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Volume 76, Number 48
April 25 - May 1, 2007


Editorial/Op-Ed
Congestion pricing: A breath of fresh air
Opponents of congestion pricing are trying to cast the battle as a fight between the “little guys” from Brooklyn and Queens on one side and the corporate bigwigs and Manhattan elites on the other.

Talking Point
Liberal columnists keep bombarding Hillary on war
By Ed Gold
Two of my favorite liberal columnists, Frank Rich and Paul Krugman, should give Hillary a break and stop bashing her.
They cannot forgive her vote on the Iraq war and her refusal to ask for forgiveness. It should be noted that the other Democratic senators running for president — Biden, Dodd and Edwards — all apparently believed in Bush’s integrity, as she did, in the Senate’s unfortunate vote.

Letters to the editor

Police Blotter

Scene

Scoopy's Notebook

Ira Blutreich


Obituary

Margaret Maxwell, passionate professor, dies at 93
By Laura Hockaday
Margaret Maxwell, longtime Charles St. resident and Finch College professor, died Tues., April 17, at Beth Israel Hospital. She was 93.

Harriet Pifer, 96, a matron of close-knit Chelsea family
By Albert Amateau
Harriet Pifer, known as Hattie, died at the age of 96 in a fire on April 11 in the Chelsea apartment where she had lived with two of her sons for the past 46 years.

Villager photos by Elisabeth Robert

Busker Joey Joey swallowed a sword in Washington Square’s fountain on Saturday. Soon after, he got on a unicycle, then started jumping rope, too — all the while still swallowing the sword.

Board 2 demands Wash. Sq. design presentation, or else
By Lincoln Anderson
Frustrated with the Parks Department’s stonewalling them on the Washington Square Park renovation designs, Community Board 2 last Thursday issued the department a final warning: If Parks doesn’t re-present its plans for the renovation by May 9, C.B. 2 will rescind its approval of the project.

Hokies mourn as local universities evaluate safety
By Brooke Edwards and Jefferson Siegel
Last Thursday evening, several hundred people, including a large contingent of Virginia Tech alumni, as well as New York University students and locals, gathered in Washington Square Park for a candlelight memorial service to honor the 32 students killed by a gunman at Virginia Tech earlier in the week.

Cat on a hot tree branch

Young women seek ways to combat street harassment
By Brooke Edwards
Virtually every female in the city has experienced street harassment, no matter her age, ethnicity, size or the way she’s dressed.

Jammyland is jammed with classic reggae nuggets
By Barry Paddock
“To a lot of people, reggae is Bob Marley, and why go any further?” lamented Malcolm Allen, the salesperson at the unique East Village reggae shop Jammyland. “I learn new stuff every day listening to Jamaican music.”

Arts and Entertainment
Back in ‘The Brig’ with the Living Theater
By Jerry Tallmer
The last time Judith Malina directed “The Brig,” which was 44 years ago, she put the actors through sheer hell, U.S. Marine Corps punishment style. With the cast’s assent, more or less.

A surreal Celtic hootenanny
By Scott Harrah
One must note that Alain Boublil and Claude Michel Schonberg — the dynamic duo that created the musical blockbusters “Miss Saigon” and “Les Miserables” — have obvious great intentions and creative ambitions with this lavish, multimillion-dollar theatrical retelling of the life of 16th century female Irish chieftan Grace O’Malley and her quest to protect Ireland from invading British troops in the days of Queen Elizabeth I.

Sports
Flying Karamazov Brother frequently lands in Chelsea
By Judith Stiles
It is the thrill of a lifetime for some jugglers to toss flaming torches and sharp sickles, but the fascinating part for master juggler Rod Kimball is how to handle a mistake, and how an artist can seamlessly improvise a misstep right back into a routine.

Saunter will attempt great feat
By Albert Amateau
The 2007 Great Saunter, the 22nd annual shoreline trek around Manhattan Island conducted by the hiking and environmental group Shorewalkers, is expected to attract close to 1,000 walkers on Sat., May 5.

Listen to The Villager on Internet Radio:
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!

NEWS

Garage foes want the dirt on why city switched site
By Albert Amateau
A coalition of civic groups in the Hudson Square and Tribeca neighborhoods are stepping up efforts to turn back the Department of Sanitation’s plan for a jumbo garage for three Sanitation districts on United Parcel Service property on Spring St. just north of new high-end luxury residential buildings.

Green roof classroom idea grows at P.S. 41
By Jill Stern
P.S. 41, the Greenwich Village School, has an ambitious new plan to get onboard the green bandwagon. And they aim to start right at the top, with the roof — a green roof, that is.

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.

Chamber champs shine at dinner dance

Bike lane brouhaha over what’s best cross-town route
By Julie Shapiro
Any bike lane is better than no bike lane.
That’s what Community Board 2 decided last Thurs., April 19, when it approved a bike lane that many residents, cyclists and community board members see as a second choice.

