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Greasing the wheels for better bikeways
This season may go down as the “Summer of Cycling” in the city. More and better bike paths are being built, a wide cycling and walking corridor will be created between Lower Manhattan and Central Park on three special Saturdays next month, and private groups have started a number of free bike rental programs.

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point
Our knack for defeating ‘absolutely necessary’ projects
By Gary Tomei
I submit that the Rudin/St. Vincent’s proposal to build two megasized buildings in the Village is a project that is not “absolutely necessary,” and their application before the Landmarks Preservation Commission to build these monoliths should be denied since it does not meet the “hardship” criteria established by the Landmarks Law. While I am supportive of the hospital, I do not support the hospital’s plan as presently constituted. To understand why I take this position, one must have a historical, as well as a present-day, perspective of the situation.



In Briefs

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Villager photo by Nick Brooks

A transgender prostitute trolled for customers on Weekhawken St. early last Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. She propositioned The Villager’s photographer, and also pulled down her top to show him her breasts.

Bagel man battles hookers, but needs a hole lot of help
By Laurie Mittelmann
A male prostitute came to mind when Bob Orzo saw the shattered door of his store, Hudson Bagels. The baker and the prostitute, Oswaldo Suazo, 46, had been feuding for three weeks, ever since Suazo asked Orzo’s wife for a cigarette, followed her down the street and then — according to a police report — grabbed her butt. Oswaldo stood in front of their home each day and, according to police, once removed his pants outside of their store.


Greening a Block feeling blue with project in limbo
By Gabriel Zucker
When Charles Komanoff, Jeff Perlman and Lois Sturm first met to hatch Greening a Block, a plan to create a prototype environmentally friendly city block in the East Village, it was October 2004. Almost two years later, in June 2006, Community Board 3 voted to allocate funds for the plan.

Dog owners are salivating over new Tompkins Sq. run
By Gabriel Zucker
“This isn’t just a silly dog park opening,” said Garrett Rosso, a leading local dog advocate, as he surveyed the new Tompkins Square Dog Run last week in anticipation of its Friday opening. “It’s really a new thing.”

With parting shots at Nadler, impeach candidate ends run
By Gabriel Zucker
Adam Sullivan, the political novice who planned to challenge incumbent Congressmember Jerrold Nadler in the Eighth District Democratic primary, said on Tuesday that he would abort his campaign.

After Pier 57 R.F.P. sinks, another one is floated
By Albert Amateau
Pier 57, the former city bus depot on the Chelsea waterfront that served as a holding pen for protesters arrested in the summer of 2004 during the Republican National Convention, is up for grabs again.

News
‘Sex and City’ tour scratches Carrie’s stoop from its route
By Joy Wiltermuth
Call it “Stoop and the Groupies.”
With the May film release of “Sex and the City,” flocks of female fans of the show once again are pouring into narrow Perry St. in Greenwich Village. But as waves of women visit the front steps of the imaginary home of Carrie Bradshaw, tempers in the community have begun to flare.

Pier 40 plan sails smoothly for most part at committee
By Albert Amateau
Community Board 2’s Waterfront Committee last week got a floor-by-floor look at preliminary plans for the redevelopment of the 15-acre Pier 40 as “The People’s Pier.”

Holy bag search, Batman! Security picks on picnickers
By Laurie Mittelmann
Fran Luck, a radio producer for WBAI who has lived in the East Village for 40 years, couldn’t believe that a security guard recently asked to inspect her bag before she could enter the grassy area at the center of Tompkins Square Park.

Whatever Lola wants, Lola finally gets: Live music
By Barrett Zinn Gross and Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke
A song was in the air on Watts St. as the music finally played at Lola this Monday. Vocalist Alisa Ohri sang jazz standards, backed by drummer Steven Weinless’s trio as Lola began its nightly program of live music in the wake of a favorable decision by the State Liquor Authority on July 17.

Documentarian is detained on street he’s shot for years
By Lincoln Anderson
After doggedly trying to document firefighters responding to an alarm on Ludlow St. last Thursday afternoon, Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson found himself handcuffed and spending a couple of hours in a Seventh Precinct cell after having repeatedly refused orders to keep his distance.

Not much cooking in Vesuvio renovation: Bakery will reopen
By Gabriel Zucker
Since June, a small sign has hung on the door of Vesuvio Bakery, the nearly 90-year-old landmark shop on Prince St.

Astor Pl./Cooper Sq. traffic plan is ready to roll
By Gabriel Zucker
A traffic redesign of Astor Place and Cooper Square in the works for decades seems finally ready to start moving fairly soon, with construction expected to begin as early as this winter. The city’s Art Commission is scheduled to consider a conceptual design for the project next month.


Villager Arts & Lifestyles

A family comedy (well, sort of)
By Scott Harrah
Many consider this ultra-dark tragicomedy by prolific avant-garde playwright Christopher Durang to be among his finest works, and for good reason. Originally produced as a theatrical sketch when Durang was a student at Yale Drama School (and starring the great Meryl Streep back when she, too, was just a student) and later mounted at the Public Theater in 1985, “The Marriage of Bette and Boo” explored the absurdities and emotional heartbreak of family dysfunction long before it was commonplace.

Finding the voice of the Battery Maritime
By Stephanie Buhmann
For more than three decades, David Byrne has defied categorization. While he is perhaps still best known as the co-founder and principal songwriter of the legendary rock band Talking Heads (1976-1988), they were just the beginning of his legacy.


DIY and BYOB (Bring Your Own Books)
By Jeffrey Cyphers Wright
As an outlaw poet, I’ve always admired the avant-garde Russians for their clandestine Samizdat publications. The underground scene in the United States went through a similar mimeo revolution. Championing that “do-it-yourself” tradition, the Center for Book Arts has mounted twin shows for the summer.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Tell No One” (+) An outstanding French thriller. The movie opens with a loving couple, Dr. Alex Beck (Francois Cluzet) and his wife, Margot (Marie-Josee Croze), going for a late-night skinny dip in the lake near their country retreat. After their swim, Margot returns to the shore.
“The Last Mistress” (-) This film is a bore. When I arrived at the theater, I met an old friend from city government who had just seen the movie. In response to my question about the picture she grinned and replied, “It is a very dirty movie,” and then shrugged her shoulders.

Volume 78, Number 8
July 23
- 29, 2008

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