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Volume 77, Number 16
September 19 - 25, 2007, 2007


Editorial/Op-Ed
Handcuffs restrict,but declaration won’t
A demonstration outside the construction site of the Trump Soho Hotel Condominium last week saw tensions run high. An ever-cocky Donald Trump was leading a press conference prior to a “launch party” that night for the glitzy mega-project. Across the street, dozens of protesters berated the developer, the condo-hotel and the Bloomberg administration for allowing the project to go forward.

Scoopy's Notebook

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point
From Nixon tapes to ‘yellow cake’: Still missing
By Daniel Meltzer 
The following are just a few of the many individuals and items still missing, lost or which have never been found. Some may have never existed at all.

Ira Blutreich

Police Blotter

Scene


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Russo pushes himself, and soccer league, to excel
By Judith Stiles
Decades ago, as men and women tiptoed along toward their sixth decade in life, they looked forward to retirement, slowing down and maybe a little light golf. Today, as the baby boomers reluctantly age out of being middle-aged, they tend to eagerly look at the next chapter in life as a time to experiment, reinvent themselves, and perhaps take up a new sport. And shuffleboard is definitely not on their list.



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Parking it at pollination pit stop
More than 25 parking spots in the five boroughs were transformed into lawns for lounging, gardens and other community-minded purposes last Friday for National Park(ing) Day, an event which encourages rethinking the use of cities’ scarce public space. On Stuyvesant St., N.Y.U.’s Environmental Heath Clinic set up a “Butterfly Truckstop” for pollinating butterflies — which attracted a monarch, above, preparing for its long southward migration.


‘Dosa Man’ is in mix again for food-vendor crown
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke
There is a surprising variety and art to street food, and there is more than soggy hotdogs on the menu at many lunchtime carts.

Forty Deuce gets 86’d at C.B. 2

Chico and the man lend a hand to beautify school
By Jefferson Siegel
A school building on E. Fourth St. near First Ave. had a typical, nondescript facade until recently, when graffiti muralist Antonio “Chico” Garcia spent a Saturday on a ladder over the front door. When he was done, the school’s name, Manhattan School for Career Development, was creatively and colorfully displayed for all who passed.

Cleanup time for Time Landscape indigenous garden
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke
On a sunny Tuesday morning in mid-September, a group of volunteers gathered to weed and clean a fenced-in plot of land on the corner of LaGuardia Pl. and W. Houston St.


VILLAGER ART & LIFESTYLE

Locally grown filmmaker takes on global warming
By Bonnie Rosenstock
As if global warming weren’t already the world’s worst nightmare, East Village filmmaker Larry Fessenden has turned up the heat by making it the subject of his new fright film, replete with specters and gruesome deaths. In the long tradition of celluloid monsters as a consequence of atomic fallout and other man-made environmental disasters (think “Godzilla”), “The Last Winter” is a prescient tale of human rapaciousness. Unlike the other movies, however, this time there may be no turning back.

Koch On Film

NEWS
Protesters thump Trump, Quinn,
city at rally over ‘illegal’ hotel
By Albert Amateau
Donald Trump was cheerleading at a red-carpet press conference on Sept. 19 for the Trump Soho Hotel Condominium, now at 15 stories and going to 42, while more than 75 shouting and whistling protesters demonstrated across the street.

Mulry clan pans fans as Transit gets earful
By Albert Amateau
Members of the Mulry family — great-grandchildren of Thomas M. Mulry, the early 20th-century philanthropist for whom the intersection at Seventh and Greenwich Aves. was named — have a lot to say about New York City Transit’s proposal to build an emergency subway ventilation plant on Mulry Square.

Police deny sex attack is latest in a pattern
By Gerard Flynn
Police are not yet linking the latest in a series of sexual assaults in the East Village and Lower East Side to the previous ones, following an attempted rape in the early hours of Friday morning Sept. 21. 

N.Y.U. suicide on 14th St.

Woman, 28, is killed by truck while crossing W. Houston St.

PENCIL helps author middle-school brand campaigns
By Albert Amateau
A fourth grade class at P.S. 3 in the Village, guided by employees from UBS Financial Services, tracked stocks they picked over a two-month period and compared the movement to world events and oil prices.



VILLAGER ART & LIFESTYLE

The hysterical monologues
By Sara G. Levin
“Life is River, Death is Sea, Delta is Human,” reads the introduction to “Delta,” a new physical theater work by Bulgarian director Petar Todorov and Slovenian choreographer Gregor Kamnikar showing at La MaMa’s Annex.

Hot naked girls!
By WILL McKINLEY
Margaret Cho is a troublemaker. And that’s why her fans love her. The 38-year-old Asian-American comedian launched her stand-up career at the age of 16, performing in a club above her parents’ bookstore in San Francisco. Cho spent the next decade paying her comedic dues in clubs, colleges and on late-night TV, but her big break nearly broke her.

Jane Jacobs on foot
By Nicole Davis
If the name Jane Jacobs conjures just a vague notion of the urban activist, that’s all the more reason to get acquainted with her legacy during the city’s first “Jane’s Walk” series of tours this weekend. Begun last year in Toronto, where the Canadian-born Jacobs relocated after spending many years in the West Village, they make their debut here in time for the Municipal Arts Society exhibit, “Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York,” which opened Tuesday.

The artist who threw all the rules away
By JERRY TALLMER
He was a brawler, with a knife in one hand, a paintbrush in the other. He threw away the beatific, idealized visages and garments of the saints and martyrs and angels and virgins of the well-mannered paintings of his time, and instead went out into the streets, the gutters, the shops, the whorehouses, the taverns to find the faces, the physiques, he could transmute into his own representations of saints and sinners, gods and mortals.



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