"Serving West and East Village, Chelsea, SoHo, NoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown and the Lower East Side"
Volume 77, Number 23
November. 07 - 13, 2007

Vigilance needed on Hudson Yards
The Hudson Yards development — between 30th and 33rd Sts. west of 10th Ave. — is notable not only for its size and the legacy it will undoubtedly leave, but also because it is an odd case of the tail wagging the dog: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has accepted bids on the Western Rail Yard before it is even rezoned. And the request for proposals, or R.F.P., distributed to developers by the city includes few guarantees on issues that matter most to residents of Community Board 4 and the neighborhoods surrounding the rail yards.

Scoopy's Notebook

Letters to the Editor

Police Blotter


A matter of shoes and the weight of books and poetry
By César Chelala
I was irritated with my wife. After waiting for several weeks to carve out some free time to go find a new set of night tables (her own night table had collapsed under the weight of books), we were finally on our way when my wife stopped to talk to a stranger near our house.

Ira Blutreich

Bella Jarrett, stage and screen actress, dies at 81
Bella Jarrett, an actress in regional, Off-Broadway and Broadway theater for 50 years, died Oct. 19 at her home in Greenwich Village. She lived on W. 13th St. for 40 years.

Paula Riker, 83, a woman of eclectic interests
By Rick Hill
Longtime Greenwich Village resident Paula Riker died Sept. 19 at her apartment at 10 Fifth Ave. at W. Eighth St following a gradual decline. She would have been 84 on Nov. 6.

Alan Jacobs, 77, founded Penn South co-op’s woodworking shop and club
By Albert Amateau
Alan Jacobs, a longtime resident of Penn South in Chelsea and founder of the co-op’s woodworking shop and club, died Oct. 2 at home at the age of 77.


Tennis prodigy keeps on target in her conditioning
By Judith Stiles
These days when young tennis players in the throes of puberty compete in more than 40 tournaments a year, a red flag should go up with the pediatrician that extra measures should be taken to prevent injuries.

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Daycare begs mayor for help
Mayor Bloomberg was confronted by parents from Children’s Liberation Daycare Center when he visited P.S. 19 on First Ave. on Monday. The city’s Administration for Children’s Services announced it will no longer fund the center. MORE

Drilling for thermal wells heats up seminary clash with neighbors
By Albert Amateau
General Theological Seminary is drilling the first seven of a series of 20 geothermal wells, each about 1,500 feet deep, on the sidewalks around its 19th-century Chelsea Square campus to heat and cool both its restored historic buildings and a planned new building on Ninth Ave.

Children’s Liberation parents and tots corral mayor
By Albert Amateau
The parents and kids of Children’s Liberation Daycare Center who are struggling to remain in the old P.S. 122 building they share with three arts and performance groups took their cause right to Mayor Bloomberg on Monday.

Read all about it: Community wants newsstand back
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke
At one point during a rally last Thursday to reopen the news kiosk at Thompson and W. Third Sts., Reverend Billy was leading his Stop Shopping Gospel Choir in a song called “Struggle for the Newsstand.” As their voices rose in harmony, former operator Afzal Shaikh ceremoniously opened the stand’s metal roll-down gate to reveal a large American flag and numerous leaflets detailing its closure.

Groovy new gadgets and hugging the trees, but not hotel, on Perry
By Patrick Hedlund

Tour’s goal: To empower Power
By Lincoln Anderson
Bob Holman of the Bowery Poetry Club and his New York University class, “Art and the Public Sphere,” are inviting New Yorkers to celebrate the work of Jim Power, the resident “Mosaic Man” of the East Village, in a tour.

Villager Theater Guide
A Villager Special Supplement

The East Village’s wildest theater
By Rachel Breitman
Given its name, the interior of The Wild Project looks downright tame. The theater’s modern white exterior evokes the sophisticated calm of a high-end gallery. On the walls of the lobby is a photography exhibit, and during intermission, the audience members have their pick of organic wine and beer — the first hint at the venue’s underlying greenness.

A Downtown fixture, fixated with transients
By Rachel Breitman
“Bingo with the Indians” is the play that just couldn’t seem to make it to the stage. Even writer and director Adam Rapp was a little surprised to see his work unfold before a Manhattan audience in its world premiere at the Flea Theater last week.

