washington Square on LaGuardia Place, between Bleecker and W. Third Sts., will be getting a kid-friendly makeover, using ideas from children themselves.
Arts and Entertainment
The new (and foreign) faces of American Lit
By McKay McFadden
Granta a British journal of fiction, memoir, reportage, and documentary photography takes its name from the Granta River that snakes alongside Cambridge University.
By Bonnie Rosenstock
Shortly after Robert Otter moved his wife and three children from Huntington, Long Island to Greenwich Village in November of 1960, the ad agency art director seamlessly transformed himself into a photographer.
Janice Erlbaum and the girl in her memoir
By Will McKinley
It’s Friday night and writer Janice Erlbaum is at a diner in Chelsea, eating grapefruit and whole-wheat toast. It’s a radical departure from her life two decades ago as a “halfway homeless” high school student with a penchant for hard drugs and risky choices.
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This week on The Villager radio show, our guests are David Kramer, principal of the Hudson Companies, and John Fout, community policy aide for Concilmember Rosie Menedez. Kramer's Hudson Companies is building the new 26-story dormitory for New York University on E. 12th between Third and Fourth Aves. Fout, speaking on behalf of Mendez, calls Kramer and the U.S. Postal Service to task over the questionable air-rights transfer that is allowing the dorm to be built 30 percent larger than normal. Kramer defends the air-rights transfer and slams a community lawsuit against it as "frivolous." Kramer also blasts The Villager for dubbing it a "mega-dorm." Only on The Villager radio show!
High, bright, ‘The Wall’ will return to Soho wall
By Chris Bragg
Soho’s well-known public artwork “The Wall,” which has been gathering dust in a basement for the past five years, may soon be rebuilt following an agreement between the work’s creator, the building that had fought the eight-story structure and the city.
Internet cafe rewires itself for the new kiddie boom
By Julie Shapiro
If the walls are any indication, New Yorkers are going to miss alt.coffee. The Lower East Side coffee shop recently held a closing party, at which owner Nick Bodor gave attendees permanent markers and free rein on a sunflower-yellow wall.
St. Luke gardeners hope benefit for anniversary comes up roses
By Brooke Edwards
The community garden at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields is holding a benefit on Sat., April 21, to celebrate 50 years as a sanctuary for West Villagers.
XXX action gets way too real at a Bowery video store
By Lincoln Anderson
An adult video store on the Bowery was a haven for hookers engaging in the real thing, according to police, who last week padlocked it for prostitution and drugs. In the same sweep, police also put Sutra lounge, a few blocks away, on warning for failing police sting operations for underage alcohol sales.
Empire loses one, but SPQR and salon still standing
By Mary Reinholz
At Sal Anthony’s Third Avenue Movement Salon, a fountain gushes in the window. Artwork and lush plants are everywhere in the ground-floor space even where patrons stretch on Pilates machines. Known as Scheffel Hall, the German Renaissance-style building was once home to Fat Tuesday’s jazz club.
The ins and outs of Farley Granger
By Jerry Tallmer
Farley Granger was about as good-looking a young man as ever broke into movies. A nice good-natured unspoiled American kid whose tongue gets cut out under torture by the Japanese in the 1944 wartime flick “The Purple Heart.”
Koch on film
By Ed Koch
“The Lookout” (+) This movie is interesting but not very memorable. It plays on a motif brought to its height by the film “Memento” starring Guy Pearce.
“Black Book” (+) This film on the Holocaust is seriously flawed and occasionally ridiculous. Nevertheless, the subject of how such evil could dominate so much of Europe continues to hold our attention.
Soccer summit kicks around player-development ideas
By Judith Stiles
If low-end soccer cleats cost $50, and cheap shin guards and socks cost another $35, after paying for a uniform, club fees, tournaments and transportation, nine months of soccer could easily cost $1,000. And that’s just for a first-year player on a travel team.
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THE JOURNEY OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT A rare screening of the poignant film Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring by Korean director Ki-duk Kim. The film is divided into five segments with each season representing a stage in a mans life. Mon., April 30 at 7:45pm. Screening will be followed by a short discussion. Wine & cheese willbe served. In Korean with English subtitles. CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing), 123 4th Ave., 2nd floor, bet 12th & 13th Sts. $12, $10 students, seniors & members. 212-677-8621. www.crsny.org.
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