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The A-List

Scoopy’s Notebook

Mixed Use

Police Blotter

Ira Blutreich

 20 years later: Things change
Twenty years ago, at the end of the first major Tompkins Square Park riots in recent history, East Village anti-gentrification activists wound up the harrowing night by trashing the lobby of the Christodora House. Protesters threw police sawhorses into the lobby while tossing potted plants out.

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point
Why ‘Die Yuppie Scum’ must die: It’s hate speech
By Bobby Steele
This morning, I took my usual walk up Avenue A. There were the usual stupid leftist posters, inviting us to a concert in Tompkins Square Park — celebrating the anniversary of the riot that occurred 20 years ago, where police lost control, people got injured — and a few got rich off of lawsuits.

In Briefs

Rally for a new middle school

A riotously good time as punk concerts kick off

Board backs Hudson Sq. BID

Cementing Pier 40’s place in Hudson history

A bridge not too far for C.P.C. Walkathon

Free classes going swimmingly

Cheers for green hats


Dr. Clayton Kimble, 71, veteran Village veterinarian
By Albert Amateau
Dr. Clayton Kimble, a veterinarian who practiced in the Village for 38 years until he retired seven years ago, died June 20 at St. Vincent’s Hospital after a long illness. He was 71.


She’s a wonder both onstage and in swimming pool
By Judith Stiles
Fourteen-year-old Ellen Swanson of Greenwich Village breathed a deep sigh of relief on the last day of school, knowing she had made it to the finish line of eighth grade.



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Laurie Mittelmann, right, and Sonia De LaForcade, left, doing yoga stretches in Paz’s class at the Sixth Street Community Center.

Finding peace with Paz and $7 yoga on Sixth St.
By Laurie Mittelmann
“It’s O.K. if your vision appears blurry,” Paz said. “It means that you’re doing the pose correctly.”
His hands touched the small of my back, reminding me to sit up. The yoga class is his garden and he carefully stepped through it, tending to the students.

LA II teams up again with Haring on Houston mural
By Nick Brooks
This past spring the Keith Haring Foundation sponsored the re-creation of a popular Haring mural at the northwest corner of E. Houston St. and Bowery. The mural was completed on May 4, on what would have been the artist’s 50th birthday had he not died of AIDS at age 31.

Tompkins Square riots burn again in black and white
By Lincoln Anderson
Just in time for the 20th anniversary of the Tompkins Square Park riots, East Village photographer Q. Sakamaki is releasing a book of his dramatic black-and-white images bringing that turbulent period in neighborhood history back to life.

Disturbed gunman wounds tenant leader, deli worker
By Jefferson Siegel
Two men were injured last Thursday, after a disturbed man with a gun shot them in Loisaida. The gunman, identified as Jesus Ortiz, wounded a block resident and a teenage deli worker. Ortiz then drove to a police station and told officers, “I shot a guy,” according to the Daily News.

Education and traffic are issues in Senate primary
By Josh Rogers
When Martin Connor was first elected to the State Senate 30 years ago, his current challenger wasn’t even born. In many ways, this year’s Democratic primary is a study in contrasts — the Albany veteran versus the young challenger with new ideas.

Still nothing new on New School’s big new building
By Gabriel Zucker
Central Village residents were in panic mode earlier this year when they learned that The New School would be applying for zoning variances for an enormous — by Village standards — new campus center as early as this summer. But as August nears and the school still has not finalized designs for the building at 14th St. and Fifth Ave., opponents of the project are taking a cautious breather.

Crappy idea or fun public art? Artist rolls dice at Astor Place
By Gabriel Zucker
Twenty-five years ago, Arnie Charnick took a look at “The Alamo” sculpture on Astor Place and saw more than one large black cube. He saw two dice.

Hoping that Joe Gould’s haunt won’t become history
By Gabriel Zucker
Rising rents felled another fabled Village landmark in May, when the Minetta Tavern was bought by Keith McNally, the prolific restaurateur of Pastis, Balthazar and Morandi fame. Minetta Tavern, at the corner of MacDougal St. and Minetta Lane, will become McNally’s fourth restaurant when it reopens in November.

Rebuild plan for shul fuels debate in congregation
By Albert Amateau
The board of a physically rundown E. Sixth St. synagogue built in 1910 voted earlier this month to replace it with a new six-story residential building that would also contain a synagogue.

They’ll be having some fun on Tribeca’s boardwalk
By Albert Amateau
The threatening rain held off and a crowd of more than 200 neighbors, park advocates and officials gathered on Wednesday morning to celebrate the opening of the first part of the Hudson River Park’s Tribeca section.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

Twenty years to ‘Life’
By Will McKinley
“Did you find him to be annoying, arrogant and pompous?” a female audience member asked her male companion, following a recent performance of James Braly’s “Life in a Marital Institution” at the SoHo Playhouse.

Housing of the future
By Ian Volner
What do we talk about when we talk about prefab? In certain quarters, the word is in fairly poor odor, and no wonder: doomed modernist one-offs; cynical, shabby dingbats; undifferentiated suburban ramblers; prefab’s not a style, and it hasn’t succeeded as an ethic, despite the efforts of forward-thinking architects since at least the 1920s. In those pioneer days, the problem of prefabricated, mass-produced housing was that there wasn’t nearly enough of it.

Elevated cinema
By Leonard Quard
Now in its third season, Movie Nights On The Elevated Acre takes place every Tuesday in August, starting at sundown between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. The Elevated Acre is a rooftop plaza offering stunning views of the East River, the Brooklyn Heights Esplanade, Red Hook, and the old Ferry Terminal. A seven-leveled concrete amphitheater with a sloping, lushly landscaped garden, the Acre, like the selection of movies screened this summer, is imaginatively conceived.

Teen spirits
By Jen Anderson
Preferring to forget that I was ever a socially inept kid with braces and an unfortunate perm just trying to survive high school, I found the experience of watching the documentary “American Teen” both riveting and mildly harrowing. Now an awkward adult, albeit with a better hairstyle.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Days and Clouds” (+) This film moved me emotionally. Although it takes place in Italy, it could be a snapshot of what is currently happening across America.
“The Dark Knight” (-) I may be the only moviegoer in America who has seen the current Batman film and thinks it is ridiculous. The theater was packed when we arrived for a 12:30 p.m. show on Sunday afternoon and only a few seats were available in the front row.

Volume 78, Number 9
July 29
- August 5, 2008


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