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Volume 77, Number 14 September 05 -11, 2007

Independent review needed at Deutsche
The most heartbreaking thing about the loss of firefighters Robert Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino in the Aug. 18 fire at the former Deutsche Bank building was that government did not pay enough attention to the repeated, unmistakable signs that people’s lives were at risk.

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point
Washington Square’s ‘radical redesign’ was in ’69
By Gil Horowitz
I am a member of the Washington Square Park Task Force and strongly support the Quinn-Gerson agreement as a way to resolve major differences among community preferences regarding Washington Square Park. I was, formany years, treasurer of Friends of Washington Square Park, an arm of the Washington Square Association, was an appointed member of Community Board 2 and on its Parks Committee during the 1980s and ’90s, and am currentlypresident of the Washington Square-Lower Fifth Avenue Bock Association, which represents many thousands of residents, mainly co-op owners, aroundWashington Square and on Lower Fifth Avenue.

Editorial Cartoon

Police Blotter


Scoopy's Notebook

Robert G. Payton, 78, professor of math
By Albert Amateau
Robert G. Payton, professor emeritus of mathematics at Adelphi University and a Village resident for 40 years, died Aug. 15 at the age of 78.


Swimmers lap up the end of the outdoor pool season
By Jefferson Siegel
As the sun rises each day in the summer, while a good portion of city dwellers either bolt for work or sleep late, there is a contingent of dedicated swimmers who head straight for more than a dozen outdoor city pools to participate in lap swimming.


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Greenwich House

Middle Church

La Mama

Theater For The New City

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Villager photo by Clayton Patterson

Left on the shuttered gate of CBGB after Hilly Kristal’s death last week, a photo of him outside the club once again with its famous canopy and a farewell note.

Hilly Kristal, 75, ‘father of punk’ whose club rocked music world
By Sarah Ferguson
The Lower East Side lost another icon last week. Hilly Kristal, founderof CBGB, the legendary dive bar on the Bowery that gave birth to punk in the 1970s, died on Aug. 28 at Cabrini Hospital after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. He was 75.

State’s first lady is charged up about energy plan
By Jefferson Siegel
New York State’s first lady, Silda Wall Spitzer, joined George Campbell Jr., president of The Cooper Union, and other officials on Aug. 28 to announce a statewide initiative to reduce energy consumption and fight climate change.

Chopping trees, N.Y.U. starts green project, but some neighbors see red
By Lincoln Anderson
More than a few Mercer St. neighbors were outraged last week, when, alerted by the jarring sound of revving chainsaws, they watched as a shady grove of beloved trees in front of New York University’s Warren Weaver Hall was felled.

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Back to School

With new funds, small is beautiful, schools agree
By Chris Lombardi
On the Tuesday before classes began, Bayard Rustin High School was a quiet mob scene, with parents clustered in one line, their wan freshmen in tow. Then, in small groups, they showed up at the principal’s office, bearing folders full of documents. A young Chinese woman translated for her mom, as the administrator told the mother that her daughter was enrolled.

Some vocational students would give the military a shot
By Lincoln Anderson
At Chelsea Campus High School in Soho, a vocational school, students have some different opinions on whether the military is a good career choice.

LREI celebrates 75 years of progressive education
The 2007 school year marks the 75th anniversary of the Little Red School House’s being located at Bleecker St. and Sixth Ave. On Mon., Sept. 10, LREI will commemorate the occasion with a morning of special events. 

Hello to friends, gym, reading and ‘yelling teachers’

Health to hand-held P.D.A.s Prep students getting support
By Margarita Lopez
Lower East Side Prep students will return to high school on Sept. 4 with an array of educational options that go beyond the classroom — including technology and mentoring initiatives and a new program that will educate students about health issues and proper nutrition.

Roundabout Soho

Pitching in for Union Square Park

They’re all part of the glorious mosaic

Spiraling cost of supplies nowadays really adds up
By Angela Benfield
It’s the start of a new school year, and anyone who has a child in school knows what that has meant: Dusting off that MasterCard — and going shopping.

Prop man helps L.E.S. photog get his props
By Gerry Visco
It was a typical night over at Billy’s Antiques & Props on E. Houston St. hard by the Bowery. You’ve seen the place — arrayed on the sidewalk in front of the old green tent, a collection of stylish vintage bureaus, funky coffee tables and kitschy objets d’art for sale by offbeat characters.

Readings put a new spin on literature and laundry
By Audrey Tempelsman
Over the centuries, writers have met their muses in the most unlikely places: Marcel Proust discovered his in a buttery madeleine; Virginia Woolf, in her dog Pinka. And, since starting “Dirty Laundry: Loads of Prose/Fully Loaded” in 2005, East Village writer Emily Rubin has found her muse in laundromats.

Punk in pen pleads not guilty of Ave. A shakedown
By Lincoln Anderson
A high-profile Tompkins Square Park punk cooling his heels in prison says he’s innocent of charges that could keep him behind bars for up to four years.

Lab is a lucky dog, survives electric shock in Soho
By Tequila Minsky
Soho resident Jon Doran was going out for his morning cup of joe Wednesday and walking up Thompson St. with his yellow lab, Socha. They were forced to take a slight detour since the film crew of the Biography Channel had commandeered the sidewalks adjacent to the handball courts at Spring and Thompson Sts. while shooting promos.

After two years of silence, Howl! returns
By Rachel Breitman
This week the Howl! festival returns from a two-year hiatus to tip its hat to what’s left of the East Village’s risqué street life and club scene.

The Howl! calendar at a glance
Whether a film fanatic, aspiring poet, lounge lyricist or comic book junkie, the HOWL! Festival feeds downtowners’ fancies with five days of panels, concerts, exhibits, and variety shows at nearly 40 venues:

A musician’s life, in and out of the spotlight
By Andrey Henkin
Musician,” a new documentary film on Chicago saxophonist Ken Vandermark, begins with him struggling over a new piece of music, his frustration audible and visible.

Koch on Film
Ed Koch
“Superbad” (-) This is one of the funnier movies I have seen over the years. There is no nudity or sexually explicit scenes, but because of the theme of the film and the obscene language that is constantly used, it is one of the most vulgar films I have ever seen.

Clayton Patterson brings his Outlaw Museum to Chelsea
By Jeffrey Cyphers Wright
With one eye on the hood, and one eye on history, Clayton Patterson says he has taken over a half million photos of Lower East Side denizens in the last three decades.

Child actors learn the show must go on
By Adrienne Urbanski
Last month, child actors Lily Maketansky, 10, and Simon Garratt, 9, got their first real taste of show business during a technical dress rehearsal of the Public Theatre’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream,” in which both were cast as fairies.

A soldier’s tale, in photos
By Nicole Davis
If you haven’t seen photographer Nina Berman’s arresting portraits of soldiers who were severely wounded in the Iraq War, her show, “Purple Hearts,” was extended through Sept. 8 at the Jen Bekman Gallery in Nolita. The Villager emailed with Berman to find out how these men let her capture them so intimately.

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LARGE-SCALE ART INSTALLATION For “A Psychic Vacuum,” artist Mike Nelson transformed the interior of the Essex Street Market using materials from local salvage yards and debris from the market’s heyday. The installation, inspired by the building’s history and surrounding neighborhood, features reconstructed rooms, passageways and assembled environments. Essex Street Market, 117 Delancey at Essex St. Sept. 8 – Oct. 28; Fri. – Sun. from noon – 6pm. Free.

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