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Volume 77, Number 1
June 6 - 12, 2007


Editorial/Op-Ed
Governor can’t ignore Pier 40
When Eliot Spitzer became governor five months ago, he took responsibility for about 735 public authorities, in addition to all of the state agencies directly under his control. No governor could put his or her stamp on 735 so quickly. Authorities were originally designed to shield decision makers from parts of government and the public. But Spitzer should move the Hudson River Park Trust to the top of his priority list.

Notebook
What is left? A book that I can never stop reading
By Jerry Tallmer
There are certain lines of poetry or prose that stick in your head through the whole lifetime since you first came upon them — or they upon you. One is a young woman named Holly saying to her husband: “Then you have to go,” meaning you have to go see Bruce if he’s in the hospital somewhere and needs you.

Letters to the editor

Police Blotter

Scene

Scoopy's Notebook

Ira Blutreich

Sports

Rain doesn’t dampen 2 Little League ladies’ goals
By Judith Stiles
When there is a rain delay, Little Leaguers generally don’t have the luxury of groundskeepers scurrying onto the field with giant tarps until the rain passes. At J.J. Walker Field at the corner of Hudson and Clarkson Sts., there is one puny tarp to cover the pitcher’s mound and no dugout cover for the players.

Fleet young Region 9 runners cut through the heat
By Lucas Mann
Held under sweltering conditions, the Fourth Annual Region 9 Middle School Track and Field Series kicked off at the Murry Bergtraum Field in Chinatown on Fri., June 1.


Villager photo by Diane Rieger

Little League’s big in Village
Julian Berson, of the Angels, slid home safely against the Orioles last Friday at J.J. Walker Field in Greenwich Village, where Little League baseball is popular. The Orioles won the Majors B Division game, 5-4.


Wang strikes out in Chinatown, where baseball is just ‘too slow’
By Lucas Mann
When Chien-Ming Wang takes the mound at Yankee Stadium, he shoulders more of a burden than just being one of the few bright spots on a disappointing team.

Egg rolls, egg creams and pigeon bones on Eldridge
By Rebecca Cathcart
Inside the 120-year-old synagogue on Eldridge St. in Manhattan last Sunday, Hsu Chun Chang bent his lean frame over the shoulder of Rabbi Zelig Mandel.


G.V.B.A. to diagnose the St. Vincent’s plan
St. Vincent’s Hospital’s redevelopment plan to build a new $600 million medical facility on the site of its O’Toole Building on Seventh Ave. S. will be on the agenda of a Greenwich Village Block Associations forum from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wed., June 13, in the hospital’s Cronin Auditorium at 170 W. 12th St.

No Little League on barges in revised Pier 40 plan
By Lincoln Anderson
Responding to community complaints that its Pier 40 redevelopment plan would close the W. Houston St. pier’s sports fields for up to 18 months, The Related Companies has retooled its proposal so that the fields would remain open throughout the construction.

‘Stand up for your rights!’

Longtime butcher decides to get a cut of the action
The Kurowycky butcher shop on First Ave., an East Village institution for 50 years, closed last weekend, not because of rising rents but to take advantage of the rising tide of real estate values.

Joe’s Dairy mozzarella maestros make cheese an art
By Jennifer Milne
The windows of Joe’s Dairy are thick with condensation, and large yellow wheels of cheese can be seen only by peering through the dripping water on the glass.

Mass cyclists are critical of new parade permit rule enforcement
By Jefferson Siegel
At last month’s Critical Mass ride, police enforced recently enacted regulations that require any group of 50 or more people to first obtain a permit before gathering.


Arts and Entertainment
By Bonnie Rosenstock
“Like Son,” Felicia Luna Lemus’ second novel, is a contemporary love story about legacies and identity, which spans seven years of the near present with frequent flashes to the past.