A fresh take on dinner theater
By Sarah Norris
As an engaging exploration of Americans’ emotionally fraught relationship to food, “Milk ’n’ Honey” is a resounding triumph, not least of all due to the constant presence of “the Eater.” The first character to set foot on a stage crowded with rolling shelves of pre-packaged edibles, the Eater (Jake Manabat) seats himself in the corner, at a round table laden with white tablecloth, silverware, stemware, and a veritable feast of savories and sweets.

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Here’s the disaster news, Mr. Rumsfeld
By Jerry Tallmer
Howard Barker, born 1946, is a British poet, playwright, essayist, theorist, and theatrical-political-intellectual goad whose works are all but unknown in this country and not all that widely appreciated in his own. Calling his stuff “Theatre of Catastrophe,” he is elder statesman of The Wrestling School, a group formed in 1988 by actors of the Royal Court and Royal Shakespeare companies for the sole purpose of wrestling with and staging the plays of Howard Barker.

Chashama — creating art where you least expect it
By Raquel Hecker
The block of East 42nd Street between 3rd and 2nd Avenues looks normal enough at first glance. The street is lined with nondescript skyscrapers, stores, and restaurants — exactly what you would expect to see in Midtown — until you pass number 217. Inside the glass storefront aren’t clothes or electronics, but per

Chazz Palminteri: On a skyrocket to stardom
By Jerry Tallmer
They called themselves the Razzmachazz, because their lead singer was a kid — well, a husky 6-foot-3 would-be actor in his 20s — called Chazz or Mr. Chazz or sometimes just plain C. His real name was Calogero Lorenzo Palminteri, and his father, Lorenzo Palminteri, was and would be a New York City bus driver on a route through the Bronx for 29 years.

Park pavilion reopens 110 years later... in Chinatown
By Julie Shapiro
When Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe took the mic at the opening of the Columbus Park Pavilion, he said he didn’t want to keep the audience waiting any longer.

It’s scary, but kids’ get-ups reflect mom and dad
By Francesca Levy 
Fourteen days before Halloween, Ann Levine planned her 7-month-old daughter Willa’s costume.
“We still have to find the braids, and the bandana,” she said.

15-story building set to rise above Whitehall site
By Patrick Hedlund
Construction of a large residential building planned to rise above the Whitehall warehouse in the Far West Village will begin early next year, according to the property’s developer, but the addition won’t be as large as some had feared.

P.S. 41 green roof gets green light
By Jill Stern
In April, The Villager first reported on P.S. 41’s plan to build a 10,000-square-foot working green laboratory on the W. 11th St. building’s rooftop.

Katz’s Delicatessan says sale rumors are baloney
By Lincoln Anderson
Although news articles, bloggers and neighborhood whisperings keep insisting that Katz’s Delicatessan has been bought by a developer, its owners say all the talk is, well, just chopped liver. Last Friday, when The Villager called to inquire if the legendary Lower East Side eatery indeed had been sold, co-owner Alan Dell quashed the rumors like a potato pancake.

Vacancies for tourists planned in tenants’ homes
By Chris Lombardi
Like many New Yorkers, writer-director Andrew Wilking had the pieces of his life figured out — mostly. He had a burgeoning video business, CrazyStudios.com. His son, Felix, was in a well-regarded primary school, strategically located between Wilking’s ex-wife in West Harlem and his West Village home office, where he deploys his skills with an assortment of help from neighbors at One Bank St., across from St. Vincent’s Hospital on Greenwich Ave.

Villager Art & Lifestyle
A player’s shattered hoop dreams, caught on film
By Sarah Norris
Despite the fact that Ben Selkow came to New York in 1996 with a film degree, it wasn’t until he became a second grade teacher that he broke into the industry. One of his student’s fathers was an actor, who learned that Selkow was passionate about film and subsequently offered him work as a production assistant on his next project.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Lars and the Real Girl” (-) As I entered the theater complex, a couple in their 60s noticed me. The man told me that he liked this film so much he was seeing it for a second time, just as he did last year’s hit, “Little Miss Sunshine.”
“Rendition” (+) This is a superb movie that I found exciting and, most important, thought provoking in terms of the hotly contested subject of torture. 
“Black White & Gray” (+) The artists Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe are the subjects of this documentary.


Bird lover fundraises for parrot research project
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke
Alex was no ordinary parrot. The African Grey showed the emotional equivalent of a 2-year-old child and the intellectual equivalent of a 5-year-old. He knew colors and shapes, numbers up to six and more than 100 words. He understood the concept of zero and could serve up zany one-liners.

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