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Volume 77 / Number 39
February 27 - March 4, 2008


FEATURED COLUMNS
The A List

Scoopy's Notebook

Mixed Use


EDITORIAL
Anti-bullying efforts still urgently needed
As the recent tragic shooting death of Lawrence King, a gay 15-year-old in a Southern California school, makes clear, political leaders and education officials have considerable unfinished business when it comes to protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and others stigmatized by hatred, prejudice and ridicule.

Letters to the Editor


TALKING POINT

St. Vincent’s: Let’s not do the time warp again!
By Brad Hoylman 
“St. Vincent’s Is Modernizing”
“Hospital Plan Is Opposed by Neighbors”
“St. Vincent’s Hospital Plan Stirs Anger”
These are headlines that could be ripped from The Villager or any other newspaper covering the plans by St. Vincent’s to build its new “green” hospital with a state-of-the-art emergency room and trauma center in the Village. But they aren’t from today’s news.

All the news unfit to print: Times trashes McCain
By Jerry Tallmer
Curiouser and curiouser, said Alice, as she ploughed her way through last week’s full-page New York Times hot scoop on the eight-year-old “romantic” errancies — alleged errancies — of front-running G.O.P. presidential candidate John McCain.

Obituaries
Herman Engel, 83, pioneering documentary filmmaker
Herman J. Engel, noted documentary filmmaker, died at his Greenwich Village apartment on Feb. 21. He was 83.

Baird Jones, 53, man on the nightlife and art scene
By Lincoln Anderson
Baird Jones, a denizen of New York’s nightlife, about which he wrote for The New York Post’s Page Six column, was found dead in his E. Eighth St. apartment last Thursday night. He was 53.

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Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, with Assistant Chief Anthony Izzo of the Police Department’s Organized Crime Control Bureau, standing in rear, on Tuesday announcing the closure of a full city block in Chinatown where sales of counterfeit goods were rampant.

Police bust ‘Counterfeit Triangle’ on Canal St.; 32 stores padlocked
By Jefferson Siegel 
An entire city block of Chinatown was closed on Tuesday as police shut down dozens of stores engaged in the sale of counterfeit goods. 

NEWS
Lola can’t live without music; Soho license fight becoming broken record
By Barrett Zinn Gross
In a hearing before the board of the New York State Liquor Authority last Wednesday, the owners of Lola, the Cajun-soul food restaurant on the corner of Watts and Thompson Sts., asked the S.L.A. to finally let the music play at their new Soho nightspot.

Another round as Chumley’s vows to reopen, again
By Patrick Hedlund
Work crews have returned to Chumley’s bar in the West Village for another apparent resurrection attempt after the 80-year-old former speakeasy had to close following a partial building collapse last spring.

Bones of contention are revealed in exclusive photo
When human remains were unearthed during the Washington Square Park re
novation a few weeks ago, local park activist Sharon Woolums was quickly on the scene to monitor the situation.

Down to the wire; What are the odds OTB survives?
Interviews by Caroline N. Jackson
Mayor Bloomberg has announced his intention to end Off-Track Betting, saying he doesn’t want to subsidize gambling.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

Transcending belief
By Sarah Norris
On September 11, 2001, Susan Retik and Patti Quigley, both of whom were pregnant, lost their husbands in separate plane crashes into the World Trade Center. Although their Boston suburbs are only one town apart, they had never met until shared tragedy brought them together.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch.
“London to Brighton” (+) This movie is devoted to the seamy side of life involving prostitution, pimps and criminality which exists in most, if not all, cities. In this case, it is the City of London.
“4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” (+)
This movie, which takes place in Romania in the 1980s, packs a wallop.

Blue romance
By Steven Snyder
Enigmatic to the point of exasperating, “The Duchess of Langeais” is likely to confound many viewers. As the film delves deeper into the personalities of its star-crossed lovers, however, one appreciates that all of this tension is quite intentional.

Sports

Too Hot Halal hoopsters have faith in each other
By Sarah Klein 
Four basketball players in black team T-shirts attempt to charge down the rubber court, but one lags behind at a slow jog. One player scores. His teammates slap hands and a celebratory roar rises from the stands. But seconds later, someone else misses an easy shot. A varsity basketball player refereeing the game, who towers over the players he is watching, muffles a laugh.

A sublime construction of Israeli stones
By Talia Page
Following the enormous success of showings in New York over the past decade, Michal Rovner’s latest installation, “Makom II,” at the PaceWildenstein gallery, has been highly anticipated. Rovner initially garnered public notice with her 1997 film, “Border,” which premiered at the Museum of Modern Art, and received more than a dozen subsequent screenings at major international venues. In 2001, “Notes,” her collaboration with composer Philip Glass, was featured at the annual Lincoln Center Festival.

Life, summed up in six words
By Adrienne Urbanski
Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in six words (his creation: “For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.”) Smith Magazine, a web site showcasing personal narratives, invited writers to come up with their own six-word memoirs.

A castle rich with compelling narratives
By Jerry Tallmer
The Castle is a brooding, imposing four-story edifice on Riverside Drive at 140th Street, visible from the West Side Drive. Erected in 1913, it has in its time served as a Catholic girls’ school, a Yeshiva, and then an empty eyesore that became a crack house.



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