Volume 78 / Number 13 - August 27 - September 2, 2008
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower
East Side, Since 1933

Can a punk rock band love ABBA and still make it big?
By Lincoln Anderson
The Stalkers, an up-and-coming Brooklyn-based rock-and-roll band, have had some success — mainly in England. Now — with a show on the Rocks Off cruise early this Friday morning — they’re stalking greater popularity in the States, hoping for a breakthrough here.

Danny’s Downtown venue reviews

Square deal demands are dog-run room and a stage
By Gabriel Zucker
The Parks Department was widely accused of withholding information and being evasive — if not outright deceitful — in presenting its plans for Washington Square Park’s renovation several years ago. Now, as the department begins to lay out ideas for phase two of the renovations, things seem not to have changed much.

After 3 years, mystery hotel project keeps ’em guessing
By Albert Amateau
The project at 180 Orchard St. that began more than three years ago looks like a derelict construction site whose future is a mystery. But one thing is certain:

Theresa Fritsch, 85, indie record exec and activist
By Nick Fritsch
Theresa Fritsch, a longtime West Village resident and activist who, along with her late husband, Peter Fritsch, was a founding member of The West Village Committee, died at home on Mon., Aug. 18, after a lengthy fight with cancer. She was 85.

Avalon Chrystie builder sued over disabled access
By Albert Amateau
In what is likely to be the first of several federal civil lawsuits against residential developers in New York City, the U. S. Attorney recently sued the developer of Avalon Chrystie Place, the 361-unit residential complex on the south side of E. Houston St., contending the project discriminates against people with disabilities.

Landlords’ new lawsuit is a pain in the harass act
By Jefferson Siegel
Landlords filing suit against a new tenant anti-harassment law were lambasted at a rally on the steps of City Hall last week.

Fear bikes will ride roughshod over ‘Gay Boulevard’
By Gabriel Zucker
The steady march of bike-lane installations in Downtown Manhattan hit a surprise roadblock last month in Chelsea. Community Board 4, citing concerns that a proposed protected bike lane on Eighth Ave. would hurt local businesses and alter what many in the L.G.B.T. community call Gay Boulevard, rejected its Transportation Committee’s resolution in support of the proposal.


Will city make the grade on Morton middle school?

Local families luck out with public school lottery

East Side, West Side, school overcrowding is issue

Charter school boasts small classes, perfect scores


Scoopy's Notebook

Buffered bike lane will help, won’t hurt
By Jefferson Siegel
Landlords filing suit against a new tenant anti-harassment law were lambasted at a rally on the steps of City Hall last week.

Letters to the Editor

Oh, what a night! A dispatch from the Denver D.N.C.
By Arthur Z. Schwartz
I came to Denver with a cynical view of big meetings like this. They are carefully scripted and there will be no hint of a floor fight or debate about anything. Perhaps I’m spoiled by Community Board 2; I’d like to see a debate about gay marriage, or about the party plank that says that we must win the war in Afghanistan. Within the Obama network (see mybarackobama.com) there is plenty of debate, and sometimes Obama himself joins in. But Democratic Party events just lack that spirit of challenging authority.

Police Blotter

Mixed Use



The aroma of rising Dough
One of the most surprising and touching memoirs I read last year, Mort Zachter’s Dough tells the story of how, at age 36, after taking out a second mortgage to support his family, Zachter discovered a family secret. His uncles, owners of a day-old bread store in the Lower East Side, lived in a decrepit housing project but had secretly managed to make millions of dollars.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch

Economic woes alight on makeshift stages
Crystal Field, the prime mover of Theater for the New City, has been doing summertime street theater in these parts since God knows when – 1976, actually – and now God has come down from above (or wherever) to take part Himself in her bubbling, bouncing 2008 edition.

Transatlantic chase for money and love
By Michael Rymer
Sana Krasikov’s stories may never have a following on Wall Street, but they should.

Society on stage
Joseph Goebbels, who once or more than once declared: “Whenever I hear the word culture I reach for my revolver,” would have gone for his gat at least twice if he’d heard super prolific dramatist A.R. Gurney, now 78 years old, talk about two plays he’d written some 20 years apart.

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