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Volume 77, Number 2
June 13 - 19, 2007

Silver, don’t jam up mayor’s traffic plan
Opponents of congestion pricing in Manhattan are busy setting up roadblocks in Albany. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is not opposing the mayor’s proposed traffic plan, but his recent statements indicate he is leaning against it.

Talking Point
Case can turn the tide against dorm bait and switch
To The Editor:
By Michael Rosen and Andrew Berman
On May 29, a New York State Appellate Division court ruled that the Department of Buildings cannot require a 10-year lease to be in place between a university and a private developer as a condition for the developer to be granted a construction permit to build a dormitory.

Letters to the editor

Police Blotter


Scoopy's Notebook

Ira Blutreich


Dodgers on top of heap in Village after first round
By Lucas Mann
The playoffs began this past weekend for the Majors Division of the Greenwich Village Little League, capping a hard-fought and successful season.

Leaving league in good shape, Ellett to hang up cleats
By Lincoln Anderson
After two years as the veritable Bud Selig of the Greenwich Village Little League, Tom Ellett will be stepping down.

Photo by William Alatriste, New York City Council

From left, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, actor Matt Dillon and Councilmember Rosie Mendez denounced plans to demolish St. Brigid’s, the “famine church of Avenue B.

Fighting Irish: Dillon and Quinn rally for St. Brigid’s, old P.S. 64
By Sarah Ferguson
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and actor Matt Dillon turned out for back-to-back rallies in the East Village last Thursday to save the embattled old P.S. 64 (a.k.a. CHARAS/El Bohio) — where an appeals court just backed a plan to put up a 19-story dorm — and the half-gutted St. Brigid’s Church on Avenue B, whose fate is now being decided by the same appeals court.

Not so pretty in pink: Wraps come off Schnabel tower
By Lincoln Anderson
Artist Julian Schnabel’s latest, and by far largest, creation, a residential tower at 360 W. 11th St., had been kept under wraps during most of its construction. But with the work apparently nearing completion, netting that had been covering it was recently removed to reveal — a hot-pink high-rise.

Ninth Precinct reports for duty at its rebuilt home
By Albert Amateau
I know it was a long road but they made sure the building was done right,” said Deputy Inspector Dennis De Quatro, commanding officer of the Ninth Precinct, at the ribbon cutting last week at the new old police station on E. Fifth St.

Outer-borough residents say Glick doesn’t play fair
By Albert Amateau
Members of the Organization of Waterfront Neighborhoods from the South Bronx, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Staten Island, West Harlem and other waterfront neighborhoods, demonstrated on Tues., June 12, in front of Assemblymember Deborah Glick’s E. 14th St. office.

Arts and Entertainment
From rock bottom to rock musical
By Lee Ann Westover
Last Thursday night, The Village Theater took on a character more like the Back Fence at happy hour than that of an off-Broadway venue. Men in pleated Dockers mingled with Village eccentrics and hipsters.

Seeing nature anew, through cinema’s eye
By Steve Snyder
Amid the busy and brainless Hollywood blockbusters flooding the multiplex this month, Anthology Film Archives has chosen quite the remarkable alternative for bored movie lovers over the next week, in the reserved, resplendent minimalist works of James Benning.

A vision for New York jazz
By Andrey Henkin
Before anyone asks, the Vision Festival is neither a conference of eye doctors nor a summit for palm readers. It is an annual music event, just under a week long every June, which mixes equal parts avant garde musings, cultural awareness and social activism into a distinctive reminder of what the New York jazz scene was like before artists were priced out of Manhattan.

Koch on film
By Ed Koch
“Knocked Up” (+) When I saw this film, the audience consisted mostly of 20- and 30-year-olds who were in stitches and obviously enjoyed it. I did not find it particularly amusing.
“Ocean’s Thirteen” (+) I did not see the original “Ocean’s Eleven” film starring Frank Sinatra nor did I see “Ocean’s Eleven” or “Ocean’s Twelve,” featuring George Clooney. I have a hunch, however, that while they were probably somewhat amusing, they had little impact on the viewer, which is how I felt about this latest movie.

The end of the world as he knows it
By Rachel Fershleiser
Global warming. Terrorists. Nuclear War. Unpleasant though it may be, we all like to speculate about how the world will end. Local writer Justin Taylor, 24, has taken this natural fascination a step further — he’s collected a variety of doomsday scenarios into a book of 34 short stories called “The Apocalypse Reader.”

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.
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.

A (good) shot in the arm that’s saving junkies’ lives
By Lucas Mann
On Wed., June 6, a young man fell to the ground in Tompkins Square Park after overdosing on heroin. A friend in his group administered a shot into his arm while other friends called the police. That shot saved a life.

Garden, butcher, dog run among G.V.S.H.P. honoree
By Albert Amateau
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation will honor nine institutions important to the cultural and physical character of the Village, Noho and East Village at the society’s 17th Annual Village Awards event on Tues., June 19, at the Cherry Lane Theatre.

Hells Angels come out swinging, sue police for raid of 3rd St. club
By Albert Amateau
Hells Angels motorcycle club members filed a federal civil suit last week charging the New York City Police Department with violating constitutional guarantees against unreasonable search and seizure in connection with the Jan. 29 raid on their East Village clubhouse and the arrest and detention of one of the bikers.

A special Villager supplement

Ambassadors are representing the face of marriage
By Chris Lombardi
Edith Windsor has vivid memories of a rally at the Lesbian and Gay Center on Feb. 7, 2005. It was three days after a judge had ruled, in Hernandez v. Robles, that New York City was violating the state’s constitution by refusing to marry same-sex couples. Mayor Bloomberg had then instructed the city to appeal the decision, instead of issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, like the 100 or so that filled the room at the Center.

The flowers of romance
State Senator Tom Duane, left, and his partner, Louis Webre, looked at flowers in the Union Square Greenmarket on Saturday afternoon.

A ‘slow learner’ comes to cry tears of joy at Pride
By Patricia Fieldsteel
At the last Gay Pride Day parade before I left New York for good to live in Nyons, France, I cried. Before I moved to the Village in 1969, I knew nothing about gays or gay life and, I admit, I was slow to learn.

For youth, Christopher St. Pier is place of peace

Artist and gallery owner find a happy medium, love
By Alyssa Giachino
A ceramic egg, laden with the symbolism of rebirth, sparked a partnership between a creative mind and an irrepressible heart that has been ongoing for four years.

Old friends find it’s a whole new world on new pier
By Lucas Mann
The crowd on the Christopher St. Pier was a young one on a recent Thursday afternoon. It was a nice day and kids lounged and laughed all over the pier’s grass lawn and benches.

Puerto Rican Pride on the pier

An artist thinks globally to express her worldview
By Alyssa Giachino
The regular crowd is gathered at The Cubbyhole, the consummate Village neighborhood bar. Women and men sip cocktails, a lesbian couple share a kiss, and a gentle snowfall gathers on the antique cash register at the bar.

Disco inferno, not fire or brimstone, at St. Mark’s
By Jefferson Siegel
For some clubgoers, Saturday night isn’t long enough. All-night dancers usually worship at the altar of the Bloody Mary with their Sunday brunch.

Lesbian klezmer band is making sweet music together
By Lori Haught 
The music draws people to the female sextet that is Isle of Klezbos, the charisma keeps them riveted, and the energy makes them want to dance.

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