A musical reconcilliation of 9/11
By Nicole Davis
Wickham Boyle, editor of our sister magazine Thrive and longtime Tribeca resident, has written once before about September 11 and its aftermath in her memoir, “A Mother’s Essays from Ground Zero.” But for “Calling,” loosely drawn from the material in her book, Boyle decided to give voice to that time via a different medium.

Cartoonist Mikhaela Reid gets graphic
By Rebecca Cathcart
If you’ve seen The Villager’s sister paper Chelsea Now, you’ve likely seen the irascible cartoons of Mikhaela Reid, who has drawn editorial strips for the paper since its inception.

NEWS
Cries of ‘foul’ as B’Ball City gets assist from C.B. 3
By Alyssa Giachino
After more than 10 years, the process to consider Basketball City’s proposal to build a recreation facility on the Lower East Side inched one step forward last week.

Park needs green (cash), says Hudson Park’s prez
By Josh Rogers
The Hudson River Park is like a business and, in order to keep it running, Pier 40 must generate more money, the park’s president said last week.

Local pol’s relative killed in Iraq by roadside bomb
By Lincoln Anderson
City Councilmember Rosie Mendez, a vocal critic of the Iraq war, felt the ongoing conflict hit home with devastating impact last month when she learned that her first cousin once removed had been killed.

Mayor, Quinn say Village must get transfer station
By Albert Amateau
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and environmental activists from Williamsburg and the South Bronx came down to the Gansevoort Peninsula along with Department of Sanitation officials and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn on a hot Thursday afternoon last week to advocate for the proposed marine transfer station on the peninsula.

Maxwell memorial

Tugs and wine on harbor tour
The Working Harbor Committee and the South St. Seaport Museum are sponsoring a cruise of New York Harbor’s working waterfront aboard the Zephyr, a Circle Line Downtown tour boat, beginning at 6 p.m. Wed., June 20, from Pier 16 in the South St. Seaport.

Bike blitz on E. 6th: Police cut locks and arrest two
By Jefferson Siegel
On the evening of Wed., May 30, police descended on E. Sixth St. between First and Second Aves. and began impounding bicycles that had been locked to street sign poles.

A shot of wild turkey in the Village; Was it Zelda?
By Lucas Mann
Something strange was afoot at the corner of West Houston St. and LaGuardia Pl. last Friday afternoon. There was something walking the streets even lighter than the models that usually patrol the area.

Condo-hotel site gets all Trumped up

Listen to The Villager on Internet Radio:
In The Villager "Community Report" on Tribecaradio.net , Jai Nanda, executive director of Urban Dove, talks about "The People's Pier" redevelopment proposal for Pier 40. "The People's Pier" is one of two competing proposals for the 14-acre W. Houston St. pier. The pier is a designated "commercial node" in Hudson River Park and is expected to generate millions of dollars for the park in annual operating revenue. Recorded May 23, 2007.


Theater
Not your parents’ Romeo & Juliet
By Jerry Tallmer
As I sit here staring at the computer screen, wondering how in hell to handle this one, one of my father’s favorite expressions suddenly — in his own mild, just barely ironic voice — pops into my head out of nowhere:

Film
Koch on film
By Ed Koch
“Steel City” (-) When I left the theater, I asked AS what he thought of the movie. He said, “It would be okay for TV.” I agree. We expect a lot less of television programs than we do of films that now cost $11.00 to see.
“I Have Never Forgotten You:  The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal” (+) This documentary on the life of Simon Wiesenthal, a wonderful man whom I have admired all of my adult life, is extremely well done and worth your presence. 

From Romania, with a wry smile
By Leonard Quart
Over the years we’ve had little opportunity to screen Romanian films. The most memorable ones I have seen were Lucian Pintilie’s striking social satire, “The Oak” (1994), and Cristi Puiu’s “The Death of Mr. Lazarescu”(2005) — a brilliant, dark comic long night’s journey through the bureaucratic labyrinth of Bucharest’s hospitals.


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