Volume 73, Number 25 | October 22 - 28, 2003


Inside

Scoopy's notebook
The local "411" on people, politics, gossip, business openings.

Editorial
Ice-skating rink in park seems a pretty cool idea
When the Hudson River Park Trust presented plans for an ice-skating rink to its board of directors last month, one might say it got a chilly reception from community board members and park activists in attendance — or, conversely, that some people got pretty hot under the collar.

Talking Point
N.Y.U. library’s grand design didn’t include users’ safety
By Allen Salkin
Call it the “Atrium of Horror.”
The N.Y.U. Library, called “Bobst” for someone who gave money to help build it, is a terribly designed, dangerous, vertigo-inducing, ugly structure with more space for air than books.

Editorial cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Letters to the editor

Second thoughts
By Richmond Jones

Notebook
Celebrity: You call my bluff while I call yours
By Andrei Codrescu
After they kicked us out of the restaurant at 9:20 p.m. for writing a poem on the tablecloth, I tried to get my new friends to go to a bar, but they bailed out because this was Minneapolis. If you go to a bar, you have to wrestle your conscience for a week, and then try to make up for it with painful manual labor and a cash contribution to a cause.


News in briefs

Police blotter

A snake in the Garden of Eden?

Religion overwhelms radicals

23rd St. district set for approval

Faux rumor about Pierres buildings

Police say peace protester grabbed for officer’s gun

Market’s Florent to Starbucks: Right buck at ya

Cooper Union selling small lots; picking architect for Hewitt site

Lopez bill would make developers build affordable units to get bonus

Frightfully fun Village Halloween doings

The BDBA experience

Lopez gets an ‘F’ on environment

Fire engulfs Essex furnishings store

Boutique hotel planned in Noho


Food
Cooler weather is perfect time to visit Paprika
By Frank Angelino
Given the multitude of Italian eateries on the Lower East Side, it’s understandable that Cucina Italiana Paprika wants to stand out from the crowd. “We didn’t want to use a typical Italian name,” says partner Stefano Barbagallo, who runs the front of the casual trattoria.

Picture Story

For block association, giving is as basic as BBC
At the BBC Awards on Monday night at Caliente Cab Co. on Seventh Ave. S., the Bedford Barrow Commerce Block Association gave over $10,000 to deserving local community groups and organizations.

Happy Birthday! Seward Park celebrates 100 years
Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe (back row, right, in photo at left) and David Rivel, executive director of City Parks Foundation (next to Benepe), joined 100 P.S. 142 students to celebrate the centennial of Seward Park, the first municipally built (nonprivate) playground in New York City.


Sports

Super coach still getting a kick out of soccer
By Judith Stiles
For most amateur athletes who love playing competitive team sports, the thought of turning 60 years old is a gloomy proposition. What do you have to look forward to? A slow round of golf with the senior duffers? A game of tennis with wobbly-kneed folks? A rousing match of shuffleboard?

DUSC U-11 boys aim for State Cup
The Downtown United Soccer Club U-11 boys team that created a huge upset by defeating a top Division One East Meadow team is forging ahead. In front of a growing crowd of spectators they handily beat a Division One team from Northport, L.I., 6-2.

Children's Activities

Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert

River rocks

Paul Fried, 9, left, and Yechiel Halbertal, 10, tossed rocks into the East River near the Williamsburg Bridge last Friday.




Waterfront Committee approves skating rink in park at Spring St.
By Lincoln Anderson
Hudson River Park Trust officials presented revised plans for a new ice-skating rink for the park’s Village segment at a public hearing of Community Board 2’s Waterfront Committee last Monday night. While the Trust’s presentation might not have garnered a perfect score, it was enough to win the approval of the committee, which voted 7-2 in favor.

V.A. brass backs saving hospital
By Albert Amateau
Efforts by elected officials and veterans groups to prevent the Department of Veterans Affairs from taking steps that could lead to the closing of the V.A. Medical Center on 23rd St. and First Ave. appear to be paying off.

