Volume 73, Number 31 | December 3 - 9, 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 poop on people, politics, gossip, business openings.

Views from The Villager

Editorial cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Letters to the editor

Second thoughts
By Richmond Jones


Father Bernabe ‘Bobby’ Sison, led Filipino congregation, 63

Father Patrick Paschak of St. George’s Church


If you’re too big to sit in
I grew up in a place where there weren’t any objects. In communist Romania in the late ’50s, Christmas was called the “Winter Holiday,” and the festivities featured gangs of poorly dressed but freshly laundered kids singing quasi-religious songs from door to door and being given candy, which was homemade and gooey. That was great, and it sometimes snowed.

My brushes with famous figures in news and politics
By Ed Gold
A Bill Safire column in the Times memorializing the famous publicist and radio-TV talk show pioneer, Tex McCrary, brought back memories of a “lost Saturday” almost 50 years ago that I spent with Tex and his wife, Jinx Falkenberg, the actress-model who graced more than 200 magazine covers in her career.

This is my Village; my mom-and-pop store story
By Lisa Ellex
In 1906, my great-grandparents left their town in Italy and found their way to Christopher St. in Greenwich Village. On that street, my great-grandfather opened a shoe repair shop where he and his wife lived in the back. My great-grandmother birthed and raised seven children in the back of this tiny shop. The shop is gone now and in its place is Ty’s bar.

News in briefs

Students present design ideas for the Holland Tunnel rotary

Pompei party has something for everyone

Another legendary night for Village Care

Fast jet on slow boat

Christmas spirit on Carmine St.

Mayor’s help is fitting


Gachot no-no

Police blotter

Determination and a steady foot
help player juggle ball 552 times

By Judith Stiles
Nathan Miller has been affectionately described by his teammates at the Downtown United Soccer Club as the “Master Juggler.” What comes to mind is a guy from the circus struggling to toss several rubber balls, bowling pins or sticks of fire from hand to hand. However, Miller is an expert at juggling one soccer ball off his feet (sometimes knees and head) without the ball landing on the ground. To be specific, his all-time record is 552 times! If you think it is easy, just put the newspaper down right now and try it just three times for starters. Did you say easy?

Drop and hop at Sutton Gym

DUSC comes early to Pier 40

DUSC players watch coach’s team beat #11 Brown
By Judith Stiles and Jill Stern
“WOW! I went on a seven-hour car trip to watch a 90-minute soccer game,” realized 10-year-old Andres Fernandez on the midnight ride back from Providence, R.I. Even though it was late Saturday night, loyal fans of St. Peter’s College men’s soccer jammed into buses and vans to witness the S.P.C. Peacocks take down the giants from the ivy walls of Brown University.

Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert

Team effort on Thanksgiving

While football teams were competing on Thanksgiving, the Salvation Army and McBurney YMCA on W. 14th St. teamed up to provide free turkey dinners to 1,000 needy New Yorkers. Above, Lena Josephs, 10, served Daniel Mendez a meal in the McBurney YMCA’s gym last Thursday.

Council subcommittee, property owners challenge Market district
By Albert Amateau
The proposed Gansevoort Market Historic District, beloved by preservation advocates and recently designated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, came under fire this week at a City Council Landmarks Subcommittee hearing.

Joey’s got a street corner now
By Jason Boog
Six hundred fans with leather jackets, tight jeans and a few baby strollers spilled into the street at Bowery and Second St. last Sunday, helping New York City honor a punk rock star. The city officially changed the East Village corner to “Joey Ramone Place” Nov. 30, in memory of the punk icon who died in 2001.

Mini-cafes plan raises big concern
By Jessica Mintz
The Department of City Planning is making the rounds of Manhattan community boards with a plan that amends zoning laws to allow some restaurants to set up small sidewalk cafes. Downtown, City Planning deemed spots in Soho, Union Sq. and Chelsea ideal for the tiny outdoor additions. Negative response from outspoken residents from areas covered by Community Board 2 may have altered the department’s initial vision for such cafes on W. Broadway, but other areas still remain on the table.

Garden party for Hudson River Park
By Jessica Mintz
A garden planned for the Hudson River Park in celebration of the new millennium is finally about to be planted. The New York Committee of the Garden Club of America presented $100,000 to the Hudson River Park Trust at a Nov. 18 brunch event on Pier 40 for the planting of the Millennium Garden. The garden will be in an approximately 450-sq.-ft. area next to a bow notch once used by docking ocean liners between Piers 45 and 46, near the Christopher St. entrance to the Greenwich Village section of the park.

Students present design ideas for the Holland Tunnel rotary
By Elizabeth O’Brien
The Holland Tunnel Rotary is that rare urban space open enough to serve as a blank canvas. Landscape architecture students from City College designed park plans for the space in and around the rotary and presented their ideas to community members on Tuesday at Gilda’s Club on Houston St.

Woman haunted by secret film of JFK’s death By JERRY TALLMER
In frame 312 of the 26 critical seconds of home movie that Abraham Zapruder took at Dealey Plaza that day, the president’s head will snap back and start to disintegrate. In Keith Reddin’s play “Frame 312,” opening Dec. 11 at the Atlantic Theater, a terrified young woman named Lynette is carrying the only known copy of the Zapruder film in her purse, by train, from New York to Washington, where she is to hand it, in person, to J. Edgar Hoover.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
21 Grams (-)
This is a very confusing flick with unmarked and unexpected flashbacks and flash forwards deliberately throwing off the audience.
The plot involves three families who ultimately interact:
BMy Architect (+)
On two different occasions, strangers approached me in restaurants and recommended that I see this film. Based on their unsolicited, ecstatic statements, I decided to see it. I’m glad that I did.

Endless reserves of motherly love
By Danielle Stein
No one would ever call “My Flesh and Blood” entertaining. A documentary about a woman who has adopted a houseful of disabled children, with conditions ranging from a degenerative skin disease to lack of limbs, it is not the typical movie for which you pay $10 at the multiplex, not the average dose of thrill or fun that a Supercombo so nicely compliments.

Chalfant in moving portrayal at the Lortel
A mother writes to her son. She is a doctor in a small city in the Ukraine. Her son is far away and safe, but by 6 p.m. on the next day, July 15, 1941, she, Anna Semyonovna, must be “resettled” — bringing along no more than 15 kilograms of her belongings — behind a barbed-wire-enclosed district in the Old Town. “Anyone remaining will be shot,” say the diktats posted everywhere by the Germans.

An eerily modern history lesson
By Davida Singer
Athleticism and politics collide in “The Palmer Raids,” a super charged performance piece by Chicago’s touted Plasticene Theater Company. In their New York debut at the Ohio Theater, Plasticene presents a docudrama recounting the U.S. mail bombings and their chilling aftermath in the early 1920’s.


Battery Park City Mom knows what kids like
By Alison Gregor
A rather unexpected force is gathering steam these days in TriBeCa: neighborhood Moms.
In the past decade, among other things, Moms have organized to protest construction of a hulking commodities exchange and request a bubble park for their children. And because most still would not consider the neighborhood to be all that kid-friendly, one mother has taken unilateral action. She has opened a toy store.

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