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Volume 77, Number 26
Nov. 28 - Dec. 04, 2007

Editorial/Op-Ed
Thanksgiving thanks
With all the seemingly intractable problems and issues to address in the world, we at Community Media wanted to step back for one week and take stock in our lives during this holiday season. To that end, we asked our staff of editors, advertising reps and designers what they were grateful for this Thanksgiving. Here is what they said:

Notebook
Thanksgiving in Provence; Some surprises this year
By Patricia Fieldsteel
NYONS, France — Thanksgiving came to this small corner of Provence last Thursday. We were a small group at my house here in the Old Town this year — seven. I was the only American.

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In Friefs

T-Day at the YMCA

Hazan Arnoff is 14th St. Y director

We’ll always have Paris, unfortunately


Sports

With teamwork, N.Y.U. cross-country wins N.C.A.A.
By Judith Stiles
In the 1962 movie “Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner,” actor Tom Courtenay gave a stunning portrayal of the isolation that often goes hand in hand with this solo sport. In this story, he is a solitary athlete who often grapples with his inner demons while he is running. Today, runners often use iPods to shut out immediate noise as they retreat into a more personal world during workouts.


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John Edwards, the Democratic candidate for president, spoke in Washington Square Park on Tuesday at a rally for striking Writers Guild members.

Edwards tells writers he won’t cross picket line for TV debate
By Jefferson Siegel 
As the Writers Guild strike entered its fourth week, members proved they haven’t lost their touch. Several hundred writers — and actors in support of them — were joined by local union leaders, politicians and presidential candidate John Edwards in a show of solidarity at a rally in Washington Square Park on Tuesday.


Reverend Billy preaches against shopping gone wild
By Jefferson Siegel
The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday for the color of ink that stores’ financial books use to indicate their most profitable day of the year.

A & P buys Pathmark company; Market closing still seems likely
By Julie Shapiro
As customers of the Cherry St. Pathmark waited anxiously to hear whether the store would close, Pathmark’s stockholders recently approved the sale of the company to A & P. The merger, announced last March, will not be final until the end of December.

Latin coffee shop is latest victim of rising rents
By Patrick Hedlund
As Paul Bang lunched on what he deems the best Cuban sandwich in the city at Sucelt Coffee Shop on Tuesday, the Tribeca resident was informed that the Latin-inspired diner on 14th St. would be shutting its doors for good after three decades in the neighborhood.

NEWS

‘Fanatic’ jibe jacks St. V. antis’ blood pressure up
By Albert Amateau
The Village Independent Democrats’ demonstration on Nov. 14 for including affordable housing in the St. Vincent’s Hospital/Rudin Organization redevelopment was low-key compared to the a meeting of the hospital’s Community Working Group that followed, at which hecklers showed no restraint.

Flower Fund gets nipped in the bud by Stringer
By Albert Amateau
It was a real disappointment for Community Board 2 members last week to get word that their annual holiday party would be cancelled this year.

M.T.A. tower and street-bed site options fan fears
By Albert Amateau
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has narrowed its proposed Mulry Square locations from nine to three for the proposed emergency ventilation plant to serve the Eighth Ave. subway line between W. Fourth and 14th Sts. and the Seventh Avenue subway line between Christopher and 14th Sts.

Legendary luminaries shine at the Village Care awards
Village Care of New York’s 30th anniversary Legends of the Village Nov. 12 benefit at New York University’s Kimmel Center was chock-full of longtime local luminaries.

New Museum to open with 30 hours of free admission
By Lincoln Anderson
The New Museum, New York City’s only museum devoted exclusively to contemporary art, will open its new building on the Bowery to the public on Sat., Dec. 1.

Group dumps on Sanitation plan
By Patrick Hedlund
The Friends of Hudson Square have some unfriendly language for the Department of Sanitation regarding the agency’s proposal to build a massive garage in their neighborhood.


ARTS AND LIFESTYLE

The lights beyond Broadway
By Nicole Davis
When one stage door closes, another opens. At least, that is one way to look at the stagehand strike that has shuttered Broadway stages since Saturday, Nov. 10, leaving Off- and Off-Off Broadway with thousands of theatergoers in search of a play.

Koch On Film
By Ed Koch
“American Gangster” (+) This movie is worth seeing, but it is not as good as “The Godfather” films or the television series “The Sopranos.” That’s because the story does not allow the audience to know intimately the central character, Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington), or anyone else who appears in the picture.
“Redacted” (+) This film, written and directed by Brian De Palma, did not receive rave reviews. Indeed, some critics disapproved of its negative views towards the United States. Although the sentiments expressed in the picture are often negative toward the U.S., I simply kept that in mind and then enjoyed the movie as a movie.

On Ave. C, artists get their very own show and tell
By Kelly Kingman
The walls of the 5C Cultural Center Lounge are shimmering — hypnotic, found footage of a 1940s burlesque dancer has been layered with jellyfish, flags, and geometric patterns. When the screen darkens, artist/organizer Linda Griggs starts the first round of applause for the video’s creator.

Speaking volumes in the blink of an eye
By Jerry Tallmer
 That was Jean-Dominique Bauby’s passport back into communicable life. Well, not life exactly, but existence. The letters of the alphabet ranked according to the frequency with which they start words in French. Plus the one muscle in his whole body that the paralyzed Bauby could still move, the muscle that enabled him to blink his left eyelid — once for Yes, twice for No — in converse with doctors, nurses, and the rest of the world. Pray God you never need a passport like that, in any language.

The wedding crasher
By Leonard Quart
The indelible signature of Noah Baumbach’s first three films has been the wryly humorous and perceptively affecting depiction of relationships. In his 2005 “The Squid and the Whale” — his most poignant, emotionally pointed, and artistically successful work — he made a film whose sense of absurdity is tinged with genuine pain and pathos throughout. A semi-autobiographical, utterly honest film, it was his first truly personal work, and one whose comic sense deepened rather than trivialized his characters’ problems.



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