Volume 77, Number 45
April 9 - 15, 2008

FEATURED COLUMNS

Scoopy's Notebook

Mixed Use

Police Blotter

Scene

The A List


EDITORIAL
Albany was roadblock for congestion pricing
Facing an apparent recession, increasingly overcrowded subway trains, massive mass transit capital shortfalls, traffic pollution and a state budget deficit to boot, Albany sat on its hands Monday and said no to $500 million — per year — for transportation improvements and no to $354 million in federal aid to implement a congestion pricing plan that would have reduced traffic.

Letters to the Editor

Ira Blutreich


Sports

Glick kicks off season
The Greenwich Village Little League held its opening day ceremonies on Pier 40 at W. Houston St. on Saturday.

Karate clan chops up competition in Nagoya tourney
By Judith Stiles
It’s difficult for a 6-year-old child to understand the abstract concept behind seido karate, a martial art in which the body, mind and spirit are simultaneously developed to realize one’s full potential as a human being. However, when sisters Noa and Daniela Azulai of Greenwich Village walked through the door of their first karate class in 2001, they took to the program like ducks to water, and seemed to understand the essence of seido karate in a visceral way.


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Well met at opening day
Mr. Met greeted T-ball player Henry Kerrey, 6, at Greenwich Village Little League’s opening day on Saturday on Pier 40 at W. Houston St. For more photos.


‘What about us?’ Chinatowners demand C.B. 3 rethink rezoning
By Matt Townsend 
A Chinese-American man stood behind the microphone during public testimony at Community Board 3’s recent full board meeting and ranted about what he saw as an unfair rezoning plan that left his community behind.

Gottlieb tenants keep complaining as Duane steps in
By Albert Amateau
Residential tenants of the estate of the late Bill Gottlieb, who have long endured no repairs and little services, received an offer last week from the office of State Senator Tom Duane to intercede with their landlord.

NEWS
Villager wins 11 awards from N.Y. Press Assn.
The Villager garnered awards in an impressively broad range of categories in the New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest for 2007.

Getting loud about riots 20th anniversary concert
By Lincoln Anderson
Veterans of the 1988 Tompkins Square riots gathered on City Hall’s steps last Thursday to redouble their demands for a permit for a 20th anniversary riots concert in the park and to call for keeping Tompkins Square Park a “liberated zone for the people” without surveillance cameras.

Gerson hawks his vendors bill but artists paint a grim picture
By Caroline N. Jackson
New vending rules proposed by Councilmember Alan Gerson are stirring up activists who have fought to protect First Amendment rights for artists selling their works on the sidewalks.


Villager Arts & Lifestyles

On Broadway, ‘In the Heights’ musical soars
By Scott Harrah
There are so few original musicals for the stage, and that’s why “In the Heights,” which recently opened on Broadway after a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run, is such an event for theatergoers. It has been many years since we’ve had a musical this colorful and culturally diverse, and for those two reasons alone, “In the Heights” could be a front-runner for the “Best Musical” Tony Award.

Singing in the wilderness
By Jerry Tallmer
Mr. Fulcomtre, a hale and hearty English teacher of the long ago, always told us that “Ah, Wilderness!” was the best play Eugene O’Neill ever wrote. Well, it was, in any event, the happiest play—the ITAL only END happy play—Eugene O’Neill ever wrote, an inside-out 180-degree inversion of the miserable Tyrones of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.”

The personal aftermath of the Iraq War
By Sarah Norris
The superb documentary “Body of War” records the life of an Iraq War veteran, Tomas Young, in the aftermath of his paralyzing injury. Directed by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro, the film tracks Young’s journey as a 25-year-old who enlisted to defend his country and returned from Iraq a paraplegic—and a very different kind of patriot.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Stop-Loss” (+) A very powerful movie displaying anti-war sentiments and the love of a band of brothers from Texas who joined the U.S. volunteer Army.

In Paris, red balloon is inflated again
By Leonard Quart
Favorites at international film festivals, the severely minimalist films of Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien have typically received only short runs in New York theaters. Many of his movies deal with Taiwanese history of the past century.



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