Caring Community, 30 years old and going strong
By Ed Gold
A steady stream of elderly Villagers, feeling poorly, sought help at St. Vincent’s Hospital. The diagnosis was malnutrition. They were treated and fed, and sent on their way. Three weeks later they were back in the hospital.

Chelsea composer is searching for pets with pipes
By Ashley Winchester
L2, a Chihuahua, and Lucy, a beagle, love to sing. Urged on by their owners, L2 and Lucy broke out into a noisy cacophony of yips and howls accompanied on piano by Kirk Nurock. A star is born? Could be.

Brennan Center takes sides on nonpartisan debate
By Roslyn Kramer
Just in case you had a warm, fuzzy it-can’t-happen-here feeling watching the chaotic California recall election, think again. Some of the more contentious items on New York City’s November ballot propose changing the City Charter to allow nonpartisan elections, a gaudy variant of which was recently on display in California.

Are Meat Market moneybags swinging into Village?
By Lincoln Anderson
Are designer purses replacing plungers and pliers at the former Garber Hardware store space at 49 Eighth Ave.? Will the area on the western edge of the Meat Market soon be known as the Bag District — of course, soon to be abbreviated to “Bagdi”?

After third suicide, students cite ‘isolation,’ pressure
By Erin Walsh and Nathan Duke
New York University students and administrators are reeling in the aftermath of what appears to be the third student suicide in five weeks. Last Saturday around 9:45 p.m., Michelle Gluckman, a 19-year old from Brooklyn, plunged through a sixth-floor window of 1 University Pl., a private apartment building near Washington Sq. Park in which N.Y.U. rents some of the apartments.

A change of course on PATH
By Albert Amateau
The Port Authority is dropping plans to build an additional entrance to the PATH station at Christopher and Hudson Sts., but is going ahead with an environmental study for an added entrance to the PATH station at W. Ninth St. and Sixth Ave., according to Village elected officials.

Tall tower of East Side ‘cathedral’ gets a facelift
By Albert Amateau
The 232-ft.-tall tower of Most Holy Redeemer Church on E. Third St., encased in scaffolding for more than a year, will come out into full view this week at the completion of a major renovation.

Lower East Side BID looking to expand boundaries
By Albert Amateau
The Historic Orchard St. Lower East Side Business Improvement District is in the early stages of an expansion along Houston St. and to the east of its current boundaries.


Film on Veronica Guerin fails to live up to its material
By Danielle Stein
Reviewing a film based on a true story presents critics with a challenge separate from and often more difficult than reviewing fiction. One must ask oneself whether the feelings she leaves the theater with come from the actual story, or the movie that has attempted to tell it.

Keeping a tight family through music and laughter
By Ernest Barteldes
The Trachtenburgs are not your ordinary family. To begin with, the recent East Villagers (who relocated from their native Seattle) have a show in which they all participate - Jason, the band’s composer and keyboardist, wife Tina on an old-fashioned slide projector that changes pictures in sync with the song lyrics (giving them a hilarious effect) and 9-year-old Rachel, who sits behind the drum kit, sings and admonishes her dad every now and then.

2nd annual New York Horror Film Festival in Tribeca
By Ashley Winchester
The Village isn’t the only New York neighborhood with a few tricks up its sleeve this Halloween. Independent horror film director Michael J. Hein, in conjunction with the Independent Film Channel, will bring the second annual New York Horror Film Festival to the Tribeca Film Center, 375 Greenwich just below Canal. It will run through Oct. 26.

koch on film
By Ed Koch
‘Kill Bill: Vol. 1’ (-) This movie is one big joke, a put on and put down of the movie going public, and really, really bad. But I also didn’t think much of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and both received rave reviews by a number of reviewers. See it and you will weep for your lost time and wasted money.
‘Mystic River’ (+) This is a wonderful movie with superb acting, a fascinating script, and the interesting locale of north Boston. Great attention is paid to detail and everything looks and sounds just right.


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