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Volume 77, Number 19
October 10 - 16, 2007

Editorial/Op-Ed
Trust should explore a new partnership
The Pier 40 Partnership is offering a new approach to maintaining and redeveloping Pier 40, the W. Houston St. pier that is of critical importance to the community.

Scoopy's Notebook

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point
As West Side grows, it’s time for new St. Vincent’s
By Ed Koch
I’ve lived in the Village for more than 50 years. And I’ve seen it all.
I’ve also been through it all, which is one of the reasons why I find the modernization plan by St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan so important.

Ira Blutreich

Police Blotter

Scene


In Brief
The Harvest reaps $180,000 for park

‘Bagged’ on 6th Ave.

Community board calendar

Obituaries
Jean Murai, Village singer and activist, dies at 94
By Karen Kramer
Jean Murai, a folksinger and activist who lived in Greenwich Village for more than 40 years, died at Cabrini Hospice on Sept. 28. She was 94 years old and had suffered a stroke.

Dean Johnson, 45, gay party promoter on Downtown scene
By Paul Schindler
Dean Johnson, a self-proclaimed rock-and-roll fag, porn star, party promoter and junkie, was found dead in Washington, D.C., last week, but went days before being identified.

Sports

N.Y.U. women’s soccer strikes it big with Palumbo
By Judith Stiles
In soccer, for any striker — whose job is to score goals — it can be utterly unnerving, sometimes paralyzing, to be double- or triple-teamed by opponents. Add on a little sneaky shirt-pulling, elbowing or hip-checking when the referee isn’t looking, and a striker can become really frustrated, downright rattled. 


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A woman calling herself Apah Di, 21, demonstrated rope suspension at the Leather Street Fest. The suspension rack, which was for sale, retails for $1,000; the hemp rope was going for $1 per foot.


Media, critics get whipped into frenzy by Leather Fest
By Jefferson Siegel and lincoln anderson
Another in an endless succession of summertime street fairs in the Village was held last Sunday, but funnel cakes and tube socks were not the main attractions.

Junior cyclists set to circle East Village in art ride
The First Annual Kids’ Art Bike Ride for the Lower East Side is ready to roll for Sat., Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. An initial route was deemed too long by police, so the organizers shortened it.


Old folks hold folk sing-in against park renovation
By Albert Amateau
“This park is so beautiful — so many memories, a history of demonstrations, music makers, mothers and children, students. We should keep it that way. We have better things to do with $16 million than waste it on a project that nobody wants,” said Carr Massie, president of Disabled in Action, at a rolling and walking tour last week of Washington Square Park.

VILLAGER ART & LIFESTYLE
A thriller that bears the stamp of Hitchcock
By Scott Harrah
Prolific playwright Theresa Rebeck — author of recent off-Broadway hits like last winter’s “The Scene” with Patricia Heaton and Tony Shaloub — makes her Broadway debut with her most intriguing work yet, “Mauritius.” Rebeck, who has also written a number of scripts for TV crime dramas such as “NYPD Blue,” is a true master of suspense in this Hitchcock-like thriller about two half-sisters who inherit their late mother’s stamp collection.

Estelle Parsons brings back the night
By Jerry Tallmer
Estelle Parsons never rests. If she isn’t acting, she’s directing, or writing, or talking, or planning, or attending to family matters, or just plain living, or gabbing with people like me. I look at her and I see a woman who is just as attractive as she was when she won the Oscar for her performance as the flaky sister in Warren Beatty’s “Bonnie and Clyde,” and that was — my God — 40 years ago. Indeed, more attractive now.

Long-running Music Marathon returns to its roots
By Sarah Elizabeth Feldman 
The CMJ Music Marathon, the annual college music festival that prides itself on showcasing the best among breakout and under-the-radar bands, is getting back to its semi-bohemian roots.

NEWS
Activist spark is still burning for a survivor of explosion
By Alyssa Galella
The petite, 62-year-old woman on the sidewalk in front of 18 W. 11th St. was a convicted felon, an ex-fugitive and a radical. Standing there quietly, she found it difficult to picture herself tumbling out of her father’s townhouse onto that very sidewalk 37 years ago, after her friends accidentally detonated a bomb that destroyed the brownstone.

Friends, Romans, Villagers, lend us your support, advocates ask
By Albert Amateau
What better way to celebrate Columbus Day than to gather in Father Demo Square and talk about preserving the South Village as a historic district where Italian immigrants, their sons, daughters and grandchildren have made an indelible mark?

Houston St. becoming even deadlier, suit charges
By Albert Amateau
Lou Todd, a Prince St. resident who uses a walker, made his way slowly across the construction-choked W. Houston St. intersection at W. Broadway/LaGuardia Pl. at noon on Oct. 3, but he had to wait at the narrow traffic median for another light cycle in order to make it all the way across.

Meeting to paint broad picture on condition of arts
By Audrey Tempelsman
On Mon., Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m., Community Board 3’s Task Force on Arts & Culture will hold a public forum on the local state of the arts at the Theater for the New City, at 155 First Ave. between Ninth and 10th Sts.

8-year-old killed by car on 17th St.
By Albert Amateau
An 8-year-old boy who was struck by a car in front of his home in the Robert Fulton Houses on 17th St. west of Ninth Ave. at 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 5, died in St. Vincent’s Hospital at 5 a.m. the following morning.


Portraits of greats, served on plates
By Kelly Kingman
Ilana Simons’ relationship to her greatest muse, Virginia Woolf, began inauspiciously. “I was assigned ‘To the Lighthouse’ in college and I hated it,” says Ilana Simons, a painter and literature professor in her early thirties. It’s clear the story has changed since then. I’m sitting with Simons among her portraits of famous artists, authors and philosophers in the Lower East Side Girls’ Club gallery space and a large canvas of Woolf dominates the room

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
In the Valley of Elah” (+) This movie is beautifully acted, but the script is a polemic against war.  The plot concerns a military family in Tennessee. Hank Deerfield (Tommy Lee Jones) is the father of Mike (Jonathan Tucker) and husband of Joan (Susan Sarandon).
“Across the Universe” (+)If you enjoy the music of the Beatles, you will enjoy this film, during which 31 of their songs are sung by members of the cast. Jude (Jim Sturgess), an Englishman from the midlands with a Liverpool accent, is the lead character. He looks a lot like a young Paul McCartney, contributing to the nostalgia of the ’60s

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