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Volume 77, Number 11
August
15 - 21, 2007


Editorial/Op-Ed
Diana Taylor’s opportunity in Hudson Park 
The Hudson River Park Trust needed a new leader and we welcome the appointment of Diana Taylor to be the new chairperson of its board. Her experience in banking, in high finance and in the park will serve her well as she figures out how to get some number well over $130 million, the current low estimate to build most of the remaining elements of the 5-mile-long park.

Letters to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook

Talking Point
HUAC to Hudson Park: A brief history of socialism
By Henry J. Stern 
It was with great surprise that I read The Villager headline in the Aug. 8 issue, describing a public hearing which took place on May 3. The Page 1 headline read: “Hudson River HUAC: Park foes all ‘socialists’ ”.

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Obituaries
Moe Fishman, Lincoln Brigade veterans leader, 92
By Albert Amateau
The indomitable Moe Fishman, leader of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, the group of Americans who fought against Franco in the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War, died Aug. 6 at the age of 92.

Harold Callen, playwright for TV and theater and also teacher, 93
Harold Callen, a teacher and playwright for television and theater who won the John Van Druten Playwright Award in 1964, died Aug. 1 at his home in the Village at the age of 93.


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Diana Taylor and Mayor Bloomberg arriving at the Museum of Modern Art’s annual Party in The Garden last year.

Diana Taylor tapped to head the Hudson River Park Trust
By Lincoln Anderson
“Day one, everything changes” isn’t exactly how one would describe Governor Eliot Spitzer’s appointment of Diana Taylor as the new chairperson of the Hudson River Park Trust’s board of directors last week.


Soho principal’s ‘voodoo’ backfires as she’s removed from Unity school
By Jennifer Milne
A Soho high school principal was removed from her job Aug. 7, following allegations that she engaged in Santeria rituals inside the school involving dripping chicken blood on the floors.
NEWS
‘Godmother of Cabaret’ faces eviction by N.Y.U.
By Melissa Korn
The building stands innocuous enough, its dingy dark brick facade punctuated by plain white windows climbing four floors high. But 135 MacDougal St. has become the center of an increasingly bitter tenant-landlord battle pitting eight residents against one of the city’s biggest landowners, New York University.

Fan makes pitch to save slice of Mets Magic history
By Will McKinley
Andrew Perlgut is a Mets fan on a mission. The Village native has launched an online petition to save the Home Run Apple, a giant piece of fiberglass fruit that rises from a 10-foot-tall magic hat every time a Mets player hits a ball out of the park.

ABC No Rio will likely rebuild instead of rehab
By Albert Amateau
ABC No Rio, the arts group that acquired ownership of its four-story Lower East Side building from the city last year, hopes to rebuild from the ground up next year.


VILLAGER ART & LIFESTYLE

Stray cats rocker finds his strut
By Lucas Mann
One of the most gifted minds in power-pop sat uncomfortably in his 10th floor apartment in the Seward Park Cooperatives. His air conditioner had busted just in time for summer, he was hot, and a little out of it from a previous night’s worth of insomnia.

Songs in the key of heartbreak
By Todd Simmons
There were moments at the Highline Ballroom last Monday when the volcanic mouth of Diamanda Galás seemed to be a portal for the clamor of ancient, imperiled civilizations to come bursting out, seeking vengeance on the living with a furious uproar. At other times it was the creaky door to a haunted house emitting ghoulish noise.

A conversation with The Kosher King
By Will McKinley
The only thing Elvis loved more than his momma was a fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich. Unfortunately for The King, he liked those sandwiches a bit too much.

The Marilyn behind the cliché
By Steven Snyder
A funeral ceremony, a dinner at a Chinese restaurant, a bottle of champagne and a stroll along the South Street Seaport: “A Beautiful Child” is an enchanting glimpse at a most unusual day in the life of Marilyn Monroe, as captured through the eyes of friend and confidante Truman Capote.

Pets
Pharmacy’s feline Rex was the king at C.O. Bigelow
By Clare Cecere
Victor Wellington has worked at C.O. Bigelow Chemists for 10 years — a pretty long time, but not as long as Rex. Rex, who passed away earlier this month, was Bigelow’s beloved store cat, watching and patrolling the pharmacy for 13 of his 16 years.


With Dubya in office, it’s easy pickings for Will Durst
By Jerry Tallmer
He looks like an accountant. He looks like an agent. He looks like your brother-in-law. But would your brother-in-law say things like: “He is the Paris Hilton of presidents … If you were asked who better fit the definition ‘clueless upper-class twit marinated in an overwhelming series of entitlements and never held accountable for a single thing they ever did,’ would you pick Paris or George or both?”?

Koch on Film
Ed Koch
“The Bourne Ultimatum” (-)
Bourne, Bond, is there a difference? You bet there is. Although the Bond films are totally unbelievable, they are a joy to watch. The viewer is transported to a fantasy world of interesting characters and high-tech devices. Common sense and reality are suspended and the viewer is provided with a delightful break from the real word.
“Two Days in Paris” (-) Disappointing is the word to describe this film. The principal female actor is Julie Delpy who also wrote and directed the movie. She plays the role of Marion who with her boyfriend, Jack (Adam Goldberg), spends two days in Paris visiting her parents.

Sports
Gauchos garner national attention
By Lucas Mann and Lincoln Anderson
The young youth baseball organization the Lower East Side Gauchos took another giant step forward in their development into a powerhouse program.


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