Volume 73, Number 29 | November 19 - 25, 2003


New York City Newspapers Under Attack
Perhaps the community groups will be proud of their efforts when there are fewer community newspapers creating a sense of community within New York's neighborhoods. A well-organized and mis-guided campaign may ultimately eliminate the only vehicles that provide neighborhood news, coverage of the arts, government news, community calendars, while promoting commerce through advertising, and pushing payroll dollars into the community.

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

Bloomberg’s housing plan falls short
Mayor Mike Bloomberg proposed state legislation a few weeks ago intended to protect tenants — like the ones at the West Village Houses and Tribeca’s Independence Plaza North — from losing the rent protections in the state’s Mitchell Lama program.

Editorial cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Letters to the editor

Second thoughts
By Richmond Jones

Trying to recover from Halloween’s aftermath
By Jane Flanagan
It’s not easy being me. The recent Halloween season brought this home.
Anticipating the haunted holiday, I fantasized about carving a pumpkin with my son, making him a costume and enjoying “trick or treat.”

The 40s as the new 20s — is it wishful thinking?
By Jenny Klion
In light/spite of my upcoming HUGE birthday, I’ve decided to face the inevitable music with enthusiasm, pride (whoops — there’s one of seven sins), and a trip to Miami (a possible second sin: tackiness?). Ergo, I’ve developed a new theory about relativity, with regards to women and aging, and so far, I’ve gotten excellent responses from my personal focus group.

Are we sometimes allergic to what’s good for us?
By Alphie McCourt
It was told to me as a Polish joke. Here it is, under a different guise. A young unmarried Irish girl comes home to her father. Nervously she tells him, “Daddy, Daddy, I’m pregnant.”

Longtime Village resident has a new book
By Jane Van Ingen
Maureen Brady started writing about relationships between women in the late 70s. In 1979, her first novel, ‘Give Me Your Good Ear,’ was published by Spinsters Ink, a press she co-founded after struggling to get her novel published. Far from being a vehicle for self-promotion, Spinsters Ink published other important authors, such as Audre Lorde, because “there was a tremendous need for women writers to get published.”

News in briefs

Gansevoort beef

Presidential Pompeii

1st Precinct meeting

Ground broken for Cooper Sq. project

Bridge lights shine once more

Police blotter

50 years ago in The Villager


Taka Nakano, MacDougal’s ‘Mama Taka,’ dies at 90
By Lincoln Anderson
Taka Nakano, known as “Mama Taka” on MacDougal St., where she lived for almost 60 years, died on Nov. 6 at her home. She was 90. The cause of death was an aneurysm, according to a close friend, Jose Urbach.

Glad Patterson, secretary, antiwar activist, was 72
Glad Patterson, a longtime Christopher St. resident who was active in the movement against the Vietnam War and was an assistant to Rex Harrison and high-profile writers, died at Cabrini Hospice on Nov. 1 at age 72. The cause of death was lung cancer.

Laurence Tisch, 80, billionaire was a top benefactor for N.Y.U.
Laurence Tisch, the billionaire Wall St. investor who bought CBS Inc., saving it form a hostile takeover, died on Nov. 15 at Tisch Hospital of the New York University Medical Center.

Picture Story

‘Stuyvesant’s pear tree’ replanted on 13th St.
Pitching in at the dedication of the planting of a new pear tree at the northeast corner of E. 13th St. and Third Ave. last Wednesday morning were, from left, Jami Morse Heidegger, granddaughter of Kiehl’s founder, Irving Morse; former Parks Commissioner Henry Stern; Bill Van Winkle, president of the Holland Society of New York; Manhattan borough Parks Commissioner Bill Castro and Philip Clough, Kiehl’s president.

Children's Activities


Soccer moms learn rules, then learn to love game
By Judith Stiles
There was a deep dark secret with the soccer moms in Lower Manhattan for many years. Namely, they really didn’t understand the rules of soccer, especially that persnickety one, the “offside rule.” Game after game, year after year, the moms would dutifully show up at Pier 40 and cheer the players on, enthusiastically following the general flow of the game.

Learning to fly with the greatest of ease
By Robin Hindery
It was 11:20 on a Wednesday morning, and I was standing on a small rectangular platform 23 feet in the air, shivering and hoping for divine intervention. It sounds like a bad dream but it was perfectly real: my day at trapeze school.

A computer rendering of the design of the New Museum of Contemporary Art.

Museum will reshape Bowery
By Elizabeth O’Brien
In New York City, real estate years are like dog years — a lot can happen in a relatively short time. So it’s too early to tell what kind of neighborhood the New Museum of Contemporary Art will inherit when it moves into its new location at 235 Bowery in the spring of 2006.