Cups runneth over at the Swap-O-Rama

Film
Koch on film
By Ed Koch
“The Hoax” (-) Most reviews that I read of this film were laudatory. I found it boring.
“Red Road” (+) Red Road is the name of a street in a depressed area of Glasgow, Scotland, and a hangout of the underclass young people involved in drinking, drugs and alternative lifestyles.
“The Accomplices” (+) This play is about the efforts of Peter Bergson (Daniel Sauli) to convince President Roosevelt (Jon DeVries) to rescue the Jews being slaughtered in Europe by the Nazis. 

Art

The wild west of NYC’s galleries
By Shane McAdams
Like most, I often end up taking the path of least resistance on a Saturday afternoon when I get the art itch. Invariably, I exit the Whitney or the Met wondering why I didn’t embark on a more ambitious art excursion. MoMa’s fine, but it’s always there.


A special Villager supplement
Hospitals, Health & Volunteers
A new era for St. Vincent’s and Lower West Side
By Anthony Gagliardi, MD
St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan is about to take a big step into its future with the building of a new state-of-the-art facility to serve the residents of the West Side and Downtown. It will be the first all-digital hospital built from the ground up in New York City, and will be the first hospital in the city that is built to the fullest extent possible consistent with standards for a “green” building.

V.A. uses V.R. to help vets recovering from trauma
By Lincoln Anderson
To help returning Iraq war veterans deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, the Veterans Affairs Hospital is using a new technology: a virtual-reality simulator.

Not TV-show chaos, but control in St. Vincent’s E.D.
By Jefferson Siegel 
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, physicians, nurses and staff of St. Vincent’s Hospital lined Seventh Ave. S., watching as smoke from the terrorist attack blotted the Downtown sky. As the closest Level 1 trauma center, the hospital stood prepared for an influx of casualties, which never arrived. 

East Village doctor is still enjoying the journey
By Lesley Sussman 
For Dr. Jose J. Rabelo it all seems like a blink of an eye from the time in 1986 when, fresh out of medical school at the University of Puerto Rico, he arrived on the Lower East Side to begin work as an intern at Cabrini Medical Center’s Stuyvesant Polyclinic to now when he is about to celebrate his 21st year of tending to the neighborhood’s medically underserved.

187 years focusing on treating eyes, ears and more
By Brooke Edwards
The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in the East Village is the oldest specialty hospital in the nation. It was founded in 1820 and its first president, Colonel William Few, was one of the signers of the Constitution.

Beth Israel’s new diagnostic tool is breast defense
By Bonnie Rosenstock 
In the ongoing war against breast cancer, going nuclear is proving to be an effective weapon. Joining Beth Israel Hospital’s arsenal of diagnostic modalities is Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging, or B.S.G.I., which has been recording impressive detection rates.

Improving health and well-being with food and love
By Julie Shapiro
Five days a week, Kyler James sets out across Greenwich Village carrying as many as 10 hot lunches. He strides quickly from one apartment to the next, dropping off free food for people with H.I.V., cancer, multiple sclerosis and other debilitating illnesses.

At L.G.B.T. health center, patients feel respected
By Julie Shapiro 
When Jim went to the doctor, he used to worry about more than just his health. As a gay man, Jim faced discrimination from doctors at city clinics, he said.

Ryan-NENA: A blue beacon of hope and health on L.E.S.
By Suzanne Zionts
The blue six-story building looks modern compared to many of the walkups that line Third St. between Avenues C and D. But inside The Ryan-NENA Center, the eclectic life of the Lower East Side spills into every corridor.

Outreach chief knows health is key in any language
By Theresa Juva 
For the past decade, Teresa Lin’s day usually starts with a visit to a patient’s room at New York Downtown Hospital. Speaking in either Cantonese or Mandarin — the native languages of many of the patients — Hong Kong-born Lin asks patients if they want a bowl of soup or a newspaper.

At Caring Community, people care to help each other
By Kristin Edwards
Though she was already enriching young minds as a third-grade teacher at P.S. 307 in DUMBO, in Brooklyn, Hilary Redman wanted to do more outreach.


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GOD’S EAR A full-length play with musical interludes. Mel and Ted have lost their young son. Now, wherever Ted goes, he meets people with dead sons and whatever Mel touches falls apart. The two try to continue through life guided by their young daughter, the Tooth Fairy and G.I. Joe. May 2 – June 2, Wed.- Mon. at 8pm. EAST 13TH STREET THEATER, 136 E. 13th St., bet 3rd & 4th Aves. $25, $18 students & seniors. 212-868-4444. www.smarttix.com. Pictured above are Judith Greentree, left, as the Tooth Fairy and Matthew Montelongo as G.I. Joe.

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