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Volume 77, Number 12
August
22 - 28, 2007


Editorial/Op-Ed
Gansevoort traffic goes in right direction
A long-awaited improvement is taking place at the gateway to the Meatpacking District, at Ninth Ave. between 14th St. and 16th Sts. Department of Transportation construction crews are reworking what residents and community groups have long regarded as one of the most dangerous stretches in the city, improving pedestrian safety and rationalizing a confusing pattern of auto traffic that contributed to the death of Amelia Chimienti, 82, on Feb. 5, when she was hit by a truck while crossing 16th St. on the east side of Ninth Ave.

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Talking Point
Pier 40: Corporate socialism vs. smart capitalism
By Arthur Z. Schwartz
One month ago, the Pier 40 Working Group released its report on the two proposals for redevelopment of the 14-acre W. Houston St. pier. The report was greeted at the Hudson River Park Trust’s board of directors meeting with a comment by Henry Stern, the city’s former Parks commissioner, that the Working Group’s recommendation was a request to institute “socialism” in a capitalist society.

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Obituaries
Edith Sammartine, 85, a lover of culture, learning and family
By Albert Amateau
Edith Sammartine, a lifelong Village resident, died Aug. 11 in New York Hospital surrounded by her family. She was 85. She had been in good health until a month ago, according to her grandson John Bell.

Memorial for Elizabeth Murray at poetry club
A “day of praise” will be held for artist Elizabeth Murray this Sat., Aug. 25, at Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Murray, 66, died Aug. 12 in Upstate New York. The cause of death was complications of lung cancer.


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Trade Center claims two more Bravest
Firefighters Robert Beddia, 53, left, and Joseph Graffagnino, 33, from the Engine 24/Ladder 5 firehouse died Saturday while responding to a fire at the Deutsche Bank building at the World Trade Center site. Both had responded to the 9/11 attack at the Trade Center, when the firehouse at W. Houston St. and Sixth Ave. lost 11 men. ARTICLE.


Trying to trump Trump, Soho Alliance is getting set to sue
By Lincoln Anderson
Donald Trump’s Soho condo-hotel project has already risen four stories, but neighborhood opponents are determined to keep it from ever reaching its full planned height of 42 stories.


Pedicab drivers won’t roll over in face of new law
By Jefferson Siegel 
The city’s 500 pedicab owners and operators are gearing up for the long haul. They’re readying for a protracted battle with the city against a new law that places severe restrictions on their livelihood.

Washington Square design put out to bid, with a shorter fence
By Albert Amateau
The Parks Department on Aug. 17 put out for competitive bidding the reconstruction of the northwest quadrant of Washington Square Park and its fountain plaza, according to the City Record.

Union continues its rat attack against Con Edison
By Mary Reinholz
For some four months now, two giant rubber rats — organized labor’s symbol of union wrath — have stood outside Con Edison’s headquarters on 4 Irving Pl. and its East River generating station that covers two city blocks on Avenue C.

NEWS
Long-overdue library facade repairs finally fully funded
By Albert Amateau
Villagers who have long been demanding the renovation of the Jefferson Market Library’s exterior celebrated the announcement on Tuesday that new city funding has assured the project.

Lower East Siders blast back against gun violence
By Albert Amateau
Lower East Side residents, including the mother of a 13-year-old girl injured last month by stray gunfire, met with elected officials, gun-control advocates and police last week at the Grand Street Settlement to talk about keeping neighborhood families safe.

Critical look at Critical Mass by cop who covers it
By Jefferson Siegel 
For the 10 years of Critical Mass in New York City, the police paid scant attention to the monthly bike ride. That changed with the Republican National Convention in August 2004, when hundreds of cyclists were among the 1,800 arrested that week.

Funds keep flowing to E. Fourth Arts Block
The Cooper Square Committee has been awarded a $125,000 New York Main Street grant to help preserve cultural buildings on E. Fourth St.

Soho firehouse suffers another blow at ground zero
By Lincoln Anderson
Grief hammered the Soho firehouse at W. Houston St. and Sixth Ave. again on Saturday, when two of its firefighters died battling a major blaze at the Deutsche Bank building on Liberty St.

A terrific night out at Night Out Against Crime
Police precincts across the city held Night Out Against Crime events on the evening of Tues., Aug. 7. Mayor Mike Bloomberg made the rounds of precincts where officers have been killed over the past year.

VILLAGER ART & LIFESTYLE
Cinema’s new wave: long on takes, and talk
By Leonard Quart
I first looked at a “mumblecore” film when I saw Andre Bujalski’s psychologically subtle, dialogue-bound, stylistically raw, Cassavetes-on-tranquilizers film, “Mutual Appreciation” (2005).

A museum where everyone’s work is welcome
By Clare Trapasso
Artist Barbara Monoian wasn’t intending to start the Musée de Monoian when she began displaying her hog intestine and deer skin sculptures three years ago in her East Village home. But within months, the walls and ceilings of her 240-square-foot apartment were plastered with about 300 visual and multimedia pieces from 90 mostly Lower East Side and East Village artists.

Down the East River with Huck, Jim and Crystal
By Jerry Tallmer
Some 60 or 70 terrorists, several of them in their mothers’ arms with pacifiers slipping in and out of mouths, rallied on East 10th Street, just off First Avenue, the afternoon of August 4, a sunsoaked Saturday, to watch Crystal Field & Co., otherwise known as Theater for the New City, romp through “Buckle My Shoe, or Terror Firma,” a free-wheeling assault on any and all power-hungry assailants of life, liberty, democracy, equality, constitutional rights, universal health insurance, and the pursuit of happiness.


Mozart lifts Morris dancers to ecstatic heights
By Rebecca Milzoff
Like the majority of Mark Morris’s work, music is paramount in Mozart Dances. A sixteenth-note run is articulated by pitter-pattering feet, a trill embodied with a run of chainé turns. But in this work in particular — performed to an ecstatic audience for the second year in a row at the New York State Theater — the notes played become more than a template to which the choreographer attaches steps.

Israeli author unmasks a Palestinian family feud
By Stephanie Murg
“The Sopranos” may have come and gone, but a new play proves that the windowless backroom of a butcher shop is still the perfect setting for family drama. Ilan Hatsor’s “Masked,” now playing at the DR2 Theatre, takes place in an Arab village in the West Bank, a world away from Satriale’s, but Tony and the gang would recognize the concerns that drive these characters’ conversations and conflicts: questionable leadership, informers, blood money, arson, survival.

Koch on Film
Ed Koch
“Rocket Science” (-) Avoid this movie like the plague. It is awful. I was looking for a film that would start about 7:30 p.m. so I could make it an early evening. By process of elimination, this picture won out. It would have been better if I had seen a later movie and left early.
“Primo Levi’s Journey” (-) It was a beautiful, lazy Sunday afternoon when I decided to see a movie. I went to The Quad theater where all their shows begin at 1:00 p.m. I hadn’t decided which film to see, but since most of the people buying tickets were going to see “Primo Levi’s Journey,” I decided to see it as well.


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IN THE NAME OF LOVE “Removable Parts” is a theatrical series of love songs about voluntary amputation that asks the question: In the name of love, how far might you go? The songs and banter, inspired by psychiatric case studies and online research, take a sideways look at amputees, devotees & wannabes. Sept. 6-9 & 12-15 at 7pm. HERE ARTS CENTER, 145 6th Ave., one block below Spring St. 212-352-3101. www.here.org. $20, $15 students. Pictured above are Kathleen Supove and Corey Dargel.

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