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Volume 77, Number 5
July 4 - 10, 2007


Editorial/Op-Ed
Gay marriage bill is a proud victory
When he ran for governor, Democrat Eliot Spitzer pledged to enact marriage equality legislation. Looking to the new legislative session that began in January, the Empire State Pride Agenda, a leading statewide L.G.B.T. civil rights organization, said it would get a State Assembly vote on same-sex marriage rights this year.

Notebook
Floating above hotel’s drama, till the sharks came
By Jerry Tallmer
Oh, the shark, has pretty teeth, dear …
There are sharks all over. There always have been. They ravage monarchies, democracies, monopolies, factories, businesses, movie studios, railroad stations, bus stops, department stores, publishing houses, newspapers, universities, hospitals, hotels …

Letters to the editor

Police Blotter

Scoopy's Notebook

Ira Blutreich

Faces

Villager photo by Talisman Brolin 

A hands-on kind of guy
In a pasta-eating contest in Little Italy on Saturday, James Bosanac, noticing how fellow competitor Jesus Morales was rapidly slurping down his spaghetti with a novel hands-on technique, decided to copy him. Morales finished second and Bosanac third. Eating his spaghetti neatly with a knife and fork, Augustino Capodicasa, a waiter at Puglia restaurant, won by downing 3 pounds of pasta in 8 minutes. The contestants — mostly waiters and kitchen staff from Little Italy restaurants and cafes — vied for a $250 cash prize, plus a trophy in the pasta eat-off in front of Sal Anthony’s S.P.Q.R. restaurant on Mulberry St. Borough President Scott Stringer judged the competition. 


With doors open, N.Y.U. invites community into planning process
By Lincoln Anderson
Symbolically opening a pair of doors on Washington Square East that had been locked for 10 years, New York University welcomed neighborhood residents into its Hemmerdinger Hall last Thursday for an open house on its new strategic planning initiative.


Gerson on music club bill: It’s not over till the fat lady sings
By Audrey Tempelsman
When Tonic, the seminal Lower East Side experimental music club, closed in April, there were cries — once again — that the cultural apocalypse had come.

In latest turn, Critical Mass first sits, then rides
By Jefferson Siegel
A large police presence awaited June’s Critical Mass bicycle ride last Friday night. As cyclists gathered in the summer twilight, police vans and motor scooters lined both ends of Union Square Park.

Arts and Entertainment
Frank Stella’s temporary lightness of being
By Stephanie Murg
Undulating. Exuberant. Bouncy. These may not be the first three words that one associates with Frank Stella, who is best known for his flat painterly surfaces (in pitch black, aluminum, and copper), shaped canvases, and shoulder-shrugging Minimalist dictum, “What you see is what you see.”

Eleven years running, just perfect, why change?
By Jerry Tallmer
For 11 years now, Pat, a busy, busy woman, and Stan, a busy, busy man, have been rushing through their first date. Not fast enough for Pat, however, who each and every time greets Stan with: “What do you say we say goodnight and go right to the second date? You know what, Stan? What do you say we just skip the first, second, and third dates and go right to the sex.”

‘10 Million Miles’ hits a few bumps on the way
By Rachel Fershleiser
Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Chelsea’s Atlantic Theater Company is presenting a brand new musical, aimed at a younger and less showtune-oriented audience. Michael Mayer is directing, a well-known singer/songwriter did the score, and one actor and actress play all the secondary roles.

NEWS
Arts center is awash with funds, and feuds
By Lucas Mann
While the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center may be a house divided, with its two rival artists groups locked in a seemingly endless feud, the future of the actual building is suddenly looking brighter.

Eatery is shamed by ejecting a lesbian after Pride
By Albert Amateau
Khadijah Farmer, 27, and her friends stood in front of Caliente Cab Co. Mexican cafe in the Village on Monday morning to talk about how she was ejected from the women’s room in the cafe on the night after the Gay Pride March.

Vendors wrote the book on First Amendment rights
Interviews by Esther Martin
“Anonymous” — book vendor on Sixth Ave. between Eighth St. and Waverly Pl.:

‘Pirate,’ a summer smash, is bringing in the green
By Lincoln Anderson
In early May, when Lynn Vaag began planting what she called her “pirate garden” in a forlorn strip of soil on Sullivan St., neighbors were skeptical. Two months later, the Soho plot is blooming with a virtual jungle of flowers and plants. It’s been so successful, Vaag’s now even thinking about building birdhouses in it for a bird sanctuary.

Giving Euro-style free bikes a spin
By Lucas Mann
If you see a gang of bicyclers patrolling Manhattan on identical rides next week, do not be alarmed. These people will be the beneficiaries of The New York Bike-Share Project, occurring from July 7-11.

Vesuvio flows — with water
The new, in-ground children’s pool at Vesuvio Playground at Spring and Thompson Sts. opened on Sunday.



Sports
Picked in pro baseball draft, he’ll first hit books
By Lucas Mann
The 2007 Major League Baseball draft kicked off with its usual array of first-round studs from the usual array of places. The first overall pick stands 6 feet 6 inches and has been playing his baseball in sunny Nashville for Vanderbilt University.


Arts and Entertainment
Summer playlist
By Lee Ann Westover
Feisty tunes, Rufus croons, and American roots in translation


Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“1408” (-) I went to see this film, notwithstanding its generally poor reviews, because I enjoy watching the lead actor, John Cusack, on screen.

Behind Warren Zevon’s music
By Erik Mattox
Rock biographies always seem to have some biased agenda. Either they’re a literary vehicle for revenge, as in Tina Turner’s bio, “I, Tina” or an excuse to twist facts to support the author’s own opinions, like Geoffrey Giuliano’s “Blackbird: The Life & Times of Paul McCartney.


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