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Volume 77, Number 10
August
08 - 14, 2007


Editorial/Op-Ed
Chinatown bus chaos
Chinatown’s private bus business is booming. That this industry has grown to its current level in a little under 10 years is amazing. The rates are cheap and if one is not too fussy these rides are just the ticket.

Wise move at 50 West
Borough President Scott Stringer gave Downtown a better chance to get more affordable housing last week with the clear “no” he delivered to the city and developer Francis Greenburger of Time Equities.

Letters to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Talking Point
Jock soc 101: Rise of performance and fall of valor
By Jerry Tallmer
In 1930, when Babe Ruth signed a new contract with the Yankees at $80,000 a season, the guys with press cards in their hats asked him how he felt about making more money than the president of the United States, Herbert Hoover, whose annual salary — as this country headed deeper into the Depression — was $75,000. “I had a better year than he did,” said the Babe.

Editorial Cartoon

Police Blotter


Obituaries

Warren Hirsch, calculated parasite transmission, 88
Warren M. Hirsch, professor emeritus of mathematics at New York University’s Courant Institute and developer of a mathematical model of the transmission of parasitic diseases, died July 9 in Sarasota, Fla., at the age of 88,

Sam Green, eyeglass frame designer and jazz fan, 59
Sam Green, a Village resident for 32 years, died at his home on W. 10th St. on June 1 at the age of 59. He was diagnosed with cancer in October, said Sandra Hathaway, a Villager and friend of 20 years.


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Still keeping it real on L.E.S.: Chico’s message is indelible
By Lucas Mann
Believe it or not, one of New York’s most prolific and influential visual artists works for the New York City Housing Authority. On a sweltering August afternoon, Antonio “Chico” Garcia, wearing a paint-splattered blue T-shirt with “Lower East Side” written on it in white letters, sneakers and dark blue painter’s pants, was not sitting in an air-conditioned studio studying a canvas.



Delays, community eruptions; Vesuvio opens at lastSt. Vincent’s picks architect for hospital building
By Barrett Z. Gross
The sounds of happy children splashing and laughing can be heard every day now at the new in-ground pool installed in the freshly renovated Vesuvio Playground, on Thompson St. in Soho.

St. Vincent’s picks architect for hospital building
By Albert Amateau
St. Vincent’s Hospital last week introduced the international architectural firm of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners as the designer of its proposed new hospital in Greenwich Village.

Citywide tenants meeting
On Wed., Aug. 15, at 7 p.m., UNYTE will hold a citywide tenants organizing meeting at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, at 172 Norfolk St. (one block east of Essex St./Avenue A, just south of E. Houston St.), basement level.

A movie shoot had license to burn on Orchard St.
By Lucas Mann
On the night of Tues., July 31, pandemonium broke out on Orchard St. at the corner of Stanton. Rubble covered a couple of parked cars and another car was billowing smoke after being engulfed in flames. Cut!

Methadone clients will be told to dose and dash
By Albert Amateau
Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau last week joined the East Side Alliance, police and methadone treatment centers in a policy agreement designed to prevent patients from hanging out and drug trafficking in the East 20s, Gramercy and the East Village.
NEWS
Hudson Park HUAC: Pier plan foes all ‘socialists’
By Josh Rogers
The color green has been at the center of many recent Hudson River Park debates — namely where to get the needed greenbacks to build the rest of the promised green space. But Henry Stern, a member of the park Trust’s board of directors, splashed some red into the dispute last week, suggesting that some critics of the park’s plans are socialists.

Gerson says withholding park funds is an option
By Albert Amateau
The Washington Square Park Task Force on Aug. 3 sent Councilmember Alan Gerson and Council Speaker Christine Quinn a report that could be a last-ditch attempt to convince the Department of Parks to alter plans for the redesign of Washington Square Park.

C.B. 3 says historic district is key to L.E.S. future
By Sruthi Pinnamaneni
The Lower East Side Preservation Coalition, an alliance of neighborhood groups, made a leap forward in its efforts to create a 20-block historic district on July 24, when Community Board 3 gave its stamp of approval to the project. 

N.Y.U. tries to engineer a merger
New York University and Polytechnic University are resuming discussions, left off three years ago, about a merger, said N.Y.U. President John Sexton and Provost David McLaughlin in an Aug. 7 e-mail to students and faculty.

Artists’ double suicide casts a pall at St. Mark’s
By Lincoln Anderson
While the international art world was rocked by the double suicide of Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan last month, the tragedy has hit home especially hard for the community at St. Mark’s Church in the East Village, where the two had been living since earlier this year.

Subway sexual harassment takes a toll, survey finds
By Audrey Tempelsman
On July 26, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer held a press conference outside the Union Square subway station to announce the results of a survey entitled “Hidden in Plain Sight: Sexual Harassment and Assault in the New York City Subway System.” Nearly 1,800 individuals participated in the survey in the six weeks following its June 22 online appearance. 

Downtowners are steamed about more than steam pipes
By Lucas Mann
After an earth-shattering geyser of steam, dirt and asbestos shot into the Midtown sky on July 18, Con Edison’s steam pipe system has been thrust into the spotlight.

VILLAGER ART & LIFESTYLE

Chekov in the attic, Hitler on the radio
By Jerry Tallmer
It is not perhaps the best of all possible ways to start an interview. To say to the playwright/director: I received this press release, and I read the first sentence — “Anne Frank meets Anton Chekhov in ‘DAYS AND NIGHTS: page 121, lines 11 and 12,’ a new play that blends dialogue from ‘The Seagull’ with the characters and circumstances from ‘Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl’ ” — and I thought: What manner of maniac would try to weld those two huge pieces of our culture into one unembarrassing, purposeful whole?


What’s on your Fringe list?
By Jennifer O’Reilly
When the annual New York Fringe Festival rolls around, sometimes it can be hard even for theater aficionados to sort through the endless sea of productions and pick out a few that are must-see.

In Memoriam: Actors’ Playhouse, 1956-2007
By Jerry Tallmer
First, there is — there always was — the problem of the apostrophe. Where do you put it? Or do you put it at all? Actor’s Playhouse? Actors’ Playhouse? Or just plain (illiterate) Actors Playhouse? Sometimes through the years you would see it punctuated all three of those ways on the same press release, the same program.

Koch on Film
Ed Koch
“Ratatouille” (+) I don’t usually see animated films, because I consider them to be cartoons and don’t usually enjoy them. However, many friends recommended this movie to me so I decided to go.
“Blame It on Fidel” (+) The subject matter of this film is engrossing, and the movie is well worth seeing. It is, however, flawed. The script does not unfold in a linear fashion and too often hints at what is happening in an episodic way. 


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