Volume 73, Number 27 | November 04 - 11, 2003


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

Time to take a step back on ice rink
Two weeks ago when the Waterfront Committee of Community Board 2 voted in favor of an ice-skating rink in the Greenwich Village segment of Hudson River Park, the rink seemed like a good idea at the time — in concept. This page even endorsed the plan.

Talking Point
Feeling low after flying frenzy in Hudson River Park
By Michele Herman
Hudson River Park has been open for four months now, but I still get emotional whenever I enter it. On the one hand, I love my new park. Oh, I know many of my neighbors feel nostalgic for the indigenous old waterfront, with its quiet naked men and its splintered wooden piers, which did have its own kind of tawdry sunset beauty. But I think the new waterfront is beautiful, for the most part thoughtfully designed, and miraculously restrained.

Editorial cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Letters to the editor

Second thoughts
By Richmond Jones

News in briefs

Police blotter

Incumbents keep 4 out of 5 seats in Penn South election

Games and prizes at St. Joseph’s Fair

Shape of things to come on Astor

P.S. 3 Festival seeks auction donations

Village Halloween parade hits 30

Dorothy Farnan, ‘Auden in Love’
author, teacher, is dead at age 84
Dorothy J. Farnan, a Village resident for more than 50 years and the author of the widely acclaimed “Auden in Love,” about the poet W.H. Auden’s relationship with his companion Chester Kallman, died at home Oct. 23 at the age of 84.

Picture Story

Costumed kids everywhere from waterfront to Washington Sq.
From the Hudson River to historic Washington Sq., local children enjoyed some pre-trick-or-treating Halloween parades of their own last Friday afternoon. Hundreds of costumed kids attended the Annual Greenwich Village Children’s Parade in Washington Sq., where they marched around the park with much fanfare. This year’s children’s parade grand marshal was Jim Smith, chairperson of Community Board 2

Children's Activities

Villager Theater Guide


After netting trophy, coach is shooting for more
By Judith Stiles
With the old-timers at the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League there was a running joke for years that went, “I’d rather watch paint dry on the wall than watch girls play soccer.” When these gentlemen were young, girls never played soccer, and it was unthinkable — little ladies booting the ball on the pitch. Then came the explosion of girls sports in the 1980s with girls teams springing up everywhere.

Clockwise from top: Singing at Sheridan Sq. rally last Sunday, from left, Councilmembers Margarita Lopez, Keen Berger, Larry Moss, Doris Corrigan, Tim Gay, Ray Cline, Brad Sussman, Melissa Sklarz, Sean Sweeney, state Senator Tom Duane, Ted Reich and guitarist; State Committeeman
Larry Moss;
Margarita Lopez

Villager photos by Betty Coqui

Village Democrats united, for once
By Lincoln Anderson
“That’s a photo you should get,” said a grinning Councilmember Margarita Lopez. On a small platform outside Christopher Park at Sheridan Sq. last Sunday afternoon local Democratic political club members more accustomed to feuding were standing shoulder to shoulder in protest against Mayor Bloomberg’s charter reform item — proposal # 3 — for nonpartisan elections.

Orchard St. hotel meshes new and old
By Jessica Mintz
On Orchard St. between Delancey and Broome, the road is paved with cobblestones — or at least looks like it is. The block is a mix of the truly old and the new-old.

Ice storm rages on as Trust still plans a rink
By Lincoln Anderson
Despite the opposition of Assemblymember Deborah Glick, the Friends of Hudson River Park and Community Board 2, the Hudson River Park Trust plans to go ahead with construction of a $2.3 million ice-skating rink just south of Pier 40 on the Lower West Side waterfront.

Nevermore, well maybe once more, but only sort of
By Lincoln Anderson
When the construction fence outside New York University School of Law’s new building came down a few weeks ago, some were horrified. Revealed was the recreation of the building where Edgar Allan Poe lived when W.

Matches fire a Washington Sq. artist’s creativity
By Ashley Winchester
Although he’s not a Parks Department employee, every day, weather permitting, James Gallman works in Washington Sq. Park.

Iraq schooled professor on practice versus theory
By Lincoln Anderson
If democracy is to take root in Iraq, bold, even desperate, steps must be taken — and soon. That was the urgent message of Noah Feldman, New York School of Law professor, in a talk, “Reflections on Iraq,” given to law and international studies students at D’Agostino Hall on W. Third St. last Thursday.

Landmark head: Waterfront district not top priority
By Albert Amateau
Robert Tierney, head of the city Landmarks Preservation Commission, appeared at a Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce breakfast last week as a longtime Village resident and an enthusiastic preservation advocate.

Mayor has a Mitchell-Lama proposal too
By Albert Amateau
The Bloomberg administration last week proposed to back state legislation that would put Mitchell-Lama rental buildings in the rent-stabilization system when they leave the program.

East Village judge candidate passes major hurdle
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted last week to approve contested federal judicial nominee and East Village resident Dora Irizarry, clearing the way for her candidacy to come before the full Senate.

Event is hardly grave as cemetery opens its gate
By Albert Amateau
t was more of a garden party than a solemn occasion last Sunday when the New York City Marble Cemetery on E. Second St. opened its gate to the public for the first time that anyone can remember.

Disabled sled-hockey players’ goal is to compete
By Jerry Tallmer
Coming off the ice, tall, strapping Eric Strezenc of the Black team wisecracked jock-ularly to Nick Springer of the Orange team: “You held me, out there — twice.”

Stuyvesant Town tenants wary of N.Y.U. influx
By Syd Steinhardt
Despite swirling rumors fed by the existence of an increasingly youthful tenant population and a soft rental market, New York University has not taken over more apartments in Stuyvesant Town, according to the residential complex’s general manager.

Wartime drawings by Iraqi kids at SoHo gallery
By John Arbucci
Anyone who would like to know what the invasion of Iraq looked like to the children of Baghdad only has to travel as far as an art gallery in Soho.

Grappling with war through music
By Timothy Lavin
For nearly 20 years, Downtown Music Productions has been delivering offbeat, often politically motivated musical programming to audiences in Lower Manhattan.

South African performer hands a shovel to the head-buried president
By Jerry Tallmer
Evita Bezuidenhaut has big hair, dangling earrings, an armful of little black dolls—she was once Ambassador to the black homelands—and a smirk that would send you scooting from Capetown to Pretoria. She currently gets through life on fears and denials.

koch on film
By Ed Koch
“Pieces of April” (-) After reading several good reviews of this film, particularly Elvis Mitchell’s review in The New York Times in which he stated that it was an “intelligent and touching farce,” I decided to see it. I saw it the day it opened at the Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema, one of my favorite movie houses, and the theater was only about ten percent occupied.
“Yossi & Jagger” (+)
This Israeli film, in Hebrew with English subtitles, has a simple plot. An Israeli Defense Force squad in an outpost on the Lebanese, Syrian and Israeli border is being visited by a Commanding Officer (Sharon Reginiano). He is accompanied by two female soldiers: Goldie (Hani Furstanberg), his occasional lover, and Yaeli (Aya Koren).

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