Trust C.E.O. is expected to resign
By Josh Rogers
Robert Balachandran is expected to announce he is leaving as president and C.E.O. of the Hudson River Park Trust at the Trust’s board meeting this Thursday, according to sources.

New book hones story of the square
By Albert Amateau
“If I have another lifetime, I’ll do another book like this, maybe a biography of Mayor Robert Wagner, Jr.,” said Luther S. Harris. That would be a fittingly ambitious project, given the weight of Harris’ latest work.

Politicians hail Massachusetts gay marriage ruling
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Local lawmakers and advocates cheered the decision this week of Massachusetts’ highest court that same-sex couples have an equal right to wed under the state constitution.
Ex-girlfriend of L.E.S. triple murderer speaks
By David Jonathan Epstein
The man convicted on Oct. 29 of a brutal triple slaying in Manhattan’s Lower East Side sent jailhouse letters while he awaited trial to his ex-girlfriend’s sister threatening to kill the ex’s baby and her new boyfriend.

Young tattoo artists etch out a niche in the Village
By Jessica Mintz
In a recent commercial for the American Music Awards, headliner names like Kid Rock and Madonna appeared as tattoos inked across a bikini-clad woman’s body.

Single occupancy vehicle ban for commuters ends
By Jessica Mintz
The remnants of the ban on single occupancy vehicles driving during rush hour into Manhattan was lifted on Monday, more than two years after it was imposed as a security measure following the events of Sept. 11.

Where sisters’ musical was set, PATH’s now threat
By Jerry Tallmer
David Ryan, who paid $40 a month when he moved into the basement apartment of 14 Gay St. 28 years ago, and is not going to move out soon unless he’s blasted out, leads the way into the beautiful little triangular garden-with-fountain in the rear area between the Gay St. row and the Christopher St. row of sturdy old brick buildings.

Two trees removed for Abingdon renovation project
By Albert Amateau
The removal of two London plane trees from the south corner of Abingdon Sq. last weekend in connection with the Department of Parks’ $750,000 reconstruction of the square provoked the outrage of a group of neighbors who have been opposing the project for more than a year.

Gerson reneges on pledge to return public funding
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Despite facing weak opposition in the primary and general elections, City Councilmember Alan Gerson has spent most if not all of the money he received under the city’s campaign finance program.

N.Y.U. student says media ignored his campaign
By Tracey Lomrantz
While most of his elementary school friends were playing with their G.I. Joe’s and video games, Dan Finley was developing an interest in all things politic — at the ripe old age of 10.

Historic ferry owner will go from ship to shore
By Josh Rogers
The Yankee Ferry’s anchor is staying in Tribeca, but the man who tugged the historic vessel to the neighborhood to restore it 13 years ago, has sold it to travel and “walk the earth” for awhile with his mutt, Ringo.

Filmmaker retraces life on East Village Streets
By Jerry Tallmer
On a Friday night in October 1991, a young woman named Rosemary Abitabile who’d been living on the streets of New York City for three years, thought she was going to die.

New play by Paula Vogel at the Vineyard
By Davida Singer
Dramatist Paula Vogel often tells her students at Brown University that “we as playwrights have to be fearless”, and she doesn’t leave herself out of the equation. The author of numerous acclaimed plays like “The Baltimore Waltz”, “Mineola Twins” and “The Oldest Profession” has taken a leap in a new direction with “The Long Christmas Ride Home”- her very own puppet play and first full-length since her Pulitzer Prize winner, “How I Learned To Drive.”

koch on film
By Ed Koch
“The Singing Detective” (+)
Despite the mostly negative reviews, I decided to see this film for two reasons: One, I think Robert Downey, Jr., is an interesting actor; and second, I saw the 61/2 -hour television series preceding this movie years ago and thought it was one of the best mini-series I had seen in years. “In the Cut” (+) This film was universally panned, notwithstanding its outstanding director, Jane Campion, mega star Meg Ryan, and Mark Ruffalo who is always praised by the critics. The bad reviews generally mentioned the denouement as being preposterous, which it is.

Those tour groups at the bookstore? They’re from Harrisburg
By Jane Van Ingen
On an unseasonably warm November afternoon, a handful of silver-haired tourists walked back to 5th Avenue and 10th Street, carrying bags from the Strand bookstore. They were waiting for the bus to take them back to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Filipino dishes in Soho
By Frank Angelino
Filipino cooking is perhaps the least familiar among Pacific Rim countries; eight years ago, Romy Dorotan set out to change that perception. That’s when Chef Dorotan and his wife Amy, debuted Cendrillon in Soho and dedicated it to the food and culture of the Filipinos accented by fusion dishes with ingredients from other Pacific Rim countries